Wednesday, November 21, 2007
14 Kislev 5768, (24 November 2007). Torah Portion. VaYishlach, Genesis : 32:4-36:43.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Origianl Un-editied writing by:
Aharon Moshe (AhMbDvd) Sanders
It is very easy to get all excited and bent out of shape. Everyone can increase the volume of their voice and turn towards yelling. Alas, here is one for you, how about when you really get upset, and feel like your going to lose your cool, try quieting down and truly listening to the person you are apeaking withIn
In last weeks Nesivos Shalom we learned about how every single day brings us a new challenge. The sections we read (in our Passaic host's home) relate directly to the upcoming parsha. It now seems like so long ago, but wow, think of how many unique tests missions, interactions were to be handled by our father Avraham in truly gelvadic day.
Visitors at Avraham's door. Beseeching/ davening to Hashem to save Sodom from total destruction for a mere minion of 10 righteous individuals. So much more..... I leave straight pashat literal meaning (as in the "up-shot" is) to others, as well as basic drasha (basic mining or digging for meaning) to tohers who are so much better at this then I am.
Just like our Avos we are constantly faced with a seemingly un-ending onslaught of decisions, things we should or need to do. People who want and need our attention. Mixed in with the everyday or so called mundane matters are also the biggies. The brach we might want to ask Hashem for is to be given enough insight to realize when when of the big (or tikkune type) decisions is standing opposite us, and demanding our attention.
Then, just maybe we can have a hope or a prayer to give the extra-special attention to this earth shaking, life changing moment. At this point we now still need Hashem's help. Recosgnizing that you are at a life changing (tikkkune type) crossroad, is only half the battle. Now you might want to take a deep breath, allow to conversation volume to drop, even physically step back, and try to get a grip on the now evolving larger picture.
Often when you truly look to Hashem in a moment of clear thinking, the answer becomes so simple and obvious that you may have never even considered it. It my case one of today's answers went like this:
Yes, of course I was wrong (but did not want to admit it), I should not have tried to act alone to change an agreement between two people. However, you are now using the very same logic which made me wrong, to invalidate our entire agreement, and we do know that two wrongs do not make a right.
Such an obvious answer never would have hit me, however I conscisously decided to let go of my axe which I was so buzy gringing to listen to the other person who had a legitimate gripe of his own.
After that I decided not to send an axe grinding e-mail ( on a totally separate matter ) . After all we have been keeping these arguments verbal till now, so why should I take the next step!
In times of great emotion we need to use our energy like an old time carburator with a car that idle's too high at a red light. Shift into neutral (stop judging and listen) , give a little gas to the engine (more whole brain utilization) then you will notice that the engine is now purring (quiet wisdom/insight based thinking) as opposed to running much to quickly and loudly (reactive mind stuff, some one pushed, you push back- thinking gets forgotten)...
All for now...
We should now approach Wed, with a renewed sense of how things should be for us, and those who are dear to us...
Lets learn more Nesivos Shalom
Aharon Moshe Sanders
November 7, 2007 4:05pm Passaic NJ
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Okay, so what about Noach?
A lot has been written about the waters of Noach. One thing mentioned was desire. The hebrew word word for desire is Taiva. The hebrew word for Noah's Ark is Teva. Much was expounded upon, and I am still struggling to understand the meaning of the "Waters of Noach". Therefore I will play it safe, and stop here.
Moreover, some fishing practices destroy habitat as well as inhabitantsModern fishing practices are incredibly wasteful. Every year, fishing nets kill up to 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises globally. Entanglement is the greatest threat to the survival of many species. Moreover, some fishing practices destroy habitat as well as inhabitants"
Monday, October 8, 2007
THE Yangtze River dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct after an intensive survey of its natural habitat.
The freshwater marine mammal, which could weigh up to a quarter of a tonne, is the first large vertebrate forced to extinction by human activity in 50 years, and only Conservationists described the extinction as a "shocking tragedy", caused not by
active persecution but accidentally and carelessly through a combination of factors including unsustainable fishing and mass shipping.
In the 1950s the Yangtze had a population of thousands of freshwater dolphins, but their numbers declined dramatically when China industrialised and transformed the Yangtze into a crowded artery of mass shipping, fishing and power generation. A survey in 1999 estimated the population was just 13.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Extinction crisis escalates: Red List shows apes, corals, vultures, dolphins all in danger - IUCN News
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In the year 1054 A.D., Chinese astronomers were startled by the appearance of a new star that was so bright that it was visible in broad daylight for several weeks. Located about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the Crab Nebula is the remnant of a star that began its life with about 10 times the mass of our sun. Its life ended on July 4, 1054 when it exploded as a supernova.
In looking at galaxies I observed a certain kid of symetry that one finds in jellyfish. I therefore started posting jellyfish on some of these web pages along with some of the awe inspiring images of galaxies which are thousands of light years away.
I guess one could view some of my thoughts on life in the deep sea as coming attractions! The Metsudah Linear Chumash translates the 260th word of Bereishis "Ha- Gedolim" as whales, which is an amazing animal. Well, ready or not I have to stop and get ready for the Holiday of Sukkot. My understanding of some of the writings of a local Rav here in Passaic is that the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippor and Sukkot, help get us ready for Parsha Bereishis!
Which is why I feel the need to learn an share as much as possible of this amazing parsha, which contains information which is applicable to every thing a man or or woman might endeavor to create!
Aharon Moshe (ben-Dovid) Sanders
September 26, 2007 4:35pm
This short sequence of words contains some insights that I have come up with and wish to share with anyone who may have happened upon this site. the current concepts were heavily influenced and inspired by Tractate (Masechta) Chagigah. What follows is a sort of meta-anlaysis of the Parsha Bereishis, or borrowing jargon from theater arts, reading the subtext of Bereishis.
My reader my find that the analysis goes off into several different directions at the same time, much like the scientific description of the big bang has massive waves of energy fusing into all directions from some central point, the point itself never being adequately described.
My regular readers (send me an e-mail if you are out there) may notice I have been jazzing up this site with images, color text etc. A large mass of words without images tends to appear mundane. It is also within the nature of the typical internet surfer to view things briefly and only go on if something truly calls their attention.
The space above was intended fro an image, it may get upoaded maybe not.
The first line of Bereishis contains 7 words. The seven words correspond to the seven days of the week. The opening remark ends with Ha-Eretz, which is translated as the earth. I know none of this is Earth Shattering kind of content.
The expalnation then continues with Ha-Eretz we can actually count the hebrew words that are contained within the 1st 5 lines of Bereishis. Try it each and every time there should be no surprise that there are 52.
So, we have the first sentence of Bereishis which contains seven words which sets an important cycle, the week. Then by the end of the Torah's description Bereishis 1-5, we have the completion of the first day of creation Yom Echod! I might be looking for holidays here but Yom Echod- the first day, seems like something worth celebrating.
The Torah gets these concepts out there in 52 words, which correspond to the 52 weeks of a year. All this of course in One Day of Hashem's creation!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Why does the 1st word of the first letter of the Torah begin with a Beis (second letter of the hebrew alphabet) instead of Aleph (the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-beis)?
There was an entire sequence of events which proceeded the creation (as told from Bereishis) . The expalnation goes as follows:
The first act of creation (which was preceeded by the thought of creation) was that Hashem had to make room for the unviverse as we know it to exist. In order to do that he withdrew a portion of himself. This concept is explained by kabbalah and the Zohar as Tzimzum or restriction. This concept in itself is huge, and if you consider all the competing ideas on the creation of the universe, it is the only one which makes perfect sense.
Then when we return to the narrative in the Torah, "G-d said let there be light"
Likewise we have another concept which is outside of the written torah, we call this oral torah. Oral torah is recognized as legitimate Torah in that these parts of the Torah were handed down from our Avos in an oral tradition. Some of this Torah was ultimately recorded as a body of work called Talmud.
The vessels which were to receive this light, in its pure form emanating from Elokim, the cause of all causes, the creater of the Universe, were not able to contain this light and shattered. The breaking of these vessels should not chas va shaolom ever be thought of as an imperfection in Hashems creation, rather it is something which is intamtely tied in with free will, and another important concept called bread of shame.
The vessells were creted with each utterance and likewiss could not contain the energy which issued from Hashem within his ten utterances which are deliniated in Bereshis (Genesis). These vessels are individually referred to as the ten sphierot fused into what might could be called the first man or primordial man or Adam Kadman.
The common Rabbinic explanation as to why the pluaral form is used in the very revealing phrase: "Let us create Man In our Image" is that G-d Hashem-Elokim, the omniscient one, knower of all things that ever was, is or will be, consulted with angels prior to the creation of man. This rabbinic explanation may immediatly solve the "let us ...in our image" problem, however how many more questions doesthis overly simplistic answer create?
(to be continued-pehaps on a new blog page in this domain)
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