Mar 26, 2023

Mar 13, 2023

Raize Guttman 03-12-23 (19 Adar 5783)

Parsha Parah
Story of Raize's Grandmother  

Today is  the yahrzeit of Raize's beloved grandmother.  She was an amazing Frum woman who lived with complete emunah. Raize tells the story of her grandmother’s miraculous Holocaust survival. Branded in Auschwitz with the numbers 57240, (which adds up to 18), and filled with dreams of her grandmother davening for her, she survived incredible perils to become Raizes support and loving guide.  May she have an  l'iluy neshama - an elevation of her beautiful soul!

Mar 1, 2023

Raize Guttman 02-26-23 (05 Adar 5783)

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Raize Guttman 02-19-23 (28 Shvat 5783)

 Rosh Chodesh Adar

When you  enter the month of Adar, you increase your level of joy.

Raize Guttman 02-12-23 (21 Shvat 5783)

 Parsha Vayishlach Ch. 34, V 1

Yaakov Avinu had one trial & tribulation after another.  He did not have an easy life.  He had story with Lavan, then Esav, now the story with Dinah.  His name was changed to Yisrael,  because  he is a microcosm of the entire Jewish people  and what we have  gone through,  are going through, and will have to go through as long as we are in galut.  This is all part of our emunah, we have to trust that Hashem knows what he is doing.  What looks  "bad" is not "bad".  Yes, things may be very painful, hurtful, challenging, but it is not bad, because everything Hashem does is good.  We as humans define something we don't like as "bad".  We don't understand, but that does not mean it is "bad".  It is all part of Hashem's plan and picture.

Yaakov made it to Eretz Canaan, and he settled in Shechem.  The governor, Hamor, named his son Shechem.  Hamor held a party for a bunch of women. "Dinah went out", and Shechem seized the moment, violated her, and made her impure.  We learn a tremendous lesson from this.  In tehillim is says, "The honor of the daughter of a King is inside, and that is the way we  hold onto  our honor."  Modesty inside and out.