How do I repay a person who helped me strengthen my faith and make me happier? What's it worth, a million dollars? A billion dollars? There's a big difference between paying back a material favor and paying back a spiritual favor. This time of year is especially conducive to pondering the spiritual side of our lives...
Today's 8-minute podcast is a 4-in-1:
1. It's a preparation for Succoth, telling about the significance of the Four Species;
2. It tells a traditional story, well known to Iraqi Jewry;
3. It's an ethics lesson, and -
4. It has a special message about rescinding the harsh decree of the Corona-virus pandemic.
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King Solomon (who loved Egyptian Arabian horses like Kasaba, the 2-year old filly in the vid with Rav Lazer) teaches that the key to good relationships is realizing that the other person is unique. Recognize their uniqueness and don't make them try to fit into your mold. This is the key to successful parenting, happy marriage and healthy friendships. It's also the secret to raising animals and happy pets. Once we know that, we can make ourselves happy in an amazingly simple way, by learning the 3 keys to happiness, which we'll do in today's podcast.
In our introduction to the Book of Ruth, we learn how the Dark Side tries everything to prevent Moshiach's arrival, so Hashem must engineer it in such a way that catches the unholy spiritual opposition completely off guard.
Fitness trainers have an expression: “Get it right!” Any exercise, from simple breathing to the most complex routine, must be done in the best possible form to ensure optimal performance, gain and benefit to the body. Just as doing exercise is a workout for the body, doing mitzvas is a workout for the soul, making the soul strong and healthy. In that respect, good spiritual form is important for fulfilling a mitzva, so when it comes to observing the Torah, we have to "get it right" too.
The terrible aspect about failing to judge others fairly is that it's a 2-in-1 transgression that is also considered Lashon Hara, or evil speech. Many people don't even know that they're violating this important commandment, so they invoke troubles in life that cannot imagine, Heaven forbid. Here's an eye-opening true story of how failing to judge a person fairly lead to tons of Lashon Hara on social media. This podcast is a must-hear, especially before Rosh Hashana, because it could save you tons of grief.