Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vacation Special

Some have gone on well earned vacations. This can be utilized in upgrading your daily schedule in many ways.

Did you close your company while you were away ?
Did you delegate more ?
Was your business making money for you while you busy elsewhere ?

These thoughts can help you redirect your daily Torah study program , your minyan prayer times & your time for chesed.
Do it right. Do it with proper devotion & focus.
You can think these are my mini vacations.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

How do we know ...

That we need to present various Torah messages to different people with tailor made presentations ?

See the second Rashi on the first verse in Mishpotim.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Fw: Why?

Great lesson

Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

From: Gutman Locks <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:40:01 +0200
To: Gutman Locks<>
Subject: Why?





     Yesterday I asked a soldier to put on tefillin. He was a nice guy, but he refused. I tried all of my standard tricks, but none of them worked. I have a fairly new one that I use with soldiers. I call out, “Smole! Yamin! Smole! Yamin!” (Left! Right! Left! Right!) It is the command that they are given when they march, and I “command” them to march over and put on tefillin. They usually smile, but it rarely brings them over to put on tefillin. I tried a couple of other things, but he wouldn’t budge. He said, “I put on tefillin at my bar mitzvah, and that was enough.” He smiled, and walked off.


     I went back to my cart and started to help someone else. To my great surprise, the soldier walked over, rolled up his sleeve and waited for me to help him. I quickly put tefillin on him and gave him a copy of the Shema to read. When he finished, and also prayed for his family, I took the tefillin off and had to ask, “What made you change your mind?”


     He said, “My grandfather would never forgive me if I came to the Kotel and didn’t put on tefillin.”


     What do we learn from this nice story? Well, we see that love for the family can bring someone to some amount of Torah observance, but we already knew that. Here is something different to think about: Nothing I said or did actually brought him over. It was clearly his grandfather who gets the credit for that. But, if I had not walked over to him and tried, he would never have thought of his grandfather’s love of the Kotel and the mitzvah of tefillin.


     What’s the point? We (you and I) have to reach out to help. It is only then that G-d decides if we are going to succeed.


     “Open for me (an opening the size of) the sharpness of a needle, and I will open for you the upper gates.”[i]


[i] Zohar, Leviticus 95, Exodus 39:33 Rashi, Shir Hashrim Rabbah 24

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

4 Viewpoints

One can see a glass half full of water -

A pessimist - its half empty
An optimist - its half full
A giving person - who is thirsty ?
The Talmud - water represents Torah!
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Do you Know ?

The message in this weeks Parsha which happens to be in Chapter 24 verse 7 ?

It is the acceptance of the Torah with naaseh venishma - we will do & we will listen. - this applies in our lives 24/7. !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Rules of Presentation

We have Torah guidelines for how to teach & present Torah teachings. Rashi explains As one sets a table with delicious food , prepared in an enticing way for people to eat.

Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.