Remove One Word

Shalom aleichem!

Earlier this week, I heard the following from Rabbi Yisroel Deren of Stamford, CT:

“There is a phrase that some people say when they feel that life is not fair. And that is, ‘Why is G-d picking on me?’

“Yet, if you remove one word from that phrase, it changes everything.

“That word is ‘on.’ So instead of saying Why is G-d picking on me, it becomes, Why is G-d picking me?

It’s a small shift in perspective that changes everything. Instead of viewing life’s challenges as unfair and insurmountable, they become a form of flattery. Indeed, if G-d picks me for some particular challenge, it is an indication that I am up to the challenge, and that I can overcome the challenge with grace and aplomb.

G-d picks the strongest people for the toughest and most important tasks.

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We are in the midst of our annual $10,000 fundraising raffle. At the time of the sending of this email., we’ve sold 214 tickets. Last year we sold 702, and our goal this year is 750 (the raffle closes July 13). Won’t you please consider supporting our Chabad House by purchasing a ticket? If you’re able to, please consider purchasing 5 or 10. All proceeds stay with our Chabad House in Queens. Here’s the link:

Shabbat Shalom,