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The Hasidic cure to cancer

Friday, 15 January, 2016 - 1:56 pm

Have you heard about the Hasidic way to fight cancer?

It’s called immunotherapy.

Hailed as the biggest breakthrough in cancer treatment since chemotherapy, immunotherapy works by strengthening the body’s immune system rather than directly attacking the cancer cells the way chemotherapy and radiation do.

What a great life lesson:  The best way to get rid of the negative is by strengthening the positive.

To paraphrase the Rebbe – You don’t fight darkness with a stick, you simply light another candle. Or as the Hayom Yom, a book of short daily Hasidic thoughts, declares “We are day workers” our primary job is to bring more light into the world.

This is true in every area of life.

Take education for example. Suppose you are doing homework with your daughter and you notice that her handwriting is horrible. Rather than saying “you really need to work on your handwriting” try “wow I love the way you wrote that letter so neatly” Focus on the  positive, find the one letter that she did write neatly and build on it. This will show your daughter that she actually can write neatly and will encourage her to try harder next time.  The best way to get rid of the negative is by strengthening the positive.

Another example is in relationships. Rather than constantly harping on what’s wrong with your relationship and your spouse, focus on all that’s right in your relationship and everything that you love about your spouse. The best way to get rid of the negative is by strengthening the positive.

This holds true in almost every area of life, from the way we deal with problems in our community or nation to the way we run our business and deal with our employees. We are day workers and our primary responsibility is to introduce light. 

While there are times that, out of necessity, we must deal with darkness and fight the forces of evil (think ISIS), our primary occupation and focus must always be on light, on strengthening and creating more good.  Fighting darkness is not a solution it’s a necessary Band-Aid.  Even when it  comes to ISIS, the long term solution to the spreading of the evil ideology of Radical Islam is to strengthen the positive, the ideals of human dignity, freedom and the value of human life. For darkness can only prosper where there is no light. The best way to get rid of the negative is by strengthening the positive.

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Benjy Silverman

PS. Join us for Shabbat dinner tonight. 5:00 pm services. 5:30 dinner.

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