Can a person have his cake and eat it too?

Jokes

"Serve G-d in Joy, come
before Him
in song"

Josh, looking for a free meal entered a wedding and joined the "Harrison" wedding. He went over to the buffet piled his plate high with petit fours from one table, kebobs, stir fry and veal chops from another table. While thoroughly enjoying himself a man approaches him and says, "Hi my name his Charlie, are you on the bride or grooms side."
Josh looks up from his plate of deliciousness and responds, "What!? They're only married five minutes and they're already fighting?"

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Sara and Dina were at the hairdresser having a chat.
Sara says, "How's your son?"
Dina replies, "His life is awful. He married a lazy wife. She never cooks anything and makes him take her out to dinner every night. God forbid she should vacuum a carpet, so she made him get her a maid. He has to work like a dog because she refuses to get a job and she never takes care of my grandson because she made him get her a nanny."
Sara then asks,"So nu, Dina, how's that daughter of yours?"
Dina replies, "She's FANTASTIC thanks. She married an incredible man. He's got such a good job in the City that she gave up her secretary's job. She stays at home but never needs to cook, because he always takes her out, or clean the house, because he got her a maid, or worry about my 2 lovely grandchildren, because he got her a live-in nanny."
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Can a person have his cake and eat it too?
Can a person drive a Rolls Royce a be spiritual?

Anybody who is somebody, wants more of a spiritual connection in life. Some of us are not sure why that is so but the desire is there. For some they aren't even sure what spiritual means. To some, spiritual means nonphysical, transcendent. To others, spiritual could mean a whole range from psychic to mystical to divine.

For the sake of our conversation, spiritual means divine and G-dly.

When G-d revealed himself to the Israelites at Mt Sinai the verse says, "And G-d descended over Mt Sinai..." The mystics tell us, that with the giving of the Torah, with this great gesture on G-ds part, a bridge was formed and sealed between the lower worlds and the higher worlds. It became possible for people in this physical world to connect and attach themselves with the infinite G-d.

When G-d gave the Ten Commandments, and the infinite G-d revealed His wisdom from above, all the sick were cured of every illness. There is no place for illness weakness or any shortcomings when the infinite perfect G-d is discovered.

How can a puny human being ever connect with this great G-d so they as human beings become more spiritual and divine? Only by fulfilling the requests and wishes of G-d, we develop this bond and connection with Him.

Our sages tell us the word Sinai come from the word to hate. In order to be recipient of G-dliness and spirituality one must hate materialism and worldly pleasures. They say, "just like water and fire can never live together, so too, it is not possible for the love of G-d and the love of this world to dwell together."

For somebody to truly and completely receive G-d in their life they must totally liberate themselves from the hold of this corporeal world which conceals and therefore challenges G-ds existence. They must evolve from any of the worldly limited and finite paradigms. A great sage was once asked where is G-d? He answered, "Wherever He is allowed to enter." The place must be one that is welcoming and hospitable to the awareness of G-d.

The book of the Zohar says, "The strength of the body is the weakness of the soul, the weakness of the body is the strength of the soul." A person is commanded to have a healthy body, however the strength of the body, passion and zeal, enthusiasm and excitement for worldly and materialistic pursuits weaken the possibility for the spiritual and the soul.

"I am G-d your G-d... you shall have no other G-d..." is the first and second commandment. The relationship between G-d and his People is likened to the relationship between a husband and wife. Just like the slightest distraction in a relationship will compromise the bond between a husband and wife the same is also true in the relationship between us and G-d.

When a person is focused on his body, materialistic pleasures, and everything is done to please and satisfy the body, the relationship with one's soul, the G-d within, is ignored and seriously compromised. When however the ultimate goal is to satisfy and fulfill the spiritual goals by fulfilling G-ds commandments with the help of whatever physical a person is blessed with, then the world becomes a vehicle for the spiritual. Then, we have allowed G-d in, to our world.

G-d put us in this physical world not to ignore the beautiful blessings He so kindly granted us. We however have the G-dly given free will to use what is in this world to serve our hedonistic side which conceals G-dliness, or to use what is in this world purely to serve G-d. Then, we have become a dwelling place for the divine, within ourselves.
Living with the Rebbe.

How to spend the Summer Vacations.
Erev [eve of] Shavuos, 5734 (1974)
To All Boy Students and To All Girl Students
G-d bless you!

Greetings and Blessings:

Summer vacation is approaching, and no doubt you are all looking forward to making the most of it. I would like to make a suggestion to you in this connection.

The summer recess is meant to give you an opportunity to strengthen your health of body and soul, which, of course, go hand in hand together. For Jewish boys and girls to be truly healthy means, first of all, to have a healthy Neshomo (soul). And a Jewish soul derives its health from the Torah and Mitzvos [commandments], which are "our life and the length of our days," as we say in our prayers.

Needless to say, life and health must be continuous, and one cannot take a "vacation" from them.

The Torah and mitzvot are to the Jewish soul what breathing and nourishment are to the body. A healthy person seldom thinks about the vital necessity of breathing and food. However, on certain occasions one becomes acutely aware of these things. For example, when one swims under water and holds his breath, then comes up and feels the urge to fill his lungs with fresh air. Or, after a fast-day, when the body has been temporarily weakened from lack of food and drink - one immediately feels the invigorating effect of food and drink.

Now, during the school year, when a great deal of time that could be spent in studying the Torah and doing Mitzvos is taken up with other unavoidable occupations, such as the study of English and arithmetic, etc., the soul gets somewhat undernourished. At such times, your soul "holds its breath," so to speak, which makes it more eager to get back to Torah and Mitzvos whenever time is available.

Comes the summer recess, and your soul can now breathe more freely and more fully, for you are then released from those other unavoidable studies and occupations.

Thus, the summer vacation gives you an opportunity to apply yourselves to Torah study and Torah activities with the utmost eagerness and enthusiasm
- not only to make good use of your free time, but also to make up for lost time during the past school period, and, what is not less important, to give your soul a chance to fortify herself and "take a deep breath" for the school period ahead.

As a matter of fact, the summer vacation seems to be so well planned for this purpose, for it is a time when you can devote yourselves to Torah study and Torah activities in particularly agreeable circumstances: in a relaxed frame of mind and in pleasant natural surrounding of sunshine and fresh air.

Moreover, it comes soon after the Festival of Shavuos, the Season of Receiving Our Torah at Sinai.

As you know, this Festival comes after the days and weeks of Counting the Omer, in memory of the eager anticipation of our ancestors, from the day after they left Egypt until receiving this greatest Divine gift - the Torah and Mitzvos - seven weeks later. This should provide an added measure of inspiration to last through each and every day of the summer vacation and, indeed, through the year.

I urge you, dear children, to make the most of your summer vacation in light of all that has been said above.
Think about it, and put it into effect - in the fullest measure, and G-d will surely bless you with a happy and healthy summer, happy and healthy both spiritually and physically.
 

It Once happened
A wish fulfilled.....
Rabbi Leib Sarah's was a man who never rested. How could he when there were always so many mitzvot which demanded his attention? Neither the sweltering heat nor the frozen winds prevented him from trudging along the paths of towns and villages. His mission was to collect funds to sustain hidden tzadikim and ransom Jews held captive by rapacious landlords.

Reb Leib Sarah's was well acquainted with the whereabouts of the many beneficent Jews who never refused to contribute for these holy causes. On one of his many trips through the countryside near Berdichev, Reb Leib Sarah's happened to meet a young man who made his living buying and selling spices.

"Young man, I have a very urgent need for 500 rubles," Reb Leib Sarah's said. The tzadik was well known, and although the young merchant had earmarked the money for purchasing merchandise, he didn't hesitate for a moment. He handed over the entire sum (which also happened to be all the money he had) and accepted in exchange a promissory note stating the date on which the loan would come due.

Reb Leib Sarah's instructed the young man to sell whatever merchandise remained in his possession and he went on his way to accomplish the holy mission which awaited him. As for the young merchant, since he had no more money, he had nothing to do in Berdichev. The only problem was what to tell his wife who was patiently waiting for the new merchandise for their shop.

The young man had no choice but to return, but he hesitated telling her the truth. So he decided on a likely story; he told her that he had failed to find the proper merchandise, and that he would make the trip again a few weeks hence. That seemed to satisfy her, but the young man looked forward anxiously to the date when the loan would be repaid and he could resume his business.

Finally the due date arrived and the young man stood in his shop waiting on customers. A man he had never seen before walked in and bought a large quantity of spices. He paid the entire bill and departed, but as soon as he was out of sight, the young man noticed that the customer had left a wallet on the counter. He dashed outside, but the man was nowhere to be seen.

"Oh well," he thought, "I will probably meet him at the afternoon prayers." So, he took the wallet with him - certain that he would encounter the owner - but the stranger was not in the synagogue.

The young man had just finished his prayers when he heard a familiar voice behind him ask, "Have you received your payment yet?" He looked and there was Reb Leib Sarah's.

"No, I haven't received it yet," the young man replied. Reb Leib Sarah's seemed surprised, but he said nothing and they parted.

When the young man went home he decided to open the wallet and count the money. To his surprise, it contained exactly the sum he was owed, and since this was the day on which the money was due, he began to think that this was indeed his payment.

He ran back to the shul to find Reb Leib Sarah's and tell him about the payment. The tzadik was waiting for him, and was very pleased with the character of the young man. He had not even mentioned the tardiness of the payment when they had first spoken in the shul, and then the merchant had so swiftly come to tell him of the payment. He decided to reward the generous and good- hearted young man.

"Young man," the tzadik said, "you may make a request of me, and if I am able, I will fulfill it."

The young man didn't have to think for a moment. He instantly blurted out his desire: "I would love to see one of the 36 hidden tzadikim who sustain the world."

"That is not easy, but I shall fulfill my promise," answered Reb Leib Sarah's. The young man was brimming with happiness at the prospect of actually seeing one of these holy men with his own eyes. The long and arduous journey was nothing to him, and when he entered the remote little town, his joy could not be contained.

"Go to that street and enter the third house. There, sitting on the floor, you will see a man holding a needle and thread. Ask him to patch up your coat. As he works, you will be able to gaze into his face."

The merchant found the house, knocked and was ushered in. There, on the floor, sat an old man holding a needle and thread as if sewing something. "Could you please mend my coat?" the merchant asked the old man.

The tzadik took the garment into hands unaccustomed to sewing and laboriously began to stitch the garment. Meanwhile the young merchant thirstily drank in the shining features of the holy man.

When the repair was finished, the merchant paid with a whole ruble and took his leave. Returning to Reb Leib Sarah's, the young man was still under the spell of what he had witnessed.

The experience of having seen the holy face of the tzadik illuminated the life of the young merchant. And because he merited to see such holiness, he was given the strength to continue his selfless love of his fellow Jews all the rest of his life.
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Quick Fix Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Synergy.
Not only is there is no conflict between your work and your time for study, meditation and prayer-on the contrary, they complement one another:

When you start your day by connecting it to Torah, the day shines and all its parts work in synchronicity.

And when you work honestly, carrying the morning's inspiration in your heart, your work itself rolls out the Torah before your open eyes.

Moshiach Matters.
The renewal that will be brought about in the world at large in the Era of the Redemption is alluded to in the Torah portion of Nasso.
This portion describes the journeys of the Sanctuary in the desert, and also the construction of the Sanctuary.
Significantly, the Sanctuary was constructed in a desert, a place unfit for human habitation. Thus constructing the Sanctuary in such a place alludes to the transformation of the lowest aspects of this world into a dwelling for Him.
In an ultimate sense, this will be revealed in the Era of the Redemption, when the entire world, not only the Holy Temple, will be revealed as a dwelling for G-d. For "on that day, G-d will be One and His Name One."

(The Rebbe, parshat Nasso, 5751-1991)
Action -
Counts the most.
Then shall they confess their sin which they have committed (Num. 5:7)
Why is the commandment to confess one's sins, the very foundation of the concept of teshuva (repentance), mentioned in connection with stealing?

Because all sins contain an element of theft:

G-d grants a person life and endows him with strength in order to carry out His will.

If he misuses these gifts he is, in essence, stealing from G-d...