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I only met him once, it was my first year in Israel. I remember him sitting by the his shtender, as this group of people lined up. Seeing somebody who is so well known was just shocking to me, well he was just there, plain and simple. He was sweet and kind, he answered my questions with a sort of smile and warmness, as if he didn't do this all day. Rabbi Shtienmen is a loss, not just because of his knowledge but of who he was, his unifying brilliance yet his understanding of the simple "generational problems". He was one of the last from the "old country", yet he related to the young and old in 2017. A loss indeed. I had a question concerning which yeshiva shall I go to, to which I followed his answer and was indeed very successful. I remember walking away and kind of letting go of the upsetting nature of the extremeness in the "charedi world" because he was clearly pure and warm. Happy Chanukka!
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I had a conversation with a friend which resulted in some insight into our generational struggles. It started with the discussion of technology, becoming an addictive nature and the impact it is having on our lives. What has it done to us and how can we use without becoming different and in-complacent. I guess "focus" would be the correct way of describing the disturbance I have from the constant usage of it. Well how important is focus you may ask? When you for example go to work, sit and do you due diligence in the mainframe of effort and brainpower to fulfill your Bosses wishes and desires, seems a bit strenuous.Work by defenitiion is work! What if we didn't have enough focus on work, how would that effect our lives? If 9-5 was the worst part of you day. You see then life begins to become a drag, for in your hands and feet you are working but, in your mind you have completely lost touch with that (being on the phone etc). So when you go home, all you have in your
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Being afraid of feeling bad is one of the biggest motivation for feeling bad. We as humans care very much for ourselves, that being said if we truly want to feel good all the time than we must be on the down side at times. It’s the mainframe of who we are, “our up is only as good as our down”. Those full of excitement and joy, have the alternative very available to them. We can’t cheat ourselves, it’s who we are. As Jews we know that our year calendar has many happy day Succos, Chanukah etc. there are also Yom Kippur, Tisha Ba’av etc. It’s very unfortunate to avoid those sad days, for then the happy days will have less attachment and feeling. There are those who think that not to feel, would be the best way to feel “alright” and somehow accept a lifestyle coinciding with that. To explain such erroneous thinking, take a child, what is his wants? Candy? Ice cream? These are generally things that children have on their priority level. There is nothing wrong with that, it is