Someone lacking clarity as to what is truly important can still feel inferior, based on nonsense that has no bearing on self-worth.
An example is Nebuchadnezzar, who was a monarch with tremendous power, but nevertheless failed to find satisfaction. The Midrash says he constantly felt embarrassed because he was short and fat.
He had a choice of focusing on his power and enjoying it, but instead focused on his physical shortcomings. He thus turned his life into a constant state of misery - when he should have rather ignored these things (which pragmatically made no difference anyway).
As a tool, ask yourself: "How does a certain factor prove that I am less of a person?"
Remember: Lack of skills and talents are practical liabilities, but in no way detract from the essential value of the person.
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Selichot, Carlebach Style
Our Sephardi Jewish brothers have been saying Selichot - forgiveness prayers before daybreak - since the first day of Elul; they continue the whole month of Elul and then in Tishrei until Yom Kippur. We Ashkenazim join them this Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night).
Here is chazzan Yitzchak Meir doing a Carlebach-style Selichot in Jerusalem two years ago. Enjoy it - it's really inspiring. What I love about this clip is that you'll find all types of Jews praying together. That to me is beautiful.
This goes on for 40 minutes.....enjoy a piece of it or all
Ten armed Hamas security men robbed a "Bank of Palestine" branch in the Rimael neighborhood of Gaza City on Wednesday, according to Khaled Abu Toameh.
Fatah (Palestinian Authority) sources said the Hamas terrorists made off with $750,000.
They specifically confiscated money belonging to the Jawwal Cellular Communications Company, claiming the company owed taxes to Hamas.
Jawwal was the first Cellular firm set up in the Palestinian Authority, in 1999.
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