In Loving Memory of our Dear Parents

Benjamin Assa & Rebeca Assa z"L

Chesed/ Let's understand...


24 July 2017
1 Av, 5777 
Let´s understand...
A person who helps when they get the opportunity to, more than helping the other person, is helping himself, he is imitating Hashem in the quality of CHESED.  On the contrary, he who turns his head away when his help is needed, loses Divine assistance and berachot for himself.

Chesed/ Today's homework!


19 July 2017
25 Tamuz, 5777 
Today´s Homework...
At the next opportunity that I have to give tzedakah, I will see it as a tool of self-help, a way of "killing two birds with one stone."
"I help and I will get helped."

Chesed/ So damaging!!


24 May 2017
28 Iyar, 5777 
So damaging!
So damaging is the trait of "tzar ayin," that Mishlei warns us not to enter the house or eat the food of a person who fits this description.  The Chofetz Chaim warns us too look out for the signs of this trait, which are not difficult to spot, that way we know who we need to stay away from. 
Beezrat Hashem tomorrow we will be seeing which are the signs of the people with "tzar ayin."

Chesed/ It's not always money...


23 May 2017
27 Iyar, 5777 
It´s not always money...
Acts of kindness with the family don´t always involve money.  A young man once visited the Steipler Rav and complained bitterly, "I don´t know what to do, my house is in constant chaos.  When I come on Erev Shabbat I always find diapers on the floor, dirty plates in the dishwasher, toys thrown all over... My wife isn´t being able to handle the situation.  I can´t go on like this anymore."
"You don´t know which to turn," the Steipler asked him.  "I am going to tell you.  Turn to the closet and take out a broom.  Has it ever occurred to you?"
Yes!!! It is very easy to complain and criticize.... But how difficult is it to look for ways to help?

Chesed/ True story...


22 May 2017
26 Iyar, 5777 
True Story....
As we have studied, sadly many times it is easier to give Tzedakah to strangers than to those closest to us. 
One morning, the Kapishnitzer Rebbe called a wealthy man from his community in Manhattan.
He explained that he would like to visit the man to discuss an opportunity to give tzedakah.  The man, out of respect for the Rebbe, insisted that he would go to Brooklyn rather than cause the Rebbe to take the subway to Manhattan.  The Rebbe refused and said that he would like to go to his office and speak to him for a couple of minutes
The Rebbe to the office and the man disconnected his phone and asked not to be bothered... the Rebbe was in his office...
There, the Rebbe detailed the terrible financial situation of a family with many children.  The breadwinner had lost his job, his health was suffering and financial pressure was breaking the family to pieces. Something had to be done immediately to help.
The man, after hearing this story, did not hesitate for a moment.  "I´ll write a check for one thousand dollars right now," he said.
"But Rebbe," he continued, "I don´t understand why you had to trouble yourself to come all the way here."  With the pen in his hand the man asked, "who do I make out the check to?"
The Rebbe stayed silent for a few seconds and answered:
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