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People Eat for Free and They Work for Free

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov once revealed what he called a great secret - people eat for free and they work for free. He explained this with the following parable.

What Non-Jews See In Jews

We don’t realize how often non-Jews sense something unique about us.

Q & A: Pesach Sheni

QUESTION: What is the significance of Pesach Sheni, which seems to be just another notation on the calendar?Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

Humility Or Entitlement

There we often find children who lack proper derech eretz in their daily exchanges with people, as if they feel that they are entitled to act this way and to behave disrespectfully around their teachers or adults.

Hakarat Hatov – The Mitzvah Of Appreciation

When he came to the hospital he saw his fiancée still in her wheelchair, but expected her to surprise him by jumping up and embracing him.

Encouragement

We know that the measure of goodness is greater than that of punishment.

Parshas Miketz: The Death Of A Dream

Yosef, in interpreting the first set of dreams, performed in a manner that was clearly miraculous to all.

The Beauty Of Gratitude

Modim is the only bracha in Chazaras HaShatz that the tzibbur says is because one cannot give thanks to Hashem through the Sheliach Tzibbur, through a messenger. You have to thank Hashem yourself. It is a personal requirement that does not lend itself to be accomplished through an agent.

The Struggle

The travail of Yosef was undoubtedly the greatest trauma of Yaakov’s life, which certainly knew its share of hardships.

Inaugural Introspection

A phenomenon that allows this process to occur is the credence, admiration, and relevance that our culture affords to celebrities and athletes.

A Pesach Thought

The explanation that the Haggadah is alluding to is that there are two forms of prayer. One where one cries outlaw and screams out to Hashem. Then there are troubles that a person suffers with and does not even know how to verbalize and does not call out for help.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Holy People In The Holy Land

It is simply not the same to put on tefillin or keep kashrut or observe Shabbat in the Diaspora as in Israel. The Torah is the constitution of a holy people in the holy land. Only in Israel is the fulfillment of the commands a society-building exercise, shaping the contours of a culture as a whole. Only in Israel does the calendar track the rhythms of the Jewish year.

Why The US Moved Its Embassy

Surely one can see the work of Hashem at play here, and things are happening very quickly.

Choosing The Golden Path

Have we all gone mad? Since when are tolerance and moderation bad qualities? When did following the middle road go out of style?

This Week's Luach

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
Jan. 17, 2003 - 14 Shevat 5763
4:35 p.m. E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:45 p.m. E.S.T.

Bizarre Stories? It’s All Bashert

Truth is often far stranger than fiction when it comes to shidduchim--just ask the Avot

Thank Hashem For Trump And Haley

The Democrats and liberals set the corrupt agenda, and the media broadcasts it to society.

Has the Time for the Redemption Arrived?

If we do things right, this year might even be the year of the final redemption!

Equality

We see from this that Eltzafun was called upon to help others and did as he was told. Perhaps, this is an indication of Eltzafun’s humility and that his heart was in the right place.

Israel and the Nations

It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.

Balancing Family And Schoolwork

Schools should realize that a child’s life is composed of multifaceted experiences, and schoolwork and homework are only one small part of the equation.

Should Your Spouse Be Like You?

For some reason, people seem to strongly believe that being alike improves communication. But is that really so?

Being the Best, Being Me

I am the best! You are the best too! There were over 600,000 neshamos at Har Sinai, and each one was different. In order to be inspired to grow we must sense the best in ourselves; in order to be a mentch we must see the best in others.

Losing Our Children: Who Is Responsible?

I watch my children use blocks to build a large structure, observing the trepidation with which they add each block. As the structure becomes larger there is a greater risk of it collapsing, thus bringing an end to an hour of playful labor. I anticipate what will happen when one child adds a block to the top floor, compromising the integrity of the building and resulting in the collapse of the entire structure. The argument that ensues is predictable, as each child blames the other for “ruining” the fun. As an adult, I wonder about the need to attribute blame. Will assigning blame be instrumental in rebuilding the structure?

Combating The Influences

Chazal teach us that we need to be “sur may’rah v’asei tov,”avoid bad and do good.

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