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Vayigash-No Stress!
NY City Candle lighting 4:17. Shabbat ends 5:21
For Shabbat times anywhere go to www.chabadgn.com/Candles and adjust location . The fast of the Tenth of Tevet is Thursday, January 1st and ends in NY City at 5:09 . For fast times go to http://www.chabadgn.com/calendar/location.asp?AID=143790&z=11024&tdate=1/1/2015
and adjust the location

 

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VAYIGASH - NO STRESS!
By Rabbi Yonassan Biggs

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Shalom and Bracha!
The portion Vayigash continues the narrative of Yoseph and his brothers. Yoseph had created a ruse in order to be certain that his brothers had repented for selling him into slavery. Once he was certain, he revealed his identity to his shocked brothers. Immediately, he made one of the most powerfully intense statements in history: “Do not worry that you sold me… G-d has sent me before you to sustain you… it is not you who sent me here, but rather G-d… and He has made me a ruler in Egypt.


Let us think for a moment what Yoseph endured. His own brothers wanted to kill him. Then they threw him into a perilous pit. Then they decided to make some money and sold him. What could be more traumatic? Now his brothers were in his hands. Who could avoid venting anger and frustration?


Yoseph saw things through different eyes. Yoseph understood that everything that happens to us in this world is the hand of Hashem. As such, when he was thrown in the pit, and sold as a slave, and imprisoned in Egypt, he attributed it to the decree of Hashem. He may not have known why Hashem put him through all of this, but he knew it came from Hashem. Either he deserved it, or it was part of a greater plan, or both, but it came from Hashem. As such, he cleansed himself from anger and malice. As Hashem’s plan unfolded, he fully understood his mission. As such, he truly bore no malice or anger and immediately through himself into caring for his father and brothers.


The Talmud teaches that anger is like serving idols. Further, it causes us to forget and do and say things which we later regret. Malicious feelings stain our souls and burden our lives. Imagine freedom from all anger, vengeance and malice!


The Tanya says that we all must learn from Yoseph. By perceiving everything as an expression of Hashem’s will, we are cured us from anger and stress. The Baal Shem Tov teaches that creation is constant. Hashem is involved in every detail of our lives, and the goal of each trial and tribulation may be revealed many years later or remain a mystery to man. Although the perpetrator is responsible for his acts, the recipient is in the hands of Hashem. When we internalize this as Yoseph did, we can free ourselves of anger and free the world of strife. Each step in internalization cures our distress and brings peace to our souls.


Strife brought the destruction of the Temple and any step towards unity hastens Moshiach’s coming and the Temple’s reconstruction.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Biggs

Dedicated in memory of Nissim Ben Mazal (Nathan) FrancoA”H. May Hashem grant him perfect bliss in Gan Eden and bless and comfort every member of his family.

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Asara B’Tevet-First Responders

Shalom and Bracha!
Thursday, January 1st marks the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet. The tenth of Tevet is a fast day that commemorates the beginning of the siege against Yerushalayim that concluded with the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’av. The fast is observed from daybreak until nightfall. In New York the fast ends 5:09 p.m.
Every fast has its unique lesson.

 

Unlike all of the fasts for the destruction of the Temple, there is an opinion that the tenth of Tevet is so severe that we must fast even were it to fall on Shabbat. In our times it never falls on Shabbat. The reason for the severity is that the tenth of Tevet was the opening of all of the problems. The further tragedies were only the continuation of the course. This teaches us a tremendous lesson concerning our own lives and the education of our children.

 

The destruction of the Temple serves as a parable for our failures. When we see ourselves beginning to develop a negative trait or go on a negative path, we must use all of our energies before it develops. Once a bad trait or path has begun, it is very hard to break. Anytime a negative temptation arises we should nip it in the bud. Later is much harder. Similarly, from the earliest moment we must guide our children on the right path. Early memories are ingrained in a child and early errors are very hard to erase.


The Rebbe has recommended that in every synagogue time be dedicated during Asarah B’tevet afternoon services to discuss returning to Hashem by avoiding negative paths and more significantly undertaking positive paths in following the Torah. Those who cannot attend Synagogue should set aside time on Thursday to reflect and rededicate themselves to Torah.


All of the fasts for the Temple also have one central theme. As we mourn the destruction, we yearn for the rebuilding. We are told that the destruction of the second Temple was because of wanton hatred and that Ahavat Yisrael will bring Moshiach. Sometimes we wonder: it’s very tough to give up our grudges and self-centered behavior and to truly and unconditionally care about others. The answer is that if we realize that the entire world and Hashem Himself are waiting for us, we can overcome our pettiness.


The Lubavitcher Rebbe has assured us that our generation is the last generation of the exile and the first generation of the Redemption. Moshiach is ready to come and is only awaiting acts of good and kindness. Let us use out this day of commemoration to affect the Redemption. May we merit that this fast be transformed to the rejoicing of Moshiach’s coming.
Have an easy and meaningful fast,

Rabbi Biggs

Dedicated in memory of Sarah Bat Yitzchak V’Rivkah Wax. 
May her soul be bound in the eternal bond of life with Hashem and may she serve as a beacon of inspiration and blessing for her familuy

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