Vayikra

S.T.U.P.I.D. Parashat Behar רבי לויטס איש יבנה אומר מאד מאד הוי שפל רוח שתקות אנוש רמה Rabbi Levitas, from Yavneh, says, “Be very, very, humble, for the Tikva, hope, of humans is the worm (Avot 4 ;4). On a simplistic level, this means that if you make sure to be acutely aware of the fact […]

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YOUR TIME HAS COME

YOUR TIME HAS COME Parashat Vayikra   My ultimate life coach is the Ramchal. He begins Messilat Yesharim talking about goals, about habits, about awareness, about growing step by step, etc. And the way he starts the ultimate coaching of all time is with his famous words. יסוד החסידות ושורש העבודה התמימה הוא שיתברר ויתאמת […]

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THE REAL ANSWER TO LIFE’S PROBLEMS

THE REAL ANSWER TO LIFE’S PROBLEMS Parashat Emor Zoma said, “Who is wise? One who learns from all people. Who is mighty? One who overcomes his own Inclination. Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has. Who is honorable? One who honors others.” The commentators explain that Ben Zoma was asking who […]

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THE SIGN OF BELIEF

THE SIGN OF BELIEF Parashat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim order for a coach to be a good coach, a Rebbi to be a good Rebbi, a parent to be a good parent, and a boss be a good boss, he needs to look at his client, student, child, employee, as if they are wearing an […]

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TIGHTROPING BETWEEN HUMBLENESS AND HAUGHTINESS

TIGHTROPING BETWEEN HUMBLENESS AND HAUGHTINESS Parashat Behukotay   Pirkei Avot, we are taught to be very, very humble (4, 4). Generally speaking, the golden rule that our Sages suggest is in the middle of two extremes. Not too flamboyant and not too sparing. Not too courageous and not too cowardly. (Rambam Deot 1; 4) Humility […]

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AN AWESOME THOUGHT

AN AWESOME THOUGHT Parashat Behar  would say, Beloved is Man, for he is created in the Image of G-d.(Avot Ch. 3) What does this mean? G-d is infinite. Immortal. Immeasurable. The First and the Last. Was, Is and Will Be. He is in the Past, Present and Future, simultaneously. He is not limited by time […]

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THE GOSSIP EXTINGUISHER

THE GOSSIP EXTINGUISHER Parashat Metzorah people gossip, not because they want to cause harm to other people , but because they need a topic of conversation. Nothing is juicier than gossip. Listening to gossip has the same severity as engaging in it. People often listen because they do not know how to stop the “gossiper”. […]

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+ or –

+ or – Parashat Vayikra the hardest part of coaching is getting started. How do you begin the conversation with the person you are coaching so that they will open up? Sometimes, a person knows what he wants, so he is much easier to coach. But, more often than not, people don’t know. They just […]

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BEHAR BEHUKOTAY 2013

THE SH’LAH ON SHAVUOT The Sh’lah Hakadosh, on Shavuot, writes something that gives us all a punch. First, he notes that despite its being a day of tremendous happiness for our receiving the Torah, the day of Shavuot  is also a day of judgment. Judgment on how much effort we put into our learning, quality […]

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english EMOR 2013

SHABBAT –  A DIFFERENT WORLD ששת ימים תעשה מלאכה וביום השביעי שבת שבתון מקרא קדש כל מלאכה לא תעשו שבת הוא לה’ בכל מושבתיכם (ויקרא כג ג) Not long after the Beit Halevi, the Rav of Brisk came home from Shabbat morning prayers, loud knocking was heard on his door. The Rav opened the door […]

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