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30 posts from November 2014

Too High in the Air

People complain that they have trouble finding their soul-mate.

Sometimes, a person's nose might be a bit too high in the air...

When one’s nose is up in the air, it’s ever so hard to make proper judgments. The higher you go, the thinner the oxygen. The brain needs enough oxygen to function properly. In regard to shidduchim (matchmaking or dating, loosely translated), the individual with the high-elevated nose overestimates himself and sorely underestimates a match that might be perfect for him. His or her power of judgment is sorely impaired.

So, one should keep one's nose at low altitude, to avoid missing the train to his or her own wedding.

High elevation nose


Nyet, Nyet, Nikavo!

Today, we'll learn a lesson in Russian:

Nyet nyet nikavo krome yivo adnavo. Translated, this means, "No, no, there is no one other than Hashem - His Name is One."

I miss the Lubavitcher Rebbe - he knew how to praise Hashem. Let's watch him sing "Nyet Nyet Nikavo" also during the month of Kislev, back in 5747 (December 1986). Shabbat Shalom! 

Heroes of This Generation

If you pay close attention, you'll see that we live in a world of stark contrasts. From one standpoint, the evil inclination has never been stronger. From the other standpoint, our generation has been graced with an unprecedented illumination of emuna and teshuva. The sages of the Talmud feared the era that we now live in, the period that precedes the coming of Moshiach. The great Amora Ula said, "May he [Moshiach] come, and may I not see him!" (Tractate Sanhedrin, 98b). In other words, may Moshiach come, but I don't want to be in the generation that heralds his arrival: Ula, Raba and others like them were afraid that they couldn't withstand the challenges of our generation, especially in the areas of emuna and personal holiness. 

If you're a woman who, despite the social pressure, dresses modestly, you can't imagine the reward that awaits you in the World to Come. And, if you're a man who does his best to guard his eyes and maintain personal holiness, you're in for some very pleasant surprises. The two of you are the heroes of this generation.

Hero of Holiness

Better to be Kind

Better to be kind

The holy Chazon Ish osb"m said that the Downs people and the autistics are the souls of tzaddikim (high righteous individuals) who come into the world to facilitate our soul correction. They need no soul correction, that's why they lack free choice.

Kindness is a trait - and a soul correction - that many "go-getters" of modern society need to learn. So what if the Downs people and the autistics are different? You're right; but, it's better to be kind than right.

A Clean Tongue for Shabbat

No, we're not talking about sliced calf tongue - we're talking about guarded human tongues.

Loshon Hara - evil speech - entails transgressing up to 31 commandments of Torah at once! What's even more terrible is that Loshon Hara on Shabbat is seven times worse than during the week. Let's eradicate evil speech from our lives. Here's a good reason why: