Emulating the Desert – Yitz Grossman

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“And Hashem spoke to Moshe in the Sinai desert”: Anyone who does not make himself ownerless like the desert cannot acquire wisdom or Torah, and therefore it says, “… in the Sinai desert” (Bamidbar Rabbah 1:7).

A hefker object is one of such little value to its owner that he formally abandons it and makes it available to all. Let us consider what is meant by making oneself hefker.
One must be prepared to forsake, if necessary, all worldly pleasures for the sake of Torah (see commentary of the Maharzav to the Midrash). “Torah can only be preserved in one who kills himself for it” (Sotah 21a). As the Mishnah says in Pirkei Avos (6:4):

This is the way of Torah: Eat bread with salt, drink water in small measure, sleep on the ground, and live a life of deprivation – but toil in the Torah! If you do this, “You are praiseworthy and all is well with you.” You are “praiseworthy” in this world, “and all is well with you” – in the World to Come.

Material deprivation may not be a necessary condition for learning Torah, but only one who is prepared to forego every pleasure and comfort for his Torah learning will ever achieve a deep understanding of Torah.

The true student of Torah must be as obsessed with Torah, as the lover with his beloved (see commentary of Rashash to the above Midrash; Rambam, Hilchos Teshuvah 10:6). Just as the lover’s thoughts are always of the beloved, so, too, one who truly wishes to plumb the depths of Torah cannot make his learning contingent on time, place or circumstance. Only when one feels that the Torah alone gives meaning to his life, will he be able to forego all other comforts and pleasures for its sake.

After relating that Bnei Yisrael came to Sinai, the Torah repeats itself and says that they left Refidim and came to Sinai. From this repetition, Chazal learn that just as they came to Sinai in repentance, so did they leave Refidim in repentance. Bnei Yisrael were attacked by Amalek at Refidim precisely because of their weakness in Torah learning. After that attack, they might have reasoned that Refidim was not spiritually conducive to teshuvah and waited until they reached Sinai to strengthen themselves in repentance.

The Torah emphatically negates such an attitude. If a person waits for the perfect time or place to undertake a new course in Torah, that ideal moment or place will never materialise. Had they not done teshuvah in Refidim, they would not have done teshuvah in the Sinai desert either.

At Least He Davens! – Yitz Grossman

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Once there was a boy of fifteen in a yeshivah, who was a failure in his learning. He was unable to learn gemara and also disturbed the class at every opportunity. The rabbis were at a loss as to what to do with the boy.

The father asked the mashgi’ach if there was anything at all positive in his son. The mashgi’ach answered that his davening was fine, but that was about the only thing he did well.

“Do me a favor,” said the father. “Instead of criticizing him on his poor behavior and learning, ignore it and start praising him on his davening.”

The mashgi’ach followed the father’s advice, and the result was that the boy appreciated the praise so much that he made efforts in other areas as well, until eventually he became one of the best students in the yeshivah.

We can learn a great deal from this. We must look positively at our children in order for them to succeed. When we think of them negatively, they begin to see themselves in a negative light, too, and fall into despair. When we praise them, they wish to live up to our praise, and so they make positive efforts, which are bound to succeed.

More about the flags – Yitz Grossman

Bearing Flags With Pride – posted by Yitz Grossman.

When the Jewish people saw them with their flags, they, too, desired flags.
The wine mentioned in the verse refers to Mount Sinai where the Torah was given…
Why were the Jewish people jealous of the angels’ flags? The angels had taught the Jewish people to be proud of their role as servants of G-d and to realize that no two tasks were the same. Every Jew has a special task in life that no one else can replace. Our Sages say, “Just as their minds are not the same, so too are their faces not the same.”(11) Every person has a different potential due to his personality, natural talents, strengths or weaknesses, and the circumstances of his life. This is what helps make him unique.

This lesson of enthusiasm for service was learned through the descending of the angels with their flags. The angels have no yetzer hara and yet are proud of doing G-d’s will. How much more so should we human beings be, since we face a daily struggle with the yetzer hara. Each person deserves a flag since he has triumphed in his own personal struggle against his yetzer.

The Torah is comparable to wine, in the sense that it shares with wine a unique characteristic. Normally when a beverage ages, it loses its taste or spoils entirely. But wine improves with age. The same is true of learning Torah. Our Sages say, “Old wine can be compared to the minds of elders.”(12)The more a person learns, the wiser he becomes, and the more he improves as an individual. Just as the wine improves with age, so do the minds of those who learn Torah.

Not a person yet – Yitz Grossman

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Before a person learns Torah, he can hardly be called a person. He can walk and talk, however, he is only interested in satisfying his lowly desires for riches and honor. Once he begins to learn the ways of Hashem and His Torah, he sees a different path. He develops rachmonus (mercy). He becomes tsnuah (modest). He does acts of chessed (kindness) for others. He develops his mind to understand Hashem’s Torah and His world. He knows how to think clearly and properly. His knowledge of the halacha guides his actions in all areas of life. He literally becomes ‘tsuras ho’odom’ – the image of a person – as Hashem intended him to be. The ones who taught this man Torah helped create this tsuras ho’odom. Just as his father participated in his physical creation, so too his Rebbe participates in the creation of his elevated neshama (soul). Kinderlach, learn Torah well and elevate your neshama. Learn it well enough to teach. Then teach others Torah. You will be like a father to them. The more talmidim that you teach, the more children you will have. Hashem should bless you all with very, very big families!

The Thirsty Fish
“Avi, are you still looking at those fish?”

“Yes, Imma. I can watch the fish tank for hours.”

“Did you ever notice that the fish are always opening and closing their mouths, swallowing the water?”

“Yes I did Imma. Why is that?”

“Rav Simcha Wasserman zt”l learned an important lesson from the fish, Avi. Although they live in the water, they are still swallowing water all of the time. Don’t they ever have enough? No. Hashem’s holy Torah is often compared to water. Just as water flows to the lowest place, so to Torah goes to the lowest people – those who humble themselves. The Jewish people are like fish when it comes to the ‘water’ of Torah. Although they are immersed in Torah learning, nonetheless, they can never get enough of it. They continue learning on the bus, while waiting in line at the bank, early morning, late at night. They are always looking for another shiur, another opportunity to be inspired.”

“Imma, that’s great! I want to be like Rav Wasserman’s fish, and ‘drink in’ all of the Torah that I can!”

Get consumer feedback about its beauty products – Yitz Grossman

Birchbox is using Facebook Live to get consumer feedback about its beauty products, and each live stream attracts an average audience of 112,000 people in the UK. “It satisfies what consumers are responding to in the organic world, which is very real content, more natural, more ad-lib and responding to questions,” Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp said in her talk with Yitz Grossman in New York.

Prize money to woman-owned startups – Yitz Grossman

The Michigan Women’s Foundation has awarded $1.23 million in microloans and $335,000 in pitch competition prize money, largely to woman-owned startups. By lending to high-risk businesses, “we’re breaking through that barrier, giving access to capital to people who could never have gotten it before,” said President and CEO Carolyn Cassin in her interview Yitz Grossman.

Uninsured rate at an all-time low of less than 9% – Yitz Grossman

While some parts of the Affordable Care Act were not implemented smoothly, experts say provisions in the law have delivered, reducing the uninsured rate to an all-time low of less than 9%. In his interview, Yitz Grossman reflects on the intent behind key aspects of the ACA, including the Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, exchanges and generational equity, including their impact and how coverage is likely to change under new proposals.

Ways to Invest Your Money in a Business

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Introduction

Investing your money is a major decision that you have to take wisely. Investments can be very lucrative if and only if done the right way. There are a number of factors that determine the success of your investments such as your saving rate, where you invest, how you invest and cost of the investment etc. Also you may find more useful tips on Yitz Grossman blog. Not everyone is equipped with every kind of knowledge so if you want to invest and don’t have enough business acumen, then the best way is to hire someone else to do the same for you. However, hiring someone else for this job is not as simple as it might look. This article seeks to talk about the different ways to invest your money so that you can decide which one suits you the best.

Ways to Invest

Here is a list of useful ways to invest your money in order to help you make a better decision:

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Advantages of Seeking Investments in Businesses

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Overview

Businesses whether big or small require investments which play a vital role in the success of the company. Investments are a useful means of utilizing your money as it helps earn a profit on your money, unlike hoarding or speculation where idle money loses its value with every passing day. Find out more about business and investment in Yitz Grossman blog. Businesses need money because they have very creative and wonderful ideas but the lack of sufficient funds but you won’t find investors out of the blue for this you have to maintain a good reputation not just of the product but also of yourself. This is because investors invest their money as much in you as the product and they might need to check third-party backgrounds and other references.

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3 Essentials of Small Business Investments

Overview

Small business investments are very lucrative but the basic question is that where should investors focus their attention. There are millions of small businesses in a country but the researchers are only a few in numbers which helps investors determine what they should do. The investors need to keep in mind a number of factors. Investment is a productive use of your money and helps you get a fair amount of return. These factors can help you determine where you should invest your money so you definitely need to have good knowledge about them. Here is a list on Yitz Grossman of several such factors to help you have a better understanding:

1.    Gross Margin

Gross margin is the percentage difference between what a good sells for and the cost of producing the good. It is of critical importance because it determines how much is left for the producers to invest in other areas to finally bring the product to the market. This means it is worthy to invest in areas with a broad gross margin such as beauty care products and organic foods etc. In most items, the gross margin is very narrow so there is a very strict check. The gross margin can be improved by lowering the cost of production which can either be done by optimizing production or by lowering the prices of constituents.  However, it has seldom been seen that an improvement in gross margin leads to greater returns on investments.

2.    Brand Strength

While deciding to invest in a certain small business, the investors need to be sure about the image and strength of the brand. Many might believe it is irrelevant in the case of brands but that is not true. You can take the example of a number of distinguished brands around the world use the same recipes as others but they have been able to earn a wider consumer base and greater place the market as compared to their rivals who miserably failed. This is because of the strength of the brand which can be determined by customer reviews, earned media presence, and third party information. You should always in well-established brands to earn greater returns on your investments.

3.    CEO

When you want to invest in a small business, then you are investing as much in the business as the leadership. This means you need to invest in a CEO that you know well. If you are interested in a product, then it is important to have ample information about the leadership which can be obtained through references and third party backgrounds. There is no set standards for knowing whether a leader is competent or not but you can play your part by asking questions Yitz Grossman, raising issues that you deem important and attending conferences to know and assess the CEO better.

Conclusion

Thus, these three essentials of small business investments help you determine whether you should invest in a business or not so they cannot be ignored rather need special attention.