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Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement.
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.
The Power of a Smile!
PARASHAT KI- TEITZEI 2023 5783 פרשת כי תצא- "POWER OF A SMILE"
Mitzvot, as we know them, generally require "kavanah", that is, when we perform them, we must have the knowledge and the intention of doing them. However, in our parasha we are introduced to a Mitzvah that goes contrary to our usual manner and we cannot perform this Mitzvah with any phase of Kavanah.
This Mitzvah is called- "SHIK'CHA" FORGOTTEN (24:19). During the harvesting of his field, the Jewish farmer was told NOT to retrieve the bundle of produce left behind. Rather, he was to leave it for the poor to gather. Interestingly, regarding the observance of this Mitzvah the Torah declares that "HaShem, your GD, will bless you in all your handiwork". No other Mitzvah in the entire Torah is quite like this one. All other commandments require some measure of conscious awareness that a Mitzvah is being performed. Here, though the Mitzvah happens purely by accident; the farmer simply forgot to collect a sheaf in the field and a poor penniless person benefitted, nevertheless, the farmer will be handsomely rewarded.
The Mitzvah of Shik'cha, came to him unintentionally [through forgetting], yet the great reward will be granted to him for supporting a needy person.
In a similar way, a smile is just one way of so many simple behaviors that can make all the difference in the life of some anonymous person who just happens to be around you to witness the unconscious chesed on your part. It can be the warm handshake, the genuine empathy in your voice, or just the caring aura that shines out from your personality.
The truth is we are all capable of unknowingly benefitting people with our small enriching behavior. Expressing a small compliment, "I like your tie today, I like what you said, I like what you did," these simple words can enhance a person's self-image and create a better social life in the environment. Without intention or Kavanah, we are credited with having performed the Mitzvah of "VE'AHAVTA LE'REI'ACHA KA'MOCHA"- to which Rabbi Akiva added, "ZEH KLAL GADOL BA'TORAH."
When we experience joy, we feel good because our brain produces hormones. Research has proven that these brain-produced hormones enter our blood stream even if we just act joyful, not only when we really are happy. Although the joyful experience is totally imaginary and we know that it didn't really happen, when we speak and act as if that imaginary experience did happen, we get a dose on hormones, called endorphins. This is not just an abstract idea, but a physical reality.
The psychiatrist yells, "Get a grip, man! You're too tense!"
Shout out to all my friends having an identity crisis. , You know who you are, I think?
I encountered an eagle with an identity crisis...He's watching me like a hawk.
Scientists have conducted blood tests on a frog to extract DNA and confirm its identity.
They have discovered that the frog was:-
And a tad Pole...!
What did the woman with dissociative identity disorder tell her psychologist? "Let me be Frank with you."
Today I gave a homeless man everything I had, my identity, wallet, car, house, even my wedding ring. We basically switched places. You can't imagine how good it felt to be free of debt for the first time
There's no 'I' in 'team,' But there are six in 'Dissociative Identity Disorder.'
What do you call an identity stealing spaghetti? An impasta!
What was the true secret identity of Israeli Spider-Man? Pita Parker
What do you call the identity of a person who secretly is a priest? It's an altar ego.
I have the only identity where if it was stolen... The person who took it would ask for a refund
A frog goes into the bank and hops up to a teller. He can see from her name plate that she is called Patricia Whack,so he says "Ms. Whack, I'd like to borrow $30,000, please."
The teller asks for his name and the frog replies that he is Kermit Jagger, son of Mick Jagger, and a personal friend of the bank manager. Unconvinced, Ms. Whack explains she will need some identity and also some security against his loan. The frog produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant and hands it to her.
The confused teller says she will have to consult with her manager. 'There's a frog called Kermit Jagger at the counter who wants to borrow $30,000," she tells her boss. "And what do you think this elephant is about?"
The manager looks back at her and says "It's a knick-knack, Patti Whack, give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone.'
What do you call a baker who has no identity? John Dough
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