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DEPRESSION.
What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house (Deut. 20:8)

The words in this verse were said by Moses to those who were to wage war.

Rabbi Yosi Haglili said: This means one who is afraid because of his sins.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov added another insight:

The worst thing is when a person dwells on his transgressions and sinks into a depression.

When the Evil Inclination tries to entice a person to sin, it is more interested in the depression following the wrongdoing than the sin itself.

The damage done by depression is greater than the damage done by the gravest transgression.

  
 

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

In the early 1930's, a farmer and his wife went to a fair. The farmer was fascinated by the airplanes and asked a pilot how much a ride would cost.

"$10 for 3 minutes," replied the pilot. "That's too much," said the farmer.

The pilot thought for a second and then said, "I'll make you a deal. If you and your wife ride for 3 minutes without uttering a sound, the ride will be free. But if you make a sound, you'll have to pay $10."

The farmer and his wife agreed and went for a wild ride. After they landed, the pilot said to the farmer, "I want to congratulate you for not making a sound. You are a brave man."

"Maybe so," said the farmer, "But I gotta tell ya, I almost screamed when my wife fell out."

 

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Did you hear about the paddle sale at the boat store?  It was quite an oar deal.

 

 

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Knock. Knock.    Who's There?    Cash.     Cash who?    Too expensive, I'll just

have a peanut, thanks.

 

 

What did one casket say to the other?     "That you coffin?"

 

 

 

A cop in bed is an undercover cop!

 

 

Why didn't the melons get married?    Because they cantaloupe.

 

 

 

What does a blind deer call itself?    I have no Eye-Deer

 

 A lion wouldn't cheat on his wife. But you know what?  A tiger wood.

 

 

Why was Abraham Lioncoln never found guilty?   He's in a cent.

 

 

State with the smallest drinks?   Mini-soda

 

 

What did Moses say to Abraham when he asked where he could find an ark?    Oh, I

Noah guy.

 

 

The painter was eventually hospitalized due to excessive strokes.

 

 

Forrest Gump's password?  1forrest1

 

 

What did the inventor of Knock Knock jokes win?    The No-Bell prize!

 

 

 

 
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The Judge admonished the witness, "Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?" "I do."

 

"Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?"

 

"Sure," said the witness. "My side will win."

 


 
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Why does G-d challenge us? 
Why all the difficulties?

 

 

The Bible says. "If a prophet will arise from among you, or a person who has a vision in his dream, and he indicates to you a sign (in the heavens), or a miracle (upon the earth), and then the sign or the miracle which he told you happens, (and he) says, "Let's go after other gods which are unacquainted to you, and let's worship them!" You should not listen to the words of that prophet, or to the person, who had a vision in his dream, for G-d, your G-d, is testing you, to know whether you do in fact love G-d, your G-d, with all your heart and with all your soul."

 

G-d is giving this false prophet the possibility to change the rules of nature and make a supernatural event, when he is a false and misleading individual, just to test us! Does G-d really need this, to know if we really love him or not? G-d knows everyone's mind and heart. G-d is everywhere. "The whole world is filled with His glory," including one's mind and heart. Why would G-d need a scheme and method to discover who we are and what's really going on within us?

 

When creating the world, G-d made rules of nature that are meant to specifically follow a predictable pattern, so that we should think the world runs on its own, without any Divine intervention.  There is a general rule, "G-d does not make a miracle and change these rules of nature that He Himself put in to place unless there is some real purpose and reason to do so."

 

Since G-d knows everything, why is G-d, allowing a miracle to take place just to test and see if we will fall for this grandiose show of power from an individual or not? If nature dictates that the miracles not take place, why is G-d giving this person the possibility to break the rules of nature?

 

In regards to tests, we are already acquainted with them, right at the beginning of Genesis.

 

Abraham was blessed miraculously with a child at the age of 100, something which was totally unusual and supernatural even for that time. G-d promised Abraham that He would make a great nation out of this child Isaac, and at the age of 37, G-d asks Abraham to "bring him up there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains, where I will tell you."

 

Why did G-d do this? What was the purpose?

 

The Bible tells us, "..Now I know that you are a G-d fearing man and that you did not withhold your son, your only one from, me."

The commentator Rashi explains "now I know...", " G-d says, there are nations and Satan who pester me all the time with questions why am I showing favoritism to you. But now I can make known to them, and answer them, when they see for themselves the dedication and loyalty you have for G-d."

 

In our verse regarding the false prophet the Bible uses the same wording. "To know whether you do in fact love G-d ....." According to Rashi's understanding of the word, "to know", it would mean to make known to the world.

 

When we are faced with struggles and personal challenges and we overcome them, this is making a loud statement to our surroundings and the world. Notwithstanding our tests on our faith we remain strong, we still believe firmly. This becomes an influence on our surroundings and helps fulfill the purpose we were put in this world to begin with, " "to perfect the world under the sovereignty of the Almighty."

 

Besides having proven ourselves to G-d and therefore earned a special closer relationship with Him, we become partners with G-d in imbuing the world with His awareness and spirituality.The world is elevated and refined further every time we overcome a personal challenge.

 

 

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 Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
 


"Special"

Soldiers.  

 

 

 

One of the most unforgettable talks I ever heard from the Rebbe was the time he spoke to the handicapped Israeli soldiers. Make that "the special Israeli soldiers":

 

Each and every person is given all he needs to accomplish his mission in this world. But each of us have different missions, and therefore need different powers to accomplish them.

Yet none of us has an easier time than any other.

 

 

Therefore, if you see a human being who appears deficient or "handicapped," know that in truth that person must have compensatory powers others do not have.

 

Do not call him "handicapped"-call him "special".

 

 

Moshiach Matters.

 

 

Rabbi Avraham of Trisk would calculate likely dates for the coming of Moshiach, based on verses from the Torah.

 Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Orenshtein, the Chief Rabbi of Brisk, once questioned him about this. 

Rabbi Avraham explained, "The Talmud states that if one's father transgresses the Torah, he may not tell him, 'Father, you have disobeyed the Torah.' Rather, he should pose a question: 'Father, doesn't the Torah say so and so...?' 

This is what I am telling G-d: 'Father, doesn't the Torah say in this verse that Moshiach will be coming in this and this year...?' "
 

 

(Klilit Yofi/LMa'an Yishme'u)
Action - 
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DEPRESSION.
 

 

What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house (Deut. 20:8)

 

The words in this verse were said by Moses to those who were to wage war.  

 

Rabbi Yosi Haglili said: This means one who is afraid because of his sins.  

 

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov added another insight:  

 

The worst thing is when a person dwells on his transgressions and sinks into a depression.  

 

When the Evil Inclination tries to entice a person to sin, it is more interested in the depression following the wrongdoing than the sin itself.

 
The damage done by depression is greater than the damage done by the gravest transgression.

 

 

 

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Living with the Rebbe.
Living with the Rebbe


YOU DON'T OWN YOUR SOUL -- You do own YOUR money.


 

"At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he who is worthy of death be put to death, but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death," we read in this week's Torah portion, Shoftim.

 

But what happens if someone confesses to a capital crime? Is the Jewish court allowed to carry out a death sentence, according to the rule that "the admission of the plaintiff is worth 100 witnesses"?

 

Maimonides explains that this legal ruling applies only in monetary cases; when it comes to capital crimes, two witnesses are necessary to determine guilt.

 

Our Sages explain the difference thus:

 

A person's soul is not his property; it does not belong to him at all, but is only entrusted to him by G-d for safekeeping. For this reason it is not only forbidden to kill (oneself or others) but it is forbidden to cause harm or injury to the body, as well. An admission of guilt is therefore meaningless because it involves something which is not subject to ownership.

 

Wealth, on the other hand, is actually "owned" by the individual (as much as anything created by G-d, the Master of the world, can said to be "owned" by a human being). The testimony of the person involved may therefore be accepted as the determining factor.

 

This distinction is also reflected in the various blessings established by our Sages, appropriately called "benedictions of enjoyment."

 

We recite a blessing before eating or drinking, but not before enjoying our money. That is because the soul, which derives its pleasure and sustenance from the divine sparks in the food or drink we ingest, is not our own; we must therefore recite a blessing before we partake of G-d's goodness. However, we do not need to obtain G-d's permission before we spend our money. (Of course, G-d wants us to utilize our wealth for doing mitzvot (commandments), giving charity, etc.)

 

In truth, every single Jew is a "witness," for his observance of Torah and mitzvot attests to the existence of the Creator. The function of a witness, in both the limited and broader sense, is to uncover something which is hidden. G-d has placed the Jewish people in a physical world ("olam," from the word meaning hidden or concealed) to testify to His absolute sovereignty, and show through their actions how "everything came into being with His word."

 

When this will take place, the above type of testimony will not be necessary, for we will have entered the Messianic era and G-dliness will be self-evident: "The glory of G-d will be revealed, and all flesh will see that the mouth of G-d has spoken." May it happen immediately.

 

Adapted from talks of the Rebbe

 

It Once Happened.


 A very different kind of inheritance.

 

When Rabbi Yisroel, the Rizhiner Rebbe, lay close to death, he called his sons and entreated them to follow the true path. He told them that the most important thing was to always keep the Creator uppermost in one's mind to do His Will. The sons listened in absolute silence, and knew that their father was imparting to them the ultimate truths of life.

 

Rabbi Yisroel continued, saying, "Usually fathers leave their children some kind of legacy, but what can l leave to you? I don't have anything of importance, so I am leaving you parts of myself - to each one something else. But each one of you will not be limited by what I leave to you; you will just have to work harder to achieve what your brothers have received." With that introduction, he proceeded. "To you my firstborn Reb Sholom Yosef, I leave my appearance; to you my son Avraham Yaakov, I leave my brain; to you my son David Moshe my wisdom; and to you my youngest son Mordecha'le, I leave my knowledge of G-d. I leave you all with the teaching that what a man achieves by dint of his own efforts has far more worth than anything that another gives him. When you strive through your own exertion to gain an understanding of the Creator, then you can finally say, "This is my G-d."

 

A short time later the Rizhiner Rebbe passed into the Next World. His sons decided to spend the entire year of mourning in the town where their father had spent his last days.

 

The brothers were in harmony about most issues. They divided their father's estate between them without dispute, but when it came to the question of their father's tefilin, they could not agree. Each claimed the tefilin for himself.

 

The tefilin were unique, and their father had prized them far above any other possession. They had belonged to his great-grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov, and had been meticulously written by one of the Baal Shem Tov' disciples. Then they passed from father to son, from Rabbi Avraham the "Angel," to his son Rabbi Shalom of Provitch, and down to Rabbi Yisroel of Rizhin. These tefilin were as perfect as the day on which they had been written, and although the Rizhiner Rebbe checked them regularly several times a year, they never needed repair.

 

Many wondrous stories were told about those tefilin. Once Reb Yisroel had been imprisoned by the Russian authorities. Fearing that some harm might come to his precious tefilin in prison, Reb Yisroel left them in the care of a trusted friend. The moment he was released, he hurried to this friend's house to reclaim his tefilin. He opened them up to check them, and to his horror, the parchments were covered with a thick, green mildew. Panic-stricken, he sent for a scribe who would have perhaps have some way to save them. Imagine his shock when the scribe arrived and examined the tefilin only to find that they were perfect the mildew had vanished. Reb Yisroel took this miraculous event as a sign that he should never again allow himself to be parted from his precious tefilin.

 

The brothers finally came to a solution. They would each write on a piece of paper what they were prepared to relinquish from their legacy in order to possess the tefilin. Whoever gave the most would receive the tefilin. Each wrote a note and sealed his paper in an envelope. But at the last moment, they decided to draw lots instead. Reb David Moshe's name was drawn, but he was not in the least surprised. He told his brothers, "In truth, these tefilin have been mine for many years. A few months before my Bar Mitzva, Father called me into his room and taught me all the laws of tefilin. When he had finished, he pinched my cheek and said, 'My son, l have hidden for you a pair of tefilin which are more precious than all the treasures on earth. I myself guard them, and I am keeping than for you.'

 

"Before my Bar Mitzva, Father called me to his room again, and there, a scribe prepared a pair of tefilin for me. I wondered to myself, 'How could these be the precious tefilin which my father had promised me?'

 

"For many years I wondered, until now, when I understand what Father meant. Finally, the precious, unique tefillin that our father promised me are mine."


Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.   

 

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui

Chabad Center Palm Beach 

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