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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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Thou Shall Guard …

A personal injury that results from disregard of the obligation to ‘Guard one’s life’, can ultimately be fatal. Not so much because of the severity of the injury itself, in as much as the divine judgment that he is subject to because of his carelessness.

21/08/2009 10:00
With regards to a person who fails to observe the Mitzva - ‘And you shall guard your life exceedingly’ (Devarim 4:15), the Angel of Death has permission to take his soul away from him without even passing judgment.

This rule is derived from a story in the Gemara about the Angel of Death who took the soul of a woman who was not decreed to die, in place of the soul of another woman who had in fact been slated for death.

The story is brought in the Gemara Meseches Chagiga 5a, which describes a conversation between Rav Bibi bar Abaye and the Angel of Death. The Malach haMaves was on a mission to take the life of a woman without trial, and argued to the Tanna that the woman had taken a shovel in her hands after using her oven, and placed the shovel with glowing coals on her knees. She scorched herself, and since her mazal was then at a critically low point, he succeeded in taking her life.
In fact Chazal say – ‘The Satan only accuses at a time of danger’ (Bereishis Rabba 91:12). It follows that one who places himself in a situation of danger, brings a divine judgment on himself that the Malach haMaves can exploit in order to take him from this world before his time.

Halacha forbids a person from entering into a situation of danger, and obligates him to find every way possible to distance himself from it. If he does chance upon danger, he is commanded ‘And you shall guard your lives exceedingly’ (Devarim 4:15). Many halachos are derived from this commandment, such as the prohibition to light the Chanuka menorah at the entrance to one’s home at a time of danger (Shabbos 21). In many places we find that Chazal rule ‘chamira sakanta me’isura’ – ‘The danger is more severe than the actual prohibition’ (Chulin 10).