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The Systems of the Jewish Year

"You are What You See" - Comments

1 Avraham Shmuel Shrybman on 2010 06 04

I am thankful to Ha-Shem for giving me the wisdom to seek an orthodox Rabbi who would guide me on the staight path to a fulfilled and meaningful Jewish life filled with mitzvos and love for all Yidden. Rabbi Haber, his wonderful wife Bayla and their children took me into their home and their warmth permeated my soul. I am most grateful to you.

2 S Miller on 2010 06 04

Yasher Koach once again!

3 harvey tritel on 2010 06 07

thank you rabbi for your words of wisdom .i felt gratitude 8 yrs ago , when i had a heart attack .despite a 40 h;ance of sudden death , Hashem helped me thru it . i had a 6 vessel bypass .i am a retired cardiologist, so i was well aware of all the possible problems .after a week of recovery, i left the hospital , went home , walked outside , and saw the greenest grass and the most beautiful flowers i had ever seen .i was most grateful to enjoy this simple site.i learned to be grateful every day (Modeh ani )we wake -up to another day to serve Hashem .

4 Chana on 2013 05 31

Hakarat Hatov might be exactly the cure to this generation’s political woes.  Imagine if the left-wing response to the hityashvut in Yehuda v’Shomron were met with “thank you for being willing to live way out on the hills to hold on to Eretz Yisrael,” and if the response to the hariedi lifestyle were , “ thank you for livingon less and teaching us all to create gemahim, especially ones like Yad Sarah,” and if the Hareidi response to the Zionist State were, “thank you to all the soldiers who are willing to risk their lives so we can learn Torah , thank you to all the taxpayers who enable us to have services ,” and if the secular response to the Religious Laws were , “thank you for holding on to our traditions so that there is some meaning behind the words “Jewish State,” and even thank you to Shimon Peres for building the nuclear reactor in Dimona thank you to Amir Peretz for pushing the development of Iron Dome, thank you to Yossi Beilin for pushing forward Birthright, etc.
If we could recognize the ways in which other people’s lfiestyles complement our own, and how other people’s contributions complement our personal sacrifices, what a wonderful world this could be....

5 Rabbi Yaacov Haber on 2013 05 31

What a wonderful perspective. Thank you.

Yaacov Haber

6 yehoshua ben-eliyahu on 2013 05 31

I want to thank HaShem for bringing the soul of the Baal Shem Tov down to Earth since his mission was to make us acutely aware of the beauty of every Jewish soul! Chassidut is the cure for all that ails us because it allows us to see the good in everything.  There is a beautiful Sefat Emet on this weeks Torah portion.  He says that the meraglim were trying to make a tikun for the trait of ga’avah.  When the spies said “we were like grasshoppers in our eyes” this was a positive declaration since it emphasized their humility.  The problem was the declaration that “and so were (like grasshoppers) in their (Eretz Yisrael giants’wink eyes.” This last statement was also part of the dibah (false report) since they did not know, for a fact, how they were seen in the eyes of the giants. There is a midrash that says the giants saw us like ants but ants are extolled in Proverbs ("Go the ant, lazy one.  Consider her ways and grow wise"). The spies went out from Paran which is derived from pe’er, which means glory, which is related to honor.  Sefat Emet says that the spies’ intention was to root out the trait of honor-seeking from the Jewish people.  The desert is full of danger, says Sefat Emet, and the desert is the source of the three negative traits which take a person out of this world:  ta’ava (which we saw in kivrot ha’ta’ava), kavod (which we see with the spies), and kinah (which we see with korach).  Representatives of Am Yisrael did heroic battle with these negative traits, hoping to uproot them from Am Yisrael for all time.  Unfortunately, they did not succeed in their mission, but at least they tried.  Even these Jews, whom we are always shaking our heads about as classicly bad examples, had good intentions.  Shabbat Shalom and thank you, Rabbi, as usual, for a most thought provoking dvar Torah.

7 Eliezer Meshulam Roeh Ohr on 2013 05 31


What amazing wisdom! We try to teach our children to be grateful and thankful for everything. In addition to thanking Hashem, the Provider of All every morning when we awake, every day on our trip taking the children to their school, we discuss the specifics of the things for which we are thankful.

Our family is extremely thankful for you, Rabbi Haber. You make it so easy to do so.  Sometimes, however, being thankful is a hard but imperative lesson. It is a lesson that Hashem has put us here to learn. We must try our best to look for the good in every person. 

We’re all born as egocentric oriented organisms with potential for either altruistic magnanimity or solipsistic ignominy.  How we direct our thoughts and actions either brings us closer to Hashem’s destiny for each of us individually and collectively as a Nation/People, or chas v’shalom, causes us to die in the “desert”. 

Rabbi Nachman’s Torah רפב teaches us the importance of searching for the good in every person and every event that Hashem puts before us. By happily so doing, we simultaneously build His World from without and from within. 

Thank you, Rabbi Haber, for sharing this with us. And thank you for being you.  Shabbat Shalom.

8 Shimon Katz on 2013 05 31

As always, the insight to human nature and how it relates to the weekly sedra are extraordinary.

On a personal note, we are forever grateful to Rabbi and Bayle Haber for bringing about our shidduch and for all the guidance they have provided us through the years.

Thank you!

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