True Kabbalah – 8th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Nimrod tried to blind Avraham

-Avraham was placed in a dungeon before he was taken out to be burnt.

-Nimrod made sure the dungeon was pitch black, after an extended period of time he took him out into bright sunlight.

-Avraham’s many merits saved him.

-Meaning Nimrod knew that blindness would limit Avraham’s ability to perform a miracle.

(Medrish Talpiyot, branch of Avraham.)

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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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True Kabbalah – 7th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

In regard to the nation of Yisroel traveling on the wings of eagles

-When Bnei Yisroel (Nation of Israel) left Egypt, they were gathered from all over Egypt to Suchot, which was a distance of 120 Mill.

-This gathering was referred to as: “I carried you on the wings of eagles.”

-What happened was very similar to Kfitzos Haderech, “jumping of the path,” where subjects warp through space to travel to a second point.

-The reason it happened is as follows:

-Egypt was at the time the world center of tumah (unclean power).

-Yisroel had reached very low spiritual levels during their stay in Egypt.

-They now had to be raised, this involves a process.

-The spiritual worlds are not bound to time and space.

-In the physical world the closer you are to holiness the less bound you become to space.

-The more one is busy with physical matter (chomer), the more he is limited by space.

-Egypt was very busy with these issues.

-By warping Yisroel above space they become less bound to the tumah of Egypt.

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

Don’t hurt them

Here is a wonderful resolution to bring benefit and blessing to our lives.

Try, at all times, not to hurt any other person — not to hurt him with an action, a word, a gesture, a facial expression, or even a thought. Try to hurt no person, whether in front of them or after they leave, behind their backs — even if they will never know it.

What do we gain with this resolution? Only a world of new friends and family, new support and encouragement, new love and strength, and the power to live with clear joy.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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True Kabbalah – 6th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Regarding the blindness of Rav Shashes and Rav Yosef

-The two Amoraim, Rav Shashes and Rav Yosef were blind.

-They caused their own blindness on purpose.

-The reason they did this was because their nature was to go after their eyes.

-This does not mean they couldn’t control their eyes, but rather on their high level there was some klipah they couldn’t break because of the nature of their soul. This was connected to their eyes. This prevented them from climbing to the levels they wanted.

-The method they used was staying in a dark room for a long time then going out in the sun.

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 6th Teves, 5773

Pleasant Words

Speak pleasant words. Be Polite. Be Positive. Enjoy others — even those who seemingly hurt you. Avoid cursing others, even under your breath. Enjoy your life, even when it doesn’t go your way. Avoid criticizing, complaining about your surroundings. Don’t condemn what happens to you.

Our words are powerful — the most powerful tools we have. We can use them to belittle, blacken, destroy even that which good. On the other hand, we can use them to repair, heal, develop even that which is weak and poor.

When we speak in rough, tough ways, we do more than hurt others — we hurt ourselves. We hurt our self-image. We prevent ourselves from reaching the greatness that waits for us.

We are the first victims of the ugly words we speak. At the same time, we are the first to benefit from the pleasant, positive words we speak.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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True Kabbalah – 5th Teves, 5773

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TORAH

Regarding why the Avos were not made into angels like Matatron (Chanoch) and Eliahu

-The Avos were bigger then Chanoch and Eliahu, why didn’t they merit to become angels after their death?

-Know that big tzadikim (holy sages) are bigger then angels.

-Their souls come from a higher source and they reach much higher levels.

-They become channels for all the worlds energy, while angels just distribute the energy.

-The Avos reached these levels. To become angles would have actually lowered them from their current state.

(Medrish Talpyot, branch of Avos)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 5th Teves, 5773

Humility

The only One we need to please is the Creator. We have no need to please any person — not father, mother, not friend, not acquaintance, not child, not lover. We need not charm anyone, nor win them over. For our every charm, our every joy, comes only from giving pleasure to the Creator.

All we need is to please the Creator. How do we do this? The secret lies in one word — humility. We need to see, to think, and repeat to ourselves, that the Creator is greater than we are.

Simple? Not at all. For everything that surrounds us, every plant, every creature, every person, is a manifestation of the Creator. Every object or even concept — in one form or another — is the Creator. As such, we need to elevate every element of the world. Within our thoughts and attitudes, we must place them over ourselves. With our approach, our beliefs, we must set them above all that we are, always.

Then, in making our world higher than ourselves, we acquire the humility, the charm and the joy to please everyone around us — and we win for ourselves the friendship, support and love we so want and need.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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True Kabbalah – 1st Teves, 5773

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TORAH

All 3 Avos (patriarchs) made converts

-All 3 Avos made converts, each using his own methods.

-Converts- meaning they started to serve G-d, trying to get energy from the side of holiness and not from the forces of evil.

-Most converts, eventually reverted to their old ways or died with kids not following their path. It could be that they spread out amongst the nations providing them with pieces of truth.

-The souls of these people are the souls of many converts through out the ages.

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 1st Teves, 5773

Don’t hurt them

Here is a wonderful resolution to bring benefit and blessing to our lives.

Try, at all times, not to hurt any other person — not to hurt him with an action, a word, a gesture, a facial expression, or even a thought. Try to hurt no person, whether in front of them or behind their backs — even if they will never know it.

What do we gain with this resolution? Only a world of new friends and family, new support and encouragement, new love and strength, and the power to live with clear joy.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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True Kabbalah – 29h Kislev, 5773

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TORAH

Regarding the fact that the Avos (patriarchs) were shepherds

-Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov (Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob) were all shepherds, so were many other great leaders. (Moshe, David)

-All these people had money to hire workers.

-They chose to do so they could meditate.

-This would allow them to stay out for days at a time.

-Air in the fields was clear.

-Praying and meditating among grass and trees works better then in the city.

-All the angels appointed on the grass come and join the prayers.
(Medrish Talpiyot branch of Avos)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 29th Kislev, 5773

With Songs

“I would have sent you away with joy, with songs — with the tambourine and the lute.”[1]

None other than Lavan, Yakov Avinu’s treacherous father-in-law, spoke these words. His sincerity is small, we know — he is one of history’s great liars. Still, there is wisdom in his words. This is why the Torah records them.

“I would have sent you away with joy…” We live with other people. We interact with them. Then, suddenly, they leave our lives. We need to appreciate them while we have them — and we need to appreciate them when they leave. Then, when they leave us, it will be with our gratitude, with our good wishes. We will wish them every success.

We need to appreciate them while we have them — others add so much to our lives.

We need to appreciate them when they leave. We need to say, “If they are no longer around, this means I am entering a new era, a new realm of exploration and achievement — something exciting.”

Then, with our gratitude, we’ll wish them well — we’ll pray for their success as much as we pray for our own success. We’ll wish them every happiness in the world.

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[1] Breishis 31.27

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True Kabbalah – 28th Kislev, 5773

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TORAH

Avraham was High Priest

-There are certain rectifications that could only be done by someone with the position of high priest.

-At every period in time there is one person who represents the concept of high priest and can do these rectification.

-The height of these rectifications was done, when the high priest was able to do his work in the temple.

-Adom originally had this as part of his job. Eventually it got passed down to Noach who gave it to his son Shem.

-After the war of the four kings Malki Tzedek (Shem) came to greet Avraham.

-He made a mistake of putting Avroham before G-D, the position got taken away from him.

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 28th Kislev, 5773

The Main Thing

Do you have something to give away? Then give it away. Is there a favor you can do for someone else? Then do it. Is there a sacrifice that you can make? Then make it.


It doesn’t matter to whom you do this kindness. The main thing is that you do it. It doesn’t matter that they didn’t ask for this gift or favor. It’s enough that they will accept it, they will be happy with it. It doesn’t matter that they won’t thank you. What you need is to do a kind act for someone else. Never mind that there’s tremendous effort involved here — this only makes your merit the larger.

An awesome blessing lies behind this advice. Start giving whatever you can — whatever you don’t need, whatever you thought you would leave for a rainy day. And in this way, you release huge, heavenly blessing — a wealth of happiness and success that pours on you from the worlds above. Not immediately, not in the most obvious way, but soon — you will see — the Creator’s blessing entering your life in a magical way. There is a condition though. You must give your gift with joy. You must smile.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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True Kabbalah – 27th Kislev, 5773

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Reward for Mitzvah, why it doesn’t happen.

-This means, as a general rule it will happen, however there are exceptions.

-The systems of reward and judgment are very complex, there are many different factors.

-If everything is in place it will happen, this is normally the case.

-There are also many levels in doing something, this includes effort and how a person does a deed.

-Do not wonder if someone does a mitzvah but does not receive the reward.

-However even if one does not get the prescribed reward, the deed does not go to waste, it will still serve him in time of need.

-(Medrish Talpiyot- Ot-Alef)

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 27th Kislev, 5773

All We Need

The Creator gives us all we need, as we need it. Therefore…
We need never act in ugly ways, say harsh words, think nasty thoughts. How so? The Creator gives us all we need, as we need it.


We need never panic, cry, or sigh in despair, worry. Why not? The Creator gives us all we need, as we need it.

All we need do is to try — try to give a little more than we usually give – to be nice to those we prefer to avoid – to send prayers and blessings to those we know. Can we afford to act like this? The Creator gives us all we need, as we need it.

Moreover, we should sing as we work — keep smiling — glisten with happiness and tranquility. After all, the Creator gives us all we need, as we need it.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Happy Chanukkah!

Channukah Candle Lighting
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Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that the holiday of Chanukkah, whose name is rooted in the Hebrew word “chinuch“, meaning “education” or “becoming accustomed”, guides us in our constant struggle with the forces attempting to distance us from G-d – those of the power of impure imagination, or in Hebrew “m’damei“; by purifying our imaginative capabilities we are able to break the primary force behind all our negative qualities and illusions.
(Likutei Halachot, hilchot Chanukah 1:1)

May this Chanukkah be the best one ever…

Showering you with joy, prosperity and blessings forever!

HAPPY Chanukkah!

KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 23rd Kislev, 5773

Something Special

When we do something special for ourselves, we should do also, something special for others.

Now and then, we break our routine to treat ourselves — to choose or buy something new, something special. In doing this, we experience a lift — an anticipation — the preparation we need to make before we enjoy this new pleasure.

During this delay — the time we wait — let’s turn our thoughts also to others. Let’s spread the sunshine. As we do for ourselves, so let us do for others. This legitimizes our self-interest. Moreover, it enriches us. It makes our special treat only the sweeter and more unique.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 22nd Kislev, 5773

Pleased

Once, we used to say “Pleased to meet you”, or “Nice to meet you” to new faces. Now, we say this less. Maybe we avoid such words because we feel they are dishonest. After all, how thrilled are we to meet another set of desires — another hungry stomach. Surely, this is all that another person is.

We can look at others in one of four ways: Takers, Givers, Thieves and Blessings.

Takers — those who want to take from us, and leave us the poorer.

Givers — those who give to us, thereby, enslaving us. Once we depend on them — we must bow to them.

Thieves — those who give, expecting nothing in return. They leave us with their gift, and disappear. These “millionaire uncles” look like angels. The problem is, though, they train us to trust in them, and turn us away from trusting in the Creator. In this way, they rob us.

Blessings — those who even as they take from us, enrich us. For, as we give to them, we grow the more affluent. In giving, we dig up abundant stores we never knew existed — untapped wealth. Moreover, we uncover the Creator, sending us His gift, His help, His blessing. Thus, through such people, we only grow greater.

Into which category do the people around us fit? To a large degree, this depends on us. It depends on how we look at our world.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 21st Kislev, 5773

Need This

What is our first thought when someone asks us a favor? Is it “Oh, no, I really don’t need this now”? If so, we’re in trouble. For when someone asks us a favor, it is the Creator asking us a favor — and since the Creator reads our minds, this thought is a slap in His face.

Moreover, there’s another problem…

The success of the world depends on us helping each other, boosting each other, encouraging each other. However, naturally, subconsciously, we are reluctant to help. So the Creator gives us a push. He sends us someone to ask a favor.

If we agree to do the favor, we are on our way. For through doing one good turn, and then another, we learn to become kind people — and all is well. But if we refuse, we injure ourselves. We miss the chance to be givers, to build the world and build ourselves — and we must suffer the consequences. We must sit in the prisons of those who know only to take.

Therefore, when someone asks us a favor, our response should be, Baruch Hashem, now I can do something for someone else — and something for myself.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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