Over These Do I Cry - Reflections On Tisha B’av

Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 12:27 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Monday, 08 August 2011 12:15

Napoleon Bonaparte was passing through the Jewish quarter in Paris when he stopped to investigate the strange cries and laments emanating from the local synagogue. His curiosity had peaked when he was informed that it was the Ninth of Av and that he was listening to the Jewish people wail over the destruction of their Holy Temple in Jerusalem. “When did this thing happen?” probed the inquisitive Emperor. “Some 1700 years ago,” came the nonchalant reply. Upon hearing this Napoleon remarked in a tone of awe and conviction: “A people who refuse to forget their past, are destined to forever have a future.”

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“Whoever mourns for Jerusalem, will merit to witness her rejoicing,” as the Prophet (Yeshayahu 66:10) declares: “Rejoice with her greatly, all who mourn for her.” – Talmud

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Life is a Journey - The Road To True Self Realization

Last Updated on Friday, 29 July 2011 11:59 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 29 July 2011 11:37

The Road To True Self Realization

Man is regarded as one who is constantly moving. He must perpetually move from one level to another. If he will not go steadily upwards he will, indeed, decline steadily. For it is impossible to remain on one level. (The Ga’on of Vilna)

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You Are What You Speak

Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 11:24 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 22 July 2011 11:07

The Distinctive Mark Of Human Superiority

Like it or not, we all have expectations and when something is agreed upon or when a promise is made, a certain responsibility is placed upon the shoulders of the one who makes the promise.

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Don't Mind Your Own Business - A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 07:06 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 15 July 2011 06:54

A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

    The late Peter Marshall was an eloquent speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate. He used to love to tell the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps.

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For Heaven's Sake - The Tell Tale Signs of Destructive “Machlokes”

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2011 12:50 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 24 June 2011 12:05

   

Izzy sat faithfully at his wife Norma’s side, every day for several months, as she slipped in and out of a coma.

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Faith vs Effort - Man’s Paradoxical Misson

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 13:51 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 17 June 2011 13:35

Man’s Paradoxical Misson

“If only G-d would give me a sign… such as, say, a large deposit in a Swiss bank account under my name...” (Woody Allen)

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Sam is unrelenting in his petition of Heaven. His unremitting prayer causes such an uproar above that G-d dispatches an angel to determine what it is that troubles this tenacious petitioner.

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L’CHAIM! - Something To Drink About... Something To Think About

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2011 11:39 Written by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 03 June 2011 11:14

A man one approached his Rebbe demanding an explanation as to what made him so great.

“You eat and I eat,” argued the disciple, “You say a blessing before you eat, as do I. So what makes you so much greater than me?”

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Is Fear a Sin? - Faith Vs. Anxiety

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2011 11:14 Written by By Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 13 May 2011 11:02

   

Two men in the same town came into sudden wealth. They both hit upon the idea of burying their treasures in the ground. Each picked a landmark on their respective properties, paced 50 steps and dug a hole.

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So What if Life Isn't Fair?

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 13:27 Written by By Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 06 May 2011 13:05

The cards we are dealt in life, are the cards we are dealt. It’s our decision how we play our hand.

Learning To Play The Hand You Were Dealt.

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Life is a Box of (Bittersweet) Chocolate

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 09:21 Written by By Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 08 April 2011 08:46

The Silver Lining Behind Challenge And Adversity

Life is so full of sadness and sorrow, some say it’s better not to have been born at all!... But how many people do you meet in a lifetime who are that lucky?

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The Elusive Pursuit of Spirituality - the “I” Un-capitalized

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 12:18 Written by By Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Friday, 25 March 2011 11:43

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, a student of the great Maggid of Mezritch, once knocked on the Maggid's door to ask a Talmudic question that perplexed him.

"Who is it?" Asked the Maggid.

"It is I," Reb Shneur Zalman responded.

"Come in, Zalmanu," the Maggid said, recognizing the voice. After satisfactorily resolving R' Shneur Zalman's question, the Maggid unexpectedly said, "Good-bye, Zalmanu. Have a good journey."

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