Thursday, May 29, 2008

$4.25 and 9/10

A gallon.
Positive Mitzvah 179: Verifying the Evidence Brought to Court

-Deuteronomy 13:15 "Then you shall inquire, search, and ask diligently"

We are commanded to investigate and verify testimony with extreme care in order to ensure a proper verdict.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

There is a dream... a vision... deep within the heart.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

48 = Moiach

Moiach sholit al halev.

Don't think about the past - think about the future.
Tracht gut vet zayn gut - If all is good, then you could/should be happy. :)

Monday, May 26, 2008

My Torah
I now know how to clean up a dozen eggs that has splattered on the kitchen floor.
"One can be a thinking person yet be thoughtless."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hayom yom...... ehh... ahh...

Mitzvah of the day:
Judge properly....
Even the most terrible criminal is entitled to a fair trial.

Can one change their - day?

Abundance of brochos.
Abundance = Rav
Rav is more than one deserves, bli cheshbon.

And Pancakes.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Which reminds me...

As she explains, to the yiddishist neighbour, that Tu-b'shvat was "Di naya yohr far di boimer"..
He wonders, "Iz voos is lag boimer?"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

"One of the most important influences on happiness is social relationships"

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Face reality -

Reason must guide the emotions, like a parent with a potentially unruly child. It is not that the child is bad, but when he becomes overactive, his behaviour can be destructive.
Reason encourages emotions to slow down when they begin to become overbearing.
Reason talks realistically to you about the trade-off of long-term happiness for feel-good now.
Reason points out that life never has been fair, so what?

Obsession. Depression.
The need for affirmation.
Bitter. Anger.
Can happen.

Handling frazzled Emotions

As long as the eyes leak, the head won't swell.

A Stam azoi... :)

Day after day a young lady would go to the library to check out books. She would return the books the next day and take out more. The librarian began to wonder if she read every one of the books, and one day decided to include a telephone book in her pile of books. And, as usual, she returned the next day.
"How did you like this book?" the librarian asked, pointing to the yellow pages.

"Not much of a plot," The young lady retorted. "But what a cast of characters."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What to do...

When one shames you.

Accept this pain with love -
For it was the will of the One Above.
T'is a cleansing for your soul -
Which is the ultimate goal.
Take the opportunity-
And be happy.
Seek out a chance to be extra kind -
Even when, "it's too difficult", says your mind.

Pray to the L-rd that it will never be you -
That insults another Jew.

For then what would you do?

Hayom Yom....

In the days of the Alter Rebbe the Chassidim had a familiar saying:

"The piece of bread that I have is yours just as it is mine."

And they would say the word "yours" first, "...yours just as it
is mine."

Which reminds me-
A Chossid came to 770.
The Rebbe came to Daven Mincha. Our Chossid didn't have a gartel with him. His friend burned (cigarette?) his own gartel in half.
Now they each had one, albeit his gartel was ruined.
It didn't matter.
It's not about 'ME'.

Monday, May 19, 2008

"If you fell down yesterday, stand up today."

The theme of Pesach Sheini is that it is never too late.

It is always possible to put things right. Even if one was Tamei, or one was far away, and even in a case of Lachem, when this (impurity etc.) was deliberate - nonetheless he
can correct it.

C.M.'s comment:
It's not too late to realize you ain't a benoini.

A Cosmopolitan

"I've seen....
Kentuckians who hated whiskey,
Virginians who weren't descended from Pocahontas,
Mexicans who didn't wear velvet trousers with silver dollars sewed along the seams,
Funny Englishmen,
Spendthrift Yankees,
Cold-blooded Southerners,
Narrow- minded Westerners and
New Yorkers who were too busy to stop for an hour on the street to watch a one-armed grocer's clerk do up cranberries in paper bags."

I invoke your consideration of the scene -
If we only knew how far our "little" kindness really reached.
If we only knew how great this "simple" act really was - we would never stop giving.

And if we only knew how deep our "little" insult dug.
If we only knew how greatly this innocent act has affected - we would stop.

But we obviously don't know.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The saddest part

The police officer asked C.E. if he wants to prosecute.

"Well what does that mean?" he asked.

James then looked at C.E. and forlornly said,

"That means I go to jail".

Reminds me of when Robert Hanssen went down....

Da Ma'lmaale Mimach

"Know, that what is Above is from you."

It all depends on man's service.
G-d reacts to Man, "reflects" Man's actions.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

# B1367

I would do it.

I would inscrabe it into my arm.
I would like for all to see.
I would want for it to be remembered.

He did it to identify himself with his father.

I would choose Chatzhe Feigin, an uncle. To remember him.
To connect with him.

If I would -
then I should.
I should connect with him.
I should have him remembered.
The real way.
The Jewish way.
The Torah way.
I should keep him alive.
I should continue in his ways.
I should make him proud.

Lysergic Acid Diet....

Let's Start Davening.

The discoverer, Dr. Albert Hoffman, passed on.
While working with it in the lab, some of it dripped on his finger. He didn't have a tissue so he licked it off. His mind was distorted, and the rest as they say is history.
(Okay not sure about the tissue.)

Then we had nice slogans..

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Sometimes it is your task to find out how much "music" you can still make with what you have left."


And chocolate peanut butter ice-cream was a good choice.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Living past yesterday, albeit under the covers, shows me there is hope".


Producer's Update

Okay, so it wasn't at the liquor store -
it was in the alley.
It wasn't a canoe - it was Kanu,
and he was not hunted, meaning - not found.
And it wasn't voices only...
Nu nu...
But what an experience it was -
to hold the pole, to be part of the crew.

Stay tuned....

Today's Tanya

When tzaddikim perform a mitzvah they actually feel how it unifies their soul with G-d.
This, in turn, awakens within their soul a feeling of fear and awe of G-d, followed by a feeling of intense love of Him.
This, of course, is not the case with these who "feel not." - i.e. you and I.

Whether we feel it or not -
The soul DOES unify with hashem - When doing a mitzvah.

Even one who performs mitzvot on the level of a "fool" or "beast", (i.e. us) neither comprehending nor sensing the unity and holiness achieved and drawn down through his actions, even such a person, attains a union with the level of "beast" that transcends even that most lofty of levels (Daat of Atzilut).

The illiterate person's soul is illumined, e.g. on Shabbos, to the same degree as the tzaddik's. Their (our) punishment is therefore the same.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

If Only...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sitting in the liquor store...

...a Saint and a Prickly fruit.
"Very GOOD", said the Magazine.
"Let's haunt the canoe down".
"Voices only man, oops madam."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A king with flaws...

There was a king.
He had one eye shut.
Was hunch-backed and one leg was shorter than the other.
He asked an artist to draw him, exactly the way he looked.
When the king saw the painting he sent him off to the gallows.
The artist had him with one eye shut, hunch-backed and legs uneven.
It was not a pretty king.
The king called for a second artist and asked him to paint a portrait of him.
"But be smart" he told the 2cd artist, "You see what happened to the 1st guy".
The 2cd artist shows his masterpiece to the king.
The king sends him off to the gallows.
He had drawn the king as perfect, without flaws. This is not what the king looked like.
Artist #3.
"Be very smart", warns the king. "You see what happened to the other two".
And smart he takke was.
AH! Beautiful. Truly a masterpiece.
And he rewards him well.

What did the portrait look like?
Don't bother guessing.

He painted the king on a horse - hunting.
One eye shut and back hunched - aiming.
Legs uneven - balancing on the horse.

Don't dwell on your flaws.
Don't ignore them either.
Make them work FOR you.
Use them to your advantage.

Malchus she'b'Tiferes

"And the woman (Chava) saw that the tree was good to eat".

The Zohar identifies Eitz Hachayim with the attribute of Tiferes and the Eitz Hadaas with the attribute of Malchus.

(For more depth - Kuntres Eitz HaChayim, Rashab)

Sefira - increase in A.Yisroel.

Lo Sa'amod Al Dam Rei-echa....

Rashi says -Lirois b'misosoi, v'ato yochoil l'hatziloi.

If you see someone drowning, you could save him.
You may think that you can't, you may think that perhaps you will yourself get hurt etc...But no, it says, if you are the one that SEES him drowning, then YOU ARE THE ONE THAT IS ABLE to save him!
Jump in!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sometimes I wonder. I wonder why.

Yes or no....

The head says - go.

The heart says - no.

What to do?

I do not know.

The heart ain't smart.

The head should rule.

Boo... hoo...

K'mayim Haponim l'ponim kach lev ho-odom...

Hmm... still wondering how this really works.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I did not give in to terrorism!

But somehow I don't even feel so good about it.
I think she may be upset with me now.

Have Rachmonos - do a Mitzva

Have rachmonos on your soul -
He came from so high.
Was dragged so low.
And now with your sins, even lower she'b'lower.
Have compassion -study Torah, perform Mitzvos.
This will elevate it, enabling it to be reunited with it's source - ein sof boruch hu
"Expectation breeds Dissappointation"

I know you...

I know you by the way you treat me
and by the way you make me feel inside.
Those things tell me a lot about you.
Those things you cannnot hide.
It's not your color or education that tells me who you are.
It's your act of kindness or cruelty
That tells me much more by far.

Itka Zygmuntowicz - (82)
Auschwitz No. 25673

Thursday, May 1, 2008