You Are Strong!

“There are always two sides to every disagreement unless of course…

you are one of them!” 🙂

When you see the arguments and disagreements of others, they may look petty unless you are involved.

Can we step back and observe our own disagreements?

That takes real strength…

Aizehu Gibor? Who is strong? we are taught in Pirkei Avos, one who conquers himself…

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Bluming and anonymous source

Donating a Kidney: Am I Still Me?

When you donate an organ, is the recipient partly you now? And is a kidney donor any less of a person with only one kidney? Having lost a part of themselves, is their identity minimized in any way?

The answer to all of the above is a clear no. Because you haven’t given away a part of yourself, you have given a part of your body. And your body is not you. Your soul is. You are a soul, and that soul has a body.

So then let’s ramp up the question a notch. Brain transplants are not yet possible. Although the way some people behave, it seems as if they have already become donors 🙂 But the theoretical possibility of brain transplants really boggles the mind. Am I still me if I have someone else’s brain? Maybe your kidney can become my kidney, and we both still remain the same people. But if someone’s brain becomes someone else’s, who is who?

Well, the answer remains the same. You are not your brain, you are your soul. Your mind, your personality and your identity are all stored in the soul, not the brain. Receiving someone else’s brain would be like buying a used smartphone. You just transfer your old information from the cloud to the new device, and life goes on.

So there is the answer. You are not a body, you are a soul. In the short time the soul inhabits the body, thank G-d for every healthy limb and organ you have, and for the opportunity to use them for good.

Menachem Mendel Bluming, Rabbi Moss and

Got Faith?!

OLympic Gold
Top world athletes participate in the Olympics. Yes there are others who may have the same skills and maybe even greater skills but is it is the training that that is the catalyst for the metamorphosis from great skill to an Olympic athlete.

The word for faith in Hebrew is Emunah. Imun – the root word of the word of Emunah, is training. Faith is a natural skill, natural to your soul, but it is only through training that you can cultivate that natural skill to become a life altering treasure.

So start training – go for the Gold! It will enrich your life…

Menachem Mendel Bluming, RSK and

If G-d wants the needy fed and taken care of why doesn’t he provide them with plenty?!

in Shul

in Shul

Imagine that you know someone who needs food to feed their family. You want to help them. So you send a nice check in the mail. But it never gets there, as the mailman kept the check for himself.

So you order a meal online for them. But the restaurant got the order wrong and gave the food to someone else.

Not giving up, you arrange a grocery shop for them. But the delivery truck never showed up.

Exasperated, you go on to your bank app to do a direct transfer. And the app crashes.

Did you try to help? Yes. Were they helped? No. What went wrong? You were let down by the system. You may have the best intentions, but you rely on others to do their part. If they don’t, the help doesn’t arrive.

G-d wants to help everyone. So He created a world that has all the necessary resources to feed every mouth. And he set up a system to deliver the goods to those who are in need.
We are the system. You and me.

There is enough money in the world for everyone to have what they need, enough love to give to every lonely person, enough people with time on their hands to step in for those who need help. All that is required is goodwill and a sense of responsibility on the part of those who have, to share with those who have not.

So why are there hungry people? Because we aren’t doing our job 🙂 If we don’t deliver, the food doesn’t get to its destination. That is not G-d’s fault, it’s ours.

Of course G-d could just cut out the middle man and feed the hungry Himself. But that would defeat the purpose of creation – to make a world of kindness, where free beings use their gifts to help each other.

Food is not all we need for nourishment. We also have a need for meaning. In order to give us a life of meaning, G-d gives us the opportunity to give. When I help someone more needy than myself, I am also being nourished. I am giving food, but I am receiving much more. I am receiving the gift of purpose.

Menachem Mendel Bluming and Rabbi Moss and