Rabbi Twerski gave a fascinating talk addressing the misconception of happiness in today’s society, explaining that many people look for happiness in the wrong places or believe pleasure to be the vehicle to happiness. He explained that we can alter our approach to the “pursuit of happiness” so that instead of our human instincts dominating our personal and life interests, we can become partners in bettering the world and fulfilling G-d’s mission statement for humanity of “Let us make man.” We must all strive to become as fully human as we can being weary of excessive and unhealthy pursui
I have been thinking lately about positive parenting. Actually, since we know that what we do down here in this world affects the way things are in the spiritual realm, I think if we all make an effort to do more positive parenting, Hashem will do the same!
I recently heard an amazing devar Torah about how we experience Hashem in our lives. Miracles are the way we experience Hashem. Why? Because Hashem set up the world through nature and the laws of nature. Nevertheless, those laws of nature are every bit as much G-dliness as a miracle. And through nature Hashem does miracles. Nature itself helps and is "friendly". He gave an example of how in the Beit Hamikdash rain would never put out the fire on the Altar and so on.
I always seem to collect things…..and I have a difficult time getting rid of things that I collect. My children are always telling me to clean out the house, to get rid of old clothes, old trinkets, old toys…throw them away, they tell me. It is junk. Nobody needs them. But something within me cannot do it. Even erev Pesach I have a hard time doing that.
Not because I am materially oriented and cannot part with those things.
It is always important to grow and progress in life. that is why a human being is called a mehalech....he goes from level to level. If one is not going forward, one moves backward. A human being does not stand still. We should not be satisfied to stay on the same level but must constantly strive to grow spiritually, refine ourselves more and more.
Something that is truly frustrating is when you work hard to put information into your computer and somehow it crashes, or there is an error in backing up the information or somehow your writing gets wiped out! Just like that, in one second, all your hard work is gone!!
The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote a beautiful letter , part of which is below, explaining how even when a Jew sins, he still retains his G-dliness.
“The whole Creation and all the worlds have no reality of their own, for there is only one Reality—G-d, inasmuch as a spark of G-dliness animates and keeps everything in existence, as it is written, “By the word of G-d the heavens were created,” etc. This “word” of G-d is the essence and reality of everything.
Some time ago my husband and I started talking about moving to a cleaner place, with fresh air, maybe near the beach. The main reason was health related. We were seriously considering the idea, even took a few trips to see our “prospective” places. We returned very excited about moving. We even contacted a real estate agent to start looking for houses. But something started to bother me. A little inner voice was not comfortable with our decision. I tried to quiet that little voice.
The Torah says there is a time for silence and a time to speak…..I never contemplated that idea very deeply until now….
I was reading an article about a shaliach who , due to the difficult financial situation, could not rely on his usual supporters for constant help. He was unable to continue providing everything for guests , programs etc. so he enlisted the help of his community members. When there was an event, he told this one to bring soda, that one to bring bread, the other one to bring cookies etc. And the reaction was overwhelming. People loved it. To the extent that even when things improve financially he plans to continue involving his community in his projects.