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Friday, December 10, 2010

Broken, Repaired, Better than New


Sounds like the Parsha, doesn't it?

Yaakov's family - Broken
Yosef - in jail, in Egypt - Broken
The Brothers - "caught in a lie" - hmmm - Broken
But then, Yosef reveals himself to his brothers, and says, "Al Teatzvu" - Don't be sad. Don't be angry, 'cause what you did was for the best - it was so I could come down here (Egypt) and "Mechayeh" - take care of you (give you life).

Broken, Fixed, and then, even Better.
Yaakov comes down to Egypt, and the family is re-united.
Yaakov can finally stop mourning for his "thought to be - but not by him" dead son.

What do we learn from this?
R' Leibele has a strong torah on this -- but bottom line -
HKBH (G-d) wants us to go through the process - the breaking and the fixing, but then--
AL TEATZVU - don't be sad.
We need to know that it's for the best, and the G-d of Rachamim (mercy) is there to comfort us.

Just like Shabbos, at the end of the long week - there to comfort us, and in the comfort give us strength.

Just like Radio Free Nachlaot, all week long - to bring some comfort (music, Torah, talk) to help us be strong from Shabbos to Shabbos.

When we are mechayeh each other - we give each other life -- not just, one the other, but EACH OTHER.

May we receive our life force from HKBH on Shabbos, and may we pass it around all week long.

Good Shabbos, Good Shabbos


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