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A Gentle Soul Passes

A gentle and lofty soul passed away earlier this week. Mr Jacob Kolton survived the holocaust and reestablished his life in the US. May god rest his soul.

The clip below is a deeply inspiring tribute to his memory.

 


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Unity - What Judaism Can Learn From The Coca Cola Company

Asked by a would-be proselyte to teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot, Hillel Hazaken (the elder) replied with the adage: "What is hateful to you, do not do unto your fellow; this is the whole Torah, and all the rest is commentary. Now go and learn!" (Shabbos 31a) This famous story is an inspiring one, but is it merely a soul-stirring tale or does the story contain factuality meant to teach us the scientific DNA of Torah and Judaism?

The Coca Cola Company is a 150 billion dollar [plus] company that currently stands as the most widely recognized brand on earth. What makes this capitalistic behemoth thrive in the cut throat world of dueling brands? The truth is, it’s not so much a secret recipe in a vault somewhere that makes the company Coca Cola; rather, it’s the 146,200 employees who work in harmony and unity.

Consider the fact that there are endless departments within the company including Research & Development, Quality Control, Consumer Affairs, Marketing & Commercial, Public Affairs & Communications, Investor Relations, and so on.

Imagine the CEO of the company sitting at a board meeting announcing that his path forward is to close all the departments of the company and reassign all the company’s employees to Investor Relations. He would be removed from his position- yesterday! A company runs well only when each employee recognizes the contribution of his/ her department and does the best job possible at effectively furthering the goals of his/ her respective positions. Otherwise, a company will lack the multi dynamics that, when woven together, make a company into a power in its particular market sector. Specifically through inter-departmental respect, is the function of a company healthy and poised for growth.

Judaism is beautiful and powerful when all Jewish groups respect each other and see the contribution of their fellow movements to a unified Judaism. We are all one body that only attains our wholeness through each dedicated group working to achieve its respective unique lofty aspirations. Chabad is notable for its Jewish outreach, Mizrachi (Religious Zionist) is known for its devotion to Israel, other movements are recognized for their social services. Each movement has its individual signature achievements.

If all groups cast away their lofty identities and signature missions, Judaism would lose invaluable parts that, interwoven, make up the masterpiece of a unified Judaism. Our interest should not be to cast our respective missions away in order to blend in with the others; rather, we must respect the unique contribution of each Jewish segment and embrace each one for it. If we would each cast aside our commendable signature missions for a more [supposed] cohesive coexistence, alas, Judaism would lose its ability to function properly.

The above is true by individuals as well. Each individual is endowed with unique talents. Those talents can be channeled for the service of our Creator and to making the world a better place through one’s respective field. If the individual would cast his calling in favor of a calling he may not be uniquely suited for, it’s a tragic under-utilization of his/her unique abilities. A neurosurgeon can’t strive to be a Rabbi, and a Rabbi can’t strive to be a neurosurgeon. Success is achieved when the unique talents of each individual are fully maximized.

Love, respect and tolerance being the cornerstone and foundation of Judaism isn’t merely based on a charming Jewish idiom, rather it’s a factually accurate description of the essence of Judaism. 

Below, is a beautiful clip of the Rebbe, advocating the mandate of unity: 

Chief Rabbi Sacks Inspires International Conference Of Chabad Rabbis With Gifted Address

"Most people look at others and see what they see. Great people look at others and see what they are. The greatest of the great [and the Rebbe was greatest of the great] see others and see what they could become." - Chief Rabbi of the UK, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks 

 

 

A Song Of Ultimate Faith

The Rebbe of Modzitz, Rabbi Shaul Yedidya Elazar, had Chassidim throughout the major towns and cities of Poland. One of these was Reb Azriel David Fastag, who was noted for his exceptional voice throughout Warsaw. In spite of the terrible decrees, the yellow patch and the ghettos, most Jews could not fathom what was about to befall them. Inside the crowded cars, over the clatter of the cattle cars' wheels, rose the sounds of people gasping, sighing, weeping and dying. One could hear the stifled cries of children crushed together. But in one such car, headed toward the infamous death camp Treblinka, the sound of singing could be heard.

The Rebbe

We commemorate the Lubavitcher Rebbe's 18th Yahrtzeit. The Rebbe's love and care for each and every individual, inspire millions to this day. 

Love Your Fellow

Asked by a would-be proselyte to teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot, Hillel Hazaken (the elder) replied with the adage: "What is hateful to you, do not do unto your fellow; this is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now go and learn!" (Shabbos 31a).

 

Rabbi Akiva says that, "To love your fellow as yourself," is a great basic principle of the Torah. (Leviticus 19:18, Midrash)

 

“Like a son who strives for the sake of his father and mother, whom he loves even more than his own body, soul and spirit" (Likutei Amarim Tanya of Rabbi Shneur of Liadi, Chapter 44)

 

 
Perhaps one of the greatest loves that can be witnessed is the love between a father and son.
 
 

 

Miriam's Battle With Cancer

I’ve been living on miracles since I was 14 years old.

“Miriam is not leaving this clinic until she has a blood test,” my mother declared. I was 14 years old, and my mother was making a scene. I was mortified. more 

Very Touching Video Of Boruch Kornfeld ob"m

 An emotional clip of singing with Boruch Kornfeld A"H during the last days of his life, in Tel Hashomer Hospital (Israel). 

 

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