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It’s Not a History Lesson
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The stories of the Torah are not there to teach us history. They are meant to teach us lessons to apply to our own lives. When we read about the Imahot who were barren for so long and were then blessed after praying so many tefilot, we learn that no matter how long it’s been, […]
What’s Small for You is Huge for Him
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Rabbenu Yona writes that one of the reasons that people become distant from Hashem is because they feel that they are already so bad that it doesn’t matter what they do. People think that Hashem doesn’t want their Avodah. If only they would know how precious they are to Hashem and how much anything that […]
Shabbat – The Source of Blessing
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The Gemara says that Hashem told Moshe Rabbenu:”מתנה טובה יש לי בבית גנזי”- I have a special present in my treasure house that I want to give to the Jewish people. We know that a mortal king likes to put his opulence on display. Only his most exquisite and precious jewels are kept in his […]
The Best Possible Outcome
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The other day I was talking to man who suffered from anxiety attacks. At any given moment he would start worrying about different types of negative scenarios. He said that it was controlling his life. People have told him, “Have Emunah that everything will be okay.” “But what if it’s not?” he asks, “What if […]
Stay Calm
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The Vilna Gaon writes that our main purpose in this world is to improve our character and break our natural inclinations. We all have the ability to be calm and easygoing, but it requires work. On an average day, a person will be confronted with many scenarios in which his patience is challenged. Every moment […]
The System Called Prayer
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Rav Yerucham writes in his Sefer, Da’at Torah, that our purpose in life is to work on becoming closer to Hashem. He loves us and wants us to become close to Him for our benefit. He has so much good that he wants to give us, but He doesn’t want it to turn us away […]
Your Unique Song
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Sometimes a person looks around at what others have, and starts to feel like he is living a deprived life. He thinks to himself, “If only I had his family, or if only I had his business, or if only I had his life…I would accomplish so much more. I would be such a better […]
Everything is Great
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A man once came to his Rabbi, crying that his child was off the Derech. He said that it was so difficult to live with; it was causing Shalom Bayit problems, family problems and social problems. He asked the Rabbi, “How could Hashem do this to me? All I want is to have a normal […]
Your Family Business
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Many young men have anxiety about getting married and starting a family. They are already worried about future expenses and paying tuition. They have calculated what they will need to make in ten years and are losing sleep over it now. It occupies their mind day and night. For some, the worry is so severe […]
His Pain
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Our Minds are not capable of grasping Hashem’s greatness. Nevertheless, there is an aspect of Hashem, called Shechina, which literally means to dwell in our midst, and It is to that aspect we can relate. The Zohar HaKadosh describes the Shechina as a loving mother who worries about her children and feels their pain, as […]