Entries by Rivka Levy

Dealing with narcissists

It’s going to take me a day or two to translate the rest of the Rav’s comments on the halachic discussion around ‘killing the people of Shechem’. Baruch Hashem, he brings a lot of sources and insights, and approaches the question from multiple viewpoints. If you are familiar with the process of ‘teasing out the […]

Luminaries of fire vs luminaries of light

Rebbe Nachman on real Jewish leaders. Reposting this article on the difference between luminaries of fire and luminaries of light, from 2016. While so much has changed since then, sadly, so much really hasn’t. And Rabbenu’s wisdom is even more necessary, in these dark days where we really need the real ‘light’ of real tzaddikim […]

A shidduch from ‘the Hilltop Youth’

Let’s get away from all the ‘politics’ for a moment to talk about shidduchim. A couple of years back, a bunch of my daughter’s friends, some of whom I am very close to, came of marriageable age. While they aren’t ‘chareidi’, they are all big believers in Hashem, and what Israelis would refer to as […]

Jewish Jesuits and Berlin Bankers

A few months ago, the penny finally dropped that so many of the ‘famous names’ that populate Jewish history and Jewish genealogy from the last 250 years are actually made-up. This happened in a few different ways. Some of it was just the need of the times, when Jews were forced by the secular authorities […]

Busting the paradigm

I’ve been thinking a lot about how ‘the evils’ turn us all against each other. In our puppet-controlled world, they make all these machloket, all these ridiculous arguments between us, about details that are actually totally pointless, but become the whole ikker. I lost a few good friends over the whole Covid psyop, because they insisted I should […]

The Rambam on accidental murder

Amazingly, this was the next part of the Rav’s shiur, given on Rosh Chodesh Kislev (Nov 13th, 2023). The first part of the shiur was talking about transferring 1.5 billion to Hamas, and Hamas firing on the patients in the hospitals, and then blaming it on the IDF, if they try to take down Al […]

Friendly fire

The last two days, I’ve been pretty down. It’s probably a whole bunch of things together, including trying to keep everything going and ‘upbeat’ so the wedding could get done, and not totally falling apart that first month after Simchat Torah. But the ‘last straw’ seems to have been that terror attack that happened in […]

When the lies becomes ‘the truth’

This one is a little more recent  – from last Saturday night. ==== Shiur given at Seudat Shlishit, Shabbat Vayetza, 12th Kislev 5784, (Nov 25th, 2023) …The force of the imagination that deceives a person is called ‘Lavan Ha Arami’ (Laban the Aramean). There is something that is called ‘Lavan Ha Arami’, that decieves a […]

Everything with Qatar was a lie

Shavua Tov! Over Shabbat, I managed to catch up on a few of the Rav’s shiurim from the last couple of weeks. I will just carry on translating the bits that took my eye, and you take from it whatever you take from it. There’s lots and lots of hints…. as usual. ==== Excerpt of […]