KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 7th Kislev, 5773


Here is an ultimate secret to happiness and success: Cease to exist, disappear. In other words, throw out your personal desires and ambitions, and replace them with a genuine, burning wish for the welfare of others, for the happiness and success of others. Focus fully on the needs of others. Work for them — strive for them — dream for them — and forget that you exist.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you stop living. Rather, it means that when you eat, sleep, go on holidays, etc. you do so for others. How so? — You eat, sleep, and go on holidays that you may have the push and creativity to help and inspire others, and thereby improve their lot in life.

Can such living really make me happy, successful? — Taste it, and you’ll know.

Is such a way of life possible? — Try it, and you’ll see.

Does anyone actually live like this? — Yes, this is just how the Creator lives.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 7th Kislev, 5773

The veteran rabbi has gone to his reward in the World to Come, and they receive him courteously and ask him to take a comfortable seat until they find him appropriate accommodations. After a long wait during which he’s constantly reminding them that he is waiting (suspecting that they have forgotten about him), there is a great commotion and they roll out a red carpet, and stand ready to greet the newcomer. The rabbi wonders: Who can they be receiving? A tremendous rabbinic leader? Who could it be? Sure enough, in walks this Egged bus driver with short pants, open shirt and a “Tembool” cap. As soon as he walks in, they cheer, fawn on him and whisk him up to a suite especially prepared. The rabbi stands shocked. When he regains his composure he walks up to the front desk and he says: “What’s going on around here? Where’s the justice? I’ve been giving sermons for 60 years, all my life! And I’m kept waiting and this bus driver is given the royal treatment?” So they tell him: “Pardon us, rabbi. But, you see, when you gave a sermon, everyone fell asleep. When he started driving, everyone started praying!”


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Daily Torah Quote – 7th Kislev, 5773

Hillel would say: One who increases flesh, increases worms; one who increases possessions, increases worry; one who increases wives, increases witchcraft; one who increases maidservants, increases promiscuity; one who increases man-servants, increases thievery; one who increases Torah, increases life; one who increases study, increases wisdom; one who increases counsel, increases understanding; one who increases charity, increases peace. One who acquires a good name, acquired it for himself; one who acquires the words of Torah, has acquired life in the World to Come.
(Avot 2)


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