It is my sincere prayer that my humble efforts will help unite our people. As my dear brother Shlomo Silverman recently noted to me, "We Jews are not so good at multiplication, but we are masters of division!"
Likewise the former Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Rav Kook declared: "Since there are enough people practicing rejection, I choose to practice acceptence."
And as the Chofetz Chaim warned:
Our Sages state: "Jerusalem was destroyed only because its inhabitants limited their decisions to the [letter of the] law of Torah" (Bava Metzia 30b). This seems difficult, for Scripture records many sins of which that generation was guilty.
Our discussion sheds light on the matter. Had the people overlooked the wrong caused them, then HaShem would have forgiven them as well. However, they were absolutely unrelenting toward each other, demanding from one another whatever they could possibly extract according to the law -- and Heaven judged them accordingly
-- Chofetz Chaim, A Lesson a Day, page 73
ENOUGH! We claim we want HaMashiach and the Third Temple and yet we continue doing the same things for which it was destroyed! "A Jew is a Jew!" I hold this wisdom close by the mercy of HaShem! Some Jews are religious, others are not. Some Jews are fanatics on both ends of the spectrum, most are not. Let us seek a radical love-based balance! Especially towards one another.
Personally, I am a traditional (hence "Orthodox") Jew and Rabbi. This is enough for me. Of course there are always more details and people ask, so...
I seek to observe the Way of the Baal Shem Tov, hence I am a "Chassid."My Rabbinical lineage is as follows:
I seek the inspiration and emunah ("active faith") reflected through his great gransson, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, hence I am a "Breslover."
I seek to walk this path through the standard Sephardi minhag of Der Alte Weg Chassidut and our beloved Rebbe, Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim. I am also honored to accept the guidence of the Chief Rabbi of the Dominican Republic, Rebbe Ancel Salamon. These two honorable rabbis serve as the leaders of our Yeshiva for all Jews according (under) to the laws of Moses (ישיבה עבור כל היהודים על פי חוקי משה). In this way I seek to serve HaShem as a simple Jew.
It is my great honor to be the Associate Rabbi of the House of Beggars.
May HaShem accept my service for the blessings of His people.
Rebbe Yisroel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), founder of Chassidut to his disciple,Here is a partial list of Rabbinic blessings I have received.
Rebbe Dov Ber (1710-1772), the Maggid of Mezritch to his disciple,
Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717-1786), the Noam Elimelech to his disciple,
Rebbe Yaakov Yitzchak (1745-1815), the Chozeh of Lublin to his disciple,
Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhely (1759-1841), the Yismach Moshe to his son,
Rebbe Eluzer Nissan Teitelbaum of Drubitsch (1786-1854) to his son,
Rebbe Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum of Sighet (1808-1883), the Yetev Lev to his son,
Rebbe Chananyah Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum of Sighet (1836-1904), the Kedushas Yom Tov to his eldest son,
Rebbe Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum of Sighet (1884-1926), the Atzei Chaim, to his youngest brother,
Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum (1887-1979), Satmar Rebbe to,
Rebbe Hayyim ben David (Joseph) Gelberman (1912 - 2010) the New Yorker Rebbe, to
Rebbe Aryel Nachman ben Chaim (the Ranbach), founder of Der Alte Weg Chassidut and the House of Seven Beggars, and co-Rosh of Yeshiva Avur Kol HaYihudim Al Pe' Chukee Moshe (“Yeshiva For All Jews Under Moshe”), a physical descendant of Rashi, AND Rebbe Ancel Salamon, Chief Rabbi of the Dominican Republic and co-Rosh of Yeshiva Avur Kol HaYihudim Al Pe' Chukee Moshe (“Yeshiva For All Jews Under Moshe”), Smicha was to their disciple, me:
Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov
Our Shul: The House of Seven Beggars
Our Yeshiva: Website coming soon
I have studied the religions of the world in great depth. I hold an MA in World Religious Studies from John F. Kennedy University and various other achievements for my studies. AllFaith.com, my Facebook walls and groups, and my You Tube channel are my primary online presences.
Please Note: AllFaith.com is completely independent of the various groups I associate with. The views expressed here are my own understandings and do not necessarily reflect those of anyone else. Likewise, the views of the various groups I associate with do not always express mine. Please refrain from making assumptions about my beliefs and practices until you get to know me. If you have questions, ask me. In many ways I'm not your average Chassid. Heck, I'm not even your average Jew! But then... few Jews are when you get to know them!
I am a committed Religious Zionist.
Without supporting the Nation and People of Israel one can not honestly claim to be loyal to our Holy Scriptures, Traditions, or Religion in my opinion. Far too many Jews today, even some rabbis (both Orthodox and non-Orthodox), are turning against Israel and thereby betraying the Hope of the Redemption. The Hope of Zion is the bedrock of Judaism and our people. Judaism and Zionism can not be separated. They are one.
Of course, I'm not naive. The secular government of Israel today is far from perfect. The Israel that now exists is not the Israel that will be during the reign of HaMashiach ben David (may those days come soon and within our lifetimes). There are many things I wish were different there HOWEVER I stand firmly and immovably with Israel, even as I beg HaShem to transform the Nation of the Jews into a truly Jewish Nation (to paraphrase Moshe Feiglin) as described by our holy prophets and teachers.
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