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Shalit and the Miraculous Dollar
The amazing story of how Jerusalem Shlucha Chana Canterman befriended Aviva Shalit and the 20 year old dollar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that resulted in recent blessings.
By COLlive reporter
Aviva Shalit, mother of the now released Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, placed a phone call Monday to Chana Canterman, a Chabad representative in Jerusalem, to update on her son’s health.
“He’s fine! He’s fine!” Mrs. Shalit joyfully said.
The connection between the two who live in the same country but spend time in different spheres began when the Shalit family began campaigning for their son outside the prime minister’s residence.
Sgt. Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas terrorists on 25 June 2006 in a cross-border raid via underground tunnels near the border with Gaza.
Chana and her husband Rabbi Eli Canterman, the Shluchim in the Talbiyeh neighborhood in Israel’s capital, were one of the volunteers who provided meals for the Shalits in their protest tent.
The Cantermans had the Sunday shift and have since become close friends with the Shalit family, visiting them often and praying together for Gilad’s release from Hamas captivity.
Chana would spend hours shopping and cooking beautiful meals for the family, a friend of the Cantermans said.
“Slowly they had to bring larger amounts of food each week because everyone would visit on Sunday because they loved her cooking,” the friend said.
Naturally, they became close friends with Aviva and her husband Noam Shalit, providing not only food but emotional and psychological support during this time.
“When I flew in to New York for the annual Kinus Hashluchos convention on 24 Shvat, I asked Aviva what I could bring her back from the U.S.,” recalled Mrs. Canterman in an interview with COLlive.com.
“She told me, ‘All I want is Gilad. I don’t need presents.’ All she thought about was her son.”
The Cantermans also made sure to come by for holidays, in addition to the Sunday visit. For Purim, they organized a festive meal for family and guests, and brought them Matzah on Pesach. During Lag BaOmer day, children came to the tent to say the 12 pesukim (holy passages).
On April 17th, the day before last Pesach, Chana Canterman brought a special gift to Aviva Shalit along with her meal: a dollar bill that she had received from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that was to be given to a worthy charity.
“Take this dollar,” said Chana, “and may it be a Segulah (merit) that Gilad be released this year.”
Aviva accepted the dollar gratefully and carried it with her wherever she went.
“It was a very depressing period for the family,” Canterman recalls. “We wanted to give them an opening of hope and strength to continue waiting for the healthy return of their son.”
On the same day the Shalits received the dollar, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Shalits he replaced the official mediator from Chagai Hadas to David Medan.
Miraculously, Medan began to receive messages from the Hamas with signs of Gilad Shalit being alive and in stable condition.
On Rosh Hashana, Rabbi Canterman came by to blow shofar for them. A week later, they heard that Gilad was going to be released on Tishrei 20 – on Chol Hamoed Sukkos.
The next day, Mrs. Canterman texted Aviva Shalit asking her if she can check the date written on the dollar from the Rebbe (Chabad chassidim often write on the bill when it was received).
Mrs. Shalit excitedly replied that the date on the dollar that Canterman received over 20 years before from the Rebbe, was Tuesday, 20 Tishrei, the date that Gilad Shalit was released by the terrorists.
And the year that dollar was given? 5751 – the Hebrew year chassidim spelled out as “the year we will see miracles and wonders.”
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God worked through Moses the Prophets and later sages many miracles and He still does.
Moses did many miracles :
When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.
10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron rod swallowed up their rods.
In these things we see the difference between The Holy work of Moses and the “magic” of Pharaoh.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
Elijah makes alot from a little :
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
Elijah revives the dead :
And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.
22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son lives.
Moses the Prophets and later sages have made many miracles by faith in God worked in Divine teachings.
Kabbalah is one of the most grossly misunderstood parts of Judaism. I have received several messages from non-Jews describing Kabbalah as “the dark side of Judaism,” describing it as evil or black magic. On the other end of the spectrum, I receive many messages wanting to learn more about the trendy doctrine popularized by various Jewish and non-Jewish celebrities.
These misunderstandings stem largely from the fact that the teachings of Kabbalah have been so badly distorted by mystics and occultists. Kabbalah was popular among Christian intellectuals during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, who reinterpreted its doctrines to fit into their Christian dogma. In more recent times, many have wrenched kabbalistic symbolism out of context for use in tarot card readings and other forms of divination and magic that were never a part of the original Jewish teachings. Today, many well-known celebrities have popularized a new age pop-psychology distortion of kabbalah (I have heard it derisively referred to as “crap-balah”).
I do not mean to suggest that magic is not a part of Kabbalah. There are certainly many traditional Jewish stories that involve the use of hidden knowledge to affect the world in ways that could be described as magic.
The Talmud and other sources ascribe supernatural activities to many great rabbis. Some rabbis pronounced a name of G-d and ascended into heaven to consult with the G-d and the angels on issues of great public concern. One scholar is said to have created an artificial man by reciting various names of G-d. Much later stories tell of a rabbi who created a man out of clay (a golem) and brought it to life by putting in its mouth a piece of paper with a name of G-d on it. However, this area of Kabbalah is not something that is practiced by the average Jew, or even the average rabbi. There are a number of stories that discourage the pursuit of such knowledge and power as dangerous and irresponsible for most men. If you see any books on the subject of “practical kabbalah,” you can safely dismiss them as not authentic Jewish tradition because, as these stories demonstrate, this kind of knowledge was traditionally thought to be far too dangerous to be distributed blindly to the masses. The books do exist but they are not easily found.
It is important to note that all of these magical effects were achieved through the power of G-d, generally by calling upon the name of G-d. These practices are no more “evil” than the miracles of the prophets, or the miracles that Christians ascribe to Jesus. In fact, according to some of my mystically-inclined friends, Jesus performed his miracles using kabbalistic techniques learned from the Essenes, a Jewish sect of that time that was involved in mysticism.
MOST OF WHAT PEOPLE CALL MAGIC IS A CORRUPTION OF THE TEACHINGS OF KABALLAH.
The work of the Divine names in helping direct Divine providence it a honor and Divine service bestowed upon some men who work to come close to God. It requires much study and practice, till that its practices as as familiar to you as your own name.
According to Kabbalah, the Creator does not perform miracles on our behalf we do. The Creator does not interfere with the cause and effect process of the physical universe, as He left that for us to do. This is our challenge to bring miracles into our lives, and Kabbalah teaches us how we can actually bring that about.
Here is something about a great miracle worker who was close to a friend of mine.
Rav Yisroel Abuchatzeira, the great Moroccan tzaddik, was commonly known as the Baba Sali, or “Praying Father,” because of his ability to work miracles with his prayers. This title, however, actually originated with an incident that occurred in Rav Yisroel’s childhood.
Rav Yisroel Abuchatzeira descended from an illustrious family of Sephardic chachamim and tzaddikim, beginning with Rav Shmuel Abuchatzeira, who was known for his piety and scholarship.
Although Rav Shmuel was born in Eretz Yisroel, he lived in Damascus for a time, where he studied with Rav Chaim Vital. In Shem Hagedolim, the Chida refers to Rav Shmuel as an “Ish Elokim kadosh. Wise people speak of his might and wonders in saving the Jewish community from many difficulties.”
The Abuchatzeira family eventually moved to the Moroccan city of Tafelatlech, where Rav Shmuel’s son Mas’ud served as a rav. Rav Mas’ud’s son Yaakov, known as the Abir Yaakov, succeeded his father as rav of Tafelatletch. Rav Yaakov was a great scholar who was known to be a baal mofeis.
A young man who was injured in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He underwent a series of operations, but was rendered a cripple. One of his legs was so bad that the doctors want to amputate it. A friend suggested that he visit the Baba Sali, who was known to work wonders with his prayers. At first, the soldier (a secular Jew) refused. But in despair, he decided to give it a try.
He was ushered into the Baba Sali’s study.
“Do you put on tefillin every day?” Baba Sali asked.
“Do you keep Shabbat?”
“If that’s the case, ” Baba Sali replied, “you should be thankful that only one leg is in such a serious condition. We believe that Hashem gives us healthy limbs so that we may serve Him. Those who don’t keep the mitzvot should regard their healthy limbs as gifts.”
At that, the young man burst into tears.
Baba Sali looked him the eye and asked, “If I bless you that you will be able to stand, will you begin to observe the mitzvot?”
“I promise,” the young man eagerly replied.
“Then give me your hand, and may you have a complete recovery, with Hashem’s help.”
After the young man kissed Baba Sali’s hand, Rebbetzin Abuchatzeira told him to try and stand up. To his surprise, he was able to stand up immediately, and even take a number of steps without assistance.
Startled by the remarkable change in his situation, the young man ran out of the house in search of a telephone. The nearest telephone was in Yeshivas Hanegev, a few feet away from Rav Yisroel’s home.
The young man raced over to the yeshiva, and called his family to tell them about the miracle. The yeshiva students, who overheard the conversation, were stunned. Taking him by the hand, they broke out into a fervent dance.
A short while later, the young man returned to Rav Yisroel’s house with many of the yeshiva students, and a special festive meal was held in honor of the miracle.
A famous story is told about a day that Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira was praying with his people. He was reciting the final prayer and opened his eyes. He looked around and saw that everyone was gone. He stepped outside and went looking for them. He saw that they were all hiding.
He asked them what was wrong and they were amazed.
They told him that a man with a gun came to the temple and aimed to shoot him. They all were afraid and ran out, thinking he is also going to run. Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira did not hear anything of what went on and was surprised to hear about it. When they went back to the temple, they did not find any evidence of the shooter.
One of the famous things that the rabbi said is that we must remember the torah’s ways, day and night.