Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:05

merciful words

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-ditchMany know of the mitzvah of giving charity and of its reward, but not of the greatness of the mitzvah of words.  Have our Rabbis not said (Bavra Basra 9b):  "One who gives a penny to a poor man is blessed with six blessings, but one who conciliates him with words is blessed with eleven."  Therefore in speaking, one must clothe himself in righteousness to speak to the poor man's heart.  His words must be gentle to the poor one; he must console him in his adversity and in his ill fortune, and he must honor and uplift him.  --The Ways of the Tzaddikim, pg. 145

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:05

patience is love

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-truckbackPatience is a learned virtue. When I was very young, I didn’t have any patience. I wanted everything, and wanted it NOW! As life went on, I learned patience through resignation.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:21

patient with joy

Written by rabbi russ resnik

I think I’m a pretty patient guy, but I saw something this week that put my patience to shame.

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:00

patience in healing

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-dentistLast week I had the privilege of experiencing the removal of all four wisdom teeth and one extra tooth that had grown behind one of my top front teeth. The entire experience has been a test of patience.

Monday, 30 April 2012 07:52

overdosing on humility

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-imhumblePeople uphold humility like its the most laudable of virtues.  I think its overrated.  I’ve seen people feign humility to the point that it’s sickening.  

Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:30

accepting compliments

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-complimentAccepting compliments can be very hard for some people. For some, the non-acceptance is considered related to the humility they hope to demonstrate.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 09:30

taking responsibility

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-cleanup2Responsibility, in society has negative connotations. When something goes wrong, everyone looks for who is Responsible. Responsibility has become a synonym for “guilt.” Whoever is responsible, is the one who is guilty. Yet this is not really what the term was designed for.

Sunday, 22 April 2012 11:40

the responsibility hot potato

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-gaspricesResponsibility has become a sort of hot potato in our times. We want others to take lots of it, and we don’t want to take any ourselves.

Sunday, 22 April 2012 11:26

social responsibility

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-selmamarch“In a free society, some men are guilty and all men are responsible.”

Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:24

His chesed is always there!

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-hoduOne of the high points of the Passover Seder every year, especially when our kids were growing up, came toward the end, when we’d recite the Great Hallel, Psalm 136.

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