Self Responsibility

The Mishna (Dmai 2:2) says that if a person eats in the house of an Am Ha’aretz he is not believed himself, i.e. one should not eat in his house. It stated the reason as being that if this person cannot be trusted to take care of

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How I Save Time

I try to get satisfaction out of every minute. I try to enjoy whatever I’m doing. I’m a perennial optimist. I build on success. I don’t waste time regretting my failures. I don’t waste time feeling guilty about what I don’t do. I remind myself: “There is

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Loshon Hora and the Non-Observant

Author: Chofetz Chaim A Lesson A Day/Mesorah Publications Based on the rules we have just studied, the rules of loshon hora vis-à-vis the totally non-observant Jew become clear. (1) The average non-observant Jew today has been deprived of a meaningful Jewish education. Whether or not he has

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Kafuy Tov

How Far Does One Go to be a Kafuy Tov? The pasuk says that a new Phaaroh became king that did not know Yosef. Rashi brings a machlokes between Rav & Shmuel whether the new king was literally a different person or was the same person but

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God’s Love For Man

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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Self Improvement – I’m Jewish!

Author: Rabbi Dr. Avraham Twerski (PLEASE NOTE, THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN TRANSCRIBED FROM TAPE, AND I APPLOGISE FOR ANY ERRORS THAT MAY LEAD TO A MISREPRESENTATION OF THE INTENDED MEANING. TRANSCRIBED AND EDITED BY DANIEL SOIBELMANN). (Rabbi Twerski is a world leading Psychiatrist as well as Rabbi.

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Taking Control

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse Source The Midrash, Bereishis Rabah 22:6, describes the operation of the body in the following way. “Rebbi Abba said the yetzer hara (the body) is similar to a bent over man who posed as a robber and sat at a crossroads. To every

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Cheshbon Hanefesh

From the Teachings of Rabbi Noach WeinbergRosh Yeshiva Aish Hatorah Jerusalem AN INTRODUCTION So often in our lives we found ourselves striving to achieve goals and accomplishing; approaching insurmountable mountains and climbing to their summit. Looking down at the great height we have just scaled and know

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Plan For Growth

Author: Rabbi Eric Coopersmith (sources from Rabbi Zev Pomeranz) Class Flow 1.       The Jewish people have a unique ability to adapt and prosper regardless of the circumstances. 2.       Abraham is an example of a person who was in a mode of constant growth. a.      Abraham came with all his days.

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Kindness

Author: Rabbi Henry Harris “Love makes the world go ’round,” the saying goes. The world needs it. We should oblige. Ancient Jewish wisdom, and modern research, offers us a slightly different motivation: “Looking out for number one!” The blowout benefits of regularly caring for others are so

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The Dignity of a Tzelem Elokim

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l)  The Dignity of a Tzelem ElokimThe individual has behira, and as such he is a Tzelem Elokim. And as a Tzelem Elokim we owe him the deepest of respect, and we must acknowledge his lofty innate worth. And

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Self Esteem

Self-esteem and identity go hand-n-hand. From birth our whole life is taken up in the process of becoming someone, an evolving autonomy, becoming an individual. What is the source for this drive? A very famous quote that we will often refer to:“Let us make a human being

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Genetic Spirituality

Are there traits that we Jews have inherited? If so, what is it, how do we recognise it? This issue is interesting from a purely personal growth viewpoint. But it is also interesting in as much as these traits are crucial for the Jewish people fulfilling their

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You’re A Somebody

1. The Need to Feel Successful Is Universal Everybody wants respect. The need to feel important and to have others view us that way, has been identified time and time again as one of the most basic elements of human nature. The famous psychologist, Dr. Abraham Maslow,

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The Broken Cup – A Mashal

BSDThere was a couple who used to go England to shop in a beautiful antique store. This trip was to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.  Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked, “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.”  As the lady handed it to

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Using Failure to Ensure Success

Author: Michael Masterson In his book”FailingForward John C. Maxwell tells the story of Samuel Langley, the man who was supposed to invent the airplane. Before the Wright brothers successfully flew their plane on Dec. 17, 1903, the U.S. government had given a $50,000 check to Dr. Langley,

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The Curse

It’s all in how you look at it. An Israeli is visiting New York and meets a wealthy Texan who was a talker and a bragger. The Texan bellows with pride, “my ranch is so big that it takes an hour and a half to drive from

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Shopping for Chesed

Author: Sefer Ahavas Chesed- Part II Chapter XI Every customer that comes into a store creates work for the storekeeper. He must show the customer the merchandise, keep adequate supplies on hand, replace what is purchased, keep the shelves orderly and keep track of the sales and

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It’s Not Easy Being A Shoe

Author: Chaim Vegoda Imagine what it must be like to be a shoe. For the early stage of your life you’re sitting on a shelf in a dark box. Then if that isn’t bad enough, when you’re finally bought, you have to spend the rest of your

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Mans Search For Meaning

I once had a dramatic demonstration of the close link between the loss of faith in the future and this dangerous giving up. F?, my senior block warden, a fairly well known composer and librettist, confided in me one day: “I would like to tell you something,

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The Critical Need for Struggle

Sometimes STRUGGLES are exactly what we need! A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making

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The Agadatta of the Talmud

Author: Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation Imagine if you were given the task to clean a live, dust-filled, barnyard chicken. It would be a great challenge, both for you and the chicken. As soon as you approach with the water hose, she would run in

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