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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Torah as a Roadmap to Spiritual Growth

The Torah as a Roadmap to Spiritual Growth: "The Torah As A Roadmap To Spiritual Growth

For the inaugural post of the Chizuk Shaya blog, I'd like to share an insight from pirkei avos (a/k/a pirkei avot) (note: for those unfamiliar, pirkei avos (Hebrew: פרקי אבות‎) (literally, Chapters of the Fathers) is a compilation of the ethical teachings and maxims of various Talmudic sages divided into six chapters traditionally studied each Shabbos during the summer months).

Before studying a chapter of Pirkei Avos, it is customary to read from an introductory mishnah from Sanhedrin as follows: "kol yisrael yesh lahem chelek b'olam haba, sh'nemar, "v'amech kulam tzadikim, l'olam yirshu ha'aretz; netzer matai, ma'aseh yadai l'hitpaer.""

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ChaiDomains A Venture in the Making!:

ChaiDomains A Venture in the Making!: "despite our greatest abilities to predict what life itself may bring, we often do not understand the simple meaning of our words or actions until we do them, and observe the effect they have on those we are speaking with.

It is an amazing time of the year, and we need to have a thorough understanding of how our thoughts, plans, actions and words effect those around us. Often we are placed in situations where we may simply “go with the flow” and generally things will work out for the best"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My Links and Navbar!

My Links and Navbar!: " G-d therefore looked at the deeds of the wicked, which resulted in a withholding of His light. But it was precisely this withholding that allows the world to exist. There is a constant pendular movement, between the desire to create and the desire to restrain. This is known as "below and not below." According to the teachings of the Arizal, the first stage in creation was the tzimzum; the contraction of G-d's light to make room for the existence of a finite universe. Gevurah means "strength" or "power," and refers to the forces of contraction and restraint that G d used in creating the world.- As the Mishnah says in Pirkei Avos 4:1: "Who is strong? One who subdues his own nature."- I"