Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Can Do

By Rabbi Raymond Beyda

The ball soared over the little boys head and his head turned slowly tracking the flight of the ball from his family's yard over the fence into the neighbor's garden.

His father yelled, "Where are you going?" as the little boy headed for the 7 foot fence that separated the two neighboring properties.

"I am going to get the ball," replied the brave child as he started his climb up the fence.

"Stop," commanded dad, as he warned his offspring to be careful and continued, "That fence is too high for a little boy to climb."

The boy ignored his father's warnings and stubbornly climbed the fence -- reached the top -- and pulled himself over as his dad gazed in disbelief.

"How did you do that?" asked the shocked parent. "How come you didn't listen to me?"

"I knew I could do it and I did," replied the proud child as he tossed the retrieved ball back to dad. "Play ball!"

Sometimes a person fails to achieve not for a lack of ability but instead for a lack for self-confidence. One cannot draw on talents or powers that one does not realize one has. No one is perfect -- true. But you --like everyone else --often sell yourself short and fail to accomplish because of a poor self-image.

Today when you think you cannot -- stop. Assume that you can. Draw down deep into untapped potential and remember the 4-foot boy and the 7-foot fence. It only takes a minute but it will bring your success average up way above where you thought it could be.

DID YOU KNOW THAT

In order to get credit for "tefillah b'siboor" -- praying with a minyan -- one must say the Amidah --shemoneh esreh together with the congregation. One who arrives late is permitted to skip certain portions of the prayers in order to catch up to the minyan and say the amidah along with them. If one can say the repeat amidah along with the Hazan then this too counts as praying with the minyan. The minimum one must say (to enable him to catch up) is as follows:

1]The blessing Eloki Neshamah

2]the blessings on the Torah

3]from yoser ohr up to the amidah.

At the completion of the prayers he should say the parts that he skipped -- except for Barukh She-amar and Yishtabah. [Source: Yehaveh Daat, volume 5, responsa 5]

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

If it were easy it would have been done already.

Raymond J Beyda
www.raymondbeyda.com


Text Copyright 2004 Rabbi Raymond Beyda and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Petty Squabble to Baseless Hatred
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

One Heart
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Soft Sell
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Children Are A Gift
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Flight to Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Murphy's Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

The Pathway to Consolation and Redemption
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

> Of Prophets and Teachers
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Harsh Hugs
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Honesty
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

ArtScroll

Table of Contents
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Only the Shadow Knows
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

To My Very Last Breath
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

A Hopeful Mourning
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762



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