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"Where does it say that you have a contract with G-d to have an easy life?"

the Lubavitcher Rebbe



"Failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite."

Rabbi Nosson Scherman



23 Feb 2017

Ascending the ramp

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Emunah Daily lesson


The Prerequisite to Success

Toronto mosque apologizes for anti-Jewish prayer

Parashat Mishpatim: The Prerequisite to Success in Torah

איך "מרבים בשמחה"? שאלו את הילד שבכם

I was speaking to an elderly man yesterday who told me that his father left Poland in 1936 for New Zealand although job opportunities were scarce at the time. Hs father survived World War II while his uncles, who remained in Poland, did not. I told him that G-d must have plnated the idea in his father's mind to leave for uncharted waters as it was meant for him to live.
Somehow the conversation switched to a BBC program titled Who do you think you are. He told me that he had watched a number of the programs where people who had ties to the Holocaust were shown their roots. He recommended I watch the segment with Natasha Kaplinsy and I found an excerpt on YouTube which is really powerful. I have posted it below.

20 Feb 2017

We didn't jump up and down

“This is the third time I’ve ever purchased a lottery ticket, and when we found out that we had won, we didn’t jump up and down – we took a book of Tehillim (Psalms) and said ‘thank you’ to the Creator. We couldn’t fall asleep. We were very happy and excited from the great gift we had received.”
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/225286

Parshas Mishpatim: Ben Ish Chai - Why The Innocent Children Suffer

The pasuk tells us that when someone causes pain to an orphan or widow, Hashem will take matters into His own hand and will kill the opressor and leave his family without a father and husband. One might think that the reason is because they are downtrodden. While this is certainly a concept mentioned in the Torah and Chazal, that is not what the pasuk says here.

Rav Itzele Volozhin explains that when a person faces a difficulty, he naturally turns to his patron to help him, usually a father or husband. When the person does that Hashem stays out of the scene and leaves it to the person turned to for help to do so. Not so with widows and orphans who don't have a father figure to turn to. They cry out directly to Hashem, "Ki Im Tzaok Etzak Elai." (Mishpatim 22:22) When someone cries to Hashem, how can our compassionate King not answer their prayers?

The lesson is that we should be smart, and as soon as we need something, Hashem should be our first port of call and not a last resort when all else fails.
 http://revach.net/parshas-hashavua/life-lessons/Parshas-Mishpatim-Rav-Itzele-Volozhin-We-Can-All-Be-Answered-Like-Orphans-Widows/5202

18 Feb 2017

A mirror image

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Where is The Mishkan?

Rav Menachem Mendel Mi'Kotzk answered that the Mishkan is wherever you want it to be. All you need to do is to make place for it. You need to create a Makom Kadosh. Once you do that Hashem will rest His Shechina anywhere, even in each individual person. That is what the pasuk says "V'Asu Li Mikdash"; make me a Holy place. "V'Shachanti Bisochum"; I will rest in them. "Them" is plural because Hashem's Shechina is not limited to a single place. It will dwell anywhere it is invited.

I heard in the name of Rav Ezriel Tauber that after the Holocaust, Moshiach was given permission to come down. The "satan" will not stop him anymore. The problem is that he has no place to come to. The satan works hard to make sure there is no "4 Amos" anywhere in the world completely clean of "tumah" to which Moshiach can come down to. Our job today is to create a sterile environment, clean enough to host Moshiach.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pmishpatim.html