Rabbinic Blessings on My Smicha.
An Overview

Recorded by Rabbi Shlomo Nachman © July 12, 2018

These are posted in the order received.

I recieved many other blessings and good wishes as well, but these are from teachers I have studied and I wanted to share their kind blessings here. May HaShem bless each of these teachers and their talmidim always.

MAZEL TOV – Rabbi Bernard Rosenberg

Dear R. Shlomo Nachman
Thank you for your good news about your forthcoming Semichah from [Yeshivah For All Jews].

It is interesting that the Midrash Rabbah on Parshat Nasso darshens the verse in I Samuel 6:16 where King David was dancing and swirling (מקרקר) as teaching that he cried out Kore Ram! Kore Ram! (The humble lad (kore) has been exalted!)

I bless you that in all your Torah teaching, the words of the prayer of the Torah student will always be fulfilled:
May it be your will, O Lord my God and God of my fathers, that no mishap should occur on my account and that I should not stumble in any matter of Halachah, but let my friends rejoice in me! Let me not call that which is impure pure or that which is pure impure; nor that which is permissible forbidden nor that which is forbidden permissible. And let my friends not stumble in any matter of halachah but let me rejoice in them! For "God will give wisdom, from His mouth is knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6). "Open my eyes that I may see wonders from Your Torah" (Psalms 119:18).

Shalom and blessings

Avraham Greenbaum

Avraham Greenbaum
AZAMRA PO Box 50037
Jerusalem 9150001 Israel

I am not a Rabbi just a simple Jew. But may Hashem bless you with insight and knowledge of the wisdom contained in His Torah. May Hashem give you special grace to understand people's needs and how to effectively show them a better way that will lead them to a more successful relationship with Hashem. – Shemuel Sharvit

May you use it well and influence many people to serve Hashem better – Rabbi-Pinchas Taylor

HaShem should be towards you a nosan deah binah vhaskal – Reb Moshe Shulman.

HH not a Rav and never got smicha. May HY bless you to follow and fulfill all the advice, remedies, recourse, and guidelines of Rabbainu Na Nach Nachma Nachman MayUman. –Simcha Hochman

Shalom R" Shlomo: Mazal Tov! That's awesome for you, B"H. My tefilla for you is that Hashem will bless you in all ways always. You should continue spreading the light of Torah into the world and may we all see the Geulah Shleimah very soon. I know that you're helping to nudge it along
Hatzlacha Rabba U'Merubah! – Rabbi Michael Skobac

B"H. May Hashem grant you the understanding to choose wisely and proceed even higher in a manner of strength to strength. Will have you in mind B'brocha, Herschel – Herschel Lazaroff

Shlomo Nachman ben Yaakov, for sure that I bless you with success, and you should continue in Torah learning, with out boundaries, with many students and with out mistakes. – Rav Yakov Shepherd

May you be blessed to bring the light of Torah to everyone you meet and may it illuminate your way.
Mazal Tov and blessings for hatzlacha and bracha!! – Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Hashem bless you to be a help to the Jewish people, to teach all to do mitzvahs with joy, and to be a light unto the Nations. Mazal tov. – Rabbi Gutman Locks

Shalom Shlomo, Firstly you will have smicha before me. I study everyday but have put so much energy into the Torah For the Nations Center in Tzfat. May HaShem use you to make your work even more powerful. Now is the time for all to know the truth. – Pesach Sherbow

May Hashem help you succeed - smicha is only the beginning - keep your head in Torah and not elsewhere - every blessing, LB – Rabbi Lazer Brody

I believe in you – Rav Dror Cassouto

(Good luck Congratulations. A great deal of help from God and fear of Heaven ) – Shalom Hertze

May Hashem bless you with privilege of helping people to follow the laws of the Torah and recognize a glimpse of His awesome wisdom and kindness that fill our world. – Rabbi Yaakov Lubin, The Jewish Center for Science

Dearest Reb Shlomo Nachman ben Yaakov. May Hashem and the true tzadikim bless the work of your hands and may you successfully bring out the true potential to actual (see Likutey Moharan lesson 66) – Meir Elkabas

And from my beloved Rebbe:

29 Tammuz 5778 - Parshah Matot - Massei
From: Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim,
Senior Rabbi – House of Seven Beggars Synagogue
Co-Rosh – Yeshivah for all Jews Under the Laws of Moshe

Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Yaakov,

I intentionally waited to bestow my blessing on you for the granting of your smichah. In the excitement and whirlwind of the day, most people are easily overwhelmed, and the things said become a blur. Now that things have had a chance to settled down and you have had the time to reflect on, shall we say, the gravity of what you have embarked on with this smichah, I now write.

Last week was Parshah Pinchat, in that parshah we find the origin of ordination:

Bamidbar - Perek 27: 15-20:
And Moses spoke unto the L-RD, saying: 'Let the L-RD, the G-d of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them, and who may come in before them, and who may lead them out, and who may bring them in; that the congregation of the L-RD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.' And the L-RD said unto Moses: 'Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is spirit, and lay thy hand upon him; and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put of thy honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may hearken.

Harken well to these words. Always remember that the Rabbi holds a great responsibility to klal Yisrael.

My blessing for you comes from the Talmud, Order Nezikin, Tractate Avot:

May you be cautious in judgement. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah.

May you be of the disciples of Aaron; a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.

Always remember, if you have learned much Torah, do not take credit for yourself; it is for this that you have been formed.

May you be diligent in the study of Torah. Know what to answer a heretic. And know before whom you toil, and who is your employer who will repay you the reward of your labors.

May you run to pursue a minor mitzvah and flee from a transgression. For a mitzvah brings another mitzvah, and a transgression brings another transgression. For the reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah, and the reward of transgression is transgression.

May you be one who learns Torah in order to teach, is given the opportunity to learn and teach. One who learns in order to do, is given the opportunity to learn, teach, observe and do.

May you be careful with your studies, for an error of learning is tantamount to a willful transgression.

And, in my own words, may you become the Rabbi that you desire to become and that G-d desires.

Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim

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