Have a wonderful Shabbat! – 10th Kislev, 5773

The Holy One, blessed be He,

said to Moses,

“I have a precious gift

in My treasure house,

called the Sabbath,

and desire to give it to Israel;

go and inform them.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath, 10b)

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Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Teachings of the Sages – 10th Kislev, 5773

The Teachings of Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz and His Disciple, Rebbe Raphael of Bershad


R’ Pinchas said: “[At the time of creation the light of G-d flowed from the sphere of the spiritual down to the physical world through a series of vessels or emanations.] But the vessels proved unable to contain the Divine Light. They broke. This primordial catastrophe is called shevirat hakeilim, the Breaking of the Vessels. You can better understand it with an analogy. Think of a man who is deeply troubled and depressed. Suddenly he receives an exhilarating piece of good news. His troubles are over. Instead of jumping for joy, the man will break down crying. The “bright light” of the good news was too much for him. Similarly, shevirat hakeilim means that the vessels broke because they could not encompass the brilliant splendor of the luminescent Divine Light”.

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem, Bereshit 9 (A, B), cited in The Great Chasidic Masters, by Avraham Y. Finkel, p. 35 (B)

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Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov – 10th Kislev, 5773

Daily Teachings of The Baal Shem Tov:

“The Baal Shem Tov once said, If the Jewish people would sanctify themselves with Torah and mitzvos, they would continually hear the voice of G-d speaking as from Mount Sinai.
(Kesser Torah)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 10th Kislev, 5773

To Receive

In whatever situation we find ourselves we should try to think, “How may I improve this moment? What may I give to this moment?”

Mostly, all we do, we do for ourselves. Still, the Creator uses our activities to fulfill the wishes and needs of others. So, for instance, if Mr. A opens an ice-cream shop for profit, the Creator, at the same time, uses Mr. A to supply the neighborhood with the pleasures He wants them to enjoy — the pleasures that come from eating ice cream.

But Mr. A makes it all better, for others and himself, when he focuses also on helping others, boosting others and promoting his community. His every action and word becomes more powerful and rich when his intention becomes the benefit of others. And who profits most from this enrichment? Mr. A does.

To receive, we must give. And the more we give, and the better we give — the more and better we receive.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz


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Joke of the day – 10th Kislev, 5773

“Rabbi Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s something I can’t figure out.” “What’s that, Joey?” asked the rabbi. “Well, according to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?” “Right.” “And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?” “Er, right.” “And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?” “Again you’re right.” “And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?” “All that is right, too,” agreed Rabbi Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?” “What were all the grown-ups doing?”


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