One can rarely hope for a greater or more fulfilling project than to guide a young mind on the start of the journey of life--nothing is more deserving of praise than to invest that mind with ideas, aspirations, ambitions and values.
-from this site
“Yisas’char chamor garem-Issachar is a large-boned donkey.” (Bereishis 49:14) This verse indicates that “yesh-sachar (there is reward; ) that garam (is caused) by (physical matter).”
From today's Hayom Yom:
When my grandmother, Rebbetzin Rivka, was eighteen (in 5611, 1851) she fell ill and the physician ordered her to eat immediately upon awakening. She, however, did not wish to eat before davening; so she davened very early, then ate breakfast. When her father-in-law, the Tzemach Tzedek, learned of this he said to her: "A Jew must be healthy and strong. The Torah says about mitzvot, 'Live in them,' meaning bring vitality into the mitzvot. To be able to infuse mitzvot with vitality, one must be strong and joyful." Then he concluded: "You should not be without food. Better to eat for the sake of davening rather than to daven for the sake of eating;" he then blessed her with long life. [She was born in 5593 (1833) and passed away on Sh'vat 10, 5674 (1914)].
My father told this teaching of the Tzemach Tzedek to someone at yechidus, adding: "And this must be done with joy."
In other words, Torah is not about destroying the physical, but rather refining and elevating it. Granted, this sometimes is difficult. However, it is also the purpose of creation. And though it is difficult, because of its loftiness, we must always strive to do fulfill the requirements and expectations of Torah with Joy.
*taken from chabad.org
It is a great kindness of G-d that man remains alive after praying. In a natural course of events, death would have to result from exhausting all strength [while praying] after exerting oneself so much by concentrating on all the great intentions and kavanot
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