Sunday, July 24, 2022

you don't live forever


BornJean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud
20 October 1854
Charleville, France
Died10 November 1891 (aged 37)
Marseille, France
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (UK/ˈræ̃b/US/ræmˈb/[3][4]: 423  French: [aʁtyʁ ʁɛ̃bo] (listen); 20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet known for his transgressive and surreal themes and for his influence on modern literature and arts, prefiguring surrealism.

Frédéric François Chopin[n 1] (born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin;[n 2][n 3] 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period, who wrote primarily for solo piano. (passed away at 39)

Georges Bizet[n 1] ( Alexandre César Léopold Bizet; 25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer of the Romantic era(passed away at 36)

George Gershwin (died aged 38 years, 9 months)

Felix Mendelssohn (died aged 38 years, 8 months)

Henry Purcell (died aged 36 years, 2 months)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( died aged 35 years, 10 months)

Franz Schubert (died aged 31 years, 9 months)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Rav Avigdor Miller on Rebbes Are Ladders


Rav Avigdor Miller on Rebbes Are Ladders


Q: Why are the Satmerer chassidim fighting the Lubavitcher chassidim? Do you approve of this?


A: Now if you’re chassidim, you’re going to have to bear with me because I’m going to hurt your feelings. There is a basic weakness in all chassidim. The basic weakness is “My Rebbe” “My Rebbe” is a wonderful thing. It accomplishes a lot of good things – but it causes a lot of trouble too. Before chassidim, all Jews said “My Hakodosh Boruch Hu!” and that’s all. However, when the Ba’al Shem Tov saw that a lot of Jews had stopped saying that, so he said that it’s better to say “My Rebbe” than not to say anything at all. And if you say long enough “My Rebbe”, in the course of time you’ll say “My Hakodosh Boruch Hu” too. But there have been very many plain people who never graduate past the “My Rebbe” stage. And therefore “My Rebbe,” “Your Rebbe,” and they scratch out the eyes of each other. That’s a weakness.


If you advance beyond that stage, all rebbes are “My Rebbe.” All rebbes! The Satmerer Rebbe! Ahh! Zol ehr lang leiben!  A wonderful man. He’s a big warrior; and he accomplished for us so much. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, zol ehr lang leiben!  He accomplished so much and he is accomplishing. They should both be our rebbes.


But when someone says “only this one,” and the other person says “only this one,” then trouble comes. And that’s the basic weakness.


It shouldn’t be because people are supposed to graduate. A rebbe is only a ladder. You climb up on your ladder. The rebbe makes it easier to climb to Hakodosh Boruch Hu. But if a man just stands on the ladder and never reaches the shelf, then we tell him, “What are you standing there for?!” There are a lot of people standing on ladders. This one says, “My ladder is better,” and this one says, “My ladder is better.” So we tell them, “Get going already. Go higher!” And that causes trouble.


TAPE # 165 (April 1976), 1:06:46- 1:08:59

Friday, July 15, 2022

Rav Moshe Sternbuch on Abortion from

From Rav Moshe Speaks: An Anthology of Talks by HaRav HaGaon Rav Moshe Sternbuch (1988):

"Judaism regards all forms of human life, from the time of fertilization of the egg until death, as life which may not be destroyed...

"Shabbos may only be desecrated if there is danger to life, yet it may be desecrated for a foetus less than 40 days old...

"The destruction of human life, created by the Alm-ghty, is strictly forbidden...

"These laws keep mankind on a high level of morality. Murder of the foetus may be a good solution for parents who want to rid themselves of a burden, but the foetus who suffocates and dies in the process of abortion cannot talk and express its feelings at being suffocated and murdered...

"Every human life has meaning and no person may, on his own, decide that the life of another is devoid of meaning and therefore expendable, even if that person is his or her own child."

Sunday, July 10, 2022

gain from what the nations have to offer to us

 Q: Do we gain the maximum benefit by staying to ourselves,

separate from the goyim? Wouldn’t it be beneficial for us to gain

from what the nations have to offer to us?

A: When you see an airplane take off for Eretz Yisroel, and inside there are many

people going to yeshivos to learn in Eretz Yisroel, that’s an example where we are

taking advantage of what the gentiles have to offer us. R’ Akiva Eiger didn’t invent an

airplane, and neither did the Vilna Gaon invent the airplane. The goyim invented it.

So we say, absolutely; utilize all that we can from the inventions of the goyim. Even

the scientific knowledge that the goyim have discovered we use. Make use of

everything; whatever we can we take it for ourselves.

Now, I think that when Moshiach will come, we’ll still use automobiles; we won’t

give up automobiles. The world will continue to run like it does today. The Gemara

says that. And if there will be automobiles, so there will have to be traffic lights too.

Traffic lights were invented by the goyim but there will be traffic lights too in the

time of Moshiach. On the contrary, there will be halachos, takanos chachomim: If a

person passes a red light, he’ll get malkos, lashes. No question about it. There will be

very severe penalties. That’s very important for us – for safety, piku’ach nefesh.

We’ll make use in Moshiach’s times of all the good takanos. I’m sure they’ll use

radio to let people know dinim, halachos, other important information; and people

will listen to Torah on the radio. And in those days there will be a kosher TV. Kosher

TV means people will sit in their homes and will look at the TV and they will see

tzaddikim teaching Torah and explaining things – halachos, and middos tovos, and

even halachos of Yom Tov and halachos of Shabbos on TV; and it will be much more

effective than merely words or printed pages. I’m sure all the modern inventions will

be utilized in the days of Moshiach. Therefore, certainly we want to make use of the

benefits the goyim bring to the world.

R' Avigdor Miller Zt"

Toras Avigdor

"Greatness of Jewish Women"