A Little bit of Knowledge 16th Shevat 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If someone borrowed a loaf of bread, he may repay his friend with a different loaf, even if the loaf is slightly larger. This leniency applies only where the size difference is insignificant.

However, if he borrowed a number of items (such as six eggs), he may return only the number that was borrowed.
[Source: The Laws of Ribbis – Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, p. 34]

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Reflections 16th Shevat 5770

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

Prayer is a sharp sword upon which the warrior relies for protection and to attack his enemies.
Rabbi Shemuel Pinhasi Shlit’a

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Meaningful Life’s Reflections 16th Shevat 5770

Daily Reflection

Today is the New Year for trees, when trees begin to bud in Israel. The grapevine boasts of her product that “makes joyous G-d and man.” The nature of joy is that it reveals; it brings to expression vast resources untapped in ordinary cicumstances.

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Teachings of the Sages 16th Shevat 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON AVOIDING SELF-DECEPTION

R’ Raphael said: “The Sages teach that the greatest labor of man should be to avoid self-deceit. But how can a man do so when he is deceived and believes his action to be right? By obeying the counsel of his friend, since his friend cannot profit by permitting the deceit to continue. We are also taught that he who labors for truth creates for himself an Angel of Truth who acts as a monitor to warn him of falsehood”.*
*Midrash Pinhas, p. 49 (A), cited in The Hasidic Anthology: Tales and Teachings of the Hasidim, by Louis I. Newman, pp. 491-492. Reprinted with permission of Ann Newman (B)

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Avodah Perek Shira 16th Shevat 5770

 

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Perek Shira: Wellsprings – Rav Hutner On The Power Of Originality

The Kotzker Rebbe once said that if you serve Hashem today the same way you served him yesterday, then you are a fraud and a copycat. What is the difference, he asked, between copying someone else or copying yourself? A person must grow everyday and his avodah must be a product of the person he has come to be up until this moment. It needs to be fresh and inspired and not same old, same old.

This is the lesson of the fresh spring. Its waters do not ever stop flowing. Each moment brings forth new water, not recycled from the ocean or from itself. The BiSoraso Yehgeh quotes a letter from Rav Yitzchok Hutner, the Rosh Yeshiva of Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin, who says that we learn the power of originality from the spring. In order to purify something in standing water, the water needs to be 40 Sa’ah. However if you purify something in spring water there is no shiur. The smallest amount can purify. This is power of originality, says Rav Hutner.

The wellsprings sing, “V’Sharim Ki’Cholalim Kol Mayanai Bach” (Tehilim 87:7) Mayanai means not only “wellsprings” but also “my insides”, which is how Rashi explains this pasuk. Shira to Hashem must come from deep within you. Everyday life brings you new experiences and opportunities for growth. You need to internalize them and produce a new original song, clean and crisp like the fresh running waters.

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Joke of the day 16th Shevat 5770

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“Moshe”, says his friend Reuben, “I hear that you are celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary. What are you going to do for your wife?” Moshe replies: “I’m taking her to China.” Reuben continues: “That’s just wonderful, but then what are you going to do for your 40th anniversary?” Moshe replies: ” I’ll bring her back from China.”

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