In 1997 Pepsi ran a promotion in which one bottle cap out of 565 million revealed a win of 1 million dollars! It was called the 1997 Pepsi Cola Globe Buck Contest. There was excitement in the air and Pepsi sales sky rocketed!
Say you invited some friends to a BBQ on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in your backyard and while they were enjoying their food one of them opened a Pepsi bottle and SHE WON! She was thrilled… but you, not so much…
“Wait, you can drink the Pepsi as my guest, but the bottle cap and bottle are mine… I won that million dollars not you… It belongs to me.”
What do you think? Who would American and Jewish Law consider the rightful owner?
Upcoming class taught by Menachem Mendel Bluming in conjunction with JLI
Banks remain open on inauguration day January 20, 2017
There are times to bend like a reed in the wind.
And there are times to act as a stubborn wall against the tide.
There are things that lie at the periphery of life. In those situations stubbornness often stands in the way of harmony and peace. Every such “I” is the very root and source of evil.
But when it comes to matters that touch the purpose for which you were placed in this world, that’s when you have to be that immovable wall. That’s when you have to say, “On this, I‘m not going to budge.”
That “I,” that’s not evil. That‘s an “I” fulfilling the purpose for which you were given an “I.”
Menachem Mendel Bluming and Chabad.org and Rabbi Freeman
Feeling depleted lately? Exhausted? Drained? Simply not enough strength to keep on moving forward? Sometimes I feel like I am down to the very last drop… How do we keep on going?
…Gaze at the beautiful flames of the Chanukah Menorah, the soft lasting glow of the candles or oil flame seems to be telling us something very personal:
Those brave Maccabees; All they had was one small jug of oil really not enough to last for 8 days, they realistically did not have enough. Yet amazingly their flame kept on going and going and going…
Within your soul there is an endless indefatigable supply of pure oil that will keep our flame burning way past what we think we can reasonably handle. If we only apply its flame our souls draw on an infinite resource…
Menachem M Bluming and Chabad.org