Torah Portion: Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)
Brainstorming with Baars
How to Lose Weight without Dieting
Question 2: Anorexics don’t realize they need to eat. Similarly, we often don’t realize our soul is starving. When was the last time your soul felt satisfied?
Greatness is in the Details
A. He felt very bad and embarrassed.
A. He felt much better since Solly’s joke said something nice about him. He felt accepted even though he didn’t have a new bike.
A. It’s easy to start to confuse the value of a person with the value of his possessions. “Since I have more, I must be better than him.” This could tempt a person to act conceited and insult others.
A. He can try to remember that everything he has is only a gift from God and therefore there is no reason to feel like he’s better than anybody else. God gives everybody just what they need to accomplish their mission in life. It has nothing to do with who’s “better” or “worse.” Every person has infinite value just because he or she is a person.
A. Solly. When a person feels good about himself he naturally wants to make other people feel good too. But when someone starts putting others down, a lot of times it’s because he’s not so happy about who he himself is and tries to lower others in order to make himself look good.
A. While being hard-working is certainly an admirable trait, still it is important to remember that everything we have, or have accomplished is ultimately only a gift from God. He gave us the strength and the tenacity to work hard, gifts that perhaps others lack. Also, our success is only in His hands. Many people may work as hard or even harder than we, yet not succeed. It’s important to feel grateful and take pleasure in our success. But it’s unwise to look down on others because of it.
A. Both poverty and wealth are difficult tests for a person who wants to be good. If one has too little one can be tempted to steal from others. Whereas if one has plenty, one could become conceited and forget that everything is a gift from God. A person with just enough and not too much is most likely to succeed on a personal character level, which is the level that counts.
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JOKE OF THE WEEK
She got up, dusted her self off and saw that her dress was now dirty and had a little tear. She started running again, still praying, “Dear God, please don’t let me be late for shul.” But this time she added, “please don’t push me, either!”
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