With the exception of one error with the darker color, I was able to add the color this week still not used to the new system.
David Zvi ben Sarah Leah is undergoing surgery next week. In the meantime, Chaim Yisrael ben Chana Tzirel has made a recovery well enough to address a public audience.
As I wrote last week, the time period is not in order. We had the Mishkan constructed and dedicated in Vayikra and suddenly we returned to the prices and the dedication and also the consecration of the Leviim and the people who were Tumay for contact with the two dead sons of Aaron. We come upon the observance of the second Pessach. However, it appears because the people rebelled with the spies and that they did not circumcise their children born in the desert the Korban Pessach stopped.
Earlier this week I received a poem by Dr. Harry called Light the Flame and one of the few of his poems that I use for the Parsha
You have to climb up
and kindle the lights seven
so that all point to center
as flames rise to heaven
Are three on the left
and three on the right
with righteous work and prayer
you can illuminate the night
You must pursue only peace
and love if you can
Menorah is not for G-d
but to benefit fellow man
8:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.' 3 And Aaron did so: he lighted the lamps thereof so as to give light in front of the candlestick, as the LORD commanded Moses.
The Medrash writes of an analogy of a friend aiding a blind man to walk into his home. In return the blind man lights a candle so that the guest can see what is in the home and avoid banging into obstacles even though he needs it not. HASHEM is the all-seeing and we are like blind men therefore the Cohain Gadol was to light the lamp.
4 And this was the work of the candlestick, beaten work of gold; unto the base thereof, and unto the flowers thereof, it was beaten work; according unto the pattern which the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the candlestick.
I was under the impression that the Menorah was a tall object but the one that was built by the Temple Institute is physically small something like half a meter tall based on photos that a friend of mine posted. As far as my memory goes, it was about two meters tall according to the Gemara.
5 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 6 'Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. …
9:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 2 'Let the children of Israel keep the Passover in its appointed season. 3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at dusk, ye shall keep it in its appointed season; according to all the statutes of it, and according to all the ordinances thereof, shall ye keep it.' 4 And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the Passover. 5 And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at dusk, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel. 6 But there were certain men, who were unclean by the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day; and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. 7 And those men said unto him: 'We are unclean by the dead body of a man; wherefore are we to be kept back, so as not to bring the offering of the LORD in its appointed season among the children of Israel?' 8 And Moses said unto them: 'Stay ye, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you.' 9 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 10 'Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If any man of you or of your generations shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the LORD; 11 in the second month on the fourteenth day at dusk they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs; 12 they shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break a bone thereof; according to all the statute of the Passover they shall keep it. 13 But the man that is clean, and is not on a journey, and forbears to keep the Passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people; because he brought not the offering of the LORD in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the Passover unto the LORD: according to the statute of the Passover, and according to the ordinance thereof, so shall he do; ye shall have one statute, both for the stranger, and for him that is born in the land.' …
This was the first Pessach in the desert and perhaps the last as people were not circumcising their children in the desert. The people were at this point supposed to go into Eretz Yisrael. The practical question arose and the laws of Pessach Sheni (the second Pessach) were taught by HASHEM.
10:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation, and for causing the camps to set forward …
11 And it came to pass in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, that the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle of the testimony. 12 And the children of Israel set forward by their stages out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud abode in the wilderness of Paran.-- 13 And they took their first journey, according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses. 14 And in the first place the standard of the camp of the children of Judah set forward according to their hosts; and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab. ….
Only now do we know which tribe goes forward from which direction and who leads the army into the battle march.
35 And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said: 'Rise up, O LORD, and let you enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee.' 36 And when it rested, he said: 'Return, O LORD, unto the ten thousands of the families of Israel.'
I was about to write a short explanation here when I came across a more detailed explanation:
The Unfinished Book by Rabbi Ari Kahn
When the Ark traveled, Moses said: 'Arise God! Scatter your enemies, and let those who hate you flee from in front of you. And when the Ark rested, he would say 'Return God the myriad of thousands of Israel!' (Numbers 10:35-36)
This week's Torah portion contains an idiosyncrasy which is unique in the Bible -- the two verses cited above are enclosed, as if in brackets, by letters written upside down on either side. The letters which are written upside down in every Torah scroll are nuns, and the impression which they leave is that these verses are written parenthetically.
The Talmud and Midrash provide an explanation:
This section has signs above and below in order to inform you that this is not the proper place. (Shabbat 115b-116a)
According to the Talmud these verses are indeed parenthetical, inasmuch as they were extricated from their proper context and placed here.
The Talmud makes a suggestion which seems to fly in the face of the basic teachings of Judaism.
Generally, we find different opinions among the various Biblical commentators regarding the proper sequence of the events recorded in the Torah (or the more basic question of whether there is any sequence at all). Be that as it may, even according to the opinion that the Torah does not record events in sequence, it is curious that specifically in this instance the Torah itself would leave a mark in order to indicate the "emendation."
The Talmud, however, goes even further when it makes a suggestion which seems to fly in the face of one of the most basic teachings of Judaism.
Rabbi Meir said: "It is not from God [these signs for moving the section from its proper place] rather because it is considered a book unto itself." Whom does he (Rabbi Meir) rule like? Like the teaching of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachman in the name of Rav Yochanan: "These are the seven books of the Torah. [Wisdom has built her house] she has hewn out seven pillars. (Proverbs 9:1)" (Shabbat 116a)
The seven "pillars of wisdom" in the Book of Proverbs refer to the seven books of the Torah. This reference does present somewhat of a difficulty to those of us who know of only the Torah as the Five Books of Moses (hence its name Chumash, from the word for "five")!
The Midrash asks:
Are there not five [Books of the Torah]? (B'reishit Rabbah 64:8)
And then the Midrash explains that are, indeed, seven books:
Genesis (Beresheis in Hebrew), Exodus (Shemos), Leviticus (Vayikra), Numbers (Bamidbar) up to but not including these two verses, These two verses, The rest of Numbers (Bamidbar), Deuteronomy (Devarim)
To say that the Book of Numbers should be divided into two sections might perhaps be understandable -- even if we were to lose the familiar "five books" formula in the process. But how can two isolated verses be considered a "book" by any stretch of the imagination? Condensed from: http://www.aish.com/print/?contentID=48924777§ion=/tp/i/ky
Rabbi Zev Leff Shlita brings in a different explanation from Shabbos 116A and it can be read at http://www.aish.com/print/?contentID=48959011§ion=/tp/i/ky
11:1 And the people were as murmurers, speaking evil in the ears of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and devoured in the uttermost part of the camp. 2 And the people cried unto Moses; and Moses prayed unto the LORD, and the fire abated. 3 And the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burnt among them. 4 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also wept on their part, and said: 'Would that we were given flesh to eat! 5 We remember the fish, which we were wont to eat in Egypt for naught; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; 6 but now our soul is dried away; there is nothing at all; we have naught save this manna to look to.'
You darn fools! Before you were crushed to death by heavy stones of the Pyramids, beaten by task masters and made to work from sunrise to sunset and now you are free from labor able to learn Torah, perform Mitzvos and getting free Mann every day. You have ample land and supplies for your flocks and herds and ample water supplies too. Again Dr. Harry wrote a poem on this:
You want something for nothing
fish from Egypt for free
fresh cucumbers, melons, and leeks
only plagues will you see
For everything has a price
which all have to pay
can be slave to pharaoh
or leave exile, be free
The Light of Shabbos Food by Rabbi Ozer Alport
During their travels in the wilderness, a group of complainers began to protest the Manna that they were forced to eat day after day (Numbers 11:5). They wailed that they missed the fish that they used to eat in Egypt, and now they had nothing to look forward to except Manna. Commenting on this complaint, the Midrash Pliah cryptically remarks "from here we may derive that it is obligatory to light candles for Shabbos," a mitzvah which has no apparent connection to their grievance.
The Chida explains by noting that we must first understand what they were complaining about. Rashi writes (11:5) that the Manna tasted like whatever the person eating it desired. If so, why were they mourning the fish they used to eat in Egypt when they were capable of making the Manna taste like fish with no effort whatsoever?
The Talmud (Yoma 74b) teaches that although a person could make the Manna taste like anything he desired, it nevertheless retained its original appearance. Even though the complainers were able to make the Manna taste like fish, they lacked the pleasure and satiety which comes from seeing the food that they wanted to taste. The Talmud adds that a blind person won't enjoy or become as full from a meal as a person with normal vision who consumes the same food.
In light of this complaint, the Midrash questioned how a person will be able to avoid the same dilemma on Shabbos since he won't be able to appreciate the Shabbos delicacies if he is forced to eat them in darkness. The Midrash concluded that from their protest, we may derive that a person is obligated to light candles so that he can see and enjoy his food on Shabbos! Condensed from: http://www.aish.com/print/?contentID=156894785§ion=/tp/i/ky
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium. 8 The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and seethed it in pots, and made cakes of it; and the taste of it was as the taste of a cake baked with oil. 9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.-- 10 And Moses heard the people weeping, family by family, every man at the door of his tent; and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; and Moses was displeased. 11 And Moses said unto the LORD: 'Wherefore hast Thou dealt ill with Thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favor in Thy sight, that Thou lay the burden of all this people upon me? 12 Have I conceived all this people? have I brought them forth, that Thou should say unto me: Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing-father carries the sucking child, unto the land which Thou didst swear unto their fathers? 13 Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? for they trouble me with their weeping, saying: Give us flesh, that we may eat. 14 I am not able to bear all this people myself alone, because it is too heavy for me. 15 And if Thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray Thee, out of hand, if I have found favor in Thy sight; and let me not look upon my wretchedness.'
16 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee. 17 And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. 18 And say thou unto the people: Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow, and ye shall eat flesh; for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying: Would that we were given flesh to eat! for it was well with us in Egypt; therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. 19 Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; 20 but a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you; because that ye have rejected the LORD who is among you, and have troubled Him with weeping, saying: Why, now, came we forth out of Egypt?' 21 And Moses said: 'The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand men on foot; and yet Thou hast said: I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month! 22 If flocks and herds be slain for them, will they suffice them? or if all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, will they suffice them?'
23 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? now shalt thou see whether My word shall come to pass unto thee or not.' 24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the Tent. 25 And the LORD came down in the cloud, and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders; and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, but they did so no more. 26 But there remained two men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad; and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were recorded, but had not gone out unto the Tent; and they prophesied in the camp. 27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said: 'Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.' 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses from his youth up, answered and said: 'My lord Moses, shut them in.' 29 And Moses said unto him: 'Art thou jealous for my sake? would that all the LORD'S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His spirit upon them!' 30 And Moses withdrew into the camp, he and the elders of Israel. 31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought across quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, about a day's journey on this side, and a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and about two cubits above the face of the earth. 32 And the people rose up all that day, and all the night, and all the next day, and gathered the quails; he that gathered least gathered ten heaps; and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. 33 While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. 34 And the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people that lusted. 35 From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed unto Hazeroth; and they abode at Hazeroth.
12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said: 'Hath the LORD indeed spoken only with Moses? hath He not spoken also with us?' And the LORD heard it.-- 3 Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth.-- 4 And the LORD spoke suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam: 'Come out ye three unto the tent of meeting.' And they three came out. 5 And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the Tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth. 6 And He said: 'Hear now My words: if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD do make Myself known unto him in a vision, I do speak with him in a dream. 7 My servant Moses is not so; he is trusted in all My house; 8 with him do I speak mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD doth he behold; wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?' 9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and He departed.
The wrath of the Lord flared against them and He left: After He had informed them of their transgression, He issued a decree of excommunication against them. All the more so, should a mortal not become angry with his friend before he informs him of his offense. — [Sifrei Beha’alothecha 1:42:9, Tanchuma Tzav 13]
Aaron was Cohain Gadol otherwise he too would have gotten Tzaras.
10 And when the cloud was removed from over the Tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow; and Aaron looked upon Miriam; and, behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said unto Moses: 'Oh my lord, lay not, I pray thee, sin upon us, for that we have done foolishly, and for that we have sinned. 12 Let her not, I pray, be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.' 13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying: 'Heal her now, O God, I beseech Thee.' 14 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'If her father had but spit in her face, should she not hide in shame seven days? let her be shut up without the camp seven days, and after that she shall be brought in again.' 15 And Miriam was shut up without the camp seven days; and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again. 16 And afterward the people journeyed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.
This week I was talking to a young man with a genetic defect. He did not fully comprehend what somebody else did and made me a signal that the man was a bit crazy. At first I wanted to ignore it but then I remembered that the Stipler Rebbe once said that he stands up for people with such conditions for they were Tzaddikim who had to make a Tikun and brought down to this world so that they could not speak Lashon Hara and be taken seriously. Within a minute or two I walked over to my young friend and told him that what he did was not really nice for it was sort of Lashon Hara about the man and this week’s story reminds us for what HASHEM did to Miriam because of Lashon Hara.
Feivish Henech http://livingjewish.net/category/behaalotcha-349/
Many years ago in Dubrovno there was a boy named Feivish Henech, who was a G-d-fearing lad. Although he was not a great student, he nevertheless devoted practically all his time to reciting Psalms, and this he did in the sweetest voice imaginable.
Feivish Henech was a beautiful-looking boy and his voice was a pleasure to listen to. When he sang the Psalms of praise, his voice rang with joy, so that everyone listening to him felt their beings permeated with gladness. But when Feivish recited the Psalms which were outpourings of the soul to the Alm-ghty, beseeching Him to help His troubled people, Feivish Henech’s voice assumed such depths of melancholy and distress, that everyone felt full of sorrow and sadness.
When he reached the age of sixteen, he suddenly took it into his head to live differently from everyone. He spent literally every moment of his life reciting the Psalms. And in order that no one should deter him from his purpose, he stopped up his ears so that no sound of the outside world should reach him. He covered up his eyes so that no sight should disturb him, as he could recite the Psalms and prayers by heart. He ate hardly anything, fasting all day and only partaking of a crust of bread and drink of water at night. On Shabbos or Yom Tov he ate white bread, instead of the darker bread, and in addition drank a glass of wine. One may have expected to see him become a physical wreck under the circumstances, but to everyone’s surprise he became, if anything, even stronger and more handsome.
Naturally, he could not go unnoticed, and he was talked about all around the area of Dubrovno. When word of this strange Jewish hermit reached the ears of a certain anti-Semitic Polish squire, he decided he would have some sport with the Jew. He sent one of his servants to Dubrovno to bring Feivish back, but when the man heard that Feivish was a holy man whom it was impossible to approach, he fled in terror. When his master heard his story, he flew into a deadly rage and ordered the poor fellow to be publicly flogged. The usual
penalty was fifteen lashes, after which the unfortunate victim had to crawl on all fours and kiss the feet of his tormentor, begging forgiveness. But when the lashes were administered to the back of the servant, nothing happened; there was no pain and no blood.
Everyone wondered what would happen now. It was known that the squire had sent other servants to fetch Feivish Henech the Hermit. The servants returned, but without Feivish. They related their story: “When we found the hermit, he was standing and praying. We called out to him, but he made no sign of having heard. I stepped up quite close to him and struck him with my whip, but it was as if it hadn’t even touched him. Then I waited and tried to convince him to accompany us, but he refused to react and we had no choice, but to come without him.”
The squire was in a frenzy of anger. “Saddle me a horse, and I myself will fetch this crazy Jew! Get the priest and he will accompany us.” In the squire’s heart was a creeping fear that the hermit might after all be a supernatural being.
When the priest heard that the squire planned to use force against Feivish Henech, he begged him, “Please, Your Honor, do not do anything against Feivish Henech the Hermit. He is a holy man and you will be wiser to leave him alone. I, myself, will have nothing to do with this foolishness.”
“Aren’t you ashamed? I will show you that he is merely mentally unhinged!” exclaimed the squire.
When the squire entered the study hall he greeted the Rav and the other community notables in a friendly manner, but he let them know that he was there to prove that this particular hermit who refused to see, hear, or eat was just crazy, and had nothing supernatural about him.
“You are playing with fire,” they warned him, but he refused to listen.
“I have driven sense into many obstinate persons with this whip and shall now drive the nonsense out of this individual also!” With that he walked up to Feivish Henech and struck him with his whip. The whip fell out of his grasp and his hand dropped helplessly to his side as excruciating pains shot through his arm. There was a feeling of panic in the air. The Jews feared the squire’s retaliation against the entire community, while the squire’s men were terrified of the hermit. They bundled up their master and ran for their carriage. Feivish the Hermit took no notice of the entire proceeding and continue to fill the hall with his exquisite singing.
The squire’s pain became unbearable. He wanted to return to the hermit and beg forgiveness, but he was told that no one could approach the holy man. The doctors said there was no hope, other than to remove the arm before it poisoned the entire body.
From this time on, people in trouble tried to do something for the hermit, so that they might be helped, as a result. So it was that all the childless wives of the town gathered together and raised funds to build a study hall with special accommodation for Feivish Henech the Hermit to be called by his name. It is an interesting fact that after this, all these childless wives bore children.
Adapted from the Memoirs of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe – reprinted from www.LchaimWeekly.org – LYO / NYC
The Return of the Tzfat Torah Scrolls By Miriam Metzinger
Shortly before Lag B’Omer, Rabbi Gavriel Marzel, director of the Tzemach Tzedek shul in Tzfat, was shocked to discover that all six of the synagogue’s Torah scrolls were missing. When he arrived onto the scene, the doors were open, the window bars had been cut and the ark was empty. The 200 year old shul, founded by followers of the Tzemach Tzedek, the third Rebbe of Chabad, was in the process of restoration around the time the Torah scrolls disappeared.
The theft occurred on Shabbat, and services were held at another location; a Torah scroll was lent by another congregation. The community urged additional psalms be read for the recovery of the scrolls, one of which was written in the memory of Chabad emissary to Tzfat, Aryeh Lieb Kaplan, ob’m, who passed away in 1978. Another of the scrolls was commissioned by the Rapaport family in Canada. A third was written in honor of the Jewish People and a fourth was written to honor the memory of Shterna Sara Marzel’s father (the other two were on loan to the shul). Shterna Sara Marzel expressed profound grief shortly after the theft, and told Chabad.org, “We have a big beautiful building, but when you take the diamond out of its setting …”
Rabbi Shalom Pasternak, director of the Yeshiva Tmimei Derech, urged community members to learn additional Torah to secure the return of the scrolls. Meanwhile, Tzfat detectives launched a nationwide investigation concerning the whereabouts of the scrolls.
Prayers and efforts were answered when three young boys, who were playing close to an abandoned stone house, discovered that the six Torah scrolls had been left there, presumably by the thieves who abandoned their “prize” for fear of being caught. Community leaders addressed a crowd of 800 who danced with the Torah scrolls and celebrated their safe return.
Although the thieves have not been found as of yet, the community is happy to have the scrolls back. One yeshiva student said he believed the purpose of the stolen scrolls was so their return could be celebrated, while Rabbi Chaim Kaplan expressed the desire that the return of the Torah scrolls should be an illustration of how we should inspire more Jews to return to Yiddishkeit. Sara Marzel said, “We are humbled and we are blessed, and G-d should spread the blessings and kindness he gave to us to the farthest reaches.”
Ask Dr. Yosef - Question:
About six months ago we moved to Israel with our 5 young children (between ages 2 – 10). We live in a community about a 20 minute drive from Jerusalem. Our children have started school and my husband and I both work (I work in the mornings). However, my husband very much needs an English speaking chavruso (learning partner) and while he has made an effort, he hasn’t found one. I am concerned that this could affect the level of his Yiddishkeit. What can I do to help him?
Dr. Yosef replies:
How to find an English speaking chavruso is not a typical question for this column, but since it seems to be arousing some tension and anxiety in you concerning your husband’s “level of Yiddishkeit” I will try to offer some suggestions.
At the outset, let me say I don’t think finding a chavruso is really the main issue. Let me clarify by asking some questions. First, when you decided to move to Israel (a big decision for a family with five young children), did you consider the spiritual/religious aspects of your new community? For example, if there was a shul and kehila compatible with your needs; did you make any trial visits? Well, now that you have arrived, as it were, you must certainly have made contact with the community Rabbis regarding the availability of Torah classes. There are vast opportunities for Torah learning here and I think it would be most feasible to get involved in shiurim in your local community. This could be an entre into finding a suitable chavruso.
You should know, however, that even under the most favorable conditions, finding the right chavruso in not easy. With effort and perseverance, it can be done, but it’s certainly something your husband needs to do by himself.
I think you need to back off, and, if it’s really something he wants, he will work it out. It may be that this reflects an area of controversy between you – e.g., how much learning he does and how “frum” he will be. If so, that’s what you need to deal with, not finding a chavruso for him. G-d bless you to have a smooth and successful “klita” into Israel.
Dr. Yosef Halbfinger – Personal, Marriage (Sholom Bayis) & Family Issues–English, Hebrew, Yiddish– Halachic Advisor: HaRav Chaim Sholom Deitsch, shlita. (02) 627-1534; (0547)-651288, 38 Misgavladach, Old City, JM. Posted in Ask Dr. Yosef, Beha'alotcha #349
This did not make the main headlines in Israel http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/05/gold-earring-precious-stones-among-2000-year-old-treasure/
This is one of the reasons why we discourage Jewish Conversion: I think at about 4 minutes into the film my friend from years back Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander explains it quite well: http://illuminatetheworld.com/?p=410
Bklyn DA warns: Child predator loose in Yerushalayim http://m.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/molest_fiend_who_got_away_iOmYpBK7UEiNSdHacbnNUO
Israel was rumored for years to be floating on a sea of oil but now as Moshiach approaches we will begin to see some and Yishmael will go down in the world: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156476#.T8thRE3pWVI
FDR is to blame: http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=272493
People attacked me and even “defriended me” on Facebook boo hoo for telling the truth. Now it is public Zimmerman’s grandfather was a black! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2884488/posts
Obama wakes up on Syria: http://www.debka.com/article/22043/Exclusive-Obama-weighs-action-to-prevent-Al-Qaeda-grabbing-Syrian-WMD-
Jobs numbers down Gaza warms up again not that Lebanon is freezing: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4236938,00.html
Turkey, Syria and Hezballah: http://www.debka.com/article/22053/Turkey-ditches-Syrian-rebels-Will-Israel-attack-Hizballah-s-Scuds-
Censored from Fox News but not too late for the people on the web to put it up on you tube: Hopeless Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Nn3et0VAIrE#!
Top brains for cyber warfare experts http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=272503
Big talker Bibi is talking about building it could be electioneering for next year already. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=272536
USA DEFENSE SYSTEM VULNERABLE BECAUSE OF MADE IN CHINA PARTS: http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/u-s-missiles-infected-with-chinese-fakes/
Listen to Jackie Mason on politics: http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/comic-rips-obama-for-judaism-remark/
Gaza again on focus: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=272858
The sound of silence or lack of guts: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156580
A Conservative Dream Act: http://shark-tank.net/2012/06/05/marco-rubios-military-dream-act-options-remain-problematic/
We know that Iran is working on the bomb: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=272931
Would 10 other aircraft due the same job? Could this be too costly? http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=272939
The left wants these non-refugees and non-Jewish Muslims from Eritrea and now the free country of southern Sudan while people raped and robbed by these people cheer the court decision: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4239554,00.html
Bibi has internal troubles in the Likud: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156636
Shabbat Shalom, wishing you all the best for a peaceful and wonderful Shabbos,