KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 8th Teves, 5773

Forgive

“As I walked down the street, a huge blow fell on my shoulders. The pain was terrible. I swung around in fury. “Who hit me?” I shouted.

What I saw then shut me up. It was my own loving father…”1

There are two parts to forgiving others. The first is more important — this is to forgive within our hearts. In order to move forward in life — to be happy, to succeed — we must remove — we must cut out, our anger, resentment. We dare not allow this tumor to swell. It might just kill us.

It’s hard to overlook the pain others inflict on us. We suffered, and the suffering leaves a scar. Still, we have to forgive; we have to forget.

This is the Torah’s command.2

We must remember — we must repeat to ourselves — that all our suffering starts with the Creator. The Creator may afflict us — to show us, teach us, that we acted incorrectly, that we need to make repairs. Or, He may want us to pass a certain test — that we may grow as we need to grow — that we may develop as we need to develop. Still, no matter the reason, only the Creator hits us. When a man beats his dog, he uses a stick. After the man has gone, the dog may attack the stick — bite the stick. But the stick didn’t hurt him!

We must remember — we must repeat to ourselves — that any suffering we suffer starts with the Creator. Then it becomes easy to forgive the one who was but a stick. It’s easy then even to forget which stick it was. After all, it’s only a stick.

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1 The Klausenberger Rebbi, a Holocaust survivor — to explain how he was able to regain his calmness, just minutes after hearing the agonizing news that he had lost his son.


2 VaYikra 19.18

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Joke of the day – 8th Teves, 5773

A Rabbi is conducting a funeral and the deceased person was not what you might call a “nice” person. In fact, he acted dishonestly in business, he double-crossed his business associates, he cheated on his wife — in fact, he didn’t even treat his children affectionately. In delivering the eulogy the Rabbi praises this man beyond belief. He says that the deceased was such an honest and honorable man who treated all his associates fairly. At this time, his friends begin to cough. The Rabbi continues that the deceased was a staunch supporter of his community by performing many good deeds, at which time the members of the congregation begin to blink and raise their eyebrows. Finally, the Rabbi says that this man was such a devoted husband who loved his wife and children. At this point the wife cannot take it any more and nudges his son and tells him: “Moishe, Moishe, go to the coffin, lift up the lid and tell me who is lying there.”

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A Rabbi is conducting a funeral and the deceased person was not what you might call a “nice” person. In fact, he acted dishonestly in business, he double-crossed his business associates, he cheated on his wife — in fact, he didn’t even treat his children affectionately. In delivering the eulogy the Rabbi praises this man beyond belief. He says that the deceased was such an honest and honorable man who treated all his associates fairly. At this time, his friends begin to cough. The Rabbi continues that the deceased was a staunch supporter of his community by performing many good deeds, at which time the members of the congregation begin to blink and raise their eyebrows. Finally, the Rabbi says that this man was such a devoted husband who loved his wife and children. At this point the wife cannot take it any more and nudges his son and tells him: “Moishe, Moishe, go to the coffin, lift up the lid and tell me who is lying there.”

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Daily Torah Quote – 8th Teves, 5773

Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten of idolatrous sacrifices; as is stated, “Indeed, all tables are filled with vomit and filth, devoid of the Omnipresent” (Isaiah 28:8). But three who eat at one table and speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten at G-d’s table, as is stated, “And he said to me: This is the table that is before G-d”.
(Ezekiel 41:22) (Avot 3)

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Limud yomi, 8th Teves, 5773

Learning
Courtesy of: Judaica Art & Judaica Artist/Victor Brindatch

  • Dafyomi Bavli: Shabbos 79
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  • Dafyomi Yerushalmi: Sotah 44
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  • Yerushalmi for Bavli schedule: Shabbos Halachah 3 until Daf 55b Deyo Hotzi Deyo
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  • Mishnah Yomis: Gitin 2:5-6
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  • Halachah Yomis(Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim): 167:16-18
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  • Mishnah Berurah (Mifal Shonei Halachos): Vol. 1 p.141a
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  • Chafetz Chayim: Hilchos Rechilus Kelal 6 3-4
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  • Rambam (1 Perek/day): Ma’achalos Asuros 13
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  • Nevi’im (Chok l’Yisrael): [yearly cycle] Shmuel II 18-31
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  • Kesuvim (Chok l’Yisrael): Tehilim 106-118
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  • Week of Parashas Vayigash 5773 / Dec. 16 – Dec. 22 ’12

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