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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Simplicity


"Torah's simplicity- beyond minimalist decor Is an unassuming straightforward mind Free of justification, pretense, reasons for Where knowing less is a virtue to find. A simple man's honesty, no alternative exists He uses no skill, just the words of his soul Where our minds calculate the turns and twists He knows but the truth and no other goal. In our world of cleverness, cunning, success The greatness inherent is not ours to see. Only when with the Redemption we're blessed Will we gain true appreciation for simplicity. By: Rabbi Mendel Hecht, Greenfield, MA www.chabadfranklincounty.com



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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Compassion

 

"The children of Israel were blessed with innate characteristics: compassion , humility and kindness. The virtue of compassion, however, is the source of kindness and righteousness and leads to positive action without ulterior motives. It has been the hallmark of Jewish life throughout the ages and has been ingrained in the Jewish psyche, beginning with our ancestors and remaining so through the centuries. True compassion reflects a selfless attitude and the ability to place oneself in another's situation. It is full acceptance of another human being, connecting with strong feeling, enthusiasm, and sensitivity. Similarly, our soul also begs for compassion and seeks freedom from physical confinement. More so the Torah teaches us to " Love G-d and follow in all His ways." How can one possibly follow in G-ds ways? Commentary clarifies this in simple words: " As He is compassionate, so shall you be compassionate; as He is kind, so shall you be. As we walk in G-ds ways with compassion,let us remember that we are partnering with the Divine. By: Susha Alperowitz, Hunington Beach, CA www.e-torahtools.com



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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Equanimity


How can one achieve equanimity? To paraphrase Rabbi Chaim Vital,and when one attaches one's consciousness to G-d, and is intense in the fulfillment of Torah and mitzvoth, everything else pales. In serving G-d with joy and enthusiasm, the mundane becomes overshadowed, so much so that all matters become infused with holiness and lead to spiritual gain. Preoccupation with G-d's commands and total submission to His will, leave no time to dwell on self- esteem and ego which create barriers between the Jew and His Creator. Replaced by humility and spiritual growth,the result is total equanimity to all worldly matters, where every thought and action is elevated and transformed into good. By: Susha Alperowitz, Huntington Beach,CA www.e-torahtools.com



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Friday, August 09, 2013

Order


"The word " seder" conjures up happily chaotic scenes of sweet wine and endless liturgy. It's true meaning is " order," a predefined series of steps to achieve a higher level. Unlike a previous spiritual world of chaos and shattered containers of light, we live in a world of order. For all the randomness of nature, it follows a predicable path, rendered confusing only by variables as yet unknown to us. This world's very confusing only by variables as yet known to us. This world's very existence is a product of a hierarchy of levels of G-dliness that progressively became so disguised they appear physical. Small wonder then that to tap into our transformative potential we must embrace order, achieving greatness one step at a time. Though times exist for dramatic leaps, our baseline must always be the Seder prescribed for the world." By: Nechama Dina Hecht, Greenfield, MA www.chabadfranklincounty.com



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Friday, August 09, 2013

Honor


"Many spend their lives seeking honor; but what does it mean to truly achieve honor? The word for honor in Hebrew, Kavod, has two implications: It can be related to the word Kaveid, liver, something heavy and cold, or it can refer to Divine Glory. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Yose taught; " It is not a person's place that honors him, but it is the person who brings honor to his place." Our souls came to this world to make it better and more G-dly place, and we were also given the necessary strength to do so. When our place and circumstances do not make us cold and indifferent, but it is we who bring Divine light to our place, elevating the world, we bring true honor to ourselves, the world around us, and to G-d." By: Shmary Brownstein, Davis, CA www.chabadofdavis.org



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gratitude


The first conscious moment of a Jewish day opens with the Hebrew words" modeh ani"- " I thank you". This instinctive expression of our pristine quintessence is our response to life itself; to offer gratitude to He who benevolently bestows this precious gift of life upon us. More than a feeling relegated to inner chambers of the heart, in the Jewish imagination, gratitude is most potent when verbalized and pronounced. Indeed, articulating our gratitude unearths the depths and breadth of our appreciation; it calls forth from within us an earnest feeling of reciprocity. By: Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, Pleasanton, CA. www.JewishTriValley.com



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Humility

 

In your presence I felt so humble. I didn't know You, just enough to know and feel that when You are, I'am not. You revealed Your presence to me, made Yourself more known to me, now that I have come to know of You, I strive for the ability to remain humble and in awe of You, with the same purity and sincerity, empty of my own perceptions, as I was before. May my awareness and knowledge of You, be a catalyst for deeper humility, rather than interfere with it. By: Rabbi Yossi Korik, Roseville, CA www.JewishRoseville.com



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Silence

 

Speech is revelation, silence the source. G-d created the world through speech; it is a revelation of the physical reality, otherwise unknown within the spiritual cosmos, yet the revelation of the physical conceals its true source- The Creator. Man was brought to the world, to expose its true original source. Just as speech of Torah is praiseworthy, for it reveals the presence of G-d, silence towards physical matters is likely praiseworthy, for it exposes the true source of creation. As the Talmudic statement: What is man's trade in this world? To make himself as mute. May my necessary interaction with the physical be silent, and thus succeed in the trade of exposing it's true source- The Creator. By: Rabbi Yossi Korik, Roseville, Ca. www.JewishRoseville.com



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Truth

 

Deep inside all of existence life's it's truth. The first Hebrew letter is Alef, the middle of the Hebrew letters Mem and the final letter Taf, spell out the word Emet - truth. It's the beginning , middle and the end of the entire creation. Piercing from one end through the other. Though hidden behind many false elisions, it is the essence of everything in the world. May we seek it. May we find it. May we reveal it. By: Malkie Korik, Roseville Ca. www.JewishRoseville.com



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Compassion


"Compassion is Beauty" the Zohar The effervescent man passionately exudes and bestows kindness to one and all, irrespective of who is worthy and who is not. And that may be dangerous. The calculated can rigidly determine precisely who is deserving of his kindness and who is not. And that may be dangerous. The compassionate man assesses truthfully,understands who is deserving of his kindness and who is not, and nonetheless empathizes and extends his kindness beyond the letter of the law. And that is beautiful. By : Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, Pleasanton , Ca. www.chabadfranklincounty.com



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