Monday, May 30, 2011


Today, I worked out, which while some people might think "how can you take time from learning?" I would say that anything that you can do to help you think better, learn better, and be healthier, which allows you to do more mitzvot, is a good thing, as long as it doesn't become the reason for your being.  Meaning, a workout should be a park of your life, not your whole life.  Also, you will notice, after a good workout that whatever mood you were in before, becomes improved, and you are in a better mood now.
On that note, I would like to share with you a clip from the Lazer Beams website, that shows you how you can do a simple upper body workout from your desk chair.
The armchair commando's workout part 1

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My team lost

Tonight was game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.  If my team won, they would get to play in game 6, if my team lost (which they did) they would be done for the year.  I admit, I love sports, I love playing them and I love watching them, even though I admit I am much better at watching them then I am at playing them.  While I understand that sports are a distraction, a tool for the yetzer hara (the evil inclination) to distract us from what is really important, old habits die hard, and we all need to work out, and we all need fresh air, sports are still a major distraction.  So, that is why, on one hand, while I am sad that my team lost, on the other, I am happy, because now I will be less distracted when it comes to work, and learning, and can focus my attention on what really matters, namely my Avodah and my relationship with Hashem.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Two types of teshuva

There are two types of teshuva, teshuva from fear, and from love. If we, chas V'Shalom are so bad, Hashem may take away from us the ability to do teshuva from fear, since the root, is from Hashem, since we fear His punishments. But teshuva from love, that is never taken away from us, because it is our very own desires! (Paraphrased from Nefesh Shimshon Gates of Emunah part three chapter one)

A new desire

This blog is a long time in coming.  It was suggested to me over Pesach that if I want to improve my writing skills, I should blog on a daily basis.  Needless to say, I didn't take him up on it until now.  But, I would really like to continue this blog, and ideally spread the ideals of Chassidus Breslov in particular, and Judaism in general.  As a baal Teshuva, I feel I can reach an accord with people that others may not be able to.  Also, my significant other (my gf) is a terrific writer, and it would be nice if I was on that level as well. Wish me luck!