It's all in the mind. Dealing with Depression....

 Shabbat Chazak-HACHODESH
Mar. 8, 2013
 
A quick fix of inspiration from,The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
HARDSHIPS
Hardships in life are the material world's way of beckoning to you,

"Purify me! Elevate me!"
They come to you knowing you can overcome them, and thereby they will fulfill their purpose of being.

Moshiach Matters
The Talmud (Sanhedrin 92b) states: "This world exists for 6,000 years, and then one of desolation."
Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Rashab, explains:
'"One of desolation' means that in the 7th millennium it will be desolate and empty from physicality."
The physical aspect of the world will pass away, but the Divine vitality within it will continue to exist and in fact be elevated: "In truth what is stated 'one [millennium] of desolation' is not really disappearance, but rather elevation to a higher level, and all that will be lost is the physicality.
This does not mean that they will be nullified completely...[for the Divine vitality which] keeps them in existence now is unchanging," for the truth of the world endures eternally.
(Moshiachindepth.
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ACTION - THE MOST IMPORTANT.

And they beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it into the blue and into the purple (Ex. 39:3)

Rashi explains how this was done: "They used to spin the gold together with the threads...making them intertwined with every kind of material...the threads of all the kinds were six-fold, and the gold was the seventh thread."

This teaches that people whom G-d has blessed with gold and riches should not hold themselves apart from their poorer brethren. Rather, they should act humbly and freely "mix" themselves with the more common threads.

(Siftei Tzadik)

Jokes

"Serve G-d in Joy, come
before Him
in song"
A project manager was out walking in the countryside one day when a frog called out to him. He bent down, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog poked its head out of his pocket and said, "Hey, if you kiss me I'll turn me back into a beautiful princess, and I'll stay with you for a week as your mistress."
The project manager took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.
The frog called out once more, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for as long as you wish and do absolutely anything that you want." Again the project manager took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and put it back.
Finally, the frog demanded, "What's the matter? You can turn me back into a beautiful princess, and I'll stay with you for ever and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"
The project manager replied, "Understand, I'm a project manager. I simply don't have time for a wife. But a talking frog...that's pretty cool."
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Bernstein walks into work one day at nine. He is very late The boss is furious. "You should have been here at eight-thirty!" he shouts.
"Why?" says Shapiro. "What happened at eight-thirty?"
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Q. I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually.

Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

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A man and a friend are playing golf one day. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course.

He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in prayer. His friend says: "Wow! That is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen.

You are truly a kind man."

The other man replies, "Yeah, well, we were married 35 years."



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It's all in the mind.


Kabbalah - mysticism makes it pretty clear; "A person is his thoughts". In the words of the Holy Baal Shem Tov, "In the place where a person's thoughts are, there is where the person really is."

The master key to all of your life is determined by what you allow your mind to think, and, "The mind is drifting, moving and thinking all the time."

Inside each one of us - inside our bodies of flesh and blood - we have a soul independent of our bodies. A type of G-dly energy that is unique to humans. A pure spark of actual G-dliness that animates our bodies and is our true identity. This soul provides us not only with life as in the case of all living creatures but with many other exclusive soul powers. Our ability to think about our own existence independent of our bodies, the deep awareness and feelings associated with our emotions and the ability to make choices, are all from this soul. This soul has its own preprogrammed way of operating, similar to the body of every person that operates by a predetermined and for the most part fixed pathology.

There are many things that can affect or manipulate the body either in a positive or negative manner.The foods we eat, exercise or the lack of it, are some of the things that can seriously make a difference and change to our bodies.

Kabbalah explains that the soul inside our bodies, this pure spark of G-d with its own preprogrammed pathology, has its own ways in which it can and will be influenced and manipulated. This power to influence the soul comes in the form of spiritual garments to the soul.

The soul has three garments: thought; speech and action.

Why are they called garments? Because their relationship to the soul, is similar to clothing and the person who puts it on. For one thing, a garment is not the essence of a person. A garment, serves the person. One of the ways garments serve the person is by revealing and expressing the person. They are a form of communication. People judge us by the clothing we wear. The essence and character of a person is expressed in the clothing he or she decides to wear. Clothing, also affects and influences the person's attitude and demeanor. We feel and think very differently when we are wearing expensive and classy clothing as opposed to cheap and "shleppy" clothing.

Through the medium of thought, which is always using internal letters and words, a person exposes their own character and true feelings to one's self. The internal words of thought are like windows, or the style and color clothing of the soul. That is why the better a person's vocabulary, the clearer a person will understand him or herself. Through speech, a person reveals his or her thoughts to the people around them. And through action, a person expresses his or her soul and character in this physical world. What a person decides to say or do speaks volumes on who they really are.

Also, like actual garments, the thoughts a person CHOOSES to place and clothe their mind and on their soul and humanity, whether they are positive or negative - will affect their feelings and motivations accordingly. Thinking, speaking and acting positive is not just how you communicate with others, it is also how you influence, manipulate and control your own feelings.

The first step in the donning of the three garments of the soul, and the first tangible expression of the soul that leads to the other garments is thought. The way a person decides to think, determines not only the world a person lives in as far is their mind and heart is concerned, even further, what a person exposes their mind to will determine how they speak and act concretely and physically.
Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch, who was known as the Rebbe Rashab, was born in 1860 and passed away on the second of Nissan (THIS YEAR MARCH 13, 2013), in 1920. He was the son and successor of Rabbi Shmuel, the Rebbe Maharash, and was himself the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe. Because of his systematic, intellectual approach to the teaching of Chasidut, he became known as "the Rambam of Chasidut." He was the founder of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva, Tomchei Temimim.

Dealing with Depression....
Living with the Rebbe.




The Avner Institute presents a letter to a despondent young rabbi where the Rebbe offers not only professional encouragement but insight as to the origin of sadness and the most effective way to combat it - by viewing problems as challenges to overcome and pathways to holiness.

"Every Beginning is Difficult"


By the Grace of G-d
28 Tevet 5721
Brooklyn, NY
Blessing and Greeting,


I received your recent letter and the previous one. Needless to say, I was somewhat taken aback by the tone of your letter. It is a good illustration of how it is possible for a person to read and to learn and to receive instruction from books and teacher, and yet when it comes to actual experience all this instruction goes by the wayside.

I refer to the things which you have surely learned in the books of mussar [ethics] and especially Chassidus about the fact of the yetzer harah [evil inclincation] to instill spirit of depression, discouragement, and despondency in order to prevent the Jewish person from fulfilling his divine mission.

This is the most effective approach. If the yetzer harah would attempt to dissuade the person directly from fulfilling his mission, he would not be easily misled. However, instead, the yetzer tries to discourage the person in all sorts of ways, using "pious" arguments which unfortunately often prove effective at least in some degree.

This is exactly what has happened in your case, and I am surprised that you do not realize it. The proof is that from the information I have received I can see that you have accomplished a great deal more than you imagine. Incidentally, at the annual dinner of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva last night, Rabbi N. spoke of his visit in O . . . and how impressed he was with the Lubavitch work there, and his address was one of the highlights of the dinner.

Let me also add another important and essential consideration. You surely know of the saying of the Ba'al Shem Tov that a soul comes down to live on this earth for a period of 70 to 80 years for the sole purpose to do another Jew a single favor, materially or spiritually.
In other words, it is worthwhile for a Jewish soul to make that tremendous journey and descent from heaven to earth in order to do something once for a fellow (one) Jew.

In your case the journey was only from the USA to O. and can in no way be compared with the journey of the soul from Heaven to earth; and however pessimistic you may feel, even the yetzer horah would have to agree that you have done not only a single favor but numerous good deeds, and even only your work with the children of the Gan [kindergarten] would have justified it.


Considering further that every beginning is difficult, especially where there is a chance of place and environment, language, etc., and yet the beginning has proved so successful, one is surely justified in expecting that as time goes on and the initial difficulties are minimized and overcome, there will be more than corresponding improvement in the good accomplishments. Not to mention the fact that your arrival in O. has undoubtedly considerably encouraged also your sister and brother-in-law and has inspired other young people on similar missions.

As for your mentioning the fact that no one seems interested in your work, etc., surely you will admit that G-d, whose knowledge and providence extends to everyone individually, knows and is interested in what you are doing,
especially as you are working in the field of education of Jewish children, boys and girls, which is so much emphasized in the Torah. After all, to teach children to make a brocha [blessing] and to say the prayers, etc., this is living Yiddishkeit. (I need hardly add too that I am interested in your work.) If it seems to you that it has been left to you to "carry the ball" yourself, it is surely only because there is confidence in you and that since you have been sent to O., you undoubtedly have the ability, qualifications, and initiative to do your work without outside promptings, etc.

Since one is only human, it is not unusual to relapse occasionally into a mood of discouragement. But as has been explained in the Tanya and in other sources, such a relapse should only serve as a challenge to bring fourth additional inner reserves and energy to overcome the tactics of the yetzer harah and to do even better than before.

I trust that since you wrote your letter your mood and outlook have considerably improved and that this letter will find you in a completely different frame of mind. Nevertheless, I am sending you this letter, since one is only human and subject to changes of mind as mentioned above.

Finally, I want to say that the above should not be understood to mean that if you do find yourself in the above frame of mind you should try to conceal it and not write about it. For our Sages say that "he who has an anxiety should relate it to others" for getting something off one's chest is a relief in itself.

One should also bear in mind, as the Old Rebbe stated most emphatically in the laws of learning and of teaching children Torah, that a person who is engaged in teaching children Torah should especially take care of his health, as this has a direct effect on the success of his work. I trust therefore that you are looking after yourself in matters of diet and rest, and that you will always be in a state of cheerfulness and gladness.

Hoping to hear good news from you,

With blessing,
M. Schneerson


Never start up with a Tzadik.
"Communism is not for me.."
It Once happened.

1918. Civil war raged between the Reds and the Whites in Russia. After a few months of bitter street fighting, the Reds finally took the upper hand. That is when the Communists began forcibly ruling over the millions of Russian citizens.

In order to firmly establish their position, the Communists compiled a long list of rules to regulate the lives of the citizens. They couldn't congregate in the evening, and even during the daytime no more than a few people were allowed to gather, lest they attempt to conspire against the government.

Beginning in 1919, the government cracked down harder and harder. They established laws limiting the activities and authority of religious institutions. They began to dog the footsteps of rabbanim and often conducted searches in their homes for possible proof of rebellion.

One day they came to the home of Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Rashab, in Rostov. A group of soldiers armed with rifles broke into the Rebbe's home to search for anti-revolutionary material. The members of the household were ordered not to move from their places. The sight of the armed soldiers was terribly frightening, and the Rebbe remarked to those standing around him that it would only be right if the soldiers at least removed the bayonets from their rifles.

Those who had come to the house stood in terror, watching silently as the soldiers turned the house over in their search. None of them dared repeat to the soldiers what the Rebbe said. Another moment went by, and then Rabbi Yaakov Landau, the young rabbi who was a household member in the Rebbe's home, courageously spoke to the commanding officer and asked him to consider the Rebbe's honor and remove the bayonets.

The officer could have easily ordered that the young man be beaten for his nerve, yet amazingly, the officer told his soldiers to respect the Rebbe's wishes.

But the search was not over. The soldiers continued looking, and one of them found a box of tobacco the Rebbe used on Passover. The soldier wanted the box and put it in his pocket. The Rebbe observed the theft and moaned, telling those around him that the box was precious to him, and that he was willing to redeem the Passover snuff box, which was made of tin, for a different one made of silver.

The household members standing around thought it wasn't an auspicious time to get into an argument with soldiers over something so insignificant. Again it was Rabbi Yaakov Landau who put his life on the line, and as a loyal Chasid he acceded to the Rebbe's request. He turned to the officer again and asked him to tell the soldier to return the box.

Again those present were certain that the officer, a wicked man whose hatred for the Jews burned in his eyes, would order Rabbi Landau's arrest, but incredibly, he turned to the soldiers, red-faced with anger, and said that whoever stole the box had to remove it from his pocket at once and put it on the table, otherwise he would be sorry. Within seconds one of the soldiers grudgingly removed the box from his pocket and placed it on the table.

The Rebbe looked pleased until he noticed that the box cover had been opened. His face was downcast again and he said that since the box had been opened he didn't need it anymore, since the soldier might possibly have had a drop of chametz in his pocket.

King David said in Psalms, "You recompense a man according to his deeds." As the soldiers left the house, a bullet from one of the soldier's rifles accidentally shot the soldier who had stolen the box, and killed him on the spot!

This difficult episode left its mark on the Rebbe Rashab, who said that he could not continue to live with the Communists. Shortly thereafter, on the second of Nissan (THIS YEAR MARCH 13,2013) , 1920, the Rebbe Rashab passed away.

From Beis Moshiach Magazine


Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui