During the Omer, Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students died because they didn't properly respect one another. We still mourn them, almost 2,000 later, because we haven't yet corrected their sin. We're all still guilty of intramural hate. Do you know why? We haven't yet learned the lesson of the Four Sons on Seder night. Let me explain, with an amazing story from sixty years ago, about my father, of blessed memory...
For those who don't know, Israelis return to the polls on Monday, March 2, 2020 for the third time in eleven months, for both the April, 2019 elections and the September, 2019 elections caught our country split apart and unable to form a stable majority government.
Elections in Israel are not only a heartache, but they're useless. Worse than useless, they're destructive. Why? I'll answer you with one of my metaphors: "Elections in Israel is like looking at ourselves through a broken mirror." Maybe you don't understand what I mean – today's podcast explains both the metaphor and what's going on in Israel today.
Today's podcast is all about the nasty "A" word – abortion. What we say here is very politically incorrect with the contemporary liberal norms that turn what the Torah calls abominations into ideology, but I don't care because I'm not running for office and am not trying to garner votes. Hopefully, though, today's podcast will save lives; even if it saves one unborn child, it's more than worth it.
The Gemara in tractate Sanhedrin, page 37a says that anyone who causes the loss of one life is equivalent to someone who has destroyed an entire world. And conversely, anyone who saves one life is equivalent to someone who has saved an entire world...
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History was made on January 1, 2020 when an unprecedented crowd of over 90,000 Jews filled New Jersey's Metlife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the current cycle of Daf Yomi, the daily page of Gemara learning that enables a person to learn all of the Talmud in seven years, a monumental accomplishment that hundreds of thousand of Jews around the world have achieved. History was made again a mere 48 later on January 3, 2020, when the arch-villain and modern day Haman, Iranian Quds commander and world's most dangerous terrorist General Qassam Soleimani was terminated in a brilliant US military operation in Baghdad airport. Is there a connection between the two events? Let's here today's podcast.
Some forty years ago, there was an interesting character whom all of Jerusalem knew and were fondly tolerant of. This was an eccentric old man who stood all day long, rain or shine, in the middle of what was then the only entrance to Jerusalem from the west, helping the traffic lights direct traffic with his cane. The poor guy was a Holocaust survivor, and who knows what the Nazis did to his brain. Yet, why do so many of us act just like him?
Some people look at themselves in a negative light and think that they're unworthy of serving the Almighty, maybe because they've been in such low places and done such kinky things that they think Hashem doesn't want anything to do with them at all. Or, maybe they were born into an observant family and at some point fell off the path, and they think that the Almighty is angry at them; they fear that their Father in Heaven will reject them. Both groups are utterly wrong, as Rabbi Lazer explains in today's podcast with one of his original parables.
On Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2019, a masked assailant stormed into Rabbi Rottenberg's synagogue on Forshay Avenue in Monsey during the lighting of Chanukah candles. Wielding a machete, he wounded five people, three of whom are in critical condition. The "Emuna News" division of Emuna Beams gives us a spiritual perspective on the attack.
Today, Rabbi Lazer broadcasts from the ancient Sycamore grove in the dunes of the northern Negev Desert south of Ashdod. What's the secret of these trees and their ability to thrive in such an arid climate with winds and shifting sands? These trees are an amazing living parable about the Jewish People...