What do you see in the Mirror?

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What do you see in the Mirror?

When Bnei Yisrael were told that Hashem will bring them into the land of Israel, the spies protested and requested the opportunity to go and check out the land for themselves. When the spies returned from their journey they reported to Bnei Yisrael what they had seen. One of the famous analogies the spies reported to Bnei Yisrael describing their fear and doubts was: ” When we saw these giants, we were in our eyes like grasshoppers. And in their eyes we were like grasshoppers.

Rashi asks, how did they know what their image was in the eyes of the giants? They knew how they felt in comparison to the giants, but how can they ever know what the giants were seeing? There is a great significance to phrasing the spies used and the Torah conveys to us. What you think of yourself is what you project to others. Therefore the pasuk is very careful to phrase it in the correct sequence. That is why it says: WE felt like grasshoppers and therefore that’s what we look like in your eyes. The spies and the Torah were careful not to phrase it the other way around.

It is in our hands how others will view us. If you feel you are able to do something, you automatically project that ability. Your image is what you think of yourself.

Give or Take?

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Give or Take?

There’s a wise woman who was traveling in the mountains and she found a precious diamond in the stream. The next day, she met another traveler who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious diamond in the wise woman’s bag, admired it, and asked the wise woman: “could you give me that diamond?” The wise woman did so without hesitation. Besides to eat she gave him the precious diamond she found. The traveler left rejoicing of his good fortune. He knew the jewel was worth enough to give him security for the rest of his life. A few days later he came back searching for the wise woman. When he found her, he returned the stone and said: “I have been thinking. I know how valuable this diamond is, but I give it back to you in the hope you can give me something much more valuable. If you can give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the precious diamond.”

Greater than the stone was the ability to give the stone. The ability to give from oneself is far more greater than what you give.

Four Words: Forgiveness

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Every man can fall, but the idea is to get up.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis was giving a speech to a group of woman prisoners in Ramle. She says: Ofall my programs, perhaps that little speech in the dust of Ramle was my most moving experience. We stayed the entire afternoon. The woman had myriad questions. They wanted to study, start classes, and find their way back to their heritage.

We were about to leave, when one of the girls approached me and pressed a piece of paper into my hand. “Would you take it to Jerusalem,” she asked, her eyes full of tears, “and place it in a crevice in the Western Wall?”

On the note were written the four most beautiful words that a human being can articulate. “Almighty G-d, forgive me,” it read.

Four words that enable a man to look within his soul and start all over again. The path back will not be easy. Whatever onemight do, there would always be a number attached to his name. But in the Heavenly Courts, such matters are judged differently. There, if a man truly repent, his forgiveness is complete. G-d actually erases a man’s past and gives him a new lease on life.

Body vs. Soul

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Body vs. Soul

Did you ever notice whenever you embark on any decision in life there are two opposing voices running through your mind? It similar to that voice in the back of your head whispering to press snooze on your alarm in the morning, while the other voice is reminding you of the day of work ahead of you that you must face. What is going on here?

When G-d created animals, He created them purely physical, thus their objective is simply survival and himself- nothing else. Angels, on the other hand were created purely for spiritual purposes. When G-d created the man, He used the very same physical materials of the animal to create the human body. However inside that body, G-d put a piece of the Divine.

And therefore inside of each and every person there is two “competing lawyers”at constant battle, one being the body and the other the soul. The challenge of life at its core is who do we define ourselves as and thus which voice will win? Therefore before we act, we need to define who we are and thus we can know where to go. Are we a soul or a body?

We are a soul. A soul is completely unbound by any matter in the world, even your physical body, as it is simply working for your needs. The soul allows you to be whoever you want to be and thats what you must define in order to further connect to your soul with actions that follow through. When we define ourselves as a soul and not a body, we no longer have restrictions and limits of where we can go, but rather we able to be the person we want to be. When we realize who we really are, the world is simply waiting for us to change it.

The Unimaginable Becomes Reality

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Sometimes you find yourself in situations where you look around and question how in the world did every decision up to this point bring you to where you are. Not only how, but more astonishing is why?

You feel like your whole world will be back to peace once this situation is over, but what you don’t know is when put in a situation where the circumstances do not allow you to back out, you bring forth strengths and measures you did not even know you had within yourself. You discover and acknowledge how far you can really push and take on yourself.

When starting at the bottom and being placed in unimaginable conditions you are able to see the highest places you are capable of reaching. The unimaginable and what seemed to be inconceivable to the human eye has now become a reality in your eyes.

Life Goals

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Life goals are those you’d regret not having done if you died tomorrow. Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt”l said: “You don’t know what you’re living for, unless you know what you’re ready to die for.”

Articulate the essential things that make life constantly purposeful. Go further and ask, “Why? Why am I ready to die for this?” Be clear. And then: If you’re ready to die for it, live for it. What else could be more meaningful?

The Oyster’s Pain: The Essence of Human Struggle

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An oyster is a shell fish that resides between two

protective shells. In order for the oyster to get water and produce air, it must open up these two protective shells. There are times that throughout this process a grain of sand enters the shell. The rough grain of sand in contrast with the soft texture of the oyster, leaves the oyster in a great amount of pain. The oyster is aware of a foreign object and it responds. The oyster slowly and patiently wraps the grain of sand in a thin translucent layer. After some time has elapsed, something of great value is created in place of the oyster’s greatest pain- a pearl! It is through the pain of the oyster that pearls are produced.

Hashem created all kinds of precious jewels and stones, all coming from natural sources as oppose to a live animal. Why does the pearl not derive from a natural source as all the other valuables such as diamonds, gold, copper, stones… do? The oyster’s pain producing pearls is the perfect analogy for us humans to understand that life’s greatest moments of pain can lead to pearls. That pain in our lives that constantly nags at us that we try with all our might to get rid of, is the process of growth and discovery of one’s strengths and weaknesses. This growth process leads us down the path to fulfilling our purpose here in this world, creating the greatest pearls in this world and the next.