Rabbi Raymond Beyda
"Don't bite your nails," the irate mom screamed at her defiant offspring,
"it will become a habit." Repetition of an action develops into a mindless
act called habit. When one does something without thinking because they
have done so many times before it becomes difficult to break the habit.
Several thin wires when braided together become a cable that is difficult
to break. Even several sheets of paper when held together become impossible
to rip or cut with a scissors. When a parent sees a child doing something
that he or she judges as negative behavior the warning to the offspring
comes quickly, loudly and clearly.
There is, however, a positive side to the concept of habit. When one knows
of positive behavior which one finds difficult to do, one should attempt to
repeat it enough times so as to develop a GOOD habit.
When you do something good for the first time stop and consider whether you
would like to do it again. Then set a specific number of days or times that
you commit to repeat that deed. Make it consistent and keep it limited to
enough times to develop a good habit but not so much that your resolution
cannot be kept. It doesn't take much effort to resolve to repeat a good
deed. What is difficult today -- when repeated enough times -- will become
DID YOU KNOW THAT
If an error is found in a Sefer Torah in the middle of the public reading,
the reading is stopped and another Scroll is taken out to from which the
reading continues. The first Scroll is left out and not returned to the
aron [ark]. The reading in the second scroll begins at the word where the
error was discovered. A minimum of 3 verses must be read from the
replacement scroll and then a final blessing may be said.
The blessing which precedes the reading is not repeated as the blessing
said over the scroll in which the error was found is good --b'diavad--after
the fact. The person who said the first blessing should be careful not to
speak until after their aliya is completed and they have said the final
In order to complete the minimum of 7 men going up to read in the Torah we
still count those who went up before the mistake was discovered and do not
have to send up 7 to read in the replacement scroll.
[Source: Yalkut Yosef Vol 2,Siman 143:10]
CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE
The true nature of three types of people cannot be discerned except in
these ways; the humble person when he is enraged, the hero when he is
confronted with battle, and the friend when there is need of help.
[Source: Sefer Hasidim]
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