Friday, July 28, 2006


A Vision
Of all the types of prophecies..the vision is the most difficult and painful.
The gap between knowing and seeing is immeasurable.
A father gives a Rebbe permission to punish his child..even if he knows it’s good for the child, if he’s present..he might tell the Rebbe to stop. It’s difficult to see.
There was once a terrible decree on the Jews of the Ukraine some 270 years ago.
The Ba’al Shem Tov called together all the townsfolk to prayer...after hours of wailing, sobbing and fervent prayer the Ba’al Shem sent everyone home announcing that the decree had been annulled.
He was annulled because one simple little argument by a simple peasant woman.
She looked around and turned to God in amazement...and said..”I don’t know what’s going on and what your plan is..but I’m a mother..I have children..and when I see my children wailing like this..I stop whatever it is that’s causing it..
How can you ignore the anguish of your children??”
We know..there’s a master plan..
We know..there’s a reason for everything..
Look your children terrified..confused
At those cowering in bomb shelters..
At those languishing in cancer wards..
At those children sobbing at funerals..
At those struggling in a spiritual wasteland..
Your will and desire are greater than your reason..

According to the Zohar, every month corresponds to a different body part..Tammuz and Av are the 2 eyes.
The sufferings we have endured over the years in these two months are deep and painful.
The redemption will come when Hashem sees our suffering as a Father sees his childs suffering with his own 2 eyes.
Perhaps we should act on fulfilling the child part of the deal...and act like his children.

The motif underlying this post is based on a vort in the Sefer Aish the Pieseczne Rebbe. After the war, a milk jug full of transcripts was found under the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto by a Polish contained the speeches and Divrei Torah that the Rebbe told his Chassidim in the ghetto over a period of 3 years. This idea was the last one recorded. The Rebbe perished in Treblinka Hy'd



Blogger Y.Y. said...

awesome post as usual

July 28, 2006 8:23 AM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

Beautiful. And I hope that Hashem does end the terror of his children very soon.

July 28, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

thank you

July 28, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

that really made me want to cry.. i love thinking of g-d as a parent, it makes growth so much more possible. beautiful

July 28, 2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

I almost posted a similar concept about two weeks ago. The three weeks (ALMOST) always starts the week after parshas balak, which is all about bil'am and his eyes. shsum ha'ayin, glui aniyim.
very powerful stuff. ainee ainee yorda mayim, the two ainees are for the month of tamuz and the month of av.
the Pieseczne was an extremely holy man. thanks for the post.

July 28, 2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Beautiful, touching thanks for sharing.

July 28, 2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

And immortalized by R Shlomo Carlbach

July 28, 2006 11:53 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

David - you wrote a dvar torah that flowed read as your poetry does
thank you for the insight
necessary in these painful times

July 30, 2006 12:28 AM  
Blogger chaverah said...

David , alot of these post you are writing these days feels like you are alittle removed from your emotions. You are a great writer but I like the ones that come from the heart. just my opinion.

July 30, 2006 9:11 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thanks so much..and congrats on being Numero Uno

lets hope..


yeah...I wish more people would cry...

thanks for the "eye opening" addition...

Thank you..

yes...via the holy hunchback...

thanks..what a beautiful thing to say...

hmmm not sure what u mean...this one wants lite..then next wants deep..
I can tell u..I cried when i wrote get more heartfelt than that

July 30, 2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

tears when you wrote this...
So the story flowed, and your tears flowed...

July 30, 2006 1:22 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

ok..ok...maybe not tears..tears...but it was stirring...

July 30, 2006 2:11 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

cry baby :)

July 30, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

I think men crybabies are great!
not enough of em! :)

July 30, 2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...


July 30, 2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

One more...

What a powerful post... written so beautifully it really touches the reader... David, you did it again! Thank you for adding the last paragraph, it adds a certain sense of sentimentality that... sends chills!

July 31, 2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thank u...
I thought I had to add that cuz it adds such an ironic twist to the whole thought...

July 31, 2006 11:22 PM  
Blogger upssidetown said...

I like it! Good job. Go on.

August 16, 2006 6:59 PM  

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