The giving tree

I was blind, and I could not see
Rebbe had a real prfound affect on me
He jumped down into the pit I was in
washed the kelipot off of my skin
Rebbe is the giving tree


Call for Rebbe Limericks

There once was a man from YU,
Who honestly loved every Jew,
Known for Torahs astute,
he often eats fruit,
My soul he enlightens anew.

Haiku Project - Completed.

Here are all the submissions. Please vote for your favorite.

Shekhina longing,
he sings Naomi Shemer.
Rebbe’s Hallel rocks.
-Zakein Mamrei

O' cold, dark galus...
Is rebbe the mashiach?
Only time will tell.
-The Holy Poet

grapefruit banana
orange melon mango nut
He removes klipah.
-Zakein Mamrei

off to victory
we stand on Rebbe's shoulders
A sword dipped in blood
-Akiva Ben Canaan

Rebbe's Shabbos Lunch,
we taste his words of Torah,,
and beanless cholent.
-Zakein Mamrei

From the Thought of Brisk
Out Comes Holy Reshimos
Is a Real Litvak

Eight-thirty minyan,
Rebbe walks up to daven,
out by ten thirty.

Cold,Lost,and Alone?
Sing Rebbe's Entrance Music,
And He will appear.

wise eyes spark'ling,
torah, love, fruit always fresh,
rebbe is the source.

Watch Jetson's Reruns
Before and During Seder
Way to Spend a Day!!
-Anonymous Snag

snag, snag, go away
Lick the dust at Rebbe's feet
Or taste destruction
-Akiva Ben Canaan in response to Anonymous Snag

Oh impudent clown,
Know that you will not be missed,
I have a shovel.
-Kra Satan (AKA Zakein Mamrei)
in response to Anonymous Snag

Rebbe has a beard,
Rebbe sometimes wears a hat,
Rebbe is very nice.
-The Holy Poet

An Hegelian
synthesis is this Rebbe
a Brisker Chossid.
-Zakein Mamrei


RRRR Winter Gathering

The Council of Elders of the RRRR, in conjunction with the RRRR Men's Club, and the Daughters of the RRRR Revolution, the Rebbe Youth Army, and sponsored by the letter R, and the number 8,

cordially invite all members of the Council of Elders of the RRRR to a:

-Kumsitz (led by the RRRR house band)
-Strategic Planning Meeting
-Mexican Fiesta (with Pinyata and Margaritas)

Location and Time To Be Decided
(probably Washington Heights)

Special guests may include:

Ministers of Defense, Fashion Couture, Finance, and Minister Without Portfolio, Martha Stewart (fresh from Prison) and a variety of Rebbe Youth.

Family and friends of the Revolution are invited with limited exception. ID's will be checked at the door. Please call or email Danimal or leave a message in the comments to let me know about your availability. We hope to have a firm date in mind by Thursday.

In honor of Sefer Shemos - Slavery

Nothing in America is so painful to the traveler as the lack of joy. Pleasure if frantic and bacchanalian, a matter of momentary oblivion, not of delighted self-expression. Men whose grandfathers danced to the music of the pipe in Balkan or Polish villages sit throughout the day glued to their desks, amid typewriters and telephones, serious, important and worthless. Escaping in the evening to drink and a new kind of noise, they imagine that they are finding happiness, whereas they are finding only a frenzied and incomplete oblivion of the hopeless routine of money that breeds money, using for the purpose the bodies of human beings who souls have been sold into slavery.

Abusing Geese

It appears that the qualifications for becoming Rebbe's Son in Law have reached new heights:

http://livestranger.blogspot.com/ - begin with the posts at the bottom.

We should all be zocheh to such tales!


Put this in the comments of one of them, but wanted to make sure it was out there...

Cold,Lost,and Alone?
Sing Rebbe's Entrance Music,
And He will appear.


wise eyes sparkling,
torah, love, fruit always fresh,
rebbe is the source.

How does Rebbe spend Nittelnacht?


Not Rabbi, but Reb Jeff

This is the dude in my shul. He also has a online radio show. www.newjewishwakeup.com

I was talking to Reb Jeff this morning and he told me a great parable. After complimenting him on his insight he told me, "I'm just a street Jew. just a simple street Jew."


Haiku Update

Brothers of Light,
I would like to update you on my call for submission of Rebbe Haikus. The response has been somewhat promising, though I am still waiting for poems from some of our brass. Here's what we have so far.

Shekhina longing,
he sings Naomi Shemer.
Rebbe’s Hallel rocks.
-Zakein Mamrei

O' cold, dark galus...
Is rebbe the mashiach?
Only time will tell.
-The Holy Poet

grapefruit banana
orange melon mango nut
He removes klipah.
-Zakein Mamrei

off to victory
we stand on Rebbe's shoulders
A sword dipped in blood
-Akiva Ben Canaan

Eight-thirty minyan,
Rebbe walks up to daven,
out by ten thirty.


Rebbe's Army

Preparations for the Great Day

As we all know, every great revoltion has a dynamic leader and devoted followers. This we have. But as we also know, footsoldiers are necessary in the final stages of the uprising. Some may be found at the Thursday night shiur, but many of these potential recruits all too quickly disappear under their rocks. This leaves us with no alternative, other than to breed footsoldiers.

For this purpose, I suggest we think creatively:

An ideal breeding ground should be dark, warm and moist. Perhaps Zakein Mamrei can find some room in his basement?

Cloning is also an option; any suggestions for which of our Lieutenants should be cloned?

Breeding / cloning would not replace the need for Rebbe Boot Camp for kids; the oompa-loompas will still need leaders.


Cause every bad boy has a soft side.

Soldiers, it's time for you to submit a Rebbe haiku.
Here's mine:

Shekhina longing,
he sings Naomi Shemer.
Rebbe’s Hallel rocks.


Gevalt from Rosh HaGiva

Gevaltika Havdala from Rosh HaGiv'ah. When will all of Rebbe's Students gather next for such an event??


The Eagle , the Ring and the Mountains of Darkness

Every day Shlomo would rise early in the morning,
he would turn his face towards the east and would see what he would see.
Afterwards he would turn to the south and would see what he would see.
Then he would turn towards the north and stand there,
he lowered his eyes and straightened his head.
At that time, there was a pillar of fire and a pillar of cloud that would come,
On the pillar of cloud came an eagle.
The eagle was great and strong.
This is the way he would come;
the right wing on the pillar of fire
and the its body and left wing on the pillar of cloud
The eagle would bring two leaves in its mouth
So they came, the pillar of cloud the pillar of fire and the eagle upon them
and bowed before King Shlomo
the eagle humbled himself before him and gave him the leaves
King Shlomo took the leaves and smelled them
he would sense in the smell a sign
and he would say,”this one is from Falling One,
and this one is from Uncovered Eyes.”
When there were two leaves
he would know that both Falling One and Uncovered eyes wish to reveal to him secret words.
What would he do?
He sealed his throne with a seal that was engraved in it the holy name,
and he took a ring that was engraved in it the holy name.
He then mounted the eagle and flew away.
The eagle climbed to the clouds,
and every placed where they would pass the light would become darkened.
The wise people who lived in the place where it became dark would know,
and would say, “ King Shlomo just passed by,”
and they wouldn’t know to where he was going.
The foolish people of that place would say,
“It was clouds that were passing by that made the world dark.”
The eagle rose higher and flew four hundred parsangs until he reached the Mountains of Darkness, there is Tadmor in the desert in the mountains,
and he would land there, raise his head and would see a Mountain of Darkness
There he would learn all that he needed
and he knew that in there he would enter
He rode the eagle like before and flew and rose into the mountains
until the place of the olive tree.
He called out with strength, “God your hand is raised, let them not see...(Isaiah 26, 11.)
He entered there until came close to that place,
he placed the ring with t he seal before him and came close
there he learned all that he wanted
of those foreign wisdoms which he wanted to know.
Once they told all that he wanted to know he rode on the eagle and returned to his place.
When he sat down on his throne, his mind became settled,
and he would speak from his mind precious words of wisdom.
Zohar II 112b

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Rebbe's Image

Rebbe's image has been a long debated topic within the revolution. There are some who thrive on Rebbe's image as the renegade YU Rosh Yeshivah. They percieve him as the great revolutionary the Besht of our time who will bring life to wisdom instead of bringing wisdom to life. They smile from ear to ear when they overhear their fellow MYPers mocking Rebbe's tardiness to davening and wait anxiously each year to throw rubber chickens at the purim shpiel. They look to Rebbe as the great fixer and finder of lost souls. There is a story they tell to illustrate how misunderstood they and their Rebbe truly are. You see one shabbos rebbe's leichter caught on fire and Rebbe attempted to pour water around the fire and do gram kibui rather than directly put out the fire. The Rebbetzin quickly grabbed a bucket of water preventing catastrophy. After that episode Rebbe vowed any time there was even a safek pikuach nefesh he wuld be the one to violate shabbos without hesitation as a true tzadik should. Years later Rebbe's cousin had an asthma attack on shabbos and rebbe grabbed him and jumped into the car to drive him to the hospital. The windows were down and the radio was blarig from before shabbos(rebbe is the only one in the heights with enough emunah to leave his car windows down overnight) and Rebbe quickly began driving to the hospital. Rebbe got caught at a red light only to see Rabbi Cohen staring right at hm while crossing the street. (who must have been assumed it was a pikuach nefesh situation) Some feel that Rebbe needs to be truly misunderstood by his collegues, yu administration, and students to truly make his mark. There is yet another camp who is on a crusade to improve Rebbe's image as much as possible. They are Rebbe's personal PR dept. and feel that Rebbe must truly infiltrate the ranks of the Yeshivah to change the Yeshivah from within. When confronted with Rebbe haters they quickly will remind their opposition that Rebbe was the longest talmud of the Rav(over 26 years) and used to even vacation with him in cape cod. They talk of the reshimos,Rebbe's pre davening visits to help the elderly, and publicize his efforts on behalf of the jews in Israel. Who is the real Rebbe you may ask? Does Rebbe need a public image campaign? Do we feel that if people will open themselves up to here the Rebbe's torah they will be hooked? Or by repackiging Rebbe do we run the risk of comprimising the Revolution? Will it still be recognisible in 5 years if we continue on this track or will it just be anoter branch of the CJF?

RRRR Summer Camp


Hello from France!
Sorry for the long lapse, but I'm way underground with amaylus in a profession filled with klipah...but can be great if harnessed correctly.
On to business...
It's that time of the year again: Applications to all sorts of summer camps are being sent out as we speak. There are a variety of trips in different locations for different reasons, but one is still lacking. That is the Rebbe Reichman Revolutionary (Boot) Camp.
Honestly. Where would you rather send your child than Rebbe Camp? There could be all sorts of classes and training for revolutionary hopefuls, like rubber chicken throwing 101, Arts and Crafts w/ our very own minister of Propaganda, and Jamborees with the Ruach Revival Band. There can also be an adult program, where RRRR members can hone their skills to serve better to the holy cause.
Obviously, there will be a long and difficult application process, since everyone is not Revolution material. Children of the Revolution are obviously welcome, and will be named Color War captains ASAP (Captain Izzy?) A location also needs to be decided (Do we go with Rebbe to Israel, or somewhere in Chutz LeAretz, like Indonesia?). Who knows? Maybe the next great RRRR member is just waiting for a chance like this to come in contact with the Revolution?
Hey, you need to get to them young, right?

P.S: Contrary to what Rebbe said at the Mela've Malke in Fair-Lawn, we all know Rebbe does have super magical powers.

Viva La Resistance!!!
Viva La Rebbe!!!

Quiet Desperation, Part 3 - Rebbe Nachman

A wealthy person in a distant city opened up his house to feed the poor. All were welcome. There were no time restraints for how long one can stay, nor were there any requirements to deserve such meals-such as work.

A poor man heard about that benevolence and decided he “needed a break” from his poverty and traveled there. Arriving in the city, he asked where the wealthy man lived and was shown a large, luxurious house. He entered and asked for a meal. The owner said, “If you want to get your meal?” and put him to work chopping wood and other back-breaking labors which the poor man worked at the whole day. When night finally fell, the homeowner directed the poor man to a house across the street and told him that he can eat his meal there.

The poor man entered the home and was seated at the table. While waiting for the meal to be served, he didn’t mince his words and expressed his wrath at having to work so hard just for the meal. When asked what happened, he told how he came to the house across the street and was immediately put to work at hard labor for the day. The host smiled and told him, “If you had come straight here, you would not have had to work at all!”

As Rebbe Nachman said, “Arbeten, arbet men fahr di avonos. Essen! Est men im zist!” We [must] work. This is for our sins. We eat. This is free! [i.e., a gift from God].


Quiet Desperation, Part 2: Thank G-d for Rebbe, and Torah Too

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation..."

The life of man is filled with frustrations, on so many levels;

For the average man, there seems to be no escape...

Where would we be without Rebbe?


Dispatches from the field: A Rebbe Hallel

An intrepid footsoldier has captured these images of Rebbe leading Hallel at some point over the past few days of Chanukah. Sources say he led with a variety of Rebbe standards, including the Victory Niggun for Hodu, which was sang by all those gathered with much enthusiasm and spirit.
Happy Chanukah!

Rebbe Reichman on Chanukah: Dowload the PDF!



Rebbe and the Sand...

The Eiruv issue reminds me of the story of Rebbe and the sand of Gush Katif. What would Rebbe have done with the sand if he had been able to carry it on Shabbos?

Would he have done something with it after? Perhaps he would have acted like He-Man in the episode "Temple (lehavdil) of the Sun." You'll recall that He-Man digs his hands into a pile of sand and by rubbing the sand at super-speed, generates enough heat to make large pieces of glass.

I could see Rebbe making a nice window.

Or maybe some Waterford crystal Lekovid Shabbos.

Is Reb Judah the only one with me on this?


Rebbe's new mission

Rebbe is on a new mission.

Anyone who has ever been to YU on a Friday night knows that the best option for seudas shabbos is Rebbe Reichman's. The stories of tzadikim, the deep divrei torah, penetrating insights, hearty zmiros, and of course the gourmet shabbos food, keep the guests pining for a return visit-- in fact some of them actually move into the apartment for a while.

One problem -- We have to memorize a dvar torah, becuase we cant bring our favorite seforim to the apartment. For that matter you cant bring tissues either. We cant carry anything, because there is no eiruv!

Rebbe has to stop every week on the way home to remind people to stop carrying. Some people forget. Now the Rebbe has decided something must be done. The YU Eiruv must be extended. The Rabbanim have agreed. Google maps has been consulted. The papers have been drafted and the plan is ready. Only one last obstacle stands in the way.

Paula, who works in the Grounds and Maintenance office, needs to hear from the devoted followers. All she needs to do is send in the papers to the city. She wants to hear that people actually want the eiruv.

So please, fulfill rebbe's will, call her at 212-960-5400 and ask for grounds and maintenance. Then ask for Paula. Tell her that you want the eiruv extended and ask her when she will do her part. All she needs to do is send something to the city.

Keep watching here for updates. Please call her every day until you see on this blog that you have been successful.

Rebbe's family will thank you.


Eccentricity: Part II

Didn't you mean to put THIS photo with your piece below?

Or perhaps this one?

The Great Debate - To be Eccentric or not to be...

John Stuart Mill – “It does seem, however, that when the opinions of masses of merely average men are everywhere become or becoming the dominant power, the counterpoise and corrective to that tendency would be the more and more pronounced individuality of those who stand on the higher eminences of thought. It is in these circumstances most especially, that exceptional individuals, instead of being deterred, should be encouraged in acting differently from the mass. In other times, there was no advantage in doing so, unless they acted not only differently but better. In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.”

James Fitzjames Stephen – “Eccentricity is far more often a sign of weakness than a mark of strength. Weakness wishes, as a rule, to attract attention by trifling distinctions, and strength wishes to avoid it. Originality consists in thinking for yourself, not in thinking differently from other people.”

Rebbe's Victory Niggun :one eyewitnesses account

In times of darkness I do not despair. When faced with adversity and all else has failed I have my Rebbe's niggun. Every true believer in the revolution knows the battle cry known merely as the Rebbe's vicotry niggun. It has become a sort of theme song to the revolution. If Rebbe had a sitcom it would play during the introduction. It can be sung at the height of our happiness, it has been proven to hasten Rebbe's arrival at weddings, and it is the ultimate weapon to achieve victory over the yetzer harah. It has also been known to shatter tables in half at weddings in the midwest. But where did the niggun originate you ask? Some say it was the theme to a sixties tv show, others claim it is the intro to an mbd song, but I know the truth because I was there! We all were there! It happened a few years back on chanukah. We were at Rebbe's house on the second night of chanukah enjoying a festive meal complete with sufganiyot and bananas. and we all began singing. (let it be known that there were many foreign nationals present at rebbe's crib that night) I began to play and it was apparent to me very early on that I was merely the kli and rebbe was actually strumming the strings to the guitar and orchestrating the melody. I know this because we began to sing a melody that I have never heard before yet I was strumming the guitar with my fingers! We began ay yay ay dei di day dai ay yay ay yay yahy yahwjvgy and rebbe began slowly revealing the ohr haganuz (hidden light stored up for the rightous people in the world to come. It shown for 36 hours before the sun was put into pplace and g-d didn't want the evil forces to tamper with it so he stashed it away. bnei yissoscher says these 36 hours are revealed during chanukah when we light 36 candles, rebbe has also told be that if you squint and watch the neros chanukah "you will see something you have never seen before". Back to the rebbe's house the klipot began to tamper with the niggun as they realized it was an existential threat to all the darkness and tried to snatch the ohr haganuz which had fabricated itself in the niggun. Hence the title victory niggun. With the nigguns birth rebbe helped klal yisrael achieve yet another victory over the satan and keep the hidden light concealed. Let it be noted that the niggun exists in a damaged state. There where three parts to the niggun. Tradition has it that the three parts corresponde to the three temples. Only two parts to the niggun were retained while the third part has been stored away until the building of the third temple.Amen! After the mesibah we produced the first raw version of the niggun at danimals pad and I will try to post that if I can dig it up in the archives, perhaps our historians can get to work on finding that and various other versions of the niggun(I think yogo has a copy of the punk rock version) and I even think shwecky may have covered the niggun in his miami beach pesach tour.




we were taught to be hard to survive in this world
if you dont like my ways then whatever you all
this is a call to the rebels of today
to unite be counted and really be heard

V'elu chayav lehachriz

Hashavas Aveidah



Rebbe's Cavalry and Honor Guard

Due to recent threats directed towards the Revolution, the Ministry of Defense is currently organizing a cavalry regiment to escort Rebbe.

The Machine Gun Fodder, however, will continue to walk.

Rebbe Colored Glasses

I'm wondering why we didn't pool our resources in time to buy these incredibly stylish and holy glasses.... Where is the Minister of Finance when you need him?

Label your blog posts!

I have added the "label" function. Thus, if you are posting photos, add the label "photos", if you are adding parsha, add that label, etc. This way, as the blog grows, it will become easy to find a certain type of posting.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!



Vayeitze – Rebbe Reichman - Shem Mishmuel

Vayeitze – Rebbe Reichman - Shem Mishmuel

(transcribed by Dan-- all errors and typo's are mine. )

As Yaakov left Be’er Sheva to exile, he went to sleep on Mount Moriah and had a dream. There was a ladder whose feet were on the ground, and whose top reached to the very heavens. Hashem’s angels were going up and down the ladder. Then, Hashem appears, and tells Yaakov He will protect him on this trip, and return him to Israel. The image of the angels going up and down must be explained. Rashi says that we are dealing with two sets of angels. Those of Eretz Yisrael (E’Y), and Chutz La’aretz. Those of EY protect him while he is in the land, and those of Chul protect him when he is out of the land.

The Shem Mishmuel (SM) has a problem: the way the verse in Rashi explained the switching of the “guard,” first the angels of Israel go back to heaven, then the CHul angels come down to protect Yaakov as he leaves the land. The question is, there seems to be a point in time where Yaakov has no angels! There is a point in time where Yaakov is alone! He doesn’t have either set of angels to protect him.

Further, Shabbat chaf gimmel discusses a similar changing of the guard as they march through the desert after leaving Egypt. The passuk in Shmot says: during the day there was a cloud of Hashem, and at night a pillar of fire led the way at night for the Jewish people. There, the verse seems to say that these two entities are together when there is a changing of the guard. In the late afternoon, the cloud was there and the fire would come, and vice versa in the morning. The gemara says: “the cloud was together with the fire at some point” and vice versa. Wouldn’t it have made more sense then, for the angels of EY to wait for Yaakov, and wait for the Chul angels to come down, so that Yaakov will never be alone?

In fact, when Yaakov returns to EY, he meets a camp of angels. Yaakov sees the camp of angels, and calls it “Machana’im.” Rashi says: “two camps, one for EY, and one for Chul.” The angels greeted him while the other set was still with him. The old guard and the new guard were both present at a certain moment. He is always with angels. Why is it, that when he leaves EY, its not like that? At the White House, that’s how it would be!

Shem Mishmuel asks another question on top of this: does Yaakov really need angels to protect him? We read in the beginning of next week’s parsha that Yaakov meets a very strange man and has a fight with him. He defeats his adversary, and he says “give me a blessing.” The man says: “I will change your name to Israel, becuase you fought angels and men and you were successful.” We therefore see that this person was really an evil angel. An angel of Esav that came to fight Yaakov. It was a physical/spiritual battle. Yaakov can now beat an angel! He is stronger than angels! So why does he need the protection of angels in EY and Chul? A Tzaddik is greater than an angel.

There is a famous story about the Vilna Gaon, he was approached by an angel and asked to learn Torah with the angel. He said no! He knew Torah better than the angel! In every womb, a Jewish child is learning Torah. In Bila’am’s prophecies, Rashi says that when Israel is asked “what does G-d do?”, Rashi says that this refers to angels in Heaven asking men what does G-d do? Men have an ability to become GREATER than angels. Of course, we as men can also become worse than animals! However, we have the ability to be greater than angels! So, why does Yaakov need angels? He is Ish Tam, Tamim, perfection, he doesn’t need angels.
Shem Mishmuel says as follows: Rashi says in this weeks parsha that Yaakov took from the stones of the place and placed them around him and slept. Then, after the dream, that Yaakov took the single stone, and made it into a monument, and poured oil on it to commemorate his vision of Hashem’s protection. The change from singular to plural is explained by Rashi as a fight between the stones. All the stones fought over who would be under Y’s head. They all became one stone so that every stone could have the honor to support Y’s head. Y had been in the house of Lavan for 20 years, and he used to sleep in the fields with the sheep to protect them. There, there is no mention of a fight among the stones! It seems that when he was taking care of sheep, there was no fight among the stones. What is it about this moment in Yaakov’s life?
S”M explains that there is a statement made by R’ Chaim Vital. Great Kabbalist, one of the founders of the Kabala. He said: when a baby has a brit milah, he is gifted by Hashem with a “total soul.” Everything a human being could wish for—biological, emotional spiritual and intellectual components of the soul, in their complete and total potential and strength. This takes place during the milah. However, right after the milah happens, this complete soul goes away, and the baby is left with the soul of an infant, and it takes many many years for an infant to grow, and age, and complete and perfect the soul to go back to the way it was at the bris. It’s a lifetime of work to go back to the baby’s perfection after the bris. This is a fantastic and important principle. There is a moment at the beginning of life-defining experiences where one has a moment of perfection and then that goes away, and one spends a lifetime trying to regain that perfection. On the night the Jews left Egypt, the night of Seder night was a perfect night. Filled with light, no darkness for the Jews. A night that turned into day. The Jews were inspired even in the surroundings of filth and degradation of slavery, as if they were in Jerusalem as if they were in the Temple. According to the Targum Yonasan, every Jew flew there and ate their Korban Pesach. Every Jew was a king and a prince. A en Chorin, close to the Ribono Shel Olam, as if they had gone through 100 years of spiritual perfection. A taste of what it meant to be princes of Hashem. It was a difficult test to remain faithful at the sea! It was a far cry from the way every Jew felt at the seder night! The Jewish people came out with a strong and outstretched arm, fearless and confident in G-d’s protection and salvation, however, 7 days later, they feared the Egyptians! We see the same process at Har Sinai, 49 days after leaving Egypt. The giving of the Torah was given to a perfect people. A people which was free of all illnesses, fully believing, was able to say the magnificent statement “Naaseh Ve’Nishmah”—we are absolutely committed to Dvar Hashem. But 40 short days later, the Jewish people are faceed with tremendous spiritual downfall—golden calf—licentiousness, MURDER! Old habits come back!!! Trememndous power of belief is needed to withstand the difficulties of life. Its not the same as it was in the time of Matan Torah. 40 days later, it was real life, and real life was hard.

There is an amazing process which takes place, and that is that at the beginning of a process, Hashem in amazing kindness and goodness, gives a person a vision and experience of everything good that can come out of this process. The night of Pesach, Jews felt and saw what it meant to be a holy nation, to be in Jerusalem, at Sinai, the Jews so to speak saw Hashem! To be privy to hear G-d’s word Himself! A whole nation!! 600,000 men plus women and children!
As we struggle through the daily challenges and vicicitudes of life, and we have to reclimb the mountain, we can remember the beginning of the process. We experience it on seder night! Like the baby at the bris, but then Hashem says: ok, you are now in the valley, or dark forest, and you have to struggle. Sometimes in this forest, there are no markers, and Hashem says: find your way through the forest, and to the mountain, and its going to be hard to find it and climb it. There will be many great challenges, but you MUST climb, and you will re-experience what you tasted at the beginning.

This experience of the beginning of something and then the struggle afterwards is trye of everything in life. Take marriage: the first night of marriage is the happiest night of life! Joy, bliss, friendship, love, peace, all the wonderful thing which a person wants in their life. This is the first night of marriage. But then, it goes away, after a week, a month, a year, five years, but its not the same. For some people, the next morning its not the same. Its not SUPPOSED to be the same. The wedding night is a gift! Hashem puts the young couple at the top of a mountain, to see what it would be to have a perfect marriage, to see what it would be to have all the love and joy and peace and that is a gift of Hashem. Then, it goes away. Hashem wants the couple to struggle through the long windy road through the forest, and climb the mountain again. It may take 10, 20, 50 years to recapture the beauty, bliss, sanctity and love of wedding night.

When a person opens up a new business, what excitement! The first dollar, shekel, yen, he puts in a frame, full of simcha, joy. SO many people come in, friend congratulate him, he opens up his new store. A few days later, the store is empty. He has to face the rough and tumble life of a businessman. The first day joy is no longer.

As a teacher of students I can tell you, theres nothing like the first day of school—so much excitement—it’s the beginning! The top of the mountain. But 6 months later, its a lot of tired harried students, struggling to make it.

Why does Hashem do this? My own theory, not in the Shem Mishmuel, is this: A person is about to embark on a long, life-defining road. Torah, Business, Education, Marriage. These are long difficult roads, very hard roads, many ups and downs and curves, sometimes we fall and must pick ourselves up and go on. What will give us the strength to do this? What will permit us not to give in, not to throw in the towel, but to say, I’m going on no MATTE R WHAT!? What gives us this strength?

Its because we see the dream at the beginning. We Jews were at Sinai. We left Egypt. That original experience which Hashem gave us to see the glory and the blessing of total success, on the very first night of the wedding, the couple celebrates as if they were married for a hundred years, as though they have 300 grandchildren! Hashem gives people this experience at the beginning of life-defining processes so that we will have the strength to go through the entire process along the way. So we will have the vision

Shlomo Carlebach tells us: G-d gives us wonderful prophecies.

The joy of a newborn baby!!! But what happens when the baby is rebelling at 16 years old? Not such a wonderful experience. But at the beginning, Hashem tells s: “love this baby! It is going to be HARD. But the struggle is WORTH IT!! Have the joy now at the beginning of the road, so that it will give you the strength to go through the difficulties which follow.”

The passuk says “zacharti lach chessed neurayich… lechtech acharai bamidbar…” As you Jews go through difficult times, unfaithful to its father in Heaven, its Husband and most loyal supporter, we have have not been faithful, and Hashem says: remember the beginning of the road, the beginning of our relationship as G-d and Nation. There was a love of the wedding night! That’s what Hashem says. If Hashem Himself uses this inspiration to keep HIS dedication us, when WE, unfortunately betray Him, he says, NO. I WILL NOT ABANDON YOU. I am loyal. I know that the dream which we had at the beginning is worth it. I remember our Chuppa.
Rabbosai, getting back to Yaakov. Why was Yaakov able to be alone without angels, when he had the great dream? Because this was the beginning of the road, the juncture for Yaakov to go down the long, hard road of life, during which he would develop from Yaakov, the simple young boy struggling with his brother Esav, to become the amazing Tzaddik, called Yisrael, who, 20 years later, can defeat the angel in hand to hand combat. At the very beginning of the road, Hashem gives him a vision of what he CAN BECOME. Right now, he isnt at all like that! He needs angels to protect him. Because he was only Yaakov, only at the beginning of the road. But Hashem said, for one moment, Yaakov, you have to become a Yisrael. So, for one moment, I will give you the experience of Yisrael, you will be without any angels. You will see them going up, because you won’t NEED them, you will be alone! After this, he went poor, helpless, penniless to attempt to navigate his destiny. But for a moment, he was given this vision of what he could become.

Chazal said: when the angels came down to see Yaakov, they said: the throne in heaven has a picture of a human being there, and the picture is of this person, Yaakov! At that point, he was a plain person, but he was for a moment given the vision of what he could become.
It’s a long, hard, difficult road and mountain to climb. But it is worth it. There are difficult things to achieve, but the glimpse, the vision of what lies ahead gives the strength to carry through until attainment.

At the end of our parsha, it says “yaakov was alone.” He had achieved his goal. He was levado, without angels. Shem Mishmuel says something remarkable—every one of us, every Friday night, has a taste of this experience. We come home from shul, and when we come home from shul, we are accompanied by angels, the angels of Shabbos. We sing a song to them, who has sent you to me? Hashem. Then, we say, boachem, borchuni leshalom! Even before Kiddush, we say, Tzeischem leshalom! Very strange! They come, bless us, and leave!? Shem Mishmuel says: we know that Shabbat is the day of Yaakov, and that Yaakov was greater than angels, and didn’t need angels. So too, on Shabbos, we begin with angels, but when we come home, and the angels see the shabbos that the Jew has, they say, this is greater than us. The Jew has gone higher. I can’t accompany. The jew on shabbos is alone with Hashem, no angels. So we say, Tzeitchem leshalom. We say to the angels, we are beyond you, we are going to be with Hashem. It reminds me of the yichud of the chassan and kalah, as they leave behind the whole entourage of the chuppah, and go into the yichud room.

And so, Rabbotai, appreciate the sweet vision and experience of shabbos, which precedes the week—what we can become, so high, so beautiful. We should be zoche of the bracha of Yisrael, of Chassan and Kallah, of Sasson and Simcha. Shabbat Shalom.

Good shabbos!!!!

Good shabbos


Rosh Chodesh

This is a photo of Rebbe davening on Rosh Chodesh, courtesy of Ben Sgan Kohanim. I am happy to announce that Ben has tentatively agreed to start posting Rebbe's thoughts and doings on a more regular basis.

Kol HaKavod, Ben!!!

Newest Affiliate Member of the RRRR!

We welcome the newest member of the Mischel tribe to the Revolution (Jawbonevalley branch) - a baby girl to Rav Judah and Ora - Mazel Toooooooov!

The Mischel Family Hachnasas Kallah Fund is now accepting contributions (Yes, we have 6 girls, 0 boys)

Calling all Current Talmidim!!!

URGENT, high priority communique:

There is a growing body of talmidim of Rebbe who are no longer able to physically attend shiur on a daily or weekly basis. While we at the RRRR blog understand that the pressure and responsibility of typing up summaries of Rebbe's teachings is a potentially time-consuming task, please know this:

Every time you refuse to accept the responsibility of doing so , you are responsible for the spiritual death of countless distant talmidim. Every time you think to yourself: "ech, this typed summary isn't polished, contains typos, isn't worthy to be published at all," in the supernal realm, a distant talmid of Rebbe moves further from his truth.

This is on your head, and I fear the spiritual consequences for your own soul, and for all of ours.

Please, instead, be a path (shvil) to the light of Rebbe's teachings. Our very souls depend on it.

To submit teachings to the blog, a special email address will be set up, for now, please forward any summaries to one of the contributors of this blog.

Tizku lemitzvot.


The Lonely Rebbe Of Faith

rebbe reichman shushan purim

There is a voice heard in the field. Whispers amongst the striking arm of Rebbe. Those who give life and limb daily to spread the legend of rebbe to the far reaches of the galut. The silence has been broken and we will take any means necessary to preserve the true integral teachings of our Rebbe shlita. We all express our love for our rebbe in different ways so let our individuality not be squashed by those parading around as the true face of the revolution, We will create a two blog solution if our voices are not heard! yechi hamelech!
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Chaim Dovid in Fairlawn a few weeks ago! Gevalt!


Rebbe in Fair Lawn

On Motzai Shabbos, December 1, join Rebbe and (at least part of) the RRRR in that fairest of towns for a Pre - Chanukah Melave Malke.

Be there, or be...