Depends How You View It!

Worst Day Ever?

By Chani Gorkin

Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grader who attends the Bais Rivka high school and lives in the Chasidic Community of Crown Heights, posted this poem to the site poetrynation.com earlier this year

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

The Jewish 9/11 by Rabbi Mendel Bluming

Tisha B’Av, is the Jewish 9/11 (9th day of Jewish 11th month called Av). Many Jewish calamities befell our people on this day: both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on this day, Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and from Spain in 1492 on this day etc etc The message of both 9/11s: Don’t allow yourself to fall back to sleep! Mendel Bluming