From our Sages on the Parshah Parshah: And they carried on a pole, by twos (13:23)
They hung it from two poles, each with two men at each end. Thus it required eight men to carry the cluster of grapes; one carried a fig, and one a pomegranate. Joshua and Caleb did not carry back fruit, for the whole purpose of it was to defame the land: as its fruit is abnormal, so are its inhabitants abnormally large and strong.
Perek Shira: Lightening Bolts and a Double Scoop of Vanilla Fudge
When I was younger there were many foods I didn’t like, to say the least. To mention a few of my (least) favorites there was spinach, avocado, and cauliflower. I loved junk food however. A few years ago I went on a “real” diet to start eating healthy, not to lose weight. Out went all the processed garbage and suddenly avocado started tasting interesting. Spinach was delightful and cauliflower was delicious (only Bodek of course). My tongue finally regained its senses and started appreciating the wonderful foods and flavors Hashem put on His menu.
The gemara says that powerful and fearful bolts of lightening was made to straigthen out the crookedness in a person’s heart. Rain goes unappreciated until we see the power of the lightening and take note of Hashem’s gift of rain. The lightening shocks us back into reality, it cleanses our system. Only then can we appreciate the rain which symbolizes life and understand how wonderful it is.
Sometimes Hashem sends awesome and frightful twists into our personal lives. Think about who contrived these and shock yourself back to the reality of this world, it’s purpose, and our mission in it. Suddenly the things in your life you thought were bitter herbs will start tasting sweet and the things in life that we aspired to obtain, which we thought were sweet as sugar, will suddenly reveal its true color; poison that is killing our spiritual system.
The lightening says “Brakim Lamatar Asa”; Lightening is made (to appreciate) the rain!
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Tikun Habris is the most important topic to discuss in this low generation, and no one is dealing with it.
If you are Jewish then you are part of the Holy nation. Have mercy on your holy soul and stop blemishing it with the sin of wasting seed. Take heed of what the kabbalah says and stop committing this sin of wasting seed.
The Sin of Wasting Seed
One who spills seed, his punishment is death from heaven. His punishment is like that of the generation of the flood. This verse refers to those that waste seed “Under the trees do they slaughter their children.
A Wonderous Segulah to rectify oneself and to rectify Nefesh Ruach and Neshama. Culled from the Holy ARIZALs works to be said every day after prayers. Tikun Mem Ches from the Tikunei Zohar has the Segulah to bring that which is precious and holy out of what has fallen into spiritual darkness and to rectify the sins related to the Bris Kodesh. Whomever says it will be worthy of many wonderous things relating to body and soul.
Rav Vosner – When You Are Too Hungry To Wait For A Bracha
The gemara Brachos (35a) says that it is forbidden to eat without making a bracha. The gemara adds that it is stealing from Hashem. This implies than more than an obligation to make a bracha, under no circumstances may you eat without making one. If it is a mitzva to make a bracha, then under duress when you are an Ones you may eat without one. But if it is forbidden, then only in situations where it is Pikuach Nefesh, life dependent, would you be able to eat without making a bracha.
There are times and places where you may not make a bracha. For example it is forbidden to make a bracha if there is a Jewish married women who has her hair uncovered, or a women is not dressed properly and you cannot turn your face in another direction. Most of these situations can be cleared up and you can then eat, but what if it lingers for a long time. For example if someone is in a hospital where there is a bad smell or the person himself is unclean, must he wait until he is on the threshold of death before eating?
Rav Vosner (Shevet HaLevi 6:23) says that it is clear to him that in these situations you may eat without a bracha. He brings proof from the Mishna in Brachos that says that a Ba’al Keri should not make a bracha before he eats. The Mishna in that case is surely not talking about a case of Pikuach Nefesh, says Rav Vosner. Therefore he says that your hunger need not be life threatening, but even if you are an Ones because you would be forced to go a prolonged period without being able to make a bracha, you may eat without one.
How long is a prolonged period? Rav Vosner says a full day just like a fast day. This is considered painful and damaging and would qualify you as an Ones.
Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.