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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Mimouna from Moses to Moses

The Mimouna: from Moses to Moses
What is a 7 day holiday, all our week long  holidays are 8 day holidays? Could it be that we were still struggling to really get out of Egypt until Moshe ben Maimon got into the picture and gave us the concluding 8th day?

No you say?

Then why is Pessach followed by a long tedious counting period? Gd forbid one forgets to count just one out of the 49 days which is; you guessed it 7 times seven days. The 50th or "8" of these two sets of 7.  Unlike the other two pilgrimmage holidays and it is not spread over 8 days it takes only one day.
So what was my conclusion from the Mimouna discussion this year?  (The Mimouna is the third of three Rabinically ordained national holidays: Purim, Hannukka and Mimouna)
The subject was the sentence from the Tanach:
"Great is a skill which honors its owner"
Mr. Josef Vanunu said the snake didn't work hard at all and easily found his nourishment in a dissrespectful manner, the great consumer (me: rolled in oil).
He added that eating from the sweat of your brow allowed you to have an upstanding position ei "honorable".
As I was going to the Mikve as prescribed by Saba Na Nach who considered work a sell out and and self imposed slavery, I felt I was "toiveling"(also means to toil is some language, yiddish?) in my own sweat or even in Gds sweat! Then I noticed the words for forehead and mouth are similar in Hebrew. Then it made sense that eating bread for breakfast is a garantee for being happy all day. Yes when you eat a full meal after Mikve and Prayer you are no longer under the curse because eating bread from the sweat of your forhead becomes a blessing.

This is my lesson from this years Mimouna, the new year of the Hametz!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How to rise above the angels? (Maybe you must)

In Babylon Esther (easter) the genius asked for all Jews associated to Mordecai to fast for her for three days.  On the second day the King was ready to give her everything "on the spot" and very wisely again she asked for a similar day.
Between the two days Jews celebrate Purim and Non-Jews celebrate "Easter".  Well that's how I see it.
Ester and Mordecai "fathered" the nation: "holy, holy, holy" since the three day fast completed the raising of the Jews above all the charnal lusts of money, sex, food, which are handicaps for fulfilling priestly obligations and tasks.
Inspite of the genius of Moses and Ester which Gd duely rewarded; the nation as a whole did get purged of these lusts, but not on their own merit.  Furthermore angels can say that Jews do not really have more rights than they do.
This is why Pirkey Avot says that the highest trait is a good heart.  Angels follow orders. Jews do not, they must make the right choices throughout their lives and not abuse of their "advantage".

A humble person who fulfills the will of Gd will eventually deserve a good heart and will then be "good, good, good" which is to say....way above the angels.

The Petek is "good, good, good" and is the source of "Ebay ha Nachal" which also is a plot of Holy Land mentioned in the song of songs.  Connecting to all three of these will make you good good good.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Iran: I Rabbi Nachman vrs Ayatollah

 happiness is un-Islamic anyway: “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini