The bottom line is the following, the human animal is basically very noble, however is tested by instincts that are both narcissistic and selfish. The height of evil is our pride, for when we feel slighted our ability to react evilly is heightened. To overcome perceived fronts we need to quite simply do the following five things: 1. We must thank God for all our blessings every morning 2. We must trust that everything that happens is designed by the master programmer of reality, from the mosquito biting us, to someone shaming us – as King David said to his general Yoav who wanted to kill Shimy ben Geirah for cursing out the king, “leave him, for God told him to curse,” though God did not commanded Shimy to curse, nonetheless God orchestrates all events, so why get upset 3. Every night before we go to sleep we must truly forgive anyone for anything they may have harmed us – in this way we release the poison of resentment nightly 4. We must have a higher purpose to our lives – as the famous Chassidic teaching, empty vessels attracts mould – if we do not dedicate our heart, lives, minds and actions, to higher purposes we are by default inviting lower moldy bacterial viruses into our consciousness  – one need not look very far these days to see these viruses only too glad to infiltrate our consciousness, destroying our happiness and certainly our meaningfulness 5. We must realize that life consists of three basic stages: God’s desiring to elevate us; the process of refinement; and the messianic era after such time when we have refined ourselves; hence everything we do is not only of personal but global significance.

    What does it mean when we see Hillary Clinton condemning the republicans for trying to keep accountability by terrorist regimes, murderers as well as antisemitic despots from receiving our money, the answer is simple    to the radical left, all they truly care about is their own power.

One of my most interesting experiences this week was staying over at a resort with young Jewish Torah students and there were monkeys who came to visit. Unbeknown to them – coming from America – they were able to peel oranges and feed slices to the monkeys who literally took them out of their hands. However a friend of mine told me that this is a big no-no in Africa for then the monkeys become aggressive “Why?” query I, the American. “Because then the monkeys begin to expect food from humans and when they don’t get it they become aggressive.” Now doesn’t that leave us with much to learn from.

In other words, the classic view on Moshiach was similar to the story of a great sage who came to the house of a simple innkeeper and getting up in middle of the night as sages were want to, cried for the rebuilding of the third temple. Whereupon his host, concerned that his guest was crying, came to his room and enquired if the food or bed was not good? Realizing that this man didn’t understand lofty spiritual concepts, he told him “you know the problems we have from the Cossacks, Moshiach will come and take us to Israel and we will not have any more Cossacks problems.” Excited, he hurried to tell his wife and he came back a few minutes later shamefacedly and told the Rabbi “my wife suggests that it would be better if the Cossacks were taken to Israel.” Moshiach isn’t coming to release us from problems, thank-God with the fall of communism we have been released from anti-Jewish western sentiments (and the Arab persecution will obviously end soon as well) The Moshiach who is coming, is in the words of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the main point he drove home over and over again in a thousand talks in the most inspirational of his talks during the last four years of his teachings, is a revelation of the essence of God. Now that too seems quite fanciful but ironically it is exceptionally normal. For fanciful notions, grand spiritual bliss is not the revelation of God rather the light of God, the essence of God is the unique ability of the highest and lowest to unite. The one thing we know about God is that he is unlimited and the nature of something unlimited is that He is even unlimited by the limitation of being unlimited. Read more…

No matter the excuse evil behavior is evil action

I heard that a Rebbe said (not Chabad, who said that as God’s name is on the greenback it is protected) that before Moshiach will come one will be able to use the American Dollar for wallpaper.   We must understand that politicians are only interested in themselves but God is interested in spiritual growth.

In other words although we cant see him he certainly sees us for he is obscured whil we are visible

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