Showing posts with label Emunah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emunah. Show all posts

Monday, February 21, 2011

"The Essence of Emunah" by Rav Gamliel Rabinovitch in English

Although I know this is belated, I wanted to let (those of you who don't already know about it) know about a new English translation of Rav Gamliel Rabinovitch's sefer Tiv Ha'emunah, which came out in the fall. It's called The Essence of Emunah: A collection of thoughts, insights and essays from the writings and teachings of [Rav] Gamliel Rabbinovitch. It was translated by Reb Dovid Vatch.

An adam gadol I know personally told me that he feels that it is one of the best seforim out there in either English or Hebrew on the subject of Emunah, both mitzad the content and because of who wrote it (Reb Gamliel) who truly lives every word of what is written in the sefer.

I hope to read it at some point as well but I wanted to let the chevra know about it.

Kol tuv!

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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Solution for Sanity: Compartmentalize or Connect?

While I knew about it intellectually, I emotionally underestimated the hours and stressfulness of "biglaw." Unfortunately, that stress does not limit itself to the hours I spend in the office. It is affecting my Shabbos and my weekend (non-working) time with the family and this is the most discouraging part.

Background: I operate under the assumption that the extent that the peacefulness that I feel is directly correlated with the extent to which I have internalized the reality of the presence and providence of Hashem.

My first take on how to prevent the stresses of work from invading my personal and spiritual life was to resolve to keep thoughts and feelings related to work in the office, and to leave them there. That would be essentially compartmentalizing my life into a "work" box on one hand and a "personal/spiritual" box on the other hand.

The first problem with this approach is that it is, in my view, one of the major factors underlying a great deal of dishonesty in business, chillul Hashem, and inappropriate speech and socializing by religious people.

My second realization was that it is also not the goal. The goal is to go from a place where one is bringing one's work into his spiritual life to a place where he brings his spiritual life into his work life. This has nothing to do with talking to others about G-d. Rather, it means I must bring my awareness of Hashem from the beis medresh to the office. This unification and connection is the goal of our creation in this world. It is also the way to naturally transform the stress felt in the office into the same peace I sometimes feel which is connected to an awareness of G-d. Compartmentalizing life to stay sane is not the answer.

May you and I be zoche to expand our conscious awareness of Hashem's existence and providence into the most worldly aspects of our lives!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rabbi Lazer Brody in Five Towns Last Night - Audio Shiur

Rabbi Lazer Brody's drasha in the Five Towns last night was a big success. We planned for about 30 people maximum. But there were almost 60 people there. Thanks to Rabbi Brody, several people who helped solicit sponsorships, and well over 20 people who came forward to help sponsor the shiur, and to all the attendees, it was a big success.

It was an eclectic crowd and many people got to speak with Rabbi Brody after the shiur. I received a number of requests to have the shiur recorded from people who knew that they would not be able to make it. Therefore, thanks to Reb Chaim, who recorded the shiur, I would like to present a wav recording of the shiur.

The very beginning of the shiur is not in the recording because there were some slight tecnical difficulties with the recorder, but the following is the beginning of the story Rabbi Brody opened up the shiur with... Poking fun at people like himself who come to America to raise money for worthy institutions in Eretz Yisroel, he told the following story:

A galach (priest) back in Feudal Europe noticed that while plagues and sickness were afflicting the gentiles in the town, the Jews did not seem to be afflicted by these things. The priest went to the rabbi to ask what the secret was to their immunity from these diseases. The rabbi told him that all Jews keep a mezuzah on their door, and that they are therefore procted from many forms of danger in their homes.

The priest asked if he could buy a mezuzah to put on his door as well. The rabbi responded that it was not one of the mitzvos that a gentile may not perform, so he saw no problem with it and assited the priest in obtaining a mezuzah, which the priest installed on his door.

Soon aftwardward, the town was overrun by cossaks who raided Jewish homes.

But to hear the rest of the story and the punchline, you will have to listen to the shiur. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to get the shiur by either left clicking to listen to streaming audio or right clicking and selecting "Save Target As" to download the shiur. If it were up to me to title the shiur, I would call it, "Achieving Peace of Mind By Making Peace With Hashem."

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Bitachon in the Face of Layoffs

Although I think we all know the answer, some people are wondering how a Jew should respond to all of the economic and job uncertainty that exists right now. For instance, a friend of mine just had almost 70 staff people laid off at his firm yesterday, one of them being his secretary. The future of associates like him at his firm is uncertain. The firm I will be doing a summer associateship at this summer, IY"H, just laid off about 40 attorneys/staff on Wednesday. One hiring partner at a "Biglaw" firm is suggesting that summer associates and incoming first year associates should realistically worry that their "offer" may be withdrawn. The Federal Reserve is predicting that the economy will continue shrinking and that unemployment could go as high at 8.8% this year. So what's a Yid to do?

I think we all already know the answer. Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh, in the last chapter of the first section of Vol. 5 defines Emunah and Bitachon. He defines Emunah as being fully conscious of the fact that Hashem directs every detail of every level of creation from human beings down to inanimate objects. But he defines Bitachon as trusting that Hashem is literally and constantly concerned about seeing that every detail of creation is run in the absolute best possible way for me.

He points out that one can only achieve this level of Bitachon (trust) after he has internalized the fact that Hashem has an absolute and unabiding love for him. Because even if I believe and know that Hashem runs the world, that doesn't necessarily mean that I trust Hashem to know what's best. Because sometimes I feel that He needs a little of my help to know what is best for me. (ChV"Sh.)

But I would point out, as Rav Shwartz has said in earlier volumes of Bilvavi, that it is kind of difficult to begin working on trusting G-d to do what's best for me when one is frantically sending out resumes, looking for a job. The best time to work on developing the consciousness of Hashem's love, and the absolute knowledge that He runs everything in the best possible way for me is before times get "bad."

So especially for the 92.5% of us who currently have jobs, the best time to work on acquiring trust in G-d is now. And that is best achieved using the step-by-step methods laid out in the Bilvavi seforim, some of which I tried to summarize here.

One other machshava that I can think of that would be helpful for someone who has lost his or her job would be to contemplate the fact that sometimes Hashem (again, knowing what is ultimately good for us) destroys the "good" things that someone has, so that he will have to build something better in its place, which he would not have done, but for the loss. This is the idea of the Shabbos melacha of "destroying in order to build" and the inyan of "descending in order to rise," which I wrote about here.

Hashem should be mezakeh us with the internal strength to acquire Emunah and Bitachon in Him!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Berchas Al Ha'Tzaddikim- "L'Chol Ha'Boatchim B'Shimcha B'Emes" - Audio Shiur

Reb Yerachmiel has shared his latest shiur from this past Sunday with us from the Baltimore Community Kollel Tefillah Chaburah.

In this seventh shiur on Berchas "Al Ha'Tzaddikim" in Shemoneh Esrei, Reb Yerachmiel studies with us the phrase "L'Chol Ha'Boatchim B'Shimcha B'Emes" in an amazingly sechel-opening shiur that reveals deeper kavanas and practical eitzos for not only davening this "Berchas Habitachon", but also developing ourselves into "true" ba'alay betachon!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Answer to Q&A at A Simple Jew About Seeing the Goodness in Suffering

Please click on over to A Simple Jew. This morning, he posted a Q&A session with me on a topic related to something I've been posting about earlier in the week, but from a somewhat different angle. I was writing about questions relating to how one views others' suffering. As you will see, ASJ's question is about how to view own own suffering from the perspective of Emunah. The following was A Simple Jews Question, and you can click here for my answer!

A Simple Jew asks:

The Me'or Einayim taught that if a person can truthfully view the suffering he is undergoing as being ultimately for his own good, he will immediately experience relief from his suffering.

We may fully understand that taking a bitter-tasting medicine can help us feel better in the long run, yet this knowledge still doesn't change the fact that the medicine does not taste sweet to us. How are we, on our lowly level, supposed to honestly regard the suffering and difficulties we experience in a positive light and experience them as such?

Dixie Yid Answers...

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Monday, January 19, 2009

How Sorah Gave Up Her Life By the Akeidah...

As a continuation of yesterday's post about Moshe's questioning of the Jewish people's suffering as a sign of Emunah...

Rav Zvi Leshem brought up another teaching from the sefer Aish Kodesh on Parshas Chayei Sorah along similar lines.

The Piaczena Rebbe asks why Rashi's comments about the fact that the Torah (Breishis 23:1) splits up the years of Sorah's life, he explains the phrase "שְׁנֵי, חַיֵּי שָׂרָה" as meaning that all of Sorah's years were equally good. Isn't that implied by the first part of his comment on that verse?

He explains this by pointing out Rashi's comment on the next verse. Sorah died as a result of the shock of hearing that her son Yitzchak was about to be slaughtered by Avraham as a test from G-d. The Aish Kodesh brings several sources to show that Sorah didn't have to die from this and that she had enough Emunah in Hashem's plan for the world and her family not to actually die from such shock. But that she intentionally allowed herself to die.

The Aish Kodesh says that she did so as an intentional protest in order to show that some suffering is just too much. He says that suffering helps a person in the same way that salt helps preserve food. The right amount of salt makes food better. But Just as too much salt ruins food, rather than preserves it, too much suffering breaks and destroys a person. So too, Sorah was trying to show Hashem that the suffering of having to sacrifice one's own son to fulfill the word of G-d is just too much. Perhaps she could have lived through the shock, but part of her would have died with the knowledge that her son would die. Rather than live as "half a person" after that, she prefered to let herself die to show Hashem that too much suffering should not be placed upon the Jewish people, her children.

Realizing that he wrote this sefer when he was living in the Warsaw Ghetto, during the Holocaust, he says that if that suffering was too great, how much more so his and the Jewish people's suffering was too much in their time! I think it's also important to remember that he also had multiple chances to get out of the Ghetto, but that he refused in order to stay with his people, thus giving his own life to relieve the suffering of his beloved Jewish people just as Sorah did.

He says that one might think that Sorah sinned by allowing herself to die rather than to live. But, echoing the words of the Midrash Raba that I quoted yesterday regarding Moshe, since her act was designed only to help and save the Jewish people from their suffering, Hashem did not find any fault in her for it. And that is why Rashi says that the Torah used the words "שְׁנֵי, חַיֵּי שָׂרָה," to teach that all of Sorah's years were equally good. Meaning: Even her last act on earth, the act of giving up her life to relieve her grandchildren's suffering, was as equally good as the rest of her sinless lifetime.

-Dixie Yid

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Was Moshe Right for Questioning G-d?

Rav Yair Dreifuss brought up some very interesting questions on something very difficult that Moshe says at the end of Parshas Shmos. After Hashem tells Moshe that He will use him to save the Jewish people and relieve their suffering in Egypt, Moshe speaks to Paroh, but Paroh brings even more suffering on the Jewish people, who let Moshe know how they feel about this! Then Moshe turns to Hashem and asks some very difficult questions:

"וַיָּשָׁב מֹשֶׁה אֶל-יְהוָה, וַיֹּאמַר: אֲדֹנָי, לָמָה הֲרֵעֹתָה לָעָם הַזֶּה--לָמָּה זֶּה, שְׁלַחְתָּנִי. וּמֵאָז בָּאתִי אֶל-פַּרְעֹה, לְדַבֵּר בִּשְׁמֶךָ, הֵרַע, לָעָם הַזֶּה; וְהַצֵּל לֹא-הִצַּלְתָּ, אֶת-עַמֶּךָ." "And Moshe returns to Hashem and said, 'Why have you done evil to this people? Why have you sent me? From the time that I came to Paroh, to speak in Your Name, he has done evil to this people and you have not saved Your nation!" (Shmos 5:22-23)

Ostensibly, Moshe's words sound like heresy. Doesn't he know that everything that Hashem does is good and that it is for a reason, even if we don't know what that reason is? As Rabbi Akiva says, one must always say, "כל דעביד רחמנא לטב עביד," Everything that the Merciful One does, He does for the good." (Brachos 60b).

To explain this, two opinions are brought at the end of the 5th Parsha in Midrash Raba on Shmos. "מהו והצל לא הצלת רבי ישמעאל אומר והצל לא הצלת ודאי רבי עקיבא אומר יודע אני שאתה עתיד להצילם אלא מה איכפת לך באותן הנתונים תחת הבנין באותה שעה בקשה מדת הדין לפגוע במשה וכיון שראה הקדוש ברוך הוא שבשביל ישראל הוא אומר לא פגעה בו מדת הדין." "What [did Moshe] mean by 'And You have not saved Your nation.'? Rabbi Yishmael says: 'You have not saved' literally. Rabbi Akiva says [that Moshe means] 'I know that You will deliver them in the future. But don't you care about those [babies being built into the bricks] under the building[s]?!' At that moment, the Divine attribute of justice wanted to kill Moshe. But since Hakadosh Baruch Hu saw that [Moshe] was speaking for the sake of the Jewish people, the Divine attribute of justice did not kill him."

Rabbi Yishmael basically says that yes, Moshe Rabbeinu spoke heresy. But Rabbi Akiva said that no, even though Moshe had full Emunah in the fact that everthing would be good, but he was still protesting the excessive suffering that he felt the Jewish people were enduring. The Midrash continues that since Moshe was speaking for the sake of the Jewish people, he was "forgiven" for speaking that way.

Rav Dreifuss pointed out that these teachings would seem to indicate that there is something to be said for a type of Emunah where one is engaged enough with Hakadosh Baruch Hu to ask questions when things don't seem to make sense, rather than withdrawing from empathizing with others, lest he come to questions of faith. He points out that this was the way of Rav Levi Yitzchak of Barditchev and others as well. Since these questions by Moshe are for the sake of the Jewish people and come from a place of Emunah, and not for the sake of cynicism, or justifying an irreligious lifestyle, they are accepted by Hashem.

He even says that one with faith who asks questions like Moshe's is a higher level of Emunah than one who passively accepts all suffering by anyone, no matter how bad, with total faith and no questions. I partly understand what he's saying here, but this is also a difficult point to grasp, so if you have thoughts on this, pleae let me/us know.

Lest this post be too long, I'll tell over Rav Zvi Leshem's adendum to this discussion in the words of the Aish Kodesh, Rav Klonymous Kalaman Shapira, in a follow-up post tomorrow.

Click here for Part II: How Sorah Gave Her Life for the Jewish People...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Serene Trust in G-d? Or blissfully oblivious?

I have answered a Q&A with A Simple Jew, where he asks me about how to stay happy in life. My problem is that althogh I am generally happy, this is accomplished through indifference. I am not sure to what extent this is a good trait, so I posed that as a question to ASJ's readers. Pleae chime in!

A Simple Jew asks:

The Degel Machaneh Ephraim stressed the importance of constantly thinking happy thoughts by noting that the letters of the word מחשבה (thought) are identical to the phrase בשמחה (in joy). Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught that being b'simcha is one of the most difficult things, and said, "It is harder than all spiritual tasks."

Have you found that there are times that you must literally force yourself to be happy? To what degree have you focused on this issue of being b'simcha in your avodas Hashem?

Dixie Yid Answers...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Yesh Boreh L'Olam - There is a Creator! - New Song - Not Yet Released

A reader, who would like not to be named, wrote the following song, which he put together with a friend that has a music studio.

Yesh Boreh L'Olam - There is a Creator!

-Dixie Yid

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Rabbi Shmuel Brazil on "Why Me?" - Answers in Emunah - Audio

With a "Todah Rabah" to Reb Yerachmiel for sharing this shiur with me, I would like to share this shiur given by Rav Shmuel Brazil, of Yeshivas Shor Yoshuv in Far Rockaway, NY. It was given on March 9th, 2008, and it gets us back to basics on how to see everything that happens to us through the lens of Emunah.

You can listen to the shiur online HERE or you can download it HERE (by right clicking and selecting "Save Target As").
-Dixie Yid

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Why is My Heart Closed to the Pain of My People?

When I read and think about the terrorist attacks on the yeshiva bochurim at Merkaz HaRav, I wonder why it is that my heart seems closed to feeling the pain and I feel unable to daven to Hashem to save us.

I think the first part of the answer is the fact that, deep down, I'm just afraid that of disappointment. I think that I don't want to daven for something to stop if it's just going to happen again and again.

And I think behind that, there's a general way of dealing with things that I have grown accustomed to because it serves me well most of the time. My general approach to things is not to be bothered at all by things that I cannot change. If there's nothing I can really do about something, I have conditioned myself not to care. This is connected to one of my favorite Gemaras, which says, "לעולם יהא אדם רך כקנה ואל יהא קשה כארז- מסכת תענית דף כ. "A person should always be flexible like a reed, and not hard like a Cedar." After the plague of Barad, hail, all of the plants in Mitzrayim, Egypt, were killed, except for the young, soft plants. They were able to just go with the flow of all of the hard hail that hit them, and therefore they survived. The idea is that I can keep my equanimity in the face of most things that happen to me by this method of simply not taking anything to heart that's really outside of my control anyway.

So when it comes to these terrorists, Yemach Shemem V'Zichram, who kill Jewish people, I guess I feel that this has been going on for as long as there have been Jews living in Eretz Yisroel, so I have a hard time believing that my tefillah will actually change anything. I know this is a wrong way to think, but my natural tendency is to avoid disappointment by not expecting things to get better. If I don't daven and I don't hope, I won't be disappointed by not being answered. And if I keep my heart closed, I won't have to feel the pain of other Jews.

So what's the answer? How can I open my heart and find it in myself to daven for our people when bad things happen, without losing the ability keep my equanimity in everyday life when things don't go in the "ideal" way? ???

-Dixie Yid

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Watch Lots of Interesting People Discuss Learning the Blueprint for Creation

Click here to view's new video (short 2 minute trailer or 15 minute version)which has some very interesting people talking about learning Torah, the blueprint for the world.

HT to Beyond BT.

-Dixie Yid

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

"Ben Avraham's" Follow-Up Comment on His Post re Difficult Ideas re Umos HaOlam

In response to a question by Yitz on his Guest Posting about wrestling with some of the issues involved in being a Ger and a Chassid, Ben Avraham made the following follow-up comment:

In response to Yitz.. he was correct in noting a difference between the main text and the final paragraph. As you already know it was a bit of an afterthought and my attempt at not opening up other issues explicitly I left some ambiguity.My point in the final paragraph was that while the examples we have discussed were particularly "chasidic" it would be mistaken to think these challenges are exclusively in the domain of Chassidus.

The fact is that there are a handful of issues we run into in the Chumash itself regarding our interaction with other nations that do not mesh well with how we like to think the world should work.It is in this context that I say our faith is not tied to actions bizman hazeh. The best example our battle with Amalek. There is much to say on this issue but we are told to do things that are not pleasant to even think about. Today we do not fight this battle on a level of gashmius but there was a time when we did. But at that time the "practical" situation was different, Amalek was a physical threat and an aggressor, and the spiritual situation was different, we were lead by Nevi'im and perceived open nissim.

Chazal teach, I'm afraid I don't know the reference, that when the first Beis HaMikdash stood and there where open miracles, people had a yetzer for avodah zarah that was comparable to the yetzer for physical desires. When the miracles ceased the yetzer disapated. Free will needs a certain equilibrium. Nowadays we do perform these actions physically, just concede that it would be right to do so because we are commanded by Hashem. Our emunah is based on mental acceptance of Torah's truth not on observation of Hashem's open activity in the world, so our avodah [in this respect] is one of mental acceptance.

While the average Yid had to battle Amalek in those days, I'm inclined to think it is perfectly appropriate for a Yid today to have difficulty relating to that avodah. The war against Amalek on the physical plain required actions that cause great hesitation, and for good reason. I believe it is with regard to destroying an idolatrous city we are taught that Hashem will give a certain siyata d'Shamaya to prevent us from being damaged spiritually. These actions are normally very detrimental.

Our emunah requires a lot of us in our actions, even misiras nefesh. But while we may be expected to give our lives (hopefully in the positive sense, today we are not expected to take someone else's. I hope this clarifies my intent in that final paragraph.

-Ben Avraham

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Techias Hameisim Demonstrated - Caterpillar Video

Rabbi Akiva Tatz said in his series of shiurim on the 13 Ikkarei HaEmunah that everything that will exist, even after Moshiach comes, exists right now on earth. After all, the pasuk in Koheles 1:9 says "וְאֵין כָּל-חָדָשׁ, תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ." "There is nothing new under the sun. He said that it is more difficult to believe in techias Hameisim than the other principals of faith, for many people. This is because, he suggests, ressurection of the dead is just so far out of our experiences in life that it difficult to believe that it's possible. After all, when a person is in the ground, he decomposes and there is no known way to resurrect life from dead tissue that we know of. However, he points out that there is something we can look to in the world today to get a feel for the reality of techias Hameisim.

He points out that when a caterpillar turns into a Chrysalis before becoming a butterfly, it goes through a time where it is literally broken down from being a living functioning caterpillar, into being a globulous ball of mush. After that, the mush is reconstituted into a butterfly before hatching out of the Chrysalis again. He says that just as we cannot fathom how life can be recreated from the former caterpillar which is now a ball of mush, we cannot fathom how life can emerge from a decomposed body in the ground. However, just as there is a natural explanation for what is happening by the Chrysalis that we do not know without studying it, there is also a deeper spiritual reality that causes a dead body to come to life again on a higher level, which we do not, as yet, understand.

Below is a timelapse video about 1:30 long that shows how a caterpillar transforms into a Chrysalis. It is truly amazing and unbelievable.

And below is a video of a Monarch Butterfly emerging from its Chrysalis.

And if you think that Rabbi Tatz is exaggerating when he describes the utter destruction within the chrysalis in the stage between caterpillar pupa and butterfly, then look at this (somewhat disturbing) picture that I found below.

Although I know intellectually there there is still something living in the chrysalis, it is wondrous and amazing that such a thing as this can be turned into a beautiful butterfly. It really puts a person on notice that there is so much that is above our understanding that we should not expect to fully understand how life is created.

IY"H, we should all be zocheh to techias Hameisim and bias Moshiach tzidkeinu bimeheira veaymeinu!

-Dixie Yid

Friday, July 6, 2007

Why do we work? Important Video Shiur - Must see!

There is the most amazing video shiur that I am posting below. It will put your whole attitude towards how and why you work into perspective. It is truly eye opening and I highly recommend it! Please watch and be misbonein!

-Dixie Yid

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rav Tzvi Mayer Zilberberg last night- Audio, Video & Pictures

I have an inside man at Kehillas Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY who was at Rav Tzvi Mayer Zilberberg's Chizuk drasha last night. He has supplied me with pictures, video, and an audio recording of the whole shiur. I'm embedding the 5 videos below in this post.

For the audio to the whole (1 & 3/4 hour) shiur, Click here to download the audio. You have to click on the orange download button at the bottom right hand side of the webpage where it's hosted. You can download the entire shiur in .wav format for your computer or mp3 player for free.

You can find a couple more pictures of Rav Tzvi Mayer from the shiur at this link.

Update: More information on Rav Tzvi Mayer is available in Mishpacha Magazine. You can obtain the pdf of the article directly from Mishpacha Magazine here. HT to Izbitza.

-Dixie Yid

The Problem With Giving to Everyone Except Your Family

I wrote an answer to a question posed by A Simple Jew on the topic of being involved with every Chesed, Shul activity or kiruv opportunity but totally neglecting one's family. The posting can be found here.

I'll copy/paste A Simple Jew's question to me below.

A Simple Jew asks:

There once was a man who was the epitome of selflessness. The needs of others were paramount in his eyes and his tremendous acts of kindness remain legendary to this day. As inspiring as he was, there was one tragic aspect to his personality. Perhaps he considered his wife and children as part of himself, however for reasons that we will never know, his selflessness did not extend to them. He was always caring for others and was not able to provide the attention that his wife expected. In the end, his selfless nature cost him his marriage.

This man was certainly on a level miles above me. As I have reflected on this man's life, I am reminded of a teaching I once saw from Rabbi Chaim Vital:

"When a person faces his judgment in Olam Haba, he is not evaluated according to how much he helped other people. He may be a tremendous activist, may be constantly running from one affair to another, may be constantly involved in one project or another, but his worth is measured according to how he behaved with his wife and children. The way a person acts with his family reflects who he really is."

As with all great men, had this man devoted himself solely to his family he would not have been able to leave behind the world with all the precious gifts that he left behind. However, based on this teaching from Rabbi Chaim Vital, in your opinion should this man have followed a different path and devoted himself to his family instead?

Dixie Yid answers...

-Dixie Yid

(Painting "Waiting for Dad" courtesy of Silver Dove Gallery)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

If You Give Ma'aser, Why Aren't You Rich?

I saw a great posting by Aneinu from DafNotes on on this topic that I've wondered about for a long time. "If you give ma'aser, why aren't you rich?" Enjoy.

Update: Thanks Avrumi for the link to version of this posting actually found at DafNotes.

-Dixie Yid