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A Sad Day

This past Sunday an acquaintance of mine took a shotgun and blew his brains out.

I don't have to tell you how tragic this is. Of course we cannot change the reality of what happened but we can learn lessons.

I was told that he was despondent for two reasons. 1] He was lonely [he had been divorced for many years]. 2] He was in a financial crunch. He had recently lost a lot of money.

From this we learn 1] How difficult it is to be lonely. So if you know single people, particularly older ones - set them up. "It is not good for man to be alone."

2] When a person loses money generally his self-esteem goes down with his finances. It is important to remember that we are worthwhile and life is worth living even if we don't have much money. Today people say "He is worth X amount dollars." This is nutso! No person is "worth" the amount of money in his bank account. People are inherently worthwhile. Unfortunately, people often accord a person respect in proportion to the size of his bank account. That is why some very important members of our society are considered nobodies.

Also, if you know someone who needs money or a job there is virtually nothing more noble that you can do in this world than to lend a helping hand.

baruch dayan emeth t.n.z.b.h

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  • I'm Rabbi Ally Ehrman
  • From Old City Jerusalem, Israel
  • I am a Rebbe in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.
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