בס׳ד

"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



28 Sep 2016

Words

In the video below, Rabbi Salomon speaks about concentrating on the words that come out of our mouths.
The other day I read an article in which the reader was advised to say, ¨my pleasure¨instead of ¨no problem." I related this to my family and we spent a hilarious Shabbos meal trying to banish all negative words, including no, can't, and won't from our vocabulary. Any word that had a negative connotation was not allowed to be uttered.
When I told a relative that my teacher had passed away, he told me to say that my teacher went to olam haba. I asked him how he would respond to a question, "Do you know the meaning of a certain word?" He answered, smilingly, Ï would love to know the meaning of that word. Let's look it up together!!!"

Try the exercise of not using the ^no^word for a few minutes and see how cognizant you will be about the words you utter. And when your husband/wife, mother or father asks you to take out the garbage, how about responding with, "my pleasure."


27 Sep 2016

Like a father

Great daily emunah lesson

H. commented on her Facebook page, "We pray and ask G-d to have mercy on us like a father has to a son.
Why the analogy with a father instead of a mother?
Our sages explain that the mercy a mother has on a child can be without restrictions. She might not have the heart to wake her son up to go and pray, but rather sympathizes with him and allows him to sleep longer etc. Or perhaps when she sees her child is trying to take a needless break from learning, she might accept it
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A father has mercy and compassion for a child with the right amount of stringency. He does not let his emotions overpower the level of education and nurture he would like to instil .
That is the type of sympathy we want from the Almighty. Understanding, love and compassion with the right amount of limitations."



Acharon Acharon chaviv

Below is an excerpt from the September 26th State Department briefing.

QUESTION: A couple just very quick ones, just very quick.

MR TONER: Please, and then I’ll get back to you and we’ll end it on Israel, I promise.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/09/262445.htm#MIDDLEEASTPEACEPROCESS

When I read Mr. Toner's statement, I was reminded of the phrase acharon acharon chaviv.

"ViShav Hashem Elokecha Es Shvuscha ViRechamecha Vishav Vikibetzcha Mikal HoAmim" - "Then Hashem WILL RETURN your captivity and have mercy upon you, and he WILL RETURN and gather you from your exile among the nations." Why does the Pasuk say that Hashem "WILL RETURN" those in captivity twice? Meshech Chochmah answers, that there will be two shifts of people who are returning from exile. The first group will be those who were yearning for the holiness of Eretz Yisroel all the years in Galus. They will be the first to return. The second group will be the ones who became comfortable in the Galus. They did not miss the Kedusha of Eretz Yisroel, and will only return at a later time.
http://www.thejewisheye.com/rev_pnitzavim.html



23 Sep 2016

Laid down

Parshas Ki Savo - Coming and Going

This morning I came across an article titled 4-year-old saves grandfather after he has heart attack.

Dave Berrier, 48, wasn’t feeling well and had chest pain when he laid down to rest in his Clear Lake, Wisconsin home, Fox 9 reported.
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/22/4-year-old-saves-grandfather-after-has-heart-attack.html
To the editors of the article, I would refer you to check the past tense of lie versus lay.

I thought Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke very well at the UN yesterday. This Shabbos we read parshat Ki Tavo which begins with the words, "And it will be, when you come into the land which the Lord, your G-d, gives you for an inheritance, and you possess it and settle in it;' I would have liked a reference to G-d in the speech. Also, Netanyahu spoke about a young boy named Ahmed who "was the victim of a horrible terrorist act perpetrated by Jews." He also stated that "the Jewish citizens of Israel accused of attacking the Dawabsha family are in jail awaiting trial."
So, if they are awaiting trial and haven't been convicted, why would he, with great certainty, attribute the act to them?

Former antisemitic Hungarian MP who discovered Jewish roots to make aliya

Setting limits

Parshas Ki Savo - Enjoying This World

Elul: The Fish that Got Away

Elul; Setting Limits

Here’s Netanyahu’s epic speech before the UN today