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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

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    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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Zos HaBracha- True Faith

...Rejoice Zevulan when you go out and Yissachar in your tents” (33:18).

Yosef Tropper 12/10/2009 14:48
Zevulan was the tribe of businessmen who supported the Torah learning of Yissachar. As the commentaries point out, this did not exempt or exclude Zevulan from learning, they too had their portion in Torah. In fact, I would like to point out the tremendous Torah outlook which Zevulan embodied expressed in the verse itself.

The Kli Yakar draws our attention to a fascinating observation which shows how connected to Torah the tribe of Zevulan actually was. Normally, when one leaves his residence pursuing business, he is nervous and uneasy. Doubts and fears possess him as he wonders whether his embarkment will be successful in earning money or not. Only upon returning home with satisfying profits is one finally happy and relieved. Here however the verse states that Zevulan would rejoice when he initially left to do business! Why is this so?

The Kli Yakar explains that Zevulan clearly understood Who runs the world! He was totally reliant on Hashem’s kindness! He confidently trusted that Hashem would take care of him and provide his family with their needs. He knew in his heart that he was doing his part in histadlus, humanly required efforts, to bring food to the table, but in reality Hashem runs the show! He understood that his success meant money for Yissachar, i.e. those learning, and so he was confident that Hashem would help them all! This is the proper outlook of a true Ben Torah.

The Vilna Goan expresses a beautiful thought regarding reliance in Hashem as well. It must be noted that each situation is unique; this is only a general framework and is by no means comprehensive.

He states that there are three distinct times when one manifests his trust in Hashem.

1- In a time of trouble, one should turn to Hashem exclusively.

2- When a resolution to his problems is necessary, he should only want Hashem to save him!

3- When Hashem comes through and saves him, he should not forget to thank Hashem sincerely and whole-heartedly!
He then shows how these three stages are alluded to in Tehillim (13:6):

1- ואני בחסדך בטחתי, (when troubles arise,) I rely only on Your kindness (Hashem)!

2- יגל לבי בישועתך, when I need to be saved, I recognize and savor Your kindness towards me.

3- אשירה לה' כי גמל עלי, (After the salvation arrives,) I give thanks to Hashem for all that He did for me!

This is how someone connected to Torah views the world. While pursuing his means of livelihood, he clearly understands that in actuality Hashem is the only provider of his needs. This perspective brings confidence and joy!

Yosef Tropper