The reason I’m deleting my Facebook account

B”H

Dear Brethren and Friends!

It’s sad for me to have to take this decision, but it has to be done.

When I decided to create an Account at Facebook, I saw it as a tool, where I could share Torah, Mussar, Midrash, Kabbalah and many other Jewish topics which would help enrich the souls of my beloved Brethren, who knows, even make a Jew return in Teshuvah to Hashem, Torah and Mitzvot.

I was able via the RSS Feeds of Chabad, Bresleov, Revach L’Neshama, and many other excellent Jewish Web Pages or Blogs, maintain a daily stream of knowledge flowing during 24 hours non stop.

I was also able via Twitter to have a steady and constant flow of Torah, etc. feeding my Account at Facebook.

But unfortunately, I must admit, that things are starting to get out control and simply are defeating the real purpose for which I created the Account.

I must state that I have received messages were I have been insulted, people asking impertinent questions and others, which are not worth mentioning.

To all of that, I never replied, Heaven forbid, I ever do such a thing.

But what really has me upset, are all those Xians, whom I accepted as friends and started to post their believes, which I respect, but absolutely do not believe in, Heaven forbid.

As a Jew, I respect the different believes of my fellowman/fellow woman; but I simply will not accept them flooding my Account with their believes or rubbish.

It’s similar as if a Xian went to my house and started shoving down my throat and imposing his believes, I certainly would have to ask him to leave.

The other reason is that these Xians simply don’t have one bit of respect, they perfectly well know that a Jew doesn’t celebrate Xmas, or any othet Xian festivity, Heaven forbid, and there they go, and tag me on a picture of a Xmas tree.

I must state that due to the slow Internet connection I have, it would be more than cumbersome to start screening each and every person that is not a Jew, I simply don’t have time to lose, I rather be studying or conversing (Hitbodedut) with Hashem.

I’m sad for my Jewish Brethren that will not be able to enjoy and enrich their Holy souls, but I rest assured that you will agree with my decision and lastly and the most important fact is, that if I keep allowing all this rubbish, I would be Desecrating G-d’s Name (“Chilul HaShem“) Heaven forbid.

And to conclude, I publicly declare that I, Aryeh ben Avraham, believe with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my might, that the Lord is my G-d, the Lord is One

And that is something that is chiselled in my heart, and if for one reason or another, I have to die for what I believe, I will do it reciting “Shema Yisrael“.

The facebook Account will be deleted tomorrow 27th, tevet, 5771.

Blessings,

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The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 26th Tevet, 5771


Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Those who engage solely in the dresses of the Torah are gravely mistaken, may G-d have mercy on them. And when the Lord’s demand is abandoned and the majority of the multitude of the sages of the Torah do not know its purpose, and they consider the wisdom of the Torah with its purpose as mere addition of some quip to the laws—which, though truly sacred and precious—they will not illuminate our souls.

–The Rav Raiah Kook,
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The Book of Zohar affects a person in a special way. It’s enough for a person to read, listen, and desire to be connected, even virtually, with the group (it all could happen just to a small degree, to the extent that life allows a person to free himself for this book), and The Zohar starts developing the spiritual organ of perception in him. As it occurs, a person begins to experience changes, stages of development.

The Book of Zohar just needs to be read. It would be good to publish selected pieces in a pocket format so that a person can read it anywhere. In truth, there isn’t a more effective means for advancement than this book.

The Book of Psalms doesn’t help to advance a person spiritually. Humanity has been reading it for thousands of years. People are simply pacifying themselves.

This doesn’t in any way diminish the value of the Book of Psalms, written at the degree of the complete Malchut. After all, King David represents Malchut, the entire creation. Like all other “holy” books written by those who have attained the Creator, they carry His Light within.

However, as Baal HaSulam explains in the “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” the Light that Reforms, builds the property of bestowal within us is closer and more effective for us if it comes from The Book of Zohar. The Light in The Zohar is the most powerful.

Obviously, reading The Zohar must go in hand with studying the articles of Baal HaSulam and Rabash and The Study of the Ten Sefirot. Yet, The Book of Zohar should fill all of a person’s free time.

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Your First Course in Kabbalah – Episode 2

Perception of Reality

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What is in this lesson?

  • Our five senses block us from perceiving the true, eternal reality.
  • The program that runs our five senses is called “egoism.”
  • In order to know the greater reality that surrounds us, we need to develop an additional sense, what Kabbalists call “the sixth sense.”
  • All of our thoughts and actions are motivated by the desire to receive pleasure (or, “the will to receive”).
  • We evolve individually and humanity evolves as a whole through five sets of desires: (1) food, sex, shelter; (2) wealth; (3) honor, pride, power; (4) knowledge; (5) spirituality.
  • Human nature is a will to receive (egoism) and the nature of the Creator is a will to bestow, unconditional altruism.
  • The law of equivalence of form states that we are created in order to become equivalent to the Creator, i.e. to acquire altruistic qualities.

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In the Words of the Sages – 26th Tevet, 5771

A Selection of Aggadaic Sayings about Tzitzit

 

Whoever observes the mitzvah of tzitzit, regarding him it is said (Zechariah 8:23): “In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the corners of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that G-d is with you.'”

— Sifri Numbers 115.

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