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The Baal Shem Tov’s Lag Ba’Omer Parade

The Baal Shem Tov explained to them that it was the holy day of Lag BaOmer, a day to be outside in the fields, joyously celebrating the day of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Yerachmiel Tilles

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Lag BaOmer Parade BY YERACHMIEL TILLES

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wo weeks before Rosh Hashanah in 1734, on his 36th Cossacks would calm down and leave. The Baal Shem Tov birthday, Rabbi Yisrael, the Baal Shem Tov, was revealed accompanied them. The people took refuge in the numerous as an extraordinarily holy person and the leader of the fledg- caves that dotted the rugged terrain. ling Chassidic movement. Before that, he devoted himself to keeping his special qualities well hidden from the public IT WAS THE HOLY DAY OF LAG BAOMER . . . eye. He dressed, spoke and carried himself like every other From their lookout places they could see that the Cossack simple, uneducated poor Jew in the Ukraine. To support him- horde had arrived. Unable to find any Jews to physically asself, he worked as a plain laborer. His sault, they vented their anger and frusintense prayers, his meditation and his tration on Jewish property. They broke deep Torah study were all carried out in into the warehouse of wine, drank themsecret. In conversation with other Jews, selves into a state of crazed drunkenness, The Baal Shem Tov he would often encourage them with smashed the rest of the barrels and set fire explained to them that teachings and stories from the Midrash to the building. The Jews all trembled in and Talmud that stressed the value of fear that the cruel Cossacks would decide it was the holy day of serving G-d simply but wholeheartedly. to search the hills and their hiding places Lag BaOmer, a day to He strove to nourish in them a love for would be discovered. G-d, for Torah and for the entire Jewish A few days went by. The invaders be outside in the fields, people. But when he did so, it was always stacked up piles of booty looted from Jewjoyously celebrating the ish homes and stores. The Jews were still in the language and idiom of the common people. No one suspected him of terrified of being discovered. How starday of Rabbi Shimon being more than he appeared. Only his tled they were to see that the nondescript wife knew his capabilities. Yisroelik (a nickname for Israel, the Baal bar Yochai. Sometimes it happened that he would Shem Tov’s name) was assembling groups be forced to use his extraordinary powers of their children outside of the caves, in to save Jews, or even whole communities, broad daylight! in distress. Whenever he did so, as soon They protested, whereupon the Baal as the time of need ended, he would immediately move to a Shem Tov explained to them that it was the holy day of Lag new and distant location where nobody knew him. One of BaOmer, a day to be outside in the fields, joyously celebrating these occasions took place on Lag BaOmer. the day of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. He assured them that In those days, Jewish communities in Eastern Europe were not only would they not be endangered, but that the merit often subject to attack by wild bands of violent Cossacks and of their Lag BaOmer observance would help to protect and other such coarse anti-Semites. They would beat Jewish men, rescue the entire community. sometimes even fatally; rape the women; and plunder or deSomehow his enthusiasm and conviction affected the nerstroy whatever Jewish property they could get their hands on. vous parents, and they gave their permission. The Baal Shem Once, the town where the Baal Shem Tov was living received Tov went from cave to cave and gathered nearly all the chilword that such a gang of evil marauders was headed their dren. way. The entire Jewish community decided to abandon their While many of the adults were still mulling over this homes and hide in the hills for a few days, until the invading startling turn of events, the Baal Shem Tov launched a mini8

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parade. The children marched along, singing happily, as they followed their new charismatic leader. At first, they were a bit afraid and sang only in whispers and low voices, but in just a short time their fear melted away as they raised their voices to join in the infectiously cheerful tunes of the day honoring Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. The parents gazed after their children with nervous affection, but their attention soon whipped to the Baal Shem Tov. It was as if he was a person they had never seen before. His face flamed with rapture as he sang, and all his movements reflected ecstasy in the divine, as he danced with the circle of children. The simple Yisroelik that they knew had been transformed in their eyes into the holiest of men. His voice combined with those of the pure innocent children to produce singing that seemed to be no less awesome than that of the angels in Heaven. The parade and the singing continued for a long time. Afterwards, the Baal Shem Tov led the children to a small plateau, sat them on the grass, and distributed to each of them desserts that he had brought with him. He made sure that each child pronounced loudly the correct blessing for the food that he received. Then, after they had eaten, he told them riveting stories from the Talmud and the Midrash about Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and about Rabbi Akiva. The children listened attentively and felt the powerful love the Baal Shem Tov had for each of them, responding with great affection. The parents and the other adults from the village remained very worried. How could Yisroelik stay so long in the open with their children? Their frightened glances switched rapidly back and forth from the smoke and fury in the village below to the rows of children seated in front of the Baal Shem Tov. They whispered prayers that all should end well and that everyone would be safe.

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he first kohanim were Aaron (Moses’ older brother) and a very important mitzvah, failure to comply with these reguhis four sons. Together with their future descendents, lations is between him and G-d. It does not affect anyone they were chosen by G-d to conduct the service in the Sanc- else, at least not in any earthly, tangible form. However, when tuary as representatives of the entire people of Israel. Due it comes to marriage choices there is always someone else involved and, subsequently, very much to his sanctified position as a minister affected. serving in G-d’s Temple, the kohen Some tragedies are unavoidable. may not come in contact with the dead, If the Torah tells us that When terror strikes, G-d forbid, his body must be unblemished, certain a particular union is it may be impossible to stay out of marriages are prohibited to him, etc. harm’s way. Illness is not something You may not have heard the story of not kosher, rather than any sane person consciously chooses. the fellow who visits his rabbi and begs resenting the interference But the most frustrating tragedy of all him to make him a kohen. He just has to belong to the priestly tribe and he’s we should consider it as is one that was avoidable. And when ignorance of our traditions leads to prepared to pay the rabbi any amount if the Almighty Himself human pain and anguish, then faof money for the honor. The rabbi patiently explains that neither he nor came down and whispered miliarizing ourselves with those traditions could go a long way towards anyone else can make the man a kohen. a word of loving advice in preventing tragedy from happening in It is simply not in the province of the rabbinate to do these things. The fellow our ears: “Trust me; this the first place. Picture the scene. A young man is desperate. He offers the rabbi a huge one is not right for you.” announces his engagement and arrives donation if he would only grant him at the synagogue to book his wedding. this one favor. The rabbi is exasperated The rabbi discovers that he is a kohen but intrigued and asks the man why it is so important to him that he be made a kohen. The guy an- and his fiancé is a divorcee, convert, someone previously marswers: “Rabbi, my father was a kohen, my grandfather was a ried out of the faith, or perhaps the daughter of a non-Jewish father. Very sensitively, he advises the young couple that there kohen, I just have to become a kohen!” The truth is that as funny as a born kohen wanting to buy may be a halachic impediment to their union being solemhis way into his own family may sound, being a kohen is no nized “in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel.” This week’s parshah gives us the basic laws governing whom a kojoke. In my own experience, I have been involved in a number hen may and may not marry. If he is indeed a genuine kohen of human tragedies which emanated from Jewish ignorance and she does, in fact, belong to one of the above-mentioned about the role of a kohen and the regulations which pertain categories, we have a problem. Now my question is, why in the two or three years of their to members of the priestly tribe. While cemetery conduct and protocol for a male kohen is relationship did this issue never surface? The answer is igno22

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rance. Nobody ever told them that there was a problem. Who gets the blame? Why, the rabbi, of course. He is accused of being a religious fundamentalst, intolerant, uncaring, rigid and inflexble. Well, let me assure you that my coleagues and I love to be welcoming and accommodating at all times. There are, however, situations when Jewish law and radition, which to us is sacred and inviolate, may well appear to be standing in he way of human happiness. And we are not empowered to change the law to suit he occasion. Personally, I say the responsibility to educate our young people about this particular issue lies with their parents. Especially a father who is a kohen and has passed down that lineage to his son has a moral obligation to advise his son of what t means to be a kohen. True, there are privileges, like being he first to be called to the Torah, but there are also responsibilities, like choosing marriage partners very carefully. These types of pain and misery are absolutely avoidable if we educate our children. Well before they become romantically involved, parents should inform their kids to be discernng in whom they date. In the same way as no intermarriage

ever happened without prior inter-dating, no kohen would suf fer disappointment over an unsanctioned marriage if he only dated girls he would be able to marry He shouldn’t be hearing about it for the first time when he approaches the rabbi with a wedding date. Marriage today is a tenuous insti tution. It is an enormous challenge to remain on the right side of the statis tics. If the Torah tells us that a partic ular union is not kosher, rather than resenting the interference we should consider it as if the Almighty Himsel came down and whispered a word of loving advice in our ears “Trust me; this one is not right for you.” Sometimes we think the Torah is standing in the way of our happiness when the reverse is true. In the long run, it may well be protecting both parties from making a serious mistake with life-long ramifica tions. The priesthood is as old as the Jewish people. To be a ko hen is something no money can buy. Space does not allow me to expand on the subject here. Suffice it to say, it is a very spe cial blessing. Let’s make sure that our children never consider that blessing a curse.

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It’s About Time BY RABBI JONATHAN GEWIRTZ

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ver Pesach, my daughter told us that we call it Pesach because we’re focused on what HaShem did for us (passing over the houses) while in the Torah it is referred to as Chag HaMatzos, because HaShem focuses on what we did, leaving so quickly that we couldn’t even let our bread rise. It reminded me that being focused on and proud of the achievements of the other party is a wonderful tool for strengthening any relationship. It was therefore curious to me that in Shemona Esrai, throughout the Yom Tov, we say Chag HaMatzos. Shouldn’t we continue the idea of praising what HaShem did for us and call it Pesach? It was only on the seventh day of Pesach that I was inspired with an answer. We don’t just call it Chag HaMatzos. Instead, we have a complete phrase, “Chag HaMatzos, Zman Cheirusainu,” meaning, “the festival of Matzos, the time of our freedom.” What, I kept asking myself, is the connection between matzah and freedom? On the contrary, we call it the bread of our affliction, poor man’s bread, and don’t think of it as a shining symbol of liberty like some glorious light-brown circular flag blowing in the wind. Well, if we define being rich as not one who has a lot, but one who needs little (which we do - check out Pirkei Avos), then freedom could be defined not as one who is in control, but as one who is not controlled by external forces and desires. In other words, the less I need, the less others have control over me. Of all foods, I thought, matzah needs the fewest ingredients. It only needs two, flour and water, and is even missing a key ingredient in all other types of bread – TIME. Yes, when the Jews took their dough out of Egypt, they didn’t allow time for it to rise. 24

They were told to go immediately and that’s what they did. They didn’t worry about the fact that they didn’t have the time they needed so their food would be ready. They just left, and that is a great aspect of freedom. People are always complaining that we don’t have enough hours in the day. There’s too much to do and not enough time. Even Chazal said it, “The day is short and the workload is large.” It’s easy to get discouraged, but instead of stressing about the fact that there’s not enough time to get it all done, let’s remember the end of the Mishna – “It’s not your responsibility to finish the job, but you are not free to neglect working on it [with whatever time you are given.]” The freedom we experienced from the matzos was the ability not to worry about the finished product, and just to do what we need to do now. We left the results up to HaShem and got matzah, which is even better than bread because it can be eaten for much longer without going bad. In fact, in the desert heat it probably stayed light, crispy and tasty. I remembered this thought one day as I was driving behind a v-e-r-y s-l-o-w driver. I was trying to get to shul for Mincha, and this guy was making his way ever so slowly down the onelane road, with no opportunities to pass him. He was doing about ten miles an hour below the speed limit. I started to get annoyed and angry, then told myself, “It’s up to G-d whether I make it in time. At this moment, I have to recognize that I’m not in control.” It worked. I calmed down, and drove without getting road rage or showering him with “blessings.” (I made it to Mincha.) We’re now in the period of Sefiras HaOmer, and we count each day. We don’t say, “Today is fifteen of fifty,” we say, “today is April 19, 2013 • 323-965-1544 • info@communitylinks.info


fifteen.” Part of the lesson that we learn from Pesach and Shavuos, including the interim weeks, is that we don’t have o worry about finishing the job, but rather making the most of the time we are given to work with. Each day should be a goal and each day should be an achievement. “Am I doing what I am supposed to do at this very moment?” If I am, then am free. I am not beholden to an end result that is beyond my reach, and I am not bound by a need to fill twenty-four

Even Chazal said it, “The day is short and the workload is large.” It’s easy to get discouraged, but instead of stressing about the fact that there’s not enough time to get it all done, let’s remember the end of the Mishna – “It’s not your responsibility to finish the job, but you are not free to neglect working on it.”

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hours in a day with thirty-six hours’ worth of work. In our lives, we will not have the time to do everything that must be done in the world. However, if we spend time worrying and lamenting that fact, then we’ve wasted some of the precious time we HAVE been given. This lesson is one we learned from HaShem when we relinquished control and left with the unrisen dough. It was G-d who gave us the matzah which taught us this special lesson about freedom and life, and that’s why we focus on this gift during Shemona Esrai, seeing it as just one more of the myriad billions and trillions of things He does for us on a daily basis. Freedom is about time. It’s about knowing that at this moment I’m exactly where I should be. This knowledge about time is a gift - that’s why they call it the present. Jonathan Gewirtz is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications around the world. He also operates JewishSpeechWriter.com, where you can order a custom-made speech for your next special occasion. For more information, or to sign up for his weekly Dvar Torah in English, e-mail info@JewishSpeechWriter.com and put Subscribe in the subject. © 2013 by Jonathan Gewirtz. All rights reserved.

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Jewish Community M Leaders Endorse Michael Feuer for City Attorney Jewish Community leaders endorsed Michael Feuer for Los Angeles City Attorney in the upcoming City General Election scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

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ike Feuer is one of California’s leading lawmakers and attorneys. A former Majority Policy Leader of the California State Assembly and Chair of the California Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, Mike has written some of the state’s most important public safety, children’s health, consumer protection and environmental laws. Mike previously served for six years on the Los Angeles City Council, where he wrote some of the toughest laws in the nation to curb gun violence, fought successfully for anti-gang and after-school programs, and funded jobs for disadvantaged youth. He initiated L.A.’s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system, improving 9-1-1 response times and making L.A. government much more effective. Mike was the Council’s leader on ethics reform and spearheaded business tax reforms. He chaired successful Council efforts to deliver on-time, balanced budgets and championed the rights of disabled people, senior citizens and children. Prior to his work on the City Council, Mike directed one of the nation’s leading public interest law firms, Bet

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A $5 Million Grant for Israeli Hospital Rambam Hospital Awarded $5 Million Grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust (New York, NY) – Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, has received a $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in order to purchase the necessary medical equipment for its new fortified underground emergency hospital. The Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital is a three-story, 60,000 square meter facility, which is fully fortified against both conventional and unconventional warfare. As the largest hospital of its kind in the world, it can convert from a 1,500-vehicle parking lot into a 2,000bed emergency hospital within just 72 hours of war being declared. The grant will go towards buying equipment for the hospital, thereby contributing enormously to preparing it for use. “The initiative for a fortified hospital came about following the Second Lebanon War six years ago,” states Professor Rafi Beyar, Director and CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus. During the course of the war, 45 missiles fell in close proximity to Rambam, and although no one was hurt, it triggered off the thinking among hospital executives that action needed to be taken. “We realized that we couldn’t rely on miracles anymore,” continues Beyar. “We had to prepare for any future threat by having a safe area where patients could be moved to and where staff could function.” Six years later, the building of the new fortified hospital is almost complete and once all the relevant equipment has been bought, the hospital will be fully functional. “We are extremely thankful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust for granting us this donation, which we will use in order to procure vital equipment for the hospital,” remarks Beyar.

“Unfortunately, the threat of war has grown increasingly strong over recent years. As the main referral hospital for over two million people in the North of Israel, Rambam Hospital is determined to have the capabilities of providing acute and chronic hospital care under fire to all those who need it.” “As security and health care preparedness are core objectives of our program in Israel, we are pleased to support Rambam in equipping this vitally important new facility,” said Sandor Frankel, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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