Sunday, August 21, 2016

Menachem Av 14, 5776 · August 18, 2016

You shall know… and take to heart (4:39)

For many years Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch suffered from ill health, compelling him to undertake many trips to various European healing centers to consult with medical specialists.

On one such occasion, a professor-physician who had examined and interviewed the Rebbe categorized his ailment in the following manner: the heart craves something that is beyond the capacity of the mind, and the mind understands more than the heart can bear…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Rock for Me

Sometimes, when you're walking down the street, maybe even trudging, just doing what you gotta do, you pass a rock and think "Oh wow what a perfect rock to rest on!" and then you tell yourself no, you must move on, and so you move on, and then you think "wait, Hashem put that rock there for me!" so you go back and rest, and get energy for your walk, and share it with others so they too can get energy.

Also literally.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Always love these.

Negative Commandment 243
"Do not steal"—Exodus 20:13.

It is forbidden to abduct one's fellow.

Friday, July 22, 2016

When She Goes

Will they say of her, when she goes, that she was never really here?
Will they say that while she was everywhere, she was really nowhere?
Did everything but nothing?
Plowed, planted, even reaped but never tasted her crops?
Will she taste her crops only once she goes?
Will they say of her, when she goes, that everyone knew her but nobody did?
That she smiled, laughed, joked and cried with all but always all alone?
Will they miss her if they never had her?
Will the world miss her if it never had her?
Will they say of her, when she goes, that she finally found her place and her home? 

I didn't convert my license cuz I knew I had tons of time and then I left.
Hashem loves me.
Regardless of what I see :)

It's OK To Cry

It's OK to cry.
It's good to cry.
It's good that I am crying.

It's OK to be crushed.
It's good to be crushed.
It's good that I am being crushed.

It's OK to be overwhelmed.
It's good to be overwhelmed.
It's good if your overwhelmedness makes you feel crushed and makes you cry, cry out to G-d.

Monday, July 04, 2016

In the words of the Gemara: "If the elders tell you to destroy and the youngsters say to build, destroy and don't build, for the destruction of the elders is actually building, and the building of the youngsters is actually destroying."

(from an article by the brilliant r' aron moss )

Sunday, June 26, 2016

G-d Is G-d

Was, Is, Always Will Be.
Revealed, Hidden.
Harsh, Kind.

G-d = Good

Friday, June 17, 2016

Belief, avec Cody

"That's cool. Well, that's cool and that's not cool."

"Whatcha talking about? What's cool and not cool?"

"Well, it's cool that you stick to your religion but it's not cool that you lose business over it."

"Hey, if I believe in G-d enough to listen to His rules, then I definitely believe He's not gonna make me suffer cuz of it."

(chuckle) "You're right."

Monday, June 06, 2016

No Perfection Available

"You have to begin with the knowledge
that there is nothing perfect in this world.

Our job is not to hunt down perfection and live within it.
It is to take whatever broken pieces we have found
and sew them together to create beauty."

-Tzvi Freeman

Oxygen for my soul.

"Hi, I made Aliyah."

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Good Life

Bose headphones and Alaska and loud music in my ears,
Stuffed Koby and a wooden desk and movies of good tears.
Words to write up any day, moment or mind-shift,
Smiles, jokes and inner rock for every mood to lift.

I'm blessed in my hunger, on my blankets and my all.
And I've just been reminded every leap comes from a fall.

Calm Fire

a calm fire is in my soul
raging without sound or rage
jumping leaping totally still
bursting out with peaceful will

dance, black hats, dance
reach out and take the joy
sing your songs of years and yearn 
teaching all what they don't learn

speed and heat, frenetic power
there here there here where
raging without sound or rage
a calm fire is in my soul

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Date of Moshiach's Arrival

If it was golus, we'd argue over time zone truths, secretly at best, openly and ferociously at worst.
But it won't be golus, so we'll all happily, peacefully and gracefully agree without anyone feeling rejected or compromised.

O how sweet Redemption will be. How very sweet indeed.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Some (of the zillion) Stuff I'm Grateful For

My sneakers and my laptop. My room. My desk. My window to the street. My job. My students. My coworkers and my free use of the copy machine. My free use of car, wifi, washing machine and dryer (all big sizes). Nice weather to hang up clothes outside. Free pool nearby. My boxing gym so close and cozy. Souvenirs from a million places. Having been in the coolest places. Backpacking trips, with and without friends. 3 day camel trip in the Rajasthan desert of India. Dressing up like locals in Marrakesh, Morocco. Villages and like-villages and freezing mountaintops in Azerbaijan. Full day ice climbing in Matanuska Glacier in Alaska. Amtrak train across the USA. My ability to write. My smile. My glasses. My hair. My friends and my cousins. My fingers and my toes. My seforim. My chavrusas. Having lived all over the world. Eretz Yisroel. Eretz Yisroel. Eretz Yisroel. Having a Rebbe. Having the Lubavitcher Rebbe as my Rebbe. Having a dollar from the Rebbe. Getting guidance from the Rebbe. Blessed and cherished and loved by Hashem.