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When I see somebody else’s child – beautiful, it’s the first time I see this baby.  When I see my own child…  Was there ever a time that I didn’t see my children?  Could I ever stand before G-d without my children?  Impossible, right?

 

“V’zos habracha asher berach Moshe, ish haElokim lifney moto” [And this is the blessing which Moses, the man of G-d, blessed before his death].  Moshe Rabbenu brought down to the world the deepest depths, that when you bless your children, mamash you say to G-d, “Unless it’s fulfilled I can’t live.  Can’t live….”

 

Praying, I can do by myself.  Blessing… The holiness of blessing is that somebody else has to bless me.  Somebody else has to bless me.  You know how deep this is?  The deepest depths there is.

 

When are parents giving over their share in paradise to their children?  That moment when they leave the world, at that moment when they leave the world, they give over to their children, gevalt, this holiness, mamash everything is so good, so good.  Because G-d is taking care of us.  G-d is taking care of us.  Even when everything looks wrong to me.  This one, chas v’shalom [G-d forbid] is dying.  This one is dying, this house is falling apart, everything looks destroyed.  So I get on my two feet and I yell, “Yisgadol, v’yiskadosh sh’mai rabbah!”  [GYd’s name should be made great].  Because I believe that G-d is taking care of everything and even if I don’t know what’s going on, He’s mamash taking care of it all.

When is the break between parents and children?  When suddenly children realize – I am not the center of my parents’ lives.  They do their thing without me.  You know what the saddest thing for parents is?  When they realize suddenly that they are not in the center of their children’s life.  Either way is a bad scene.

 

I want you to know something very deep.  Parents who tell their child, “I could do without you,” when the child grows up, he thinks that, “Also G-d could do without me.” Or, “The world could do without me.”  How can you be a Jew unless it’s clear to you that G-d can’t do without you?

 

The highest thing in the world is that parents mamash tell their children: Mamash we can’t do without you.  G-d can’t do without you, the whole world can’t do without you.

 

Imagine if the whole world would know that I’m a good singer, but my own children don’t know my songs.  You know how much that would hurt?  What good is the whole thing?  Let’s assume maybe the  whole world doesn’t know my song,  but if my child knows my song, that’s so good… something so special.

You know my beautiful friends, who are the real holy Yidden [Jews]?  Every Yid is so holy, but there are some special Yidden.  They are so holy, their children need protection. The holy “mitnachlim” [Jewish Settlers], gevalt are they holy.  They are sitting with mesirat nefesh [self sacrifice].  And who dares, who has the chutzpah [audacity]…  Who has the chutzpah to minimize their holiness? Who dares? Who dares telling soldiers not to protect them!




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How do you know which part of the service the congregation has reached? It’s very simple – if one third of the congregation is outside then they are davening (praying); if half the congregation is outside then they’re reading the Torah (Bible). Ah, but if everyone is outside then the Rabbi must be giving a speech!


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