This Week’s Article – Insult – Responding Positively to Insults


This Week’s Article

Insult – Responding Positively to Insults

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


How do we respond positively to an insult, and even more so to a perceived insult?

There are three levels:

1)   Respond but do not insult back.

2)   Better than this, do not respond at all.

3)   Highest of all, be happy about the insult. Look at the insult as a special opportunity for you to improve your personal attributes and skills.

To achieve these levels is of course, not easy. Still, we need to remember that such levels exist and give thought to them. For insults are an inevitable part of life. By handling them effectively, we will manage our emotions and power-drives much better when they next challenge us.

       Insulting Others

One response to an insult is this: Ask yourself in which way is it that I insult others.

We have a rule that says that the way you treat your world is the way your world treats you. If then it’s not treating you very well for the moment, try to find out what you are doing wrong. This is the first step always to finding a solution to our problems.

Author, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz.

All rights reserved (c) Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 22nd Sivan, 5769


Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 22nd Sivan, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book


We say of the Creator: “He remembers the loving acts of our ancestors, and brings redemption to their children’s children…” We too should remember the heroism of our ancestors through the ages, and with this inspiration, strive for a glorious future.

By: Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz of “Self-Growth.

Empower yourself, enjoy life!
Not just another book, but a series of lessons to change our lives, turning darkness to light, misery to joy, shame into dignity; giving us a sense of direction, that we may move through our days with enthusiasm and passion, turning each moment into a jewel, a treasure, and a source of great pleasure and enjoyment. Click here for more.

FREE INSPIRATIONAL POSTER – To download high resolution version, click here.

Please visit Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz’s blog at: Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth

Aryeh’s Thoughts & Sayings – 22nd Sivan, 5769


Aryeh's Sharings & Sayings


Stop thinking about yourself and how to satisfy your desires.

By thinking about yourself, you are feeding your ego, making it bigger and stronger every day that passes.

Today, start thinking about your brethren, how you can help them.

Start thinking and take control over your life; think before doing, if what you are going to do will give pleasure to your King.

Daily Kabbalah Portion – 22nd Sivan, 5769


Daily Kabbalah Portion – 22nd Sivan, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Building the Future Society – Principles of the Future Society – Part 3

Those who say that the ideal is enough for them should be accepted and tested. If it is so, they may be accepted. However, they must still promise not to pass their heretical ways to their children, but hand them over to be educated by the state. If one accepts neither, he should not be accepted, for he would ruin the efforts of his friends and he would lose more than he would gain.

13.   First, there must be a small establishment whose majority will be altruists in the above manner. It means that they will work as diligently as contract-workers, ten to twelve hours a day and more. Each and every one will work according to his strength and receive according to his needs.

It will have all the forms of the government of a state. In this manner, even if the framework of this institution will contain the entire world, and the brute-force government will be revoked, nothing will need to be changed, in both government and work.

This institution will be like a global focal point with nations and states surrounding it to the farthest corners of the world. All who enter this framework of communism shall have the same agenda and the same leadership as the center. They will be like one nation in profit, in loss and in expenses.

14.   It is absolutely forbidden for any one from the institution to turn to any of the establishments of the brute-force regime. All conflicts are to be resolved amongst themselves, meaning between the concerned parties. The public opinion, which condemns egoism, will condemn the guilty for exploiting the righteousness of his friend.

15.   Altruistic Communism will finally annul the brute-force regime completely, for “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” It should not surprise us, as it was unbelievable that children could be educated by explanation, but only through the cane. However, today, most people have accepted that and reduce the forceful rule on children.

This regards children who have neither patience nor knowledge, but it is even more so regarding a collective of educated, knowledgeable people, brought up to altruism. They will certainly not need the brute-force regime. Indeed, there is nothing more humiliating and degrading for a person than being under the brute-force government.

Even courthouses will not be necessary, unless some unusual event occurs, when the neighbors will not influence an exceptional individual. In that case, special pedagogues will be needed to turn that person around through argumentation and explanation of the benefit of society, until that person is brought back in line.

If one is stubborn, and it is all to no avail, then the public will turn away from that person as though from an outcast, until that person rejoins with the rules of society. Otherwise, he may corrupt others from society as well.

It turns out that after there is a settlement established on Altruistic Communism, with a majority of people who have actively taken these rules upon themselves, they will immediately decide not to bring each other to any court, governmental agency or any other kind of force, rather everything will be done by gentle persuasion. Hence, no person is to be accepted into the society before he is tested to see if he is so crude that cannot be tutored into altruism.

16.   It is a fact that the Jews are hated by most nations, and are made fewer by them. It is true for the religious, the secular and the communists. There is no counsel for it except bringing the true altruistic ethics into the heart of the nations.

17.   If you lived on an isle of savages that you could not bring to law and order except through religion, would you then doubt it and let them destroy each other? It is the same with altruism: they are all savages and there is no counsel they will accept if not through religion. Who would hesitate to abandon them to destroy each other with hydrogen bombs?

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, Building the Future Society


Today 22nd Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”


Today 22nd Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

Little Mitzvos Org

You may think, how does one little Mitzvo help . . .

Our times are calling out to us to do Teshuva, but it’s too hard for us to change our lives. Even when we try, we end up reverting back to nothing, everything as was. We MUST show HaShem that we are seeing the signs and that it means something to us.

In this way, when HaShem asks what did we did, we can reply “I took this on…”

You must not consider this “Little Mitzvos” as a replacement for the Shulchan Oruch – you must continue learning Halochos via mainstream Seforim and with Shiurim.


Avoid talking generally – especially during Krias HaTorah & Chazoras Hashatz.

Source: Little Mitzvos Org

Teachings of the Sages – 22nd Sivan, 5769


Teachings of the Sages – 22nd Sivan, 5769

Two Tzadiks


“Concerning the words in the Scriptures: ‘He is thy psalm and He is thy G-d,’ Rabbi Pinhas said the following: ‘He is your psalm and He also is your G-d. The prayer a man says, the prayer, in itself, is G-d. It is not as if you were asking something of a friend. He is different and your words are different. It is not so in prayer, for prayer unites the principles.’” He added that when a man thinks of his prayer as something separate from G-d, he is like a beggar receiving alms from the king, but when a man knows that prayer is G-d, he is like a prince taking whatever he needs from his father’s storehouse.*

*Tales of the Hasidim: Early Masters, by Martin Buber, p. 125 (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

Source: Two Tzaddiks

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – 22nd Sivan, 5769


Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings

Azamra org - Torah for Our Time

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE – Different kinds of life

Even if a person dies at the age of eighty, he may still have had a short life if he failed to improve himself and spent all his years on vain pursuits.

We only need to live a little – as long as we live right!

Chayey Moharan #576

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
“It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”

Subscribe for free emails: AZAMRA EMAIL LIST, Weekly Torah diary and news about Azamra, UNIVERSAL TORAH, weekly emails with commentary on the current Torah Portion, KNOW YOUR BIBLE, daily Study Notes on the NaCh (Prophets & Holy Writings).
Click here to Subscribe.

JOIN AZAMRA’S GLOBAL NETWORK, if you would like to join Azamra in spreading Torah spirituality and healthy living in Israel or anywhere else in the world, please register with the HAVERIM Global Network.

SOURCE: - Torah for Our Time

Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)

“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov