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  • Yehoshua ben Avraham

    Apr 30, 2007 US  

    Todah rabbah l'cha Machlis family! I began coming to Yisrael since 2004 and every time I stay in Yerushalayim I come to your house for erev shabbat. But what is even better is that you have inspired me to do the same in the U.S. We only have 20-30 people every shabbat but its a start, baruch Hashem.

    Shalom aleichem
  • Jonathan Jaffit

    Apr 29, 2007 CA  

    The Machlis family is unreal. What they do for klal Yisrael is nothing less than incredible. Their home will go down in the history of the Jewish people as a key factor in bringing the moshiach.

    - Jon :o)
  • cheryl and becky

    Feb 15, 2007 US  

    the machlis family is the most amazing people in the whole wide world. every shabat we have been there we have been inspired to grow towards hashem. we stand and watch in awe whenever we go. just to see them in action is amazing!everything is delicious!we are inviting everyone to donate money to this extremly worthy cause, and go and experience the machlis experience as soon as possible!:-D
  • The Humble Beginnings - Yakov Couzens

    Feb 12, 2007 US  

    I am an old-timer of the Machlis "Ohel". I used to walk over the Aish guys or the last of the Reb Shuster / Jeff Seidel group from the Kotel Shabbos nights. When I would come the tables were "relatively" small. Friday nights were 20 or so and lunches were only a handful of guests.

    My first dinner there was special but what really started my relationship with them was that they invited me back for lunch the next day...so I went. When I showed up at their door, the welcome was so warm and genuine, I became "hooked" on the Machlis Family. Rebbetzin Henny said - no one ever came back the next day... with a huge smile.

    Another story - One of the guests became angry because he was unhappy with his food portion - threw the plate over at the table and stormed out. Rabbi Machlis ran after him calming him down telling him that he was sorry and will serve him whatever he needs.

    Many other stories - the beet juice, the soup that never ended, the German (Jewish) boy who cried to me on the walk home about them etc...

    It is a zechus to know them and look forward to hopefully seeing them soon in Yerushalim.

    B'ahavah, Yakov
  • MICHAL SCHMORAK

    Feb 08, 2007 MX  

    SHALOM LACHEM!!
    I WAS WITH MY SON A FEW TIMES ON SHABAT DINEER IS IS A BEUTIFULL EXPERIENCE WITH ALL OF U TIZKU LE MITZVOT. AND THAKS G-D FOR THIS OPORTUNITY TO BE IN ERETZ ISRAEL. I HOP TO BE THERE AGAIN SOON BS"D.
  • Brad

    Feb 06, 2007 US  

    I was trying to find a proper forum to say over maiseh's or torah from the rebbe Rav Machlis so i thought maybe this would be the proper place. in this past weeks parshah we find that Hashem promises the children of Israel that all the plagues that he punished their Egyptian taskmasters with he would never place on the Bnei Yisroel and concludes by pointing out Ani Hashem Rofecha(Exodus.15-26) I am the Lor-d your healer. The word rofecha is an interesting one. there is dagesh in the Pey--leaving us with the sound ro--Fecha. Had there been a dagehs in the Pey the wod would be pronounced ro--Pecha. there are instances where the word is written with a dagesh, for instance the source that commands us to seek out a cure from medical proffesionals for our diseases comes from a passage in the talmud (baba kamma 85A) based on a verse also in Exodus(21:19) --V'raPo yiraPeh-- here when talking about seeking out a cure there is a dagesh in the Peh. The obvious question is why? when is a dagesh apropriate? and when not? Rav Machlis explained that the dagesh represents a certain, emphasis or strength, a healing that comes with significant force. Perhaps that healing is the healing that comes with serious side affects, as the joke goes, "u have to be totally healthy to take this medicine its so strong and its side affects are so many"-- that is the human healing--of Rapoh Yirapeh. But when G-d heals, he can heal without side affects, or leaving a scar, or bed rest, or medicine induced nausea. When G-d took the rib out of adam, he anaesthetized him, excised his rib and then closed him up so well, that except for the longing that was placed in his heart, we have no physical sign of the loss. He has a softer healing of "ani Hashem ro-Fecha" without the dagesh--the emphasis, the side affects. May it be thy will, Master of the world, that we and all our medical proffesionals learn from your ways, and heal all our diseases, be they physical,spiritual,emotional, pschological, religious, however they manifest themselves speedily in our days, with the healing of "RoFecha", with neat and healthy cures. stay tuned for imy"H torah
  • Michael Cohen

    Feb 04, 2007 IL  

    Besides the wonderful Machlis experience on Shabat I've being experiencing since 1982 when I first came to Israel to produce a film, THERE'S MORE THAN MEETS THE SENSES:

    Mordechai and Henny and their children are scholars, always seaching honestly for and sharing the truth. Their weekday classes related to Jewish tradition are intellectually probing, enjoyable and spiritually exciting.

    We are all UNIQUE YET PART OF THE JEWISH and/or WORLD FAMILY to the Machis clan. Feeling the special nature in each of us is a teaching we carry out of their home each time we are there.

    These are truly humble, giving people with intellectual integrity and souls worthy of all we give back to them.

    Michael
    michael.cohen7@comcast.net
  • INSPIRED

    Feb 01, 2007 US  

    I'VE HEARD ABOUT THE MACHLIS FAMILY FOR AWHILE NOW BUT ON MY RECENT TRIP TO ERETZ YISROEL I JUST HAD TO SEE THEM IN ACTION.
  • Anonymous

    Jan 30, 2007 US  

    I'll tell you a story about Rabbi Machlis that happened to me actually the first time I went there. Actually it was an out shabbos, and you know how it is, one guy gets the idea to go to the Machlis's and before you know it we had a group of 15 people. We did call ahead. But when we got there it started filling up. They moved all the tables outside. And people were sitting knee to chair. Still more people came. So we started feeling guilty about it. One of the guys stood up and told Rabbi Machlis that we would leave to make room and that we have plenty of food in Yeshiva and can eat there. And he replied:

    "Please don't go. I will be very very upset if you leave!"

    It went back and forth a bit more but Rabbi Machlis was very firm in insisting we not leave. He makes everybody feel as welcome as possible.
  • shoshana

    Jan 25, 2007 US  

    inspired by a new blog dedicated to the Machlis family of Jerusalem, I wanted to share a memorable moment from my past. Aish Hatorah has written a couple beautiful articles about this incredibly special family, but I thought I would add my two cents as well. I traveled to Israel for the first time in July 1997. It was a trip of firsts - my first trip overseas, my first exposure to Orthodox Judaism, my first Shabbos, the first time I spent time in a place where there were more than a handful of Jews. During that month, I went through so many experiences that I then had to take home and integrate into my life. One of those experiences was the beauty of Shabbos. I was fortunate to stay in the Old City of Jerusalem for one Shabbos of that month. On the following New Year's Eve, when asked what the most memorable day of my year had been, that Shabbos was the first day that came to mind. After watching the sun set over the Kotel (which can't be described in words), a few friends and I traveled to Ma'alot Dafna, where the Machlis's live. They have an open home on Shabbos, and many, many people take them up on their hospitality each week. We arrived along with about a hundred other people. Tables were crammed into every corner of the modest apartment. Children ran around singing songs and welcoming all the guests. Tons of food was prepared for the meal. The apartment held a very recent addition that week - air conditioning to help cool down the extremely hot Jerusalem summer. It was pumping hard, doing it's job, until it hit a snag. All the lights in the apartment went out. There were a few gasps from the guests, and we sat in the dark. Instead of getting upset or panicking, since nothing could be done on Shabbos, Rabbi Machlis stood up and asked everyone to be calm. He then began speaking about how lucky we were that the lights were out. He spoke about how lucky we were to have this opportunity to really appreciate the beauty of the Shabbos candles that his wife had lit in honor of Shabbos. How they illuminate and usher in Shabbos the way Hashem illuminates our soul. Wow. I am still speechless when I remember those beautiful moments and the incredible perspective Rabbi Machlis shared with us. The lights came back on a few minutes later but I kind of wished they had stayed off. That night was certainly one to remember.
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