Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if, instead of news reports of threats and disasters, we would hear stories about chesed (acts of kindness) and self-discipline, as in, "X got out of bed eleven times at night to care for a sick child! Her husband helped tidy up and smiled instead of criticizing the mess. She didn't hit the kids even though they were being really obnoxious! The children said their brachos (blessings) with enthusiasm and insisted on a healthy breakfast instead of eating junk foods!"
We can create this delightful world in our minds by cherishing our smallest victories. Doing so brings true spiritual excitement into our lives, sweetens the most painful difficulties in our lives and builds a strong sense of self-worth and emunah (faith) which is not dependent on grades, looks or external circumstances. Every victory reveals more of our innate Godliness.
Love Yehuda Lave
ONLY IN TZFAT! From Elena Kuchik: this is from my own observations..lol (LOTS OF LOVE):
YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN ISRAEL IF...
1. your pen unrolls to Birkat Hamazon (prayer after meal) 2. every door has a mezuzah 3. every office and house has book of tehillim (psalms) 4.(almost) everything is kosher (at least in tzefat, thank you, rabbi Bistritzki!!) 3. you eat tehina at least once a day.(or at least halva) 4. you have constant feeling of "what did i do to deserve this..i feel like i won billion dollars...definitely its just hashem's free gift" 5. you drink water on hot day outside and say blessing (relatively ) loud and a passer by without kipa answers (really) loud "amen!" 6. sometimes you feel like you want to give a hug to every single person on the street (especially if you live in tzefat)..and sometimes you do (the people you are allowed to hug by Torah law haha) 7. not 1 second is passing without doing a mitzvah..even when you sleep (at least mitzvah of living in eretz isroel) 8. you go home at night from bookstore after dark through kevorim (tzefat holy cemetery); praying at Chana and 7 sons and feel the most safe and protected and DEFINITELY not creepy 9.every shabbat before you leave shul after shaharit you pray a minute in the holy room where arizal learned with eliyahu hanavi (only if you live in tzefat..but other places have their own special benefits) 10. you write the 9 above statements hoping that people in chutz laaretz(outside of Eretz Isroel) will really feel how special it is to live in OUR LAND and just come here!!! Please Hashem soon!!! We will all witness Hashem's miracles bigger than during yatziyat mitzraim(exodus from Egypt)....geula...hine hine za ba!!!(redemption..here it comes!)
André Rieu - Hava Nagila (הבה נגילה)
Honoring your Father
After Avraham died, Jacob cooked lentil soup as a sign of mourning. Esau came from the field, saw the soup and said:
"... please, pour for me from this red thing" (Genesis 25:30).
Later in the Torah portion (27:22) the commentator, Rashi, mentions that Jacob always spoke politely and used the word "please." Esau, however, always spoke in a rough manner to his father. What can we learn from the fact that he was polite in this conversation?
Even though Esau excelled in honoring his father by taking care of his physical needs, he still spoke to him in an insolent and arrogant manner. We see here that when Esau had a desire for food, he spoke in a respectful manner and used the term na, "please". This is the manner of people with faulty traits. Even though they constantly talk with chutzpah, when it comes to manipulating someone to fulfill their desire, they speak softly and humbly.
There are people who speak politely to their preferred customers in business, but fail to speak respectfully to their family and other people. Be aware of how politely and respectfully you speak to someone when you are trying to influence him to help you obtain things you want. Then try to make that manner of speaking habitual!
Tony, a 21-year-old magician and digital illusionist from France
dazzled the judges and audience at America's Got Talent 2017.
An old man lived alone in New Jersey . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over... I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
Dear Pop, Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried. Love, Vinnie
At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son:
Dear Pop, Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie