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Two Pockets

Abraham responded and said: Behold, now, I wanted to speak to my L-rd, although I am but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27).

Rabbi Simcha Bunim of P’shischa taught: Every person should have two pockets. In one pocket should be a piece of paper saying: I am but dust and ashes. In the other pocket should be a piece of paper saying: For my sake was the world created.

When a person is feeling puffed up with pride and arrogance, they should take out the paper that reads: I am but dust and ashes. And if a person begins to feel diminished and defeated in life, they need to take out the paper that says: For my sake the world was created.

By Rabbi Michael Skobac


Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?


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