Weekly Newsletter Message

Going for Gold in Rio

Michael Phelps’ gold medals and purple circles, Simone Biles defying gravity and Aly Raisman’s anxious parents are highlights of the Rio Olympics that we won’t soon forget. But the moment that will be remembered forever, more than any other, is when Abbey D'Agostino stopped in the middle of her race to help another runner who had fallen. ( Headlines all over the world declared Abbey as the true Olympic champion.  

 Abbey is the real gold winner of the Rio Olympics.

What a great reminder:  You don’t have to make it to the finish line first to win the gold medal.  You can “win the gold” in the middle of the race too.

Actually, in real life, as many who have lived the rat race can attest to, there is no gold at the finish line. In life, the only place to win the gold is in the middle of the race. If you don’t find gold during the race, you wont find it at the end either; because if you are not happy with what you have, you will never be happy with what you get.

Abbey reminded us that the gold is right in front of our eyes, not at some elusive finish line.

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Benjy Silverman

How McDonald's Taught Me to Smile

A young girl once wrote to the Lubavitcher Rebbe in anticipation of a scheduled meeting between her father and the Rebbe. Her father, a community activist and leader, had always dreamt of retiring to Israel.

“Dear Rebbe, as you may know my father has always wanted to live in Israel. Please make him happy by giving him your consent and blessings to make Aliyah”

The Rebbe acknowledged the girl’s feelings but also gently reminded her of the importance of her father’s work in his community. “I have no doubt that he will feel in his element only in a place where he can fully utilize his knowledge and qualities for the benefit of others. Based on this you will surely realize that he will be truly happy if he continues in his present situation”

True happiness comes from fulfilling your purpose not your desires. Serving others, rather than oneself, is key to happiness.

This can be particularly challenging in today’s culture that places personal fulfillment and feelings above all else. (Is it any surprise that we are the most depressed generation of all time?)

As a young woman recently shared, “College taught me that my feelings are more important than anything. Working in McDonald’s taught me that serving others comes first”.

“At McDonald's, what mattered was not how I felt but how the customers felt…. My job was to make others happy!"
Perhaps this is the secret behind that McDonald's smile. mcdonalds.jpg

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Benjy Silverman





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