Encouragement

The Last Laugh

"If we knew that a rare gift was concealed within our difficulties, we could laugh; but with emuna, we start laughing even before we discover the gift." 

Shavua Tov! An old parable about a donkey in trouble gives us a different perspective on life's difficulties. Here's two-and-a-half minutes of encouragement:

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Overcoming Your Acute Problem

Here's how a small segment of the cogent "Nishmas" prayer helps us defeat worry and depression while overcoming that nagging acute problem that each of us has. (Text of segment below vid):

"If our mouth was as full of song as the sea, and our tongue as full of rejoiceful singing  as the multitude of waves, and our lips as full of praise as the expanse of the horizon, and our eyes as brilliant as the sun and the moon, and our hands as outspread as the eagles of the sky and our feet as swift as antelopes -- we still could not thank You sufficiently, HaShem our God and God of our forefathers, and to bless Your Name for even one of the many thousands of thousand, thousands times thousands and myriads of favors, miracles and wonders that you performed for our ancestors and for us." (from "Nishmas" prayer, English translation by Rabbi Lazer Brody)


Never Give Up!

Thanks so much to everyone for your warm feedback from yesterday's Emuna Baby post. Despite a dozen-plus miscarriages and indescribable hardship, Esther Nava refused to give up. Where did she learn that from?

Imagine that your life's work went up in smoke and you're already more than a hundred years old; would you have the strength to start all over? Rebbe Akiva did. See this: