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Monday, July 14, 2014

Help Me Help You

צוּר יְלָדְךָ תֶּשִׁי  וַתִּשְׁכַּח אֵ-ל מְחֹלְלֶךָ

"You ignored the Rock Who gave birth to you, and forgot God Who brought you forth"
Devarim 32:18

"תשי - תשכח ור"ד כשבא להיטיב לכם אתם מכעיסין לפניו ומתישים כחו מלהיטיב לכם"
 רש"י

"You Ignored - This means you forgot. And our Rabbi expounded it as follows: When He comes to do good for you, you cause anger before Him and weaken His strength from being able to do good for you."
Rashi

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I want you to want me...

א"ר יצחק מפני מה היו אבותינו עקורים מפני שהקב"ה מתאוה לתפלתן של צדיקים
) שמות רבה כא ה, תנחומא, תולדות ט, (יבמות סד א, בראשית רבה מה ד

“Rabbi Yitzchak said: Why were our forefathers barren? Because The Holy One, Blessed is He, desires the prayers of the righteous”
Yevamos 64a 


Didn't I, didn't I, didn't I see you cryin'?
Ohh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I see you cryin'?
Feelin' all alone without a friend, you know you feel like dyin'
Ohh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I see you cryin'?
I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I'd love you to love me
I'm beggin' you to beg me
-Cheap Trick




 Hat Tip: My wife

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Devolution of Man

I once had a little monkey for twelve years in my home, and he was my very best argument for Darwin, because to be descended from such a nice being is just wonderful.
 C.F. von Weizsacker, quoted in Cosmos, Bios Theos (ed.  Henry Margenau and Roy and Abraham Varghese), p. 130

In the time of R. Simcha Zissel of Kelm, Darwin was influential. R. Simcha Zissel said: “Darwin claims that Man came from ape. It is befitting for Darwin to say such a thing, for he never saw a person! I saw R. Yisrael [Salanter], and therefore I know that Man does not come from an ape!”

R. Shlomo Wolbe, Alei Shur II, p. 79 (my translation)

Friday, May 9, 2014

If you're happy and you know it...



Rabbi Akiva used to say: Beloved is man, for he was created in the image of God. It indicates a greater love that it was made known to him that he was created in the image of God, as it is said, "For in the image of God did He make man" (Genesis 9:6). Beloved are the Children of Israel for they are called children of the Lord. It is indicative of a greater love that it was made known to them that they are called children of the Lord, as it is said, "You are children to the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 14:1). Beloved is Israel that they were given a precious utensil (the Torah). It is a greater love that it was made known to them that they were given a precious utensil, as it is said, "For I have given you a good possession; do not forsake My Torah" (Proverbs 4:2). Ethics of the Fathers, 3:18