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"Serve G-d in Joy, come
A young banker decided to get his first tailor made suit.
So he went to the finest tailor in town and got measured for a suit.
A week later he went in for his first fitting. He put on the suit and he looked stunning, he felt that in this suit he can do business.
As he was preening himself in front of the mirror he reached down to put his hands in the pockets and to his surprise he noticed that there were no pockets.
He mentioned this to the tailor who asked him,
"Didn't you tell me you were a banker?"
The young man answered, "Yes, I did."
To this the tailor said,
"Who ever heard of a banker with his hands in his own pockets?"
Only 5% of Stanford
Figured it out!
Can you answer all
seven of the following questions
with the same word?
1. The word has
2. Preceded God..
3. Greater than God..
4. More Evil than
5. All poor people have it..
6. Wealthy people
7. If you eat it,
you will die.
before looking at
Did you get it yet?
Give up ?
Brace yourself for the answer....
The Answer is:
NOTHING has 7 letters.
NOTHING preceded God.
greater than God.
NOTHING is more
Evil than the devil.
All poor people
If you eat
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A hiker stopped at the bank of a fast-flowing river. Spying a simple fellow standing on the opposite bank, he yelled to him, "How do I get to the other side?"
The simpleton scratched his head. He looked up the river. He looked down the river. Then he yelled back to the hiker, "You're already ON the other side!"
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|Kosher Caffeine - by Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui
The purpose and power of Prayer
The couple came in to see the great Tzadik - holy spiritual person, to ask for a blessing to have children, and he told them, he was not able to grant them their request. They promised to donate any sum of money he would demand from them to grant this blessing. But he unwaveringly stuck by his word.
They both came out from the great Rabbis room, crying their eyeballs out and said, "We don't need the Rabbi, we'll go straight to G-d and pray to Him."
When the Rabbi heard these words, he called them back in and granted their wish.
In the book of the Midrash tells us, G-d desires our prayers, as it is written, "the work of your hands I yearn for." G-d enjoys when it comes from deep down inside of us.
When the Israelites were about to enter the Land of Israel, Moses blessed them. "May G-d, the G-d of your forefathers multiply you a thousand fold, and bless you as he has promised."
The Israelites approached Moses and complained, that he was placing a limit of one thousand fold to a limitless blessing G-d had already promised, "Like the stars of the heaven."!
Moses replied. "What I grant you with my blessing is my gift. G-d however will surely grant you in tremendous greater measure."
Moses had a plan. By clearly offering something that appeared less than what was already promised, he wanted to arouse within the children of Israel the desire to demand and request that the greater blessing from G-d which was already promised not be eclipsed by this blessing coming from Moses.
Moses wanted the children of Israel to pray and demand what they felt they wanted and needed, directly from G-d.
This answers a very common question. If G-d knows it all, in advance to our needs, and it is something positive and good that we deserve, why must we pray for it to begin with? Why doesn't G-d just grant it to us on His own?
G-d created this pattern specifically in such a way that we should receive mainly, only after we have prayed and asked G-d for it, this is "His desire." Like everything else G-d created this too is for our own good.
Before Moses was about to pass away and as the ultimate leader who cared for every sheep, his plan by blessing them with "one thousand times" was to open their minds and hearts and to whet their appetite. In doing so the Children of Israel remembered the earlier promise G-d gave their forefathers and this pushed them to pray for G-ds promise.
The Talmud derives from a verse in Psalms, "that there are things which stand "at the height of the world," yet people belittle and demean them. One of the greatest commentators Rashi explains that this refers to prayer which "goes up above to G-d Himself."
"And you shall serve him with all your heart." The Talmud says, this verse refers to prayer.
Prayer is a moment in our day that we spend with G-d, creator of the universe. The words of the prayer where designed in such a way that when understood and felt in our hearts, the person will soar up to the clouds and his bodily existence on this physical world becomes temporarily elevated.
This experience will refine and spiritually strengthen, transform and elevate the person to a higher consciousness throughout the entire day.
The purpose of prayer in not just to come before G-d and ask. The purpose of prayer is to develop our vessel to be more sensitive and receptive to G-dliness all day long. When we realize it's all G-d, and He is the only source to everything, we have become G-d conscious and our lives take on a new and expanded dimension.
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Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
[To someone who wrote he was avoiding social activism because it had been feeding his ego, the Rebbe replied:]
"And without the activism there is no ego?
Better a haughty activist than a self-centered do-nothing!"
Everything that happens to the Jews while they are in exile must strengthen their hope and trust that in the very immediate future,
they will leave the exile in the true and complete redemption led by Moshiach.
Then, every member of the Jewish people will gather together in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, and in the Holy Temple, "the Sanctuary of G-d established by Your hands."
This is hastened by the activities which each Jew undertakes to
transform his own personal home into a "sanctuary in microcosm."
(The Rebbe, 22 Menachem Av, 5749-1989)
Counts the most.
And now, Israel, what does G-d want of you? Only that you be in awe of G-d your L-rd, so that you will follow all His paths and love Him...(Deut. 10:12)
Awe without love is not complete. Love without awe is nothing.
(Rabbi Aharon of Karlin)
Now Israel, what does the L-rd your G-d ask of you except to fear G-d (Deut. 10:12)
"People are strange," Rabbi Chanoch of Alexander used to say.
"They beg and plead that G-d should give them 'fear of heaven,' when this is something that is entirely in the individual's control.
Yet when it comes to livelihood, they imagine that they are in charge."
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EVERYTHING in this world,
even GOLD was created for......
In this week's Torah portion, Eikev, Moses recounts the story of the Golden Calf and the breaking of the first set of Tablets. After breaking the Tablets, Moses prayed for 40 days and nights that G-d would forgive the Jewish people. G-d then commands Moses, "Hew for yourself two tablets of stone like the first... I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke."
G-d then commands the Jewish people to build Him a sanctuary, "so the nations will know that the sin of the Calf has been forgiven."
Our Sages teach that one of the factors contributing to the sin of the Golden Calf was the great quantity of gold in the Jews' possession.
Because they were unable to withstand the temptation, one might think that, after their sin, G-d would forbid them the use of gold for all time. Yet we find that the exact opposite occurred: the very first material mentioned in the building of the sanctuary - the purpose of which was to atone for the Golden Calf - is gold!
"The world was not worthy to use of gold..." our Sages explain. "It was created solely for the purpose of the sanctuary and the Holy Temple." After being brought into existence for this reason, permission was then granted for mankind to utilize gold for other purposes as well.
This is but one example of the principle that everything in the world is created to serve a G-dly purpose. "Everything created by G-d in His world is only created for His honor," the Mishna teaches.
G-d grants man the free will to choose how His creations are to be used - to fulfill the purpose for which they were created, or, G-d forbid, to do evil. Gold, created solely for use in the sanctuary and Temple, was utilized by the Children of Israel for their idol-worship. The gross misuse of the gold, however, did not alter its original purpose one iota. G-d has no desire to destroy His world simply because some people are foolish!
Furthermore, the fact that G-d allows man the capacity to utilize His creations for evil adds to His honor. For human nature is such that when a person is confronted by obstacles, inner strengths that would not otherwise have been revealed are brought to the fore, strengthening his resolve in the service of G-d.
This fundamental principle applies not only to things created during the Six Days of Creation, but to modern discoveries and advancements in technology that are constantly being invented. These too, are part of Divine plan, and are also "discovered" solely for a G-dly purpose. The true objective behind all of creation, in reality, is one and the same - to enhance the service of the Creator of all things.
The fact that some people choose to utilize these means for corrupt purposes does not detract from their original intent. On the contrary, when a Jew utilizes technology for the purpose of spreading Torah and its commandments, he elevates them to their true perfection, for which they were discovered initially.
Adapted from Sefer Hasichot, 5748, Vol. II
It's all with rhythm AND rhyme.
Just maybe, not to our own rhythm & rhyme.
During the times of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, founder of Chabad Chasidism, a law was passed to forcibly relocate Jews from rural villages to larger towns. This particularly harsh decree left many Jews destitute, without a source of livelihood, and a great deal of money was needed to alleviate their plight. Not only were many poor families without basic necessities, but officials had to be bribed to leave the Jews in peace. To this end, Rabbi Shneur Zalman began traveling extensively throughout the region asking for donations.
One such mission took Rabbi Shneur Zalman to the district of Vohlin, not far from the city of Toltshin, where Reb Boruch, the Baal Shem Tov's grandson, resided. Rabbi Shneur Zalman decided to visit Reb Boruch and Reb Boruch was delighted by the honor.
"What brings you here?" Reb Boruch asked.
"Well," Rabbi Shneur Zalman replied, "I am raising funds to convince the government officials to leave the Jews alone. The pitiful plight of my brethren is too much to bear."
Reb Boruch was surprised. "But surely you could have averted the decree on the spiritual level! Why are you actually going around collecting money?"
Rabbi Shneur Zalman explained: "I am only following a precedent. When our Patriarch Jacob was in danger, no doubt he could have alleviated the harsh decree in a spiritual way, without having to placate his brother Esau with gifts. Yet we see that he declared, 'I am sending a present to my lord Esau...that he be appeased.'"
Reb Boruch remained unconvinced. Rabbi Shneur Zalman was a great tzadik; why did he have to lower himself to act within the natural order? "But why didn't you just teach them the meaning of 'Echad' ('One') according to my grandfather's teachings? The decree would then have been automatically nullified!"
"It was your grandfather's 'Echad' that caused this decree in the first place,' Rabbi Shneur Zalman replied. He then revealed the following:
After the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, there was not one country willing to take them in. The reason for this (as with everything else that happens in the physical world) originated in the higher spheres. In heaven, the ministering angels representing the various nations were arguing among themselves. "We don't want the Jews to live in our land!" each angel cried. "The first thing they'll do is build synagogues and houses of study. They'll learn Torah and they'll pray. We don't want them to declare 'Hash-m Echad - G-d is One!' "
The angels were afraid that this declaration of G-d's unity would nullify their very existence, much as darkness is dispelled in the presence of light. This spiritual reality was reflected down below, and the leaders of each nation refused to accept the Jews. There was only one angel who was not afraid, the ministering angel of Poland. In fact, he saw this as a golden opportunity to increase his own impure powers.
"They don't scare me," he declared. "I will take them in and it will be to my advantage. It is true that they'll build yeshivas and study Torah, and they will declare 'G-d is One.' But they will not have the proper intentions, and I will grow stronger."
And so it came to pass. The king of Poland agreed to accept a bribe - a pile of money as high as a mounted Cossack holding a spear upright.
Indeed, the Jews arrived in Poland in droves. They built synagogues and houses of study, established businesses, learned Torah and recited the "Shema" ("Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One"). And, as the ministering angel had predicted, they did not have the proper intentions. The angel was delighted that his plan was working. His own powers were increasing from day to day. Unfortunately for him, however, the Baal Shem Tov came along and taught the Jews a dimension of "Echad" that was entirely different.
"That's not fair!" the angel of Poland cried. "The deal is off-the bargain is null and void! I only agreed to accept them under the terms of the old 'Echad,' not the new one!"
Down on earth, the Jews would have to find another home. The noose was tightened around the throat of European Jewry, and many Jews were expelled from their villages.
"Now do you understand?" Rabbi Shneur Zalman concluded. "The new law is a direct result of your grandfather's 'Echad,' and that is why money is once again needed to avert the harsh decree..."
Warmest wishes for a Shabbat Shalom.
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui