Shavua Tov! Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students who "didn't properly respect one another" all died during the Omer. What did they do that was so serious and how can we avoid making the same mistake? Enjoy this week's enlightening emuna lesson and have a lovely new week:
Imagine that there's mold in your wall from a leaky pipe. The plumber comes and says that he has to sledge-hammer a gaping hole in the wall in order to gain access to the leaky pipe. You're beside yourself - the mess, the cost, what a pain! Rashi calls this "good news"; what's he possibly talking about? See this week's mini-lesson on the Torah portion (you''ll be glad you did) and have a lovely Shabbat!
Are you tired of treading water? Are you stuck in a job, career or relationship that you can't stand anymore? Do the doctors say that there's no cure for you health challenge? Do big-time success and fulfillment seem to be unrealistic aspirations to you? If you answer yes to any one of these questions, you definitely don't want to miss Rabbi Lazer Brody's upcoming speaking tour in North America. Hear all about it:
The curtailment of many joyous activities during the Omer, such as weddings, music and dancing, stems from the death of Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students, who "didn't properly respect one another", as we learn in today's shiur - enjoy it:
I hope David doesn't read this post. A few days ago, I took the train to Malcha Mall in Jerusalem and couldn't help but buy this gorgeous light blue sapphire ring. What do you think?
Don't worry, I've got it all figured out. When hubby gets the bill, I'm going to act dumb, as if I have no idea where that mysterious 4,000 shekel charge came from. And then, when we get into a huge fight about it, I'm going to pull out the, "What, I'm not worth it?!!" card.
Seriously, don't tell him what I wrote. That goes for you especially, Judah Cohen. I know where you live.
Although my photography skills are still quite lacking due to shaky hands and a cheap phone camera, I think this picture is pretty nice. Do any of you remember that old Jlo song, "Jenny from the Block"? I came up with my own version.
Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got... I just totally lied to you and this ring costs only $11.
Now that's a Grammy-winning song right there.
For some reason, I'm not ashamed to admit that I love fake jewelry, especially because it's cheap! In my mind, why should I spend a ton of money just to have something that I can say is real, if I can get something fake that's just as beautiful and 1/100th the cost?
Men, you're probably like, "So what do I care about your ugly ring?" Well, I'll tell you what. My ring actually carries very deep and esoteric messages, like: "money ain't buy you no happiness," and "mo' money, mo' problems," and "you can still buy nice jewelry for your wife that doesn't have to cost your life's savings."
Most of the things that we chase in life look like they'll give us real happiness. Money, fancy homes, fancy cars, fancy jewelry - it's all nice, but it's a glittering mirage. It's funny, in a way. The tangible things that we want seem real, but they're not. And the intangible things that we place less importance on are what's real.
Love, joy, peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, a strong and personal connection with The Creator - these things are what's really important in life. Botttom line? It's great to want nice things in life, just don't make it your life's mission to have nice things. Get outta my way, Confucius.
And if you still think this ring is real, go and get yourself a free eye exam at Walmart, pronto.
Rav Lazer Brody just came back from the Ukraine today, on Holocaust Day, where he visited the mass graves of the Jews of Yanov in the Ukraine, where his father's family comes from. In the following clip, taken yesterday afternoon, he tearfully tells how the Nazis pulled Jews off the train in Yanov, made them dig their own graves, then shot them. Then then forced the local Jews to bury them, then dig another pit, and shot them too. We cannot forget and we'll never forget: