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This is fantastic. I try to do this, too! (Like recently, with the crazy speeding driver!) Often, I find that if I ASSUME that the person has something else going on, it makes me more compassionate. The place where I don’t seem to be able ro apply this is when teenagers are cruel to my child. I can’t help it Rivki. This is where my compassion ends. They are old enough to know better — or their parents SHOLD be teaching them about these same tenets. Oy. It was great to see you and hear you in action! Love it!
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1st. they should make for each video a separate comment section, in order to have a clear dialogue here.
2nd. the idea that we are coming into someone’s life in “middle” of their book is awesome. where did u pick that up or is that your thought? my email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is all well and good to have a positive outlook on life and love your fellow man. However, this kind of indiscriminate blindness can obfuscates true evil in the world: Hilter, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Islamism, etc. What you have presented is not unlike the passive Christian “turn the other cheek.” There IS evil in the world even if you choose NOT to see it.
To ignore evil and fail to devastate those who are pledged to destroy us is like spitting in the face of G-d.
Remember: “Kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind.”
Your “bowl full of cherries” approach is blind optimism rather than mature realism. You are doing your children and your audience a disservice with your Golden Rule philosphy. There is no Golden Rule in the supremacist, totalitarian, misogynistic, triumphalist doctrine of Islam. (Do yourself and your children a big favor: Go to Jihad Watch (www.jihadwatch.org) and read “Blogging the Quran. There ARE santized versions of the Quran for infidel consumption so beware).
We are facing the greatest threat to Western civilization that we have not faced since the Cold War: Islamism.
Islamists are pledged to wage jihad in its stealth form of gradually infiltrating and transforming free societies to join the global caliphate under shariah as well as in its aggressive form. The required doctrines of taqiyya and wala wal bara lay out what is required of truly devout Muslims.
You MUST be aware of the Trojan Horse in our midst or you will perish.
Educate yourself and resolve to fight against the subjugation, forced conversion and murder of Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. – ALL non-Muslims. Look around the world! Muslims have perpetrated over 20,000 DEADLY terrorist attacks worldwide since 9-11. (www.thereligionofpeace.com)
Be happy, enjoy your life but be a REALIST who takes appropriate action against EVIL. If not, you could find yourself and your family on another line to the gas chambers.
Read my work at American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine, PJ Media, Family Security Matters, etc. I lecture on Shariah in America, the Muslim Brotherhood, Jihad and Islamization all over the country.
Great video blog – Very much enjoyed the message. Thanks for sharing.
I would love to have a copy of this shiur. Is there any way to get it in print or to save it on my computer?
What a great message!
Yes, a clear, simple message. Easy to understand, but takes patience and practice to apply! Aidel K — in light of what Rivki is teaching — you must find a nicer (more refined) way to put your message to Michael R. !! Although MidwestMama avoids expressions like “grossly misinformed,” she is needlessly defensive in making the same point. I am sure you are correct that Rivki will continue her love of classical piano — and I’m sure she’ll impart some of this to her children — but Michael probably does not know Rivki. Seems to me that Michael is expressing a legitimate fear that excess religiosity can lead to throwing away other valuable things in life. It’s a genuine concern, but it could have been expressed in a positive way — that you hope that in Rivki’s embracing of serious Torah Judaism, which she obviously loves, she doesn’t lose sight of (and practice of) the beauty of her musicianship and then wish her luck imparting the best of both to her children. Oh well…we all need to give each other a break right now…especially in light of the harsh reality of Gaza…and unite as much as possible in a moment like this.
Great message, Rivki. I hope I can keep positive even when tired and as you said, “cranky.”
Michael, as far as I know, Rivki plays the above music and is not Lubavitch.
I love it, it’s so true !!! where can I find more information ???
I enjoy this very much. Carole J. Paul
It would be a wonderful world if everyone online practiced “Lashon Nekiya.”
You are such a great and genuine and pleasant and sweet speaker!! You really have a G-dly gift and it’s so nice to see you using that!!!! Thank you so much!!!
So, I want to be grateful and say “Thank you Rivki for this very nice video!”
… and I’m grateful to have met you! Awesome video. I’m assuming all the music is your doing? Yashar koach
You are a true mensch. The depth of your commentary is not as important as the content and the direction you take us. You are easy to understand and your point comes across extremely well. Yasher koach.
You are a great speaker!
Thank you for being the carrier of “Thank You” message. Sometimes we overlook something so simple but so eloquent, proper and delightful for the other(s) to hear. And the irony of it all is that almost all of us truly enjoy receiving a real expression of gratitude – the oh so simple, “Thank You!”
This was wonderful. And yes Michael, as she is a working musician, I’m fairly sure Rivki’s kids will know more classical music than your average adult by the age of 4. No one says you have to throw away your life (or the things you love) for the sake of Torah!
I love how you speak through your eyes. This was my first time watching your blog, and that is what I first noticed. But the topic kept my interest as I have been working to put myself into a better and happier mood. Thank you for the tips; I will use them most certainly.
I loved the chance to see you and hear you, and what a great topic. I’m exactly like you with the night issue. I’m such a night person, but with little kids who wake early I’ve had to adjust. I think learning to adapt to situations within reason and make small changes leads to happiness. We could complain all the time about the early risers or adapt. They won’t they won’t be this needy forever. (At least I hope!)
Beautiful post, Rivki! Have you seen those studies about smiling even when you don’t feel like it? It sorta schleps you along to happiness anyway apparently. Love that.
DEAR MICHAEL: You are so grossly misinformed! Maybe you should sign up for a Partner in Torah while you’re here. All the best.
Thank you. It is always nice to learn from others good advice, and my to believe you presented very welcome advice.
My two favorite things are laughing and making others laugh. Bring happy is something I do because I have survived so many health challenges that it ain’t funny. Five heart attacks, open-heart surgery, a massive hemorrhagic stroke…yeah, I’ve a LOT to be happy about! Starting each morning with a heart-felt MODEH kicks off my day with a smile.
I’ll never forget that when I came out of the coma I had when the stroke hit me, a nurse asked me if I knew where I was. I nodded my head but could not talk. So I made the letters I…C…U with my fingers. She tried to get me to SAY the initials. So I tried as hard as I could and said IIiiiiiiiiii ccccccccc u. She replied, “Well, I see you too, but do you know where you are?” To say I cracked up, laughing, is an understatement. In my head I thought that if I could laugh at a time like this with two IV tubes pushing ice cold frozen plasma into my hands (VERY painful), then I was going to make it.
Despite the doctors telling me that I would NEVER walk, talk or work again, I returned to work SIX MONTHS to the date of the stroke. Sadly, for me, I had to retire 18 months later. Not from the stroke, but from a side effect of an anti-seizure drug I was being forced to take. Baruch Hashem, anyway!
I disagree a bit. In many ways, we can have it all. Just not all at the same moment. We can have time to be moms, and when kids are older, or we’ve retired from one job, we can take the time to do the career or volunteer or other thing we want more at that time. We just have to have patience and wait for the time/life/years. Yes there are trade offs in the moment, but as the time passes after each thing, we’ve become better, more well rounded people, and bring more to what ever our next path will be. Things usually work out as meant to be, fine. It’s just not instant.
thank you very much
I am curious if you and or your kids listen to Beethoven, or Brahms, or Gershwin. If you threw away all this lovely music for Lubovitcher hasidism, too bad!
Best wishes and a sweet new year
We can have “it all” but not at the same time. We are told that when we get to heaven, we will be asked if we ate of all the fruits – so clearly we are to try of all of them and not be limited by our own fear to try something outside of our comfort zone.
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