Monthly Archives: July 2013

3 Friends

Man has three friends on whose company he relies.  First, wealth which goes with him only while the good fortune lasts.  Second, his relatives; they go only as far as the grave, leave him there.   The third friend, his … Continue reading

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An Insurance Policy

Trust in Hashem is like an insurance policy.  A person can have a policy granting coverage for $1000, $10,000 or $100,000, depending on how much a person is willing to pay.  The larger the policy, the more the person is … Continue reading

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Have Pity on the Rest of us

Perhaps, for you, this exile is not so bad. And you feel you are doing whatever you can about it, anyway. But it is not just you. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all their children through all the generations, as … Continue reading

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The Baal Shem Tov taught that a sin in itself is only the bite of the snake.  The real damage comes from the poison that spreads afterwards, saying “What a worthless thing you are.  Look what you’ve done!” With those … Continue reading

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Never Satisfied

“One who loves money will never be satisfied by money.” ~ Koheles 5:9

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Twelve Gates

There are various different rites of prayer among the Ashkenzim, the Sefardim…  These different rites do not merely involve poems and prayers that were added on later, but involve the basic form of the service as required by law. My … Continue reading

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Silence is Golden

“Shimon his son says: All my days I have been raised among the Sages, and I found nothing better for oneself than silence; not study, but practice is the main thing; and one who talks excessively brings on sin.” Avos … Continue reading

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Don’t beat yourself up

“Be careful not to consider yourself wicked.  Such a person will not even attempt to improve himself and is likely to become worse than he already is.” ~ R’ Avraham Ben HaRambam zt”l from Torah Tavlin

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Put your Trust in the Right Place

The story is told of one of the pious whose neighbor, a skilled scribe, supported himself from what he earned in the practice of his art.  One day the pious man asked his neighbor, “How are you faring?”  “Fine,” he … Continue reading

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Who just said that?

If both a friend and an enemy give you advice, you can be sure that the enemy wishes to mislead you.  When an idea comes into one’s mind, one should ask himself, “What is the source of this idea, the … Continue reading

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