WELCOMING SHABBAT

Shabbat is more than a day of refraining from worldly activity.

When experienced to its spiritual fullest, its holiness enlightens all other days of the week.

We invite you to enhance your Shabbat with these words of Torah.

 

How to turn a crises or disaster to success

“Winston Churchill said, ‘What is the rule of success in life? That you can go from failure to failure and not lose your excitement and enthusiasm’… only successful people can do it… Most people reach the first failure, and they stop… The successful ones continue, [they don’t get discouraged].

What is the Torah approach to failure? …Why would Hashem cause me to fail?… How do you turn failure into success?

Life can be defined as good or bad, depending on how you interpret things… Really success and failure depend on the person and how he turns his experiences – into successes or failures.

When did the Jewish people become stronger and more united in history? When things were bad… When do you grow? When things are bad. For example, during the tragic destruction of the second [Beit HaMikdash]… Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai went to Yavne, took the sages and [wrote] the Mishnah, the Talmud…

 

When there is disaster, failure, or something negative happens, it’s time to rise up…and start a new beginning. Why? Because Hashem wants you to do something better, bigger. The old… has to be destroyed so the new can come in…

 

One has to have emunah, belief, that there is a Master to the universe [Who] is running the show, there are no mistakes…. [When I fail, it is because it was the] Will of the Master of the Universe. If it weren’t His Will, it wouldn’t have happened… The failure wasn’t only on me.”