Teachings of the Sages 17th Kislev 5770

Two Tzadiks

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R’ Raphael said: “A man should not think contemptuously of his ability to do good. Let him but choose and G-d does the rest. Is there any limit to G-d’s ability?”.*

*Midrash Pinhas, p. 44 (A), cited in The Hassidic Anthology, by Louis I. Newman, p. 97. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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Joke of the day 17th Kislev 5770

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A beggar grabbed a rich man’s coat and stuck out his hand. He said, “Nu?!” It’s his way of asking for charity. The rich man was offended and gave the beggar a lecture on being polite and saying please etc, etc. The beggar looked at him and said: “How would you like it if I told you how to run your business?”

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On this day Limud yomi for 17th Kislev 5770

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Limud yomi

  • Daf yomi: Bava Batra 105
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Avodah Zarah 30
  • Mishna yomit: Parah 11:1
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 370:5
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 20
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Vayishlach
  • Torah Reading: Gen. 32.4-36.43*
  • Haftara: Obadiah 1.1-21*
  • (Optional substitution: Hosea 11.7-12.12)*

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 17th Kislev 5770

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Deveykus means that when one utters a word [of prayer] he draws it out greatly-for due to his cleaving, he does not want to part from the word. Therefore, he draws out its pronunciation.
(Tzava’as HaRivash 70)

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Daily Torah Quote 17th Kislev 5770

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King David said to G-d: “Master of the World! I heard people saying: ‘When will this old man die and allow his son Solomon to build the Holy Temple, and we will come to Jerusalem for the Pilgrimage Festival’ – and I rejoiced!” G-d answered: “I prefer one day that you learn My Torah than 1000 sacrifices that your son Solomon will offer in the future in the Temple.”

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 17th Kislev 5770

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Love & Trust

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Daily Dose – Today’s Meditation – Love & Trust

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SelfGrowth Keep Smiling 17th Kislev 5770

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“What would you rather be: rich or happy?”

“One minute,” you’ll ask, “can’t I be rich and happy?”

“You’re right. So let’s rephrase the question. What would you rather be: rich and miserable, or poor and happy?”

“Obviously,” you’ll say, “no one wants to be miserable. What are you saying?”

“Firstly, I am saying, there are people who choose to be rich and miserable.

“But more importantly, we should note, that just as we are ready to put effort — thought and even money — to enrich ourselves, so we should be ready to put effort — thought and even money — to be happy. Happiness is not free. We have to work to achieve it. We may strive to enrich ourselves — but we must also strive to be happy This is the first point.

Now, next the question is, what would you rather be, spiritually rich, or just happy? Would you rather be a lofty personality, an important supporter of communal causes, or simply happy living in this world?

This question however, contains a mistake. For, there is no such thing as spiritual growth without being happy. Even a prophet cannot receive prophecy unless he is happy.[1] To make progress, real progress, we must be joyous.

Moreover, and all the more so, our sages teach that a mitzva done once in pain, with effort, is worth a hundred done without pain, without effort.[2] And since it costs us effort to be happy, it follows that a mitzva done with joy is worth a hundred times more than a mitzva done without joy. To be rich, we must be happy.

(Excerpted from “Be a King“.)

[1] Shabbos 30b; Rashi, Breishis 45.27
[2] Michtav M’Eliyahu, Vol.3 p.14; Avos d’Rebbi Nosson 3; see also Shir HaShirim Raba 8.14

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