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The Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow - 5/12/17

The Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow - 5/12/17



In This Issue
THIS SUNDAY: Lag Ba'Omer Grand Unity Parade!
Survival Of a Nation: May 17 @ 8PM
The Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow
Pre-Shavuot Flower Workshop: May 23!
Чему мы радуемся в Лаг-Баомер?
Book of the Week - Книга недели
On a Lighter Note
THIS SUNDAY: Lag Ba'Omer Grand Unity Parade!

SUNDAY, MAY 14th,   10:30 AM - 4 PM

The Lag B'omer Jewish Unity Parade gathers all communities,
synagogues, & schools together for a day of unity. It is an impacting, fun and inspirational experience for all men women & children involved.

The Parade leaves from 600 East Hallandale Bch Blvd, the southeast corner of Hallandale Beach Blvd & US1..

The Fair will be right next door at 1000 East Hallandale Bch Blvd.

Check it out on Facebook for more info click here

Survival Of a Nation: May 17 @ 8PM
Join us this 
Wed, May 17 - 8:00 pm for the next class of Survival of a Nation.


Lesson Two
Lightning Strike: The Ethics of Preemptive Strikes
As Arab armies mobilized along its borders, Israel faced immense international pressure not to launch a preemptive strike. She ignored these warnings and struck first. What are the ethics of preemptive strikes? What weight should be given to political considerations-as opposed to purely security/military concerns-in rendering such decisions? And how do these deliberations apply to the host of mortal threats that Israel faces today?
The Kabbalah of the Bow and Arrow
An outside observer of human life would probably describe it something like this: They wake up in the morning, spend   16 to 18 hours using objects to manipulate other objects, and go to sleep.
On the whole, this is how we conduct our lives. When something faces us, we grab hold of something else -- a telephone, a wallet, a gun -- with which to deal with the situation.

But there comes a point at which the phone is just a piece of plastic, there's nothing to shoot at, and no matter how much money is expended, it doesn't get any better. The external resources on which we've come to rely are suddenly ineffectual, and the only place to turn is inward, to ourselves.

Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count that connects Passover to Shavuot, is the birthday of Jewish mysticism.

For many generations, the inner soul of Torah -- also known as the "Kabbalah" -- was transmitted from teacher to disciple in the form of cryptic maxims, in private, and only to a very few individuals in each generation. These teachings chart the sublime expanses of the divine reality, the processes of creation, G‑d's relationship to our existence and the inner recesses of the human soul. The tremendous power they contain, and their extreme subtlety, makes them extremely vulnerable to corruption. Thus, for many years it was forbidden to reveal these teachings.

The first to disseminate the teachings of Kabbalah to a wider group of disciples was Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the 2nd century CE. The most significant revelation came about on the day of Rabbi Shimon's passing, on which he expounded for many hours on the most intimate secrets of the divine wisdom. That day was Lag BaOmer.

Centuries were to pass before the great Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria (the "Holy Ari", 1534-1572) would proclaim, "In these times, we are allowed and duty-bound to reveal this wisdom," and Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760) and his disciples were to make them accessible to all via the teachings of Chassidism. But Lag BaOmer remains the day on which "Jewish mysticism" made its first emergence from the womb of secrecy and exclusivity. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai instructed his disciples to celebrate this day as a joyous festival -- and so it is marked in every Jewish community to this day.

One of the ways in which we celebrate Lag BaOmer is by taking children out to parks and fields to play with bows and arrows. The Lubavitcher Rebbeexplains that the bow-and-arrow symbolizes the power of inwardness -- the power unleashed by the mystic soul of Torah.

The first weapons devised by man were designed for hand-to-hand combat. But a person's enemy or prey is not always an arm's-length away, or even within sight. Soon the warrior and hunter felt the need for a weapon that could reach a target a great distance away, or which lies invisible and protected behind barriers of every sort.
With a bow and arrow, the tension in an arched bough of wood is exploited to propel a missile for great distances and slash through barriers. The inventor of this device first had to grasp the paradox that the deadly arrow must be pulled back toward one's own heart in order to strike the heart of the opponent, and that the more it is drawn toward oneself, the more distant an adversary it can reach.
The external body of Torah is our tool for meeting the obvious challenges of life. Do not kill or steal, it instructs us; feed the hungry, hallow your relationships with the sanctity of marriage, rest on Shabbat, eat only kosherfoods -- for thus you will preserve the order that G‑d instituted in His world and develop it in accordance with the purpose towards which He created it.

But not everything is as up front as the explicit do's and don'ts of the Torah. Beyond them lie the ambiguities of intent and motive, the subtleties of love and awe, the interplay of ego and commitment; the taint of evil that shadows the most holy of endeavors, and the sparks of goodness that lie buried within the darkest reaches of creation. How are we to approach these challenges, so distant from our sensory reach and so elusive of our mind's comprehension?

This is where the mystical dimension of Torah comes in. It guides us in a retreat to our own essence, to the very core of our soul. It illuminates the selfless heart of the self, the spark of G‑dliness within us that is one with its Creator and His creation. From there we unleash the power to deal with the most distant and obscure adversary; from there we catapult our redeeming influence to the most forsaken corners of G‑d's world.
Pre-Shavuot Flower Workshop: May 23!
Ladies, join us for an exciting Pre-Shavuot Flower Workshop with 
Le Fleur Boutique, MAY 23rd at 7:30 pm! 

Advanced RSVP: $15 per person 
At the Door: $20 per person

Чему мы радуемся в Лаг-Баомер?
Р-н Дов-Бер Байтман

Тридцать третий день Омера еврейский народ отмечает как радостный праздник Лаг-Баомер. В этот день следует веселиться в память о величайшем каббалисте всех времен, авторе святой книги Зогар - великом праведнике рабби Шимоне Бар Йохае (Рашби). Именно в этот день, 18-го Ияра, около двух тысячелетий назад его душа покинула физический мир. Согласно еврейской традиции, день памяти праведника всегда отмечают особо, так как все плоды его духовного служения в этот день достигают окончательного совершенства и законченности. Но все же радость Лаг-Баомера превосходит все наши привычные представления о праздновании дней памяти праведников.
Так в чем же причина столь исключительного веселья в этот день, в чем преимущество Рашби над другими праведниками? Обратимся за ответом к мудрым еврейским книгам.

Рассказывается в Иерусалимском Талмуде, что когда рабби Акива посвятил в раввины двух своих лучших учеников рабби Меира и рабби Шимона, то на более почетное место он посадил рабби Меира. Опечалилось лицо рабби Шимона. Утешил его рабби Акива: "Тебе должно быть достаточно, что мы двое - я и Всевышний - знаем величие твоей мудрости". И если рабби Меир не всегда мог донести свою идею до понимания других учеников, то мудрость рабби Шимона вообще находилась на недосягаемой для них высоте - там, где "только двое": рабби Акива, названный в Талмуде отражением Всевышнего, и Сам Творец.

Если даже при жизни, пребывая в ограниченном материальном теле, Рашби был несравненно выше всех мудрецов, живших в то время, то вообразим себе, каково же было его восхождение по окончании земной жизни! Но какое отношение к величайшему из праведников, святому Рашби, имеем мы с вами - простые евреи, веселящиеся в этот день?

Девятого Ава - в день, когда был разрушен Иерусалимский Храм - евреи всего мира в молитве просят у Всевышнего привести в этот мир Машиаха и этим утешить нас, так как, пока не отстроено Святилище, знак траура лежит на всем народе Израиля. Одному из учеников великого каббалиста Аризаля (XVI век) отсутствие Храма причиняло столь сильную душевную боль, что он взял за правило произносить эту молитву не только девятого Ава, а ежедневно.

Однажды в Лаг-Баомер, придя на гору Мерон, где похоронен рабби Шимон Бар Йохай, он и там стал произносить свою просьбу о Машиахе и Храме. Внезапно появившийся перед ним образ Рашби строго отчитал ученика Аризаля за то, что тот омрачает траурными молитвами "день его радости".

Каббалисты объяснили недовольство "виновника торжества" тем, что рабби Шимон Бар Йохай принадлежит к когорте тех высочайших душ, для которых разрушения Храма не было и не могло быть. Поэтому в "день его радости" неуместны ни горе, ни просьбы об утешении.

Book of the Week - Книга недели

The Jew and His Home - Ish u'Beiso [Ты и твой дом] 

Книга "Ты и твой дом" - это попытка дать читателю и в первую очередь молодой паре, готовящейся вступить в брак, учебник теории еврейского дома. Она призвана стать их руководителем в домашнем обиходе и наставником во всех вопросах семейной жизни. В книге читатель найдет изложение основных законов, знание которых необходимо для правильного разрешения проблем еврейского дома.

This book, and many more, is available for purchase at the Chabad RC bookstore.

Эта и многие другие еврейские книги могут быть приобретены в книжной лавке Chabad RC. 

PRICE / ЦЕНА: $13.95
On a Lighter Note

One day, Betty goes to her dentist and asks him how much it will cost to extract a wisdom tooth.
"Two hundred dollars," the dentist says.
"That's a ridiculous amount," Betty says. "Isn't there a cheaper way?"
"Well," the dentist says, "if I don't use an anesthetic, I can knock it down to $150."
"That's still too expensive," Betty says.
"Okay," says the dentist. "If I save on anesthesia and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I could get away with charging you only $100."
"No," moans Betty, "it's still too much."
"Hmm," says the dentist, scratching his head. "If I let one of my students do it without anesthetic and use a pair of old pliers - just for the experience, you understand, I suppose I could charge you just $50."
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