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Friday, September 23, 2005

of G-d and his people (part1)

I decided to write a few essays covering the topic of our relationship with HaShem.I assume many of you will ignore them ,some of you will enjoy and that most of you could be offended.But know this I love G-d, perhaps not as you do; to me He is part of my family and as such subject to things "family".

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev(1740-1810) a beloved figure in Jewish history. Born into a prominent rabbinical family, studied with the "Pri Megadim," himself a great scholar and rabbi of a number of communities.After meeting Rabbis Shmelke Nikolsburg and Dov Baer of Mezhirech, he joined Chassidis and became a influential leader. He is famous for defending the Jews and interpreting our actions in the best light.

My favorite is the tale where RLY can not decide if he should blow shofar one Rush Hashanah (after a horrific year for the Jews of Russia).He argues with the shofar in front of the congregation back and forth. Finally he throws the horn down in disappointment (?) and says "G-d if you love Czar Alexander so much let him blow Your shofar".

-amshinover:if you have nothing nice to say, say it here


  • At 9/23/2005 7:36 AM, Blogger Lipman said…

    Not that I don't understand his feelings, but it's no wonder the "Chasidim" were put in cherem just as other reformers...

  • At 9/23/2005 7:48 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said…

    lipman if you can not understand his feelings its because
    1]galus has been too good to you
    2]you have no feelings forother jews
    3]you have no personal G-d in your life.
    or you are a litvok at all 3 are applicable

  • At 9/23/2005 9:07 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    In the end, who blew the czars chauffer?

    And this hasidic rabbi sounds pretyy liberal to me... to bad his decendants aren't.

  • At 9/23/2005 9:41 AM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said…

    Lipman said he *does* understand the feelings behind it. And he's a Yekke, not a Litvak. :-P
    (i'm both ;-) )

  • At 9/26/2005 9:24 AM, Blogger RuchniGashmi said…

    Amshi, I really hope that you continue posting this stuff, you know how it goes, RLY livedabout three hundred years with all the Rosh Hashan stories about him!


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