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Is Life Beautiful?

You Can Choose to Stare at the Thorns Or Gaze at the Roses

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Is Life Beautiful?- You Can Choose to Stare at the Thorns Or Gaze at the Roses

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    Shoshana -11 years ago

    inspiring shiur
    Thanks for a timely message. This 5-minute presentation had more impact than an hour-long shiur. 

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    chani -12 years ago

    reference
    Where can i find this letter of the Rebbe? Please find it and let me know? This is so beautiful!

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      Anonymous -12 years ago

      Re: reference
      Igros Kodesh vol. 20 letter 7486



      http://www.chabadlibrary.or... />

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        Anonymous -12 years ago

        Re: reference
        thank you very much Rabbi Jacobson

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    Mehdi Abrach -14 years ago

    Refreshing
    I have watched this four times and it's always a refreshing message!

    L'Chaim!

    MA

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    David -14 years ago

    Return of animal sacrifice?
    @David Yosef Yonah

    Do you really believe that idolatry and animal sacrifice is the strongest urge? Do you have the urge to roast animals for Hashem? I certainly don't and don't know anyone who does.

    You say perhaps we need to bring back the slaughter and that will lead Jews to want to connect more with Hashem. I know many Jews who would be turned off Judaism for life if national animal sacrifice was reinstituted.

    Here is a quote from Leviticus 5:8 about how the doves should be sacrificed:

    'He is to wring its head from its neck, not severing it completely, and is to sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering against the side of the altar; the rest of the blood must be drained out at the base of the altar."

    This seems quite primitive and absurd. Does sacrificing and burning an animal on an altar have any beneficial effect for anyone? What could ritual slaughter like this have to do with an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving Creator?

    In relation to the temple, do you seriously believe the muslims will be inspired to be more peaceful by a big Jewish temple built above their mosques? It is a nice vision of religious harmony but it seems extremely naive.

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    CARMELA -14 years ago

    THE STRONG, THE WEAK AND G-D
    B''H
    IN RESPONSE TO MERCY ON DOVES:
    BY OBSERVATION OF NATURE,WE TRY HELPING OURSELVES TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND G-D.WE ARE ABLE ONLY TO A CERTAIN DEGREE,AND BEYOND THAT- WE JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT...
    THE WORLD AND LIFE WERE CREATED IN A HIRARCHY, IN SIZE,IN STRENGTH,IN IMPORTANCE
    ETC.PARTIALLY MAY BE SO, TO ENABLE US TO HAVE PREFERENCES AND MAKE CHOICES.
    ALL SEPARATIONS ARE PART OF G-DS' UNITY AND EQUALITY THAT WILL COME FORTH AND BE REVEALED AFTER WE DO OUR SHARE OF WORK IN US AND IN THE WORLD,AND MESSIAH WILL BE HERE.
    FOR THE TIME BEING,CREATION HAS 4 LEVELS THAT CORRESPOND TO THE 4 LETTERS OF G-DS' HOLIEST UNSPOKEN NAME:YUD HEY VAV HEY.
    THE 4 CATEGORIES IN CREATION ARE STONES,FLOWERS,ANIMALS AND HUMANS - WHICH ALL HAVE SOULS! EACH OF THESE HAS
    A LIVING ENERGY IN THEM (SCIENCE IS JUST FINDING OUT MANY THINGS OUR FOREFATHERS KNEW THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO).
    EACH CREATIONS' ENERGY ,HAS ITS OWN CHARACHTERISTIC RESONANCE
    VIBRATION AND QUALITY.
    WHEN WE EAT OR SACRIFICE A CERTAIN CREATURE,ITS ENERGYS' QUALITY IS ABSORBED AND ASSIMILATED WITHIN US,BECOMES AN INTEGRAL PART OF US.MEANING: WE ACQUIRE ITS ENERGY QUALITIES.
    THEREFORE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT WHAT ISN'T KOSHER NEITHER TO SACRIFICE IT.WE ARE TO EMPOWER THE YOUNG,WHOLE,PURE ONES.IN HEBREW ''TAMIM'' HAS THREE MEANINGS:WHOLE, WITHOUT ANY DEFECTS,(DESCRIBING SACRIFICE IN TORAH), STRAIGHT AND HONEST (DESCRIBING THE TRUE BELIEVER IN G-D),AND NAIVE IN CONVERSATIONAL LANGUAGE.
    SO WE CAN NOT SACRIFICE THE ''BAD'' HARMING ANIMALS, NEITHER EAT THEM.
    WE ARE TO KEEP THE PURITY OF OUR SOULS BY OBSERVING THE PURITY OF OUR BODIES.NOT CONTAMINATING OURSELVES WITH ''BAD'' ENERGIES BUT BEING PARTICULAR ABOUT WHAT WE EAT,SEE AND HEAR...!!!
    ALL CREATION WAS CREATED TO SERVE THE HUMAN - THAT IS THE REASON HE WAS CREATED THE LAST.AND WE WERE CREATED TO SERVE G-D AND BE PURE AS HE IS. JUST AS EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK WAS CREATED FOR THE SAKE OF SHABAT, A PROGRESSIVE PROCESS TO REACH THE PURPOSE - THE PUREST.
    CARMELA, ISRAEL

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    mum -14 years ago

    nice
    Nice. Interesting. Ty.

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    David Yosef Yonah -14 years ago

    Intelligent Comments
    Thank you for this explanation of the discrepency. It is marvelous to see the Rabbinic mind at work - taking a seemingly unimportant inconsistency and up lifting it to Jewish commitment to HaShem.

    I understand David's reaction and respect his objections. The impulse to return to idolatry must be the strongest urge as it is the prohibition of the Second Commandment of the Ten Commandments. As I see Jews abandoning worship to watch TV or shop at the mall, or play sports on Shabbat, it is clear that choosing HaShem (the First of the Ten Commandments) is the most difficult task.

    Perhaps animal sacrifices - the the color, smell, sounds and tactile are needed to help people connect. Perhaps, we need to rebuild the Temple and bring back the slaughter. With the millions of birds killed to feed people everyday, unless one is a vegetarian, the argument against animal sacrifice reflects selective vision.

    Restoring the Temple could be done today by building a platform over the buildings on the Temple mount. The technology of steel structures and concrete could make this possible.

    Peace might be the outcome, as both religions could practice their faiths at the same site!



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    Chava -14 years ago

    Wow
    Incredible.
    Thank you.

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    David -14 years ago

    Mercy on the doves
    Dear Rabbi,
    You say the logic here is moving, and a profound lesson on the sensitivity the Torah demands towards animals.
    I seem to be missing something.

    Advising the offering of one dove is better than two but surely better still would be not to sacrifice animals for our own purposes at all?
    And sacrificing a young dove before he has had the pleasure of enjoying a dove monogamous marriage surely is rather cruel and heartless? Why is his life less worthy than the human who has him killed to enable their own purification?

    If the doves are so special, and emotionally mature as you say, wouldn't the best solution be not to sacrifice them at all and sacrifice a basket of wheat instead?

    The argument that animal sacrifice was a concession by Hashem to the Jews of the time who were brought up in an surrounding environment of pagan sacrifices seems puzzling. If a whole new generation of Jews were born in the desert and experienced the giving of Torah, why would they be hooked on the old pagan ways of the foreigners?

    The commandment from Hashem "Do not offer those (animals) that persecute, but rather those that are persecuted" (Lev. R. 27:5) seems especially troubling. Shouldn't the nasty persecuting animals be the one who would have to suffer ritual slaughter over the meek animals already under threat from the stronger animals? It seems like a cruel irony that the very fact of their weakness is reason to single them out for further violence.

    You mention the Midrash 'so the Jewish people, from the moment they recognized G-d, never substituted Him with any other deity'. I'm curious to know what was the moment when the Jews recognized G-d? It must have been after the building of the golden calf? It must have been after the second temple times when Jews were caught worshipping the Babylonian god Tammuz? Or today when many worship the almighty dollar?

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    Michael -14 years ago

    Don't kill the love: Cultivating sensitivity
    Nice, but why not cultivate sensitivity by teaching "don't kill the animal" instead of "choose which one you kill"?

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    CARMELA -14 years ago

    DON'T KILL THE LOVE
    B''H
    THE SENSITIVITY DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE, JOINS THE OTHER INSTANCES WHERE THE TORAH
    TEACHES US (BY EXAMPLES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM) TO BE MERCIFUL,AS MERCY IS ONE OF G-DS' 13 VIRTUES.
    IT REALLY MAKES THE HEART EXPAND,REALIZING, TIME AND AGAIN :''ASHREINU MA TOV CHELKEINU
    MA YAFA YERUSHATEINU'' HOW BLESSED AND LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HERITAGE.
    THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US ITS BEAUTY, TO BE APPRECIATIVE OF IT,AND TO ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH IT.
    BLESS YOU
    CARMELA,HAIFA,ISRAEL

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    Kayo -14 years ago

    La Chaim
    Baruch HaShem

    Today's sefirat HaOmer is supposed to express how bonding with someone is an essential ingredient in discipline and growth. The bonding with Chabad Lubavitch is the essential to the Chesed, Hope, Shimchat, and discipline and growth of my life.
    Todah.

    Shalom,
    Kayo

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    chana sharfstein -14 years ago

    Is Life Beautiful
    Short and to the point. Yes, it's all in attitude. I just can't help wondering WHY Hashem in His great kindness decides to continously test some of us though. I remeber years ago, after losing my parents and in-laws and having a child with great challenges- all by the time I had reached the age of thirty. It was a most unforgettable precious moment when The Rebbe respoded, with a smile on his kind face- "Well you still are lucky. You have a Rebbe that you can turn to and on whom you can unload all your challenges. But what about me- And in the midst of my deep crying we both began to laugh. It is all in our attitude. Thank G-D we can still continue to request the blessings of The Rebbe to fortify us to provide that extra measure of HOPE for that is the essential ingredient in helping us see the budding of the trees, the renewal of life, just at the time of the birthday, the actual date of the yahrzeit for my Mother, the eternal reawakening of nature with a heightened awareness of the inherent beauty of life. From Adam's idealistic existence to the nightmare of the Holocaust, let us hope we all find and maintain a positive attitude in our own world. Best wishes for a happy kosher Pessach.

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    sk -14 years ago

    this dvar torah
    when is this dvar torah from? it doesnt seem to play. was it posted in error? it certainly sounds like a very interesting topic, is there an mp3 to go along with it?
    Thank you.

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