Charity is a Mitzvah Too! (Parshat Re’eh)

One Dollar Bills
One Dollar Bills

I often become startled – if not embarrassed when I find myself around those who hate to give. Pirkei Avot 5:13 teaches us that there are four types of givers. There is one who wishes to give but that others should not. He begrudges others! There is one who believes that others should give, but that he does not have to. He begrudges himself! There is one who gives and believes that others should give too. He is a Chassid (pious person)! Finally there is one who believes that he does not have to give, nor should others. He is wicked! When I find a situation of someone asking for help (especially a person dressed in rags – God forbid) other than considering my own responsibility to give, I find myself reciting this Mishnah. Indeed, the Mishnah is telling us the truth!

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Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam – The Klausenberg Rebbe

Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam - Klausenberg Rebbe
Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam – Klausenberg Rebbe

Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam (1905-1994) – the Rebbe of Klausenberg was one of our generations greatest rabbis. He was known for his exceptional breadth of knowledge of all areas of Torah and his immense level of compassion for others.

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The Crow and the Kitten – Both are Beautiful…

Crow
Crow

I am beyond excited when I see videos like this (see below)! I think they teach about life itself! They teach us – what we should already know as people. They teach us that we’re different, but that it doesn’t mean we have to be segregated from each other – let alone show animosity one to the other!

Certainly there are distinctions. One person may be a doctor, and another an electrician. One may have a very high IQ and another may not. One may have a large build, while another may be petite. These are qualities, characteristics and physical attributes that define something about us and why we are different. Let’s be clear, it doesn’t mean we have to melt into each other – as the common cliche speaks about the melting pot. What it does mean however, is that we need to value each other for who we are. We need to recognise the needs of others – as much as we recognise our own needs. We need others to value that in ourselves too! We need to be less judgmental and far more kind – even when everything just doesn’t seem to indicate it…

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