Is Freedom What We Think It Is?
Think About This--It Has a Good Lesson
Of the following list, who is the most enslaved person and
who is the most free?
"Three years ago I was taken by the KGB and put in a
labor camp in
Siberia, I am told when to get up, when to go to bed and
- "I was ship-wrecked on a desert island. I can do
anything I want,
there's nothing to do here."
- "I'm a heavy heroine addict. I live my days just to
get the next
Luckily I inherited a large fortune that allows me to
support my habit."
- "I worked hard all my life to become rich. At the
height, I was
around $25 million. Then came the crash. The bank took
everything - my
business, my house, even my car. I now work 9-to-5 in a
struggling to make ends meet. When I had money, I used to
vacations and dine in the finest restaurants. Life was
fun. Now I'm
can afford takeout."
- "In the country I live in, cigarettes are banned. I
used to smoke
packs a day. Now I can't get them and I'm very
- "I used to be a top college athlete and was headed for
a pro career.
Then last year I dove into a pool that was too shallow and
I'm now completely paralyzed from my chin down. All I
think about all
long is what I used to be able to do."
- "Last year I tried to commit suicide but a policeman
caught me just
I jumped. I was institutionalized. There's no possibility
here for me
what I really want to do - kill myself."
BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:
Lessons in Appreciation
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5763
As the Season Turns
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767
Anatomy of a Sin
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766
Booty Is Risky
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760
Walls of Water
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765
Separating the Men From the Boys
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761
Response to Pain
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775
Fruits of Holiness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762
Shlomo Katz - 5772
Healing the Fracture
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774
Planting Our Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760
The Plague of Darkness of Every Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773
The Best Choice
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775
Moshe's Incredible Humility
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763
Parnasah: Wherein the Toil?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768