Daily Archives April 2, 2015

It Was In Your Eyes

It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many years ago. The old man\’s beard was glazed by winter\’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue. As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider\’s eye and said, \”Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn\’t appear to be a passageway by foot.\”

Reining his horse, the rider ...

The Rock / P.U.S.H.

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the devil decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man\’s weary mind \”You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and...

The Vessel

The Master was searching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many – which one would He choose? \”Take me\”, cried the gold one, \”I\’m shiny and bright, I\’m of great value and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!\”

The Master passed on with no word at all; He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall; \”I\’ll serve You, dear Master, I\’ll pour out Your drink, and I\’ll be at Your table whenever You dine, My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, And my silver will always compliment You.\”

Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass, It was wide mouthed and shallow, and polished like glass...

Elimelech and the Blessing

A Bracha, (a blessing), what is a blessing?

We Jewish people have been making blessings for thousands of years. But what is a blessing. Are we giving a blessing to G-d for what he has given us?

When we give a blessing to a friend, it\’s like wishing that good things should happen to him. Is this the same towards G-d? Can we do such a thing? What is it that G-d lacks, that our blessing can do something?

To answer these questions, there is a famous story about Rabbi Elimelch, the Rabbi of Lesinsk who lived about two hundred years ago. Another Rabbi came to visit Rabbi Elimelch, who was known far and wide for being a Tzaddik (a pure and righteous man).

As they sat together conversing, the visiting Rabbi, who was a distinguished scholar, yet did not achieve the level of holiness and saintl...