Friday, June 11, 2010
He took hold of a cell phone and spoke to his sister Simie Shtrocks from BC and wished her well.
He wished my father a refuah Shleima.
He had some pain in his shoulder, but seemed to experience a euphoria, seemingly from the miracle of having made it through a successful surgery.
I would like to thank all the people that davened for my brother, especially for the yeshiva Ohr Somayach that had a Tehillim vigil last night.
There has been an outpouring of concern and support from family, friends, and Sruli,s fan club from around the world, which is very heartwarming
Please continue saying tehillim, to thank Hashem for this miracle and to ask Hashem to ease my brother's recuperation
Moishe L. Chanowitz
There is this famous (Polish) Shlomo story about about R'Avrohom Borenstein of Sochachev, Avnei Nezer.
He was an amazing genius in Torah and when he was only 13 he married the heilige Kotzker rebbe's daughter. Nebach, year later he fell critically ill.
The situation looked very very bleak so his father went to the Kotzker to beg for a prayer.
He said " Rebbe, I am so worried about my son. Please daven for him. You know how much Torah he's learned and I m sure if you remind the Heavens of it he ll be found worthy to live".
But the Kotzker only answered - You call it "learned"? He has learned nothing, he has done nothing. Nothing!!!
The Sochachover's father could not believe what he is hearing and said "But Rebbe, I dont know what you mean. My son is only 14 and he s already learned all the Torah by heart."
But the Kotzker just shook his head and kept repeating "Nothing!". There was just no way to get the Kotzker to change his mind.
Few days later the miracle happened. The Sochatchover recovered completely. His father was filled with joy but still that meeting with the Kotzker troubled him a lot. So he said to his son " You know your father-in-law is a very holy person and the great rebbe but I just dont understand. When you were ill I went to him and tried to get him to daven for you, to speak on your behalf in the higher echelons. But whenever I tried to remind him of all the Torah you ve learned and all the mitzvos you ve done that should make you surely worthy of yeshuah, he wouldnt listen and he would just repeat - this all is nothing, nothing at all!"
The Sochachover laughed "Gevalt, father, is the Kotzker holy!, Gevalt, is he wise! You thought that by praising me you would help me. But really the opposite was true. You see, every person is in this world to do one tikkun, one special fixing. And once he is done there is no need for him to stay in the Olam Hazeh.
My father-in-law knew that if I had already learned everything I was supposed to then there was no way of saving me. So when he was saying - it's nothing - he was really speaking to Heaven saying - R Avrohom has only begun to accomplish his task. His work isnt finished - he has so much more to learn. Zisse Tate Melech, You have to give him more time.
And this, Father, is what saved my life"
Yes, you have touched many lives (including mine).
Yes, your kiyum mitzvas kibud av v'eim is something we should all learn from.
Yes you ve been an inspiration.
You merely scratched the surface. There is so much more to do.
So yes, nice, very good job so far and let's go veiter.
the chief rabbi of the polish minority in exile... or at least somewhere there.
ps ah yes please add gateshead england to the world list of places being mispalel for you.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
We here in Boulder Colorado are thinking of you and Davening for you along with people around the world. I just got off with Argentina and the Yeshiva there will be davening as well. Iyh, we are sure that everything will go well and we will be able to celebrate a Seudas Hodoah together. As a younger sister, I have watched the way you treat and honor Deddy and Mommy. No little small or big thing is too much for you. I can't believe how many times you made the trek from Monsey to Brooklyn so that you could be there. You are an inspiration.
If we can help in any way, please tell us.
Love the Scheiner families
In your special zchus, i will humbly add my 2cents, (canadian) to this wonderful blog.
As you all know, my Mother just passed away. I want to share a short anecdote with the moral on Kibbud Av V'aim being JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN. NOW.
Sure enough, after my mother was niftar, I thought about it, and realized that Moishe was right. I did find some things to feel guilty about, despite all my best dedicated efforts to honor, respect and care for her in the best possible way. I am still so grateful for all we were able to do, and the way we did it.
As Zaidy Chanowitz says, "Capture the opportunity of a lifetime, in the lifetime of the opportunity."
We wish everyone, arichus yomim veshanim tovos always and only, with simcha bituv levov
Kibud av vaem can sometimes be a tall order (and other times sheer pleasure). I was hoping you might gain something from this in regards to kibud av vaem or any other area of you life.
Meaning in the effort
Because there is darkness, light has value. Because of the challenges, the rewards have meaning.
The essence of great art is in the authentic physical, mental and spiritual effort that creates it. If it were easy, instant and free, no one would care about it.
When the path becomes steep, that's no reason to despair. For it means you are making progress and nearing the top.
Do you find yourself wishing that life could be easier? Take that as your prompting to go out and make it more meaningful.
Because a life free of effort is not really what you want. What you really want is for every effort to bring a meaningful sense of fulfillment.
When your purpose is clear and honestly you, everything is an opportunity. Feel the beauty of that purpose, and eagerly greet whatever may come.
-- Ralph Marston
Thank you very much for rooting for me!
I hope we all learn allot from this blog and never need to do this for you!
May Hashem help us all collectively and respectively to be M'Chazek the world around us.
Then by connecting the dots of the Achdus of all the people from around the world who are being Mispallel for me, May we be Zoche to Yeshuas Hashem K'Heref Ayin! The real Yeshuah is with the coming of Moshiach!
I Love You All!
Chizku V'Yaamtzu Livavchem!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Honoring One's Parents (A Modern-Day Doma Ben Nesina)
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There is hardly a Jewish child who has not been taught the story in the Talmud (Kiddushin 31a) of Doma Ben Nesina. He was the son of a jeweler who refused to wake up his sleeping father when representatives of the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple) came knocking on his door, wishing to buy certain precious stones for the Kohen Hagadol's breastplate (urim v'tumim).
It so happened, that the key to Nesina's diamond vault was lying under his pillow and Doma refused to wake his father, even at the cost of a fortune in a lost diamond sale. As a reward, the very next year, representatives of the Beis Hamikdash once again came to Doma, searching for a parah adumah (red heifer) that was in his father's herd. This time his father was not sleeping, and the previous year's loss was fully recouped, and then some. The Talmud lauds this selfless act of kibud av (honoring one's father and mother).
A modern version of the story may be found in a remarkable concurring opinion rendered by Judge Douglas McKeon, in a "run of the mill" landlord-tenant case, styled, Hudsoncliff Building Co. vs. Houpouridou, (New York Law Journal, Dec. 22, 2008, p. 27, col. 1, App. Tm., 1st Dep't. Decision Davis and Schoenfeld, JJ. McKeon, P.J. concurs in a separate opinion).
The landlord sued to remove Mrs. Houpouridou from her rent stabilized apartment due to the fact that she had spent several years in Greece looking after her sick mother who eventually died in Greece. Upon her mother's demise, Houpouridou sought to return to her apartment, but the landlord claimed she had abandoned it, as it was no longer her primary residence.
The decision rendered by the three-judge panel was to allow her to remain in the apartment. Moreover, one of the members of the panel, Judge Douglas McKeon, while in full sympathy with Houpouridou, not only restored her to her apartment, but in a most poignant, and yet pointed mussar statement, expounded in his concurring opinion:
"... There was a time in many cultures when the care of a sick or elderly parent by a child was the hallmark of familial responsibility. But, according to that frequently uttered refrain, times change. Mothers or fathers, sometimes both, would often live under the same roof with their offspring and the hands-on care provided would be substantial. To the outsider, considerable sacrifice seemed involved, but for the caregiver child, the care of mom and dad was the natural progression in life's journey; those who reared and raised, and gave life, would be comforted and looked after in the twilight of their own. Sad to say, as with so many old-fashioned values, adherence dims with each new generation, and parental care in some instances has been reduced to an occasional call to a nurse's aide or an infrequent, obligatory visit to a nursing home.
But there are those, undoubtedly dwindling in number who remain students of the old school, staying true to basic traditions and still giving life to words now seldomly spoke: "my mother will never go to a nursing home." (Tenant) is one of those rare individuals and her heartfelt decision to travel to Greece to be at her mother's side during a final illness should not visit upon her the draconian penalty of forfeiture of her long-held regulated apartment."
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak of Peshischa (1766-1813), known in the chassidic world by the title "The Holy Jew" (Yid Hakadosh), had the following custom when teaching his disciples: whenever a very difficult question arose, he would concentrate very deeply, often remaining steeped in his thoughts for half an hour or more, until the answer came to him.
One day, when one of these questions came up, one of his students, a young man who was orphaned from his father, became very hungry, and decided to dart home to his mother for a quick bite while everyone waited for their rebbe to emerge from his meditative trance.
He quickly ran home and asked his mother for some food. While he ate, his mother asked him to bring down a package that she needed from the attic. Nervous about returning late, the young man told his mother he had to return right away. But as he hurried back to the study hall, the student realized what he had done: after all, isn't the study of Torah supposed to lead to fulfillment of its mitzvot? He had just missed an opportunity to fulfill the divine commandment to honor his mother!
The student did an about-face and ran back to his mother's house. He begged his mother's forgiveness and brought the package down from the attic. He then rushed back to the study hall. As soon as he entered the room, the Rebbe of Peshischa emerged from his deep thoughts, and promptly stood up to greet the young man.
Noticing that their master had stood up, all the other students also stood. The young man was quite bewildered at all of this. The rebbe then delivered his answer to the difficult question, and asked everyone to sit down. Sitting down with them, he turned to the young man and said: "Now tell us everything that happened to you."
After the young man related what had happened, the rebbe said:
"Surely you wonder why I stood up. The Talmud tells us that the great sage Abayei was an orphan from both parents. His father had passed away soon after his mother had conceived, and his mother died in childbirth. How, then, could he fulfill the command of honoring one's parents, which is one of the Ten Commandments? Therefore, whenever anyone fulfills this mitzvah properly, Abayei accompanies him.
"Since you fulfilled this mitzvah," said the Holy Jew to the fatherless student, "Abayei went with you. When you came here, Abayei came along with you, and I stood up in his honor. And it was he who gave me the answer to the difficult question..."
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The rebbe says that since the torah is very careful with every word it uses and were the word is put than there must be a reason why these 3 are near each other .
so lets start with kedoshim tehiyu :be holy - being holy doesn't just mean that when you daven you should be holy and when you do mitzvos you should be holy because that's sort of natural meaning its intrinsic .
so when do u have to be holy? when you do business ,eating..etc when you don't automatically look like your doing something holy or something that differentiates you as a frum jew that's when you have to be"holy"like saying a bracha on food being honest in work..etc .
so what does this have to connect with honoring our parents(which is our next commandment)?who teaches us how to be holy? -our parents and that's how the 1st 2 commandments connect.
now the last commandment es shabbosai tishmoru :keep shabbos what does that have to do with honoring parents? to answer this i will 1st explain what does it mean to keep shabbos-if you tell a non-Jew to close his store on shabbos he will say why should i... i get most of my business then but however most jews on the other hand close their store on shabbos. why ?because we yiddin have imunna in hashem that he will provide us with what we need .now who gives us this emuna and bitachon? our parents .
i hope you enjoyed, sorry if it was a bit long .and i hope that this will be a zchus for sruly to have a complete and speedy recovery
Sara chanowitz Montreal