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Friday, July 27, 2012


Many think that for
The Messiah to come 
There must be war. 
In truth, there must be peace. 

The only weapon 
Needed to conquer 
The entire world 
Will be a mother's prayer.

Facing Facebook

When the screen grows dim
And you lose focus, hooked, faced
With the dizzying news and noise,
General, impersonal, fake,
Vague, unlikely, faceless
Complex, incomplete, remember
That after all is said and done
All you have is a mountain,
A field, and a home.
The ladder you dream of climbing,
The plot in which you chose to plant,
And the one to whom you will return.
You know it's all just One, yet
All you'll truly have is home,
Along with those let in,
And those that out will come.



Eu que fui 
Meio louco
Vivi de tudo 
Um pouco

Mas até que
Chegue o moço
Não troco por nada
Isso aqui.

Minha capital,
Grandeza sem igual (em potencial)
Ou alguém normal,
Mistura tropical

De Nova Iorque, Rio,
Nice, Odessa,
Havana, Disney, 
Buenos Aires, Haiti.



Me, who's been
Kind of crazy
Lived it all
a bit

But until
The man arrives
I switch for nothing
This here.

My capital
Greatness without equal (in potential)
Or anyone normal
Tropical mix

Of New York, Rio,
NIce, Odessa,
Havana, Disney,
Buenos Aires, Haiti.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rio, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz

Rio, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz

You're left
To enjoy 
The cream
Of the land
What's there
Not to like
The sea and
The sand
I came
Not to spy
On all the
Naked lies
Or uncover
The shame
So close
To the game
That manages
Still to
Be the talk
Of the

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gimmel Tammuz and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz

The Previous Rebbe wrote, "Yud Kislev marks the birth of a chassid, and Yud-Tes Kislev is the bris (circumcision)." (Likkutei Dibburim, p. 976; more info here)

There are nine days between Yud Kislev and Yud-Tes Kislev. On Yud Kislev we celebrate the liberation of the Mitteler Rebbe, the 2nd Lubbavitcher Rebbe, which also marks the date of his birth and yahrzeit (9th of Kislev). Yud-Tes Kislev is the liberation of the Alter Rebbe, the 1st Rebbe, as well as the yahrzeit of his teacher, the Maggid of Mezeritch.
There are nine days between Gimmel Tammuz and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, which is today. On Gimmel Tammuz, we celebrate the beginning of the liberation of the Previous Rebbe, the 2nd-to-last Lubavitcher Rebbe, which also marks the yahrzeit of the last Rebbe. Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz marks the complete liberation of the Previous Rebbe, as well as his birthday.

When the Previous Rebbe had his bar mitzvah, his father, the Rebbe Rashab, made a seven-day celebration like that of a wedding (sheva brachos). Therefore, perhaps we can say as follows, "Gimmel Tammuz marks the wedding of a chassid, and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz is the sheva brachos."

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