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A Jewish couple won twenty-million pounds on the lottery. They
immediately set out to begin a life of luxury. They bought a magnificent
mansion in Knightsbridge and surrounded themselves with all the material
wealth imaginable. Then they decided to hire a butler.
They found the perfect butler through an agency, very proper and very
British, and brought him back to their home. The day after his arrival,
he was instructed to set up the dining room table for four, as they were
inviting the Cohens to lunch. The couple then left the house to do some
When they returned, they found the table set for eight.
They asked the
butler why eight, when they had specifically instructed him to set the
table for four.
The butler replied, “The Cohens telephoned and said they were bringing
the Blintzes and the Knishes!”
A Hasidic man, with a long beard, payis (earlocks), a kaftan (a long black
coat), and shtreiml (the traditional fur hat worn by Chassidic Jews), walks into
a bar with a multi-colored parrot on his shoulder.
The bartender says: “Where’d you get that?”
The parrot replies: “Brooklyn. There’s thousands of them.!!!!!!!!!!!!
One Shabbat morning, a mother went into the bedroom to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready to go to the Shul, to which he replied: “I’m not going.”
“Why not?” she asked.
“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “One, they don’t like me”, and ” two, I don’t like them.”
His mother replied: “I’ll give YOU two good reasons why you MUST go to Shul. “ONE, you’re 54 years old”, and “TWO, you’re the Rabbi”
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The antidote for thoughts and feeling that drag you downstream.
The bible has no vowels or punctuations. That’s because, the bible is the wisdom of an infinite G-d and when G-d presented His wisdom to the world, within the confines of words and letters, He intended that an infinite amount of messages should be drawn from and through these very special words and letters.
So, besides the very literal meaning of the words in the context in which they are said and meant to be understood, our sages tell us there are 70 faces to the Bible and 70 faces to those 70, ad infinitum.
When the bible speaks of Noah and the flood, G-d commands Noah to enter the ark so he can be protected from the raging flood waters. In addition, Noah was commanded to place a light in the ark. Some Rabbis are of the opinion that this was done in the form of a luminescent stone that would light up the ark “like the light of the afternoon.” In Hebrew the word for “ark” (Taivah) in a different context could also mean – “word”.
The great Rabbi Elimelech of Lizansk said the following. Words are very powerful. G-d created the world through the medium of words and commands. Words when emitted create a very powerful reality. The bible here is commanding every person, that his words should be cherished and valued like an expensive stone. A person must recognize the incredible power and preciousness there is in every word emitted. Every word a person says should always shine like a powerful light and should never be taken cheaply or lightly. A person’s words should always shine to help another and lead them to clarity.
If a person recognized the incredible impression their words make on their surroundings and atmosphere around them, they would never walk in the street without saying G-dly holy words from the bible, the psalms, and from the prayers.
The Holy Baal Shem Tov explained. There are raging flood waters that are constantly flowing in our minds and hearts to inundate us and deluge us with over powering tidal waves of concern, worry, and anxiousness.
In Hebrew the word for light (Tzohar) G-d uses to command Noah to place in this ark, can be rearranged to mean pleasing, anguish, and the original order of the letters, which means light.
Says the Baal Shem Tov. When a person says the words of his prayer with intense concentration, because he isn’t just mumbling the words but is putting himself fully into the meaning of the words, which will then give birth to a fiery enthusiasm in ones heart for his bond with the one he is praying to, the words become an ark of protection from all the elements of nature that would threaten the person. Words of this sort, lift the person above all the currents that would drag a person downstream.
Words of this sort, light the person up, fire him up, so that later on in the day when he reaches the afternoon and feels worn out, the impression made earlier, will re-ignite the inner spark to keep on going and to overcome the struggles of life.
Within every difficulty if approached properly are the elements of blessing just by rearranging the letters that are already here and currently exist.
A person who protects himself with these kinds of heart felt words and puts himself entirely into them, they are said with all his heart because he enjoys praying and reading the Bible and the psalms, the words are pleasing to him, rearranges any kind of distress and anguish in his life, to become light, joy and happiness.
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Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
A body has two masters, a brain and a heart.
When they work together, each in appreciation of the other, the body is at harmony.
So too, Man and Woman.
Even while it is still the time of exile – a state of flooding, prior to the redemption – when a Jew speculates that perhaps the end of the flood has come, and we must leave the ark and head out into the world, verily a “new world,” a redemption that is not followed by another exile, a Jew must do all he can to clarify the matter and to speed up the redemption.
A Jew mustn’t sit and wait until G-d commands him to leave exile and enter into the redemption.
Although leaving the exile and entering the redemption can only be according to G-d’s directive, nevertheless, when G-d sees Jews yearning for the redemption to come immediately this itself quickens
the commandment to “leave the ark,” to leave the exile for the true and complete redemption.
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And only Noach was left (7:23)
Despite the fact that Noach was a righteous person, he was still required to tend to all the animals in the ark and take care of their needs.
This was a physically demanding and sometimes dangerous job.
Similarly, no matter how high a spiritual level one reaches, he is still obligated to take care of those around him who may need his guidance.
The Rebbe writes,
You or your children???
These are the generations of Noach: Noach was a just, perfect man in his generation (Gen. 6:9)
Rashi comments: This verse teaches us that the most important legacy of a righteous person is his good deeds. A righteous person is not defined by his lineage or by his noble ancestry, but by his own actions and behavior.
This week’s Torah reading, Noach, opens with the words, “These are the generations of Noach [Noah]; Noach was a righteous man.” Surprisingly, instead of enumerating Noach’s children, Shem, Cham and Yefet, the Torah informs us that he was a tzadik, a righteous individual.
Rashi explains that the literal “generations” of Noach were his descendents, as the Torah actually tells us a few verses later. But “as soon as the Torah mentions him we are told of his praise.” Whenever a tzadik’s name is mentioned it is appropriate to say “blessed be the memory of the righteous.”
Rashi offers us another explanation as well: The phrase “Noach was a righteous man” teaches us that the true “descendents” of the righteous are their good deeds. Thus the principal legacy of Noach was not his children, but the good deeds he performed throughout his life.
In truth, Rashi’s explanation contains a practical directive for every Jew to apply in his daily life. The phrase “the generations of Noach” serves to instruct Jewish children in the proper way to behave, and provides Jewish parents with a worthy example and paradigm to emulate when educating their children.
From Rashi’s first explanation we learn that whenever we speak about a righteous person we should elucidate his fine qualities, describing his exemplary conduct in the service of G-d. In this way, all who hear about the righteous person will be inspired to emulate his or her behavior. Noach, we are told, was “tamim – perfect” in his generation. His behavior was considered perfect precisely because it was consistent throughout the day, not just during prayer or while studying. Indeed, it was obvious that Noach was a tzadik even when he was engaged in more mundane matters, such as eating.
From Rashi’s second explanation we learn that children must act in a manner in which they, their parents’ “generations,” are transformed into “good deeds”; they become synonymous with the good deeds they perform. At the same time, the parents’ role is to teach their children to distinguish themselves by their actions; in truth, the only true nachas parents receive from their children consists of the good deeds they perform.
Accordingly, children must always strive to live up to their parents’ expectations, and the entire family should enedeavor to conduct itself according to the dictates of our holy Torah.
Adapted from Likutei Sichot, Volume 10
The power of just one good deed.
The people of Vitebsk were a miserly lot. Not that they would leave a hungry man to starve. Not at all. If a pauper was hungry, the Jews of Vitebsk supplied him with food. However, when it came to giving money, that was an entirely different story. They rarely gave unless it was forced out of them.
It once happened that a Chasid came from Vitebsk to consult with the Tzemach Tzedek (Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the third Rebbe of Lubavitch). His only son, the apple of his eye, had just been ordered to appear in a few days at the conscription office. He would be evaluated to see if he was fit to join the Russian army.
The Chasid was at his wits’ end. It was a particularly harsh year, and the government was going after everyone. Men who would normally have been exempted were being drafted. Though in the past, the Chasid could have relied on the fact that his son was an only child, this fact would no longer exempt him.
The Chasid stood in the Tzemach Tzedek’s room and asked for the Rebbe’s blessing. The Rebbe eyed him carefully: “I cannot help you.”
Unexpected as the answer was, the Chasid did not lose faith. He stayed in the Rebbe’s room, pleading and begging for his blessing, but to no avail. The Tzemach Tzedek repeated simply: “I cannot help you.”
The Chasid was friendly with the Rebbe’s son, Reb Shmuel, who was later to succeed his father. Out of desperation, the Chasid set out for Reb Shmuel’s home and related to him all that had transpired. Could Reb Shmuel intervene on his behalf? Reb Shmuel said he would try his best. When the time was right, Reb Shmuel entered his father’s room to plead the Chasid’s case. But the Tzemach Tzedek repeated once more: “I cannot help him.”
The Chasid returned to Vitebsk discouraged and broken-hearted. Two days before his son’s appointment, he sent a special messenger again to Reb Shmuel with a heartfelt plea to try once more. Reb Shmuel went to his father. There were another two days left: could the Rebbe bless the Chasid?
The Tzemach Tzedek turned to his son and said, “What do you want from me? I cannot help him. Bring me a Midrash Tanchuma.” Reb Shmuel did so, and the Rebbe opened it to the portion Mishpatim, to the verse that starts, “When you will lend money to my people,” and read to him the following:
“The Holy One, Blessed be He, says: ‘The pauper’s soul was famished with starvation and you gave him support and revived him. I promise you that I shall reimburse you with a soul for a soul.’
” ‘The day will come,'” the Tzemach Tzedek continued reading, “when your son or daughter will succumb to sickness or approach death’s door, and I will remember the deed that you performed. I shall repay a soul for a soul.”
The Tzemach Tzedek closed the book and the subject was closed.
A few days passed and the news was heard in Lubavitch that this particular Chasid’s son had been spared. He had been at the conscription office and had managed to return home a free man.
When the Tzemach Tzedek heard the news he was elated. Reb Shmuel, too, rejoiced in the Chasid’s good fortune, yet he could not help but wonder what had transpired. What was it that had saved the boy?
Shortly after, Reb Shmuel needed to consult with a doctor who lived in Vitebsk. Reb Shmuel used the opportunity to meet with this Chasid. “Tell me,” Reb Shmuel asked, “What was it you did on the day your son went to the office which saved him from conscription?”
“I honestly don’t know,” he replied. “Well then, go ask your wife.”
The Chasid did so. His wife told them that she did not remember anything in particular which could have contributed to what had happened. Reb Shmuel was insistent. He prodded her and she thought back to that day. And then she remembered.
A hungry pauper had come to their door early that fateful day and asked them to give him some food. They brushed him off angrily: “Today we are at the cemetery praying at the gravesites of our ancestors asking for mercy, and you come to bother us? We have no time for you now!”
The pauper was adamant. He ignored their shouts and began complaining of the powerful hunger he felt. “I have not eaten in a long time!” he said. “How is it that you can refuse a starving Jew? I am so hungry!”
There was a meal that had been prepared for the family to eat that day. Due, however, to the emotional strain and anguish that everyone felt, it was untouched. The Chasid’s wife took the food and served it to the poor man. He, in turn, enjoyed a hearty meal.
Reb Shmuel heard all she had to say and the meaning of the Midrash Tanchuma became crystal clear. How far-reaching was his father’s vision! “It is enough,” he said to them, and he took his leave.
Many years later, when the Previous Rebbe related this story during a gathering on Passover he noted: “We can see from this story the power behind even one deed. Each and every good deed brings with it much good fortune. This story is a testimony as to the effects that all of our physical actions have.”
Warmest wishes for a
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui