Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

MEMORY SPAN

Doing what is right is not always popular. Maimonides said that the nature of the human being is to be drawn after the values of his or her peers. So what is one to do when one knows what is right yet feels that others will scoff at the "goody goody" behavior?

Our sages teach that one should consider the long-lasting effects of things and that will put things in proper perspective. The laughter of one's friends and neighbors lasts only a few painful moments yet the scoffing may prevent performance of a good deed. The good that one does, on the other hand, makes its mark on eternity. Think for a moment before squelching that good urge to do what is right and ask yourself, " How will this look in 50 years?" You can be sure the ridicule will have stopped and been long forgotten but the good that one does goes on and on.

By putting things in long-term perspective one can grow positively towards self-perfection without being deterred by the negative comments, looks and laughs of one's contemporaries. Your good will last long after they are gone. Isn't it worth it to choose the permanent over the temporary? Invest in the spiritual long-term and your stock will only rise as time goes on.

DID YOU KNOW THAT

It is to forbidden repeat the Shema two times consecutively. One is not permitted to repeat the first word i.e. "Shema, Shema" - nor is one permitted to repeat the entire first verse two times in a row.

[ Source: Shulhan Arukh, O'H, siman 61:9]

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

One who becomes close to a wicked person learns his wicked ways.

Ben-Sira


Text Copyright © 2003 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Project Genesis, Inc.


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Getting Our Manners In Order
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Rebuking 101
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Gold Standard
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

> Unquestioned Answers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Not To Worry, G-d's In Charge
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 2
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Body Language
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

The Shepherd Sticks with His Flock
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Who will Remember?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Children Are A Gift
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Small Favors
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

All Israel
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

ArtScroll

Moshe's Personal Assessment
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Paradise Lost
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Forgotten Oaths
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

A Meaningful Approach
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information