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HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT G-D WANTS?

TIMES OF STRESS ARE TIMES FOR GROWTH

Whenever someone says, “expect the unexpected,” slap them hard on their face and say: You didn’t expect that, did you?


An older man had serious hearing problems for many years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the man to hear 100%.


The old man went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.”


The man replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to their conversations. I’ve changed my Will six times!”


In this week’s portion, the twelve tribes… Read More »

IS THE HUMAN HEART A MIRROR?

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up.

Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to "Dad." With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.

Dear Dad:
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing to you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you.
I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes, and the fact that she is much older than I am.
But it's not only the passion...Dad, she's… Read More »

CAN YOU BE LOYAL AND SELFISH AT THE SAME TIME?

A man once a college student in a very prestigious school was asked what he was majoring in.

He replied: “Decision making.”

The man was intrigued. “Really, there is a whole department in university on the science and psychology of decision-making? Wow. And what will you do with a degree in decision-making?”

He replied, “I haven’t yet decided.”

The biblical debut of the favorite matchmaking is recorded in this week’s portion, Chayei Sarah. Isaac is 40 years old, he needs to get married and so Abraham sends his faithful servant Eliezer on a search. Unlike modern-day matchmaking in which people are profiled based on vital issues like political alliances, music, and wine, Abraham gives… Read More »

I SPENT SHABBAT WITH FAMILY

A Jewish couple was celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. During the feast, the woman stood up and said: "I'd like to make a toast to myself for sticking it out with this man for fifty years, and I want to tell you, that the fifty years of our marriage have felt like two days."

The crowd was very moved by her words. But one man asked, "Why like two days, and not like one day?"

"The fifty years of our marriage," replied the woman, "felt like two days: Tisah B'av and Yom Kippur."

There seems to be a constant troubling pattern in the life of our fathers and mothers. Whenever they came to a new location, they claimed that they were brothers and sisters, rather than spouses, so that their… Read More »

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