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You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. (Deut. 22:10) We learn from this prohibition just how careful the Torah is to avoid causing pain or mistreating animals.

The donkey is much weaker than the mighty ox;  if the two animals were paired together with one harness, the donkey would have terrible difficulty keeping pace with its much stronger companion.

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Morris Schwartz was the oldest of 7 children.

Unfortunately, he had to quit school and work to help support his younger brothers and sisters.

He never learned to read.

So, when he married and opened a bank account, he signed his checks just "YY".

Morris then started his own business, which soon prospered.

He became a very rich man.

One day, he got a call from his bank:

"Mr. Schwartz, I wanted to ask you about this check. We weren't sure you had really signed it. All these years, you've been signing your checks 'YY'; this one is signed with three Y's".

Morris replied, "Since I've become rich, my wife thought I should have a middle name".

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A lawyer opened the door of his BMW, when suddenly a car came along and hit the door, ripping it off completely. When the police arrived at the scene, the lawyer was complaining bitterly about the damage to his precious BMW. "Officer, look what they've done to my Beeeemer!!!", he whined.

"You lawyers are so materialistic, you make me sick!!!" retorted the officer, "You're so worried about your stupid BMW, that you didn't even notice that your left arm was ripped off!!!"

"Oh my gaaad....", replied the lawyer, finally noticing the bloody left shoulder where his arm once was, "Where's my Rolex???!!!!!"

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 What do you call a first-time offender in Saudi Arabia?  Lefty!

 

 

 Why do Palestinians find it convenient to live on the West Bank?

  Because it's just a stone's throw from Israel!

 

 Why are Palestinian boys luckier than American boys?

  Because every Palestinian boy will get to join a rock group!

          

  What does the sign say above the nursery in a Palestinian  maternity ward?

   "Live ammunition."

 

 Palestinian girl says to her mommy:

  "After Abdul blows himself up, can I have his room? 

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The good the bad AND the in between.    

 

A lesson on recognizing boundaries.

 

The Bible says, "You should not move back your neighbor's boundary" marker, to commit territorial fraud, by encroaching and stealing from his territory. In the broader sense this commandment includes invading into someone else's territory for your own benefit, from which he earns a livelihood. This is a form of thievery.

 

Like all commandments in the bible that relate to this physical world, there is a parallel and corresponding scenario in the spiritual realm, in our service and worship of G-d.

 

In life the choice is only, between "See! I am giving to you today a blessing and a curse  ...I have set before you (a choice of) life or death, blessing or curse, Choose life!" It is either good or bad.  Different degrees of white or black with no gray at all in our personal and individual selection.

 

Yet, our world can be divided into three frontiers. There are the boundaries of what is good, bad and neutral, neither good nor bad. Good, is everything we are directed to do. This is the domain of G-dliness and holiness, since G-d in His full glory is the source of all that is good. Bad, darkness and evil belong to the area of everything that is forbidden to do and/or be connected with.

 

In the middle of all this is the mundane which cannot be classified as bad since they aren't forbidden but can't either be classified as good since they aren't in the territory  of what we are expected and commanded to partake in.

 

The choice and option is, to deliberately use this middle ground for the good and holiness, as an accessory for G-dliness, or as a support and grounds for evil, and things that are forbidden.

 

The healthy approach, is to have all boundaries marked and identified clearly. We don't want to mistake what can harm us for good, or deny ourselves the positive and helpful possibilities by disregarding and overlooking the good.

 

Even when the boundaries of good and bad are clear, confusion and a lack of clarity can sometimes, for some people, set in regarding this middle ground and then the problem of encroaching and moving the boundaries incorrectly and wrongly, can set in!

 

The "good" life, real happiness in its fullest sense is the result of receiving an uninhibited flow of G-dly energy. "G-d created the person straightforward, but it is they that have pursued deviousness". The world created by G-d is extraordinarily beautiful, and within these boundaries all is well.

 

The bad must also receive G-dly energy, otherwise it would never come into being and certainly not survive. Evil contains a very small and limited, intensely toned down form of G-dliness. Therefore in the domain of what's forbidden, things may appear exciting on the surface, however, they barely exist in any meaningful way.

 

When a person enters the domain of the mundane and the neutral with no specific intention to harness it for the good, or worse yet to serve and fulfill self-indulgent impulses, thinking there is nothing really bad in doing so, he has then blurred the boundaries of the holiness and good. He has dragged into the domain of good what is otherwise mundane, and allowed for the mundane to imbibe from a territory it is not entitled to.

 

The biggest problem with this, is that the next border over, of bad and evil, comes closer into view. The bad and all that's wrong begins to appears as if it is in the boundary of the mundane and the neutral  and doesn't appear that far off in the distance and in this new view, isn't  really all that bad.

 

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 Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

 

 Do not give charity.   

 

 

 

Giving charity means being nice and giving away your money. But who says it is your money to begin with?

 

It is money put in your trust, to be disbursed for good things and for others when they will need it.

 

Change your attitude. Instead of doing what is nice, do what is right.

 

Put the money where it belongs.

 

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Moshiach Matters.

 

Hasten, and bring upon us quickly blessing and peace; and bring us peacefully from the four corners of the earth, break the yoke of the nations from upon our neck, and speedily lead us upright to our Land.

 

For You are G-d Alm-ghty who brings about deliverance, and You chose us from among all the nations and languages, and You brought us near to Your great Name, our King, in love, that we may thank You and proclaim Your Unity, and love Your Name. oneness with love.  

 

Blessed are You, Who chooses His people Israel with love.

 

(From the blessings recited daily before the Shema)

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Mistreating animals.

 

You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. (Deut. 22:10)

 

We learn from this prohibition just how careful

the Torah is to avoid causing pain or mistreating animals.

 

 

 

The donkey is much weaker than the mighty ox;  

 

if the two animals were paired together with one harness, the donkey would have terrible difficulty keeping pace with its much stronger companion.

 

(Ibn Ezra)

 

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Can G-d ever divorce His people???


 

In this week's Torah portion, Teitzei, we read about the concept of divorce. In order for a Jewish couple to terminate their marriage, the husband must "write her a get (bill of divorce), and give it in her hand," i.e., the actual document must leave the husband's domain and be given over into the wife's.

 

Allegorically speaking, the Jewish people and G-d are likened to husband and wife, the "marriage" having taken place when the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.

 

Years later, when the Jewish people sinned, G-d "sent her from his house," i.e., banished them from the land of Israel, handing them, in effect, a "bill of divorce."

 

Yet how can we say that G-d "divorced" the Jews, when one of the principal requirements in the dissolution of a marriage is that the get leave the husband's domain and be given over into the wife's?

 

Is not the entire world G-d's domain, as it states, "The earth is filled with His glory"? Indeed, how can there be any domain that is separate from G-d?

 

The answer is that while G-d is certainly everywhere, His Presence in the world can be either revealed or hidden. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem the Divine Presence was clearly manifest; ten open miracles perpetually proclaimed G-d's existence. It was a period in which the love between G-d and the Jewish people was open and apparent; His Presence in the world was palpable and easily perceived. During the exile, however, G-d "conceals" Himself, as it were, with the resultant perception of estrangement and disconnection from G-d.

 

In truth, however, this perception is only an illusion, brought about by our misdeeds. When Israel sinned, G-d responded by "withdrawing," causing them to feel as if they had entered another domain, and thus validating the "bill of divorce." We must therefore bear in mind that the entire concept of the existence of "another domain" is fallacious; the "divorce" between G-d and the Jewish people is also an illusion. The Jewish people's alienation from G-d is only imaginary, the consequence of the darkness of exile.

 

Very soon, when Moshiach ushers in the era of Redemption, G-d's eternal love for His people will again be openly demonstrated, and the imaginary "divorce" between the Jews and G-d will have been annulled.

 

Adapted from Likutei Sichot of the Rebbe, Vol. 9

 

It Once Happened.
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LOFTY SOULS  

Once in the village of Bober, a group of Chasidim gathered to discuss matters of the spirit and tell inspiring stories late into the night. One of those in attendance offered the following tale:

 

"I'm going to tell you how I came to be born into this world. My mother was married to a man for ten years, but they were not blessed with children. As is sometimes done, they divorced, in the hope that children would be born from another marriage. After the divorce my mother remarried, but after another ten years of marriage with her second husband, she still had not had children.

 

"Her second husband was bitterly disappointed and wanted to divorce her, hoping to remarry, and have children with a different wife. My mother, however, refused to accept the divorce, since she knew that the likelihood of her remarrying after this was remote.

 

"In spite of the law which clearly allows childlessness as a basis for divorce, my mother insisted that they go to a Jewish court.

 

"The great rabbi who was asked to head the trio of rabbinical judges at this court-hearing was the illustrious Chasid and legal expert, Rabbi Hillel of Paritch. After hearing the particulars of the case, he agreed to head the court, but only on the condition that the court sit in Lubavitch, in the presence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel (known as the Tzemach Tzedek).

 

"To everyone's great surprise, the Rebbe agreed to this request, and the court met in Lubavitch. The day of the proceeding arrived and both sides presented their arguments. The judges listened carefully and then went to confer amongst themselves.

 

"Finally, Reb Hillel, the chief judge, spoke: 'It is the opinion of this court that G-d should grant this couple healthy children. In this way, the matter will be resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned.'

 

"When he heard this verdict, the Tzemach Tzedek smiled broadly. He was heard to say in a quiet voice, 'Indeed, they should have children.'

 

"And so," concluded the Chasid, "here I am!"

 

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Word had spread that Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov was gravely ill and that his hours, perhaps minutes, were numbered. His family and disciples crowded around his bed, waiting in trepidation, hoping to hear some last words from his holy lips which would remain with them and guide them in their lives.

 

As they gazed at his face, they reflected on its expression of profound concentration and assumed that their master was meditating on some sublime spiritual thoughts. How could they have assumed that he would spend his last moments in this world communicating with them?! But just then his eyes opened and traversed the room, focusing on each person there. They saw that his eyes finally fixed on one particular unfamiliar individual who had been standing off in a corner of the room. They pushed him forward so that the Rebbe could see him more easily. Everyone was anxious to see what the Tzadik wanted with this man.

 

"Reb Shmuel," the Rebbe was heard to murmur, "what is it that you have come to ask me?"

 

"Rebbe," the man said, "it's about the wool I bought... what should I do about it?"

 

"Don't worry, Reb Shmuel," the Rebbe whispered. "Just keep it until next winter. Then the prices will rise and you will make a nice profit."

 

Then, before the eyes of all his family and Chasidim, the Rebbe closed his eyes and his soul departed from his body.

 

The heartbroken mourners couldn't stop talking about the Rebbe's last words. What could the Tzadik have meant by those cryptic words he uttered to the complete stranger who captured his attention in his final moments on earth. The stranger certainly must have been one of the 36 hidden saints in whose merit the world stands. Why, he disappeared as mysteriously as he had appeared! And who could explain the mystical concepts behind the words "Wool," "next winter," and "nice profit"? Each Chasid had his own interpretation of the Rebbe's words.

 

After a few days, Rabbi David, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech's son, heard about the speculation. He called some of the senior Chasidim to him and offered the explanation of his father's last words:

 

"There is no mystery at all about my father's words; there is only the true expression of his profound love for each and every Jew. You never noticed Reb Shmuel, but he used to come often to my father to ask for his advice and blessing on his business decisions. Not too long ago, he purchased a large lot of wool. After he invested almost all his money in the wool, as well as large borrowed sums, prices took a sharp decline. He was worried sick about the possible loss of all of his assets and how he would cover all the debt he incurred borrowing to make the purchase.

 

"He decided to come to my father at once to ask his advice in this matter, but he had no idea that my father was ill. When he came, he saw a large crowd going into my father's room, and he just followed the others. But, when Father saw him, he realized that Reb Shmuel had probably come to ask his advice on some matter of concern, and so, he inquired what he needed. For my father, the need of a fellow Jew was his highest priority, and so, even in his last moments, he sought to assure the worried man that all would be well.

Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.   

 

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui

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