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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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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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 20th Kislev, 5773

Away

“Throw your bread on the waters…”[1]

Our money is dear to us. We didn’t steal it. On the contrary, we gave precious time and effort to acquire it. So we look after it. We are careful with it. We hold onto it. We invest it. And so, it should be that we hardly ever give it away — unless of course, for our own needs and pleasures.

But we know, we know — the Torah teaches us and we know –”… with the passing of the days, you will find it.”[2]

To use our monies to help others, relatives and friends, even strangers, even animals, is not to lose it, but to invest it. We have a promise that all we give will come back to us — at one time or another — in one form or another — with accumulated profits and interest. Therefore — and again — let us indulge in that special pleasure of giving what is ours to others.

[1]        Koheles 11.1

[2]        Ibid

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, 19th Kislev, 5773

Doing Favors

Some people mostly receive favors from others. Other people mostly do favors for others. Normally, we understand that the receivers are the “have-nots”, while the givers are the “haves” — they give because they have what to give.

The truth however is that often those who give don’t really have that much more. They aren’t that much more able, talented or wealthy than those who receive. Instead, the difference lies in their sensitivity to others and their willingness to help them.

Moreover, we should note, that after a while, those who give become more able, talented and wealthy — while those who only receive remain incapable, untalented and poor — even becoming poorer as they go along. We need to think more about this — and also to teach it to others.

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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KEEP SMILING ~ Self-Growth, for 17th Kislev, 5773

Killer Judge


A courtroom judge cannot draw a gun from his robes and shoot the accused. Even when he sees where justice lies, he cannot do so. There is a process of law, and if he breaks it, he is a murderer. Certainly then, this is true for us. We cannot murder other people — no matter how much we feel they deserve it.


Is it different then, if we kill them fully, or partially?[1] Whether we murder someone with fifty years to live or fifty seconds to live, we are still killers.

Similarly, to embarrass others, insult them, hurt their feelings, is a form of murder. We may not kill their moment of glory. We may not slaughter their self-esteem. We may not shoot down their hopes for a happy future. We may not put them through a mini-death.

No matter how much others deserve to be punished, we are neither judge nor jury. We may not kill others, even in the smallest way. We must leave this to Higher Powers.

[1] Baba Kama 65a

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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