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Thought for the Day


He doesn’t need you to report on the dirt in His world. He put it there—and not because He has an interest in it.

He sent you here to search out the jewels hidden in the mud, clean them and polish them until they shine.

And when you bring them to Him, the angels make a crown of them for Him, saying, “Look what Your children have made for You from the mud!”

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
The Jewish Woman
You cannot not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live.
  — Exodus 33:20
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Summers were the best part of my year. I remember feeling like I gained more in one month of sleepaway camp than in ten months of school. The energy and excitement of camp enlivened not only the trips and activities, but also the Shabbat meals and late-night talks with my counselors.

Summer may be a vacation from school, but it is not a vacation from Judaism. That would be like taking a break from life, for Torah is our life, and there’s no vacation from living!

If anything, the summertime allows for more time to learn and grow spiritually, with the excitement and joy that is so much a part of vacation.

Thoughtstream: Today, I will set aside time during summer fun to teach my kids something holy.

(Adapted from Sichat Kodesh 5731, vol. 2, p. 317.)

The Fox in the Vineyard
The Fox in the Vineyard
From the Midrash
The fox could see what luscious grapes grew in the vineyard, but the hole in the fence was too small for him. So he fasted for three days until he became thin enough to slip through . . .   More »