What do you think would be better — to go back in time or to see the future?
Andy, Hampstead, Canada
To quote a favorite saying we heard from a good friend, a Holocaust survivor, Reb Efraim (Fred) Englard of blessed memory:
“Yesterday is history.
“Tomorrow is a mystery.
“Today is a gift.
“And that’s why they call it ‘the present.’”
What is your definition of chutzpah?
Coming to your therapist because of a split personality and asking for a group discount.
Thanks for inviting me to your class last week. I was the one with all the questions. I noticed you kept saying Baruch HaShem (thank G-d) when people asked you about your health, your family, or almost anything. Why is it so important to answer this way?
Gila, via e-mail
You are —- Baruch HaShem — asking an excellent question. The great chassidic master known as the Baal Shem Tov, would ask people he met during the course of his travels, how they were doing. He taught them the importance of recognizing that our health, income and our entire well being is due to the blessings of HaShem. This is really what saying “Baruch HaShem” is all about.
Have you heard the story of an American Jew who visited Russia years ago and is asked about life in America?
“Thank G-d, he replies,” life is good.
“And how is life in the Soviet Union?”
“Here,” replies the Russian, “life is good, but here we don’t say ‘Thank G-d.’”
“Really?” asks the American. “ So, what do you say?”
“Here we say, ‘Thank Brezhnev.’”
“Really! And tell me, what will you say when Brezhnev is gone?”
“Then we will say, ‘Thank G-d!’”
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