Monthly Archives: December 2014

Don’t “Give Charity”

“Do not give charity! Giving charity means being nice and giving away your money. But who says it is your money to begin with? It is money put in your trust, to be disbursed for good things and for others … Continue reading

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To fulfill the mitzvah of bitachon (trusting Hashem) is to know that whatever happens is being done by Hashem for a kindly purpose. You may not know what that purpose is; it make take years to discover; it might be necessary to go to the … Continue reading

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Your Immutable and Perpetual Companion

All people you will meet in your lifetime will at some time enter into your life and exit it, and you will enter into their lives and leave. Parents, spouse, children and friends each one in turn will enter and … Continue reading

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Disclosing the Discussions of a Meeting

Members of boards of directors and school faculties often have to render decisions that will be met with disapproval by those affected.  It is forbidden for anyone attending such a meeting to disclose the names of people who spoke or … Continue reading

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Good Neighbor

Rabbi  Yehoshua ben Ilem was once told in a dream, “Be happy, for you and a butcher named Nanas will be neighbors in the world-to-come.”  Upon awakening, Rabbi Yehoshua was quite shaken.  He had devoted all his time to studying … Continue reading

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Talking during Davening

A person must make it clear that he has no intention of talking during davening.  But it is of almost equal importance that when he makes this feeling known to others, he should do so in a way that makes … Continue reading

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Little Children

We can learn three things from little children: They are always happy; they are always busy; and when they need something, they cry out. ~ The Maggid of Mezritch

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