Thursday, March 7, 2013
Press Release: Save the Date Rosh Chodesh Nissan,Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11 am, for a most inspiring and memorable lecture by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, the Dean of Diaspora Yeshiva, a lecturer at the OU Israel Center and a columnist for the Jewish Press "Pesach, the Original Middle East Revolution." * * * "Rosh Chodesh Nissan at Beit Bnei Rachel", Rachel Tomb Walled Complex* by Evelyn Haies, founder and president of Rachel's Children Reclamation Foundation, majority owner of Beit Bnei Rachel www.theracheltear.blogspot.com 054-224-2649
We just learned from Atara Gur, teaching in Beit Bnei Rachel for over 9
years, that the month of Nissan is connected to the right leg that is
Nissan and Passover. The right leg also is Chessed and Loving Kindness. At
Beit Bnei Rachel,in Beis Lechem, the House of Bread, we are a vessel to
bring down the light of Pesach. We are learning that unleavened bread
brings down the level of pride and lets one go into Sivan with two legs
including judgement. We know that Rachel Imeinu is remembered over 3600
years because her sister came before herself. Her Chessed and Loving
Kindness and bina are a role model for today.
I was sitting in the class.with my right leg impaired from shoveling water
from a broken pipe for 14 hours the day before, from 2am when a loud gurgle
woke me up, not an intruder as it had sounded, but the breaking of the pipe
in the foyer outside my bedroom. Was I really suffering another flood
after suffering Hurricane Sandy and the destruction of my basement, almost
every basement and the first floor of many homes in my neighborhood where
Sheepshead Bay rose over six feet, covered cars and threw them as if they
were toys, where my washing machine ended up sitting on a chair and all
appliances touched by the salt water were ruined plus hundred of books and
the RCRF pins stating, *"A visit to Israel without going to Kever Rachel is
like going home and not visiting your mother." *So much damage in a few
hours and the second surge didn't even come.
Right leg, pride, a misunderstood light; Atara's Wednesday 11am classes are
always on target, pertinent to the drama of the day. Just as the tehillim I
open, just as the living parasha, learning in Beit Bnei Rachel connects one
to a higher reality unblinded by the derech of the anti-torah kind. where
the false proud are the light and everyone and even reality are in their
Remember, Rachel was a simple shepherdess who created an eternal nation
with life meriting values, a people unique having chosen God above
themselves, having chosen The Revelation at Sinai for their roadmap.
After leaving the class, praying in the ohel of Rachel Imeinu I was struck
by a modernity unfit for this ancient place so well refurbished. Of course,
the historical Montefiore door from the second room remained but was muted
between tasteful panels. But there were new entrance doors. Their color was
a challenge, May it not be permanent. It is a steel color and its coldness
in the narrowed street, more than halved from its original size makes this
feel like a jail, not a path to the heartwarning kever of Mother Israel.
Everyone misses the kever blue doors. Meeting a family of friends from New
York, I know it is the people and not the structure, but why not the
structure to be an architecture in tune with the mood.
Having been instrumental in the link of getting cars to be able to drive to
Kever Rachel, I asked for ride from Kever Rachel to the old city and went
to visit David's Tomb. I was struck by the same happening, removal of the
old, the antique, the link to what was. Strange, as we unearth our Jewish
roots , our facts about and under Eretz Hachodesh, they are modernized.
Perhaps artifacts belong in a museum but Eretz Yisrael is full of travelers
wishing to visit what was where it was especially if it is still there to
connect with their roots and reality, their foothold. Some who would erase
us call us not the real Jews;.
The whitewash should not sterilize our real Jewish heart and soul.
Rosh Chodesh Nissan is a major time for tehillim. Saying tehillim at Kever
Rachel, crying in the zkut of Ima Rachel, will surely be heard. Remember,
it is Rachel Imeinu who is promised to bring the Redemption. It's time for
a revolution to save the revolution at Sinai. Rabbi Efraim Sprecher, the
Dean of Diaspora Yeshiva, a lecturer at the OU Israel Center and a
columnist for the Jewish Press will be lecturing on "Pesach, the Original
Middle East Revolution." His lectures are full of sources, uniquely and
cleverly presented and a resource for understanding current events with a
guideline of Jewish thought and history. Don't miss this Lunch and Learn
event. RSVP to attend, volunteer, sponsor events and simchas.