Negative thinking. Is it really harmful??

 Shabbat Chazak.
May 3, 2013
 
 
 
A quick fix of inspiration from,The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Self confidence that knows no bounds.
Confidence is best found among the truly humble.
Moses was the most humble of all men. Yet he had the confidence to stand before the mightiest dictator on earth and assert his demands. He had the confidence to stand before G-d and listen without losing his composure. He had the confidence even to argue with G-d, when necessary.
Yet he considered himself to be nothing.
The confidence of Moses was not confidence in his own self. He had no self. He was but an agent of Above. Above there is infinite power.
Self-confidence is limited, at best. But if you trust in the One who has sent you to be here and do what you need to do --that confidence knows no bounds.

Moshiach Matters

The period of the Resurrection of the Dead in the Messianic Era is the time of reward for the observance of mitzvot (command-ments).

The ultimate reward will be the fusion of the Commander with the commanded. Instead of prohibitions and obligations, the world will be so filled with the knowledge of G-d that it will fulfill the Divine Will spontaneously.

This is the meaning of "delighting in the radiance of the Divine Presence."

At that time a mitzva will not be perceived as a step towards a Divine reward: a mitzva will be its own reward - the immersion of man in the Divine Will.
(To Live and Live Again, Rabbi N.D. Dubov)

ACTION - THE MOST IMPORTANT.

And you shall not deceive one another (Lev. 25:17)
Can a person really deceive another, especially in spiritual matters?
Even if he succeeds in his deception, the victory is only temporary and the deceit is always eventually revealed.
The only person, therefore, who has been effectively deceived is the deceiver himself.
And is it so difficult to fool a fool?
(Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch)
 
Jokes

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

"My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that."
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"A friend will help you move. A best friend will help you move a body."
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The doctor told Feltman, a condominium tycoon, that he needed an operation.
He said, "Do you want a local anesthetic?"
Feltman shook his head. "Let's not pinch pennies, doctor. Get the best, use the imported."
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Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge, and all the people walked across safely. He used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters and call in an air strike. They sent in bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved. "Now, Joey, is that REALLY what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. Well, no, Mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!
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My neighbor knocked on my door at 2:30 am this morning, can you
believe that.
.... 2:30 am?
Luckily for him I was still up playing my
bagpipes.
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The census taker comes to the Goldman house.
"Does Louis Goldman live here?" he asks.
"No," replies Goldman.
"Well, then, what is your name?"
"Louis Goldman."
"Wait a minute--didn't you just tell me that Goldman doesn't live here?"
"Aha," says Goldman. "You call this living?"

Candle Lighting time in
North Palm Beach Florida

 

May 3, 2013 7:36 p.m.
Shabbat is over 8:32 p.m.
Services tonight (Fri.)
@ 7:00 p.m
Lunch N Learn.
Come N Join.

LUNCH N LEARN
this monday!
Mondays 12:00 p.m. come and you will expand and deepen your appreciation for life. $5.00.
Fill ur mind and ur stomach
its a no Brainer.

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Fri. Night Services 7:00 p.m.
Days 10:00 a.m. followed by kiddush

Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.
"Kosher Caffeine"
by -- Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui
www.koshercaffeine.com
 
The three PLUS ways of dealing with hardships.

Everybody has got them. Pot holes and speed bumps in the road of life. How do we overcome or at the very least move on, notwithstanding the obstacles that give us a real run for our money.

The Bible is clear, we don't live in a disorganized random chaotic world. It also makes very good logical sense to think and believe that way.

When there is an order and system to things then, with our free choice, we can sometimes intentionally or unintentionally makes decisions that challenge and attempt to defy the order G-d has set in this world. To a great measure the Bible tells us, it is our very own choices that bring us the hardships we face in life. It is us, who mess up the perfect pattern G-d created.

Nevertheless, Chassidus teaches us to always accept everything in joy. Joy is the fundamental underlying elixir to everything in life. But how is it possible to accept and bear it all AND do it in joy? Chassidus gives us the tools and techniques how exactly we should and we can, deal with our difficulties in life.

Humans have a definite spectrum and parameter in which they can see and hear things. Some animals and creatures see and hear more because their range is wider and deeper. The same is also with our minds, they are finite and limited.

The first method, is to look at what's happening, as coming from an infinite G-d who is way beyond our possibility to understand.

G-d is the source of everything and He is by His very own nature, essentially good. We surrender ourselves to this fact and even when at the present things appear as dark, confusing, and incomprehensible, the knowledge that the pain we feel is from a doctor who cares, helps us keep a happy attitude.

The second method, is to view the pain and difficulties as a process to polish and clean parts of our lives we may have bent out of shape or sullied with our bad choices. It is to make us, better and stronger than what we are at this present moment. Out of G-ds deep rooted love for ourselves He puts us through a procedure that corrects and remedies where we may have messed up.

When a person's sees his hardships as coming from the love of G-d to help this person who messed up, this arouses within G-d the desire to minimize and hasten the process. This second approach shortens the process itself.

The third method is to view hardships as an intentional test G-d is putting the person through. G-d wants to see if we will take the hardship more seriously, than our determination to keep on going. In this third step a person is completely and totally not fazed by the difficulties. The person knows what's expected of him and nothing will stop him. It's not a matter of the intended good G-d has in mind, it's not either whether G-d is doing this out of love or not.

With this reaction to hardships and determination, the moment the person is totally at peace with the situation because he knows he can never fail at doing what is his G-dly mission, the test disappears because, he has successfully overcome the test and proven himself.

There is a highest and most powerful attitude where the person doesn't deal with any of the above three approaches. On this level, he doesn't even encounter the first tastes of the test. This is when he develops a very deep knowledge and appreciation for G-ds interaction with the world to such a point that he sees and experiences everything for the good, right from the start.

Once a great Rabbi sent his student to Reb Zushe who had every imaginable difficulty in life, to learn how to respond to hardships in life. Reb Zushe told him he must have come to the wrong Reb Zushe because this Zushe, had no problems.
It's never too late.
A lesson in self renewal.
Living with the Rebbe.

This week we read two Torah portions, Behar and Bechukotai.
Bechukotai describes the Jubilee year, the 50th year of the agricultural cycle in the land of Israel. At this time, ancestral property that was sold was returned and servants were freed. To explain: When the Jews entered the Holy Land after their journey through the desert, every member of the people was given a plot of land. If they - or their heirs - sold that land, in the fiftieth year of the agricultural cycle, that land was returned to the seller.

Similarly, if a person sold himself as a servant, he was to be released after six years. If he, nonetheless, desired to remain a servant, he was allowed to do so, but in the fiftieth year, he is also set free.

What a lesson in self-renewal!We are always saying: "If I were given a second chance, things would be different," and here Torah law establishes the concept of a second chance as a binding obligation.

The spiritual dimensions of the Torah's laws are applicable in all times and in all places. Thus although in a practical sense, the Jubilee is not practiced in the present age, in an abstract sense, it is a continuous lesson for all of us.

No matter what our present state is, G-d is giving us the wherewithal to start anew and change the direction of our lives. At every moment, we are being granted spiritual and material blessings that enable us to turn our lives around and bring about goodness for ourselves, our families, and the people around us.

Our Sages teach: "A rich man is rich only due to his mind-set. A poor man is poor only due to his mind-set." A truly wealthy man is confident that even were he to be set down in a jungle with nothing to his name, he would be able to establish himself financially in a matter of time. Conversely, a person with a poor man's mentality will soon find himself impoverished even after he was given great wealth.

What makes a man wealthy? Our Sages teach us: "Who is wealthy? One who is satisfied with his portion." That doesn't mean that he does not want to make more money; he may, but he does not feel pressured to do so. He feels the luxury of being patient, of waiting for opportunities, and then using them to the maximum of his capacity.

A poor man, by contrast, is not satisfied; he feels that he must make money. He is obsessed with want and need and those feelings cause him to act rashly, trying this scheme and to make it big.

What's the inevitable result? He loses, but he's lost far more than money. He's lost his life, because his energy and his dreams were focused on the money that he felt he had to make. Instead of enjoying life for what it is, sharing quality time with family and friends, he was always looking to what it could be when he made the money.

It doesn't have to be that way. It's not too late. The Jubilee teaches us that we can start anew. We all have the resources, because the fundamental resources are inside. Each one of us possesses a soul that is an actual part of G-d. That spiritual spark gives us the potential to bring about good and well-being for ourselves and the people close to us.

From Keeping in Touch by Rabbi E. Touger, published by Sichos in English
Destitute.. he prays to G-d and Elijah comes to the rescue.
 
It Once happened.

Once upon a time, there lived in a village a fine Jewish family with five lively children. They could have been very happy, but unfortunately, they were very poor, and the day finally came when they lacked even a few crusts of bread in the house.

In desperation, the wife came to her husband and said, "Please, go into the city and try to find someone who will lend you some money to buy bread for the children."

"You know I have no relative or friend who can help me. Do you want me to go and beg on the street? Only G-d can help us."

The wife did not reply, but when the hungry children began to cry for food, she again approached her husband and said, "Please go to the city. There perhaps you will find some way of earning money, after all, G-d can always find some way to make a miracle."

So, the husband went to the city, and when he arrived there he uttered a prayer, "Master of the Universe, You provide for all the creatures of the earth, have You nothing for my poor hungry children? Please help me in my hour of need."

His tears must have broken through the Heavens, for a moment later a stranger approached him, and in a calm voice asked, "What is wrong? Why do you weep so?"

The man unburdened his heavy heart to the kind stranger. "Don't despair. I can help you. Take me to the marketplace and sell me as a slave. With the money you get you will be able to purchase whatever you need."

The man was astonished at these words. "What are you suggesting?! How could I possibly accept such a sacrifice from you? Besides, who would believe that such a pauper as I would have such a fine slave?"

"Don't worry. We will exchange clothing. As for my sacrifice, don't worry about that either. I am a master builder, and I won't remain a slave for long. The only thing I ask is that you sell me only to the person I will point out to you and that you give me one gold coin of the coins you will receive for my sale."

So, they proceeded to the marketplace, the stranger dressed in the pauper's clothing. When a rich-looking coach drove up, the "slave" winked in his "master's" direction, indicating that this was the appropriate buyer. The sale was transacted, and the man offered his former "slave" the gold coin. He took it, but then returned it, saying, "Keep this coin for good luck, and G-d bless you and your family with health, wealth, and much joy from you dear children."

The husband returned home to a joyous welcome, laden with all sorts of food and clothing that the family had all but forgotten existed.

Meanwhile, the slave was brought to the royal palace as a special gift for the king. When the king inquired what particular job he was best at, he replied, "I am a master builder."

The king was overjoyed at his reply, for at that time, the king was involved in planning a magnificent new palace, but an architect had not yet been engaged. The slave was given the job of constructing the new edifice. The royal storehouses of gold and silver were made available to the slave as well as the permission to hire as many workers as necessary to complete the job.

"If you complete the construction to my satisfaction within six months, I will reward you handsomely, as well as giving you your freedom," promised the king.

That very evening, the slave, who was Elijah the Prophet, prayed to G-d that His angels descend and build the palace for the king. His prayer was answered, and that same night the palace stood in all its magnificence and glory.

When the king arose and beheld this miracle, he couldn't believe his eyes. He rushed out to inspect every corner of his new palace, stroll through its wondrous gardens, and marvel at the elegantly furnished suites. Returning to his old residence, the king immediately sent for his slave, but there was no trace of him.

The Jew had prospered through the sale of his "slave," but the thought of what had become of his benefactor haunted him every day. He was filled with guilt for having allowed the kind man to sacrifice himself for him.

Then, one day, as he walked through the market, he saw the man coming towards him. He rushed up to him and embraced him warmly. "How have you been, my dear friend? I was so worried about you all this time!"

The man smiled, "I told you I wouldn't be a slave for long," and he recounted how he had been given to the king and had built a new palace for him and had become a free man once more.

Then Elijah blessed the man again and reminded him to always be kind to the poor, love his fellow man, and walk humbly before G-d. "If you do this and instruct your children in this way, your wealth will not leave you or your children for many generations." And just as the man was about to thank him, he seemed to melt into the surrounding crowd and disappear.


Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.

Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui