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01/02/2020 04:11:31 PM


Rabbi Elie Karfunkel


Our Rabbis tell us that when Yaakov saw his father-in-law, Lavan's negative body language, he knew his days were numbered. Shortly thereafter he fled for his life together with his family.

Our Sages see within this simple verse a very important lesson: to keep one's face lit-up with a smile. We know that when we see someone with a cheery disposition, it makes us feel good about ourselves. Conversely, when you see someone with a face like that of Lavan (morose and downcast) it makes you feel itchy and uneasy inside. Our Rabbis sum up this sentiment with the saying that one's face is considered a "public domain" - it's open to everyone at all times.

I have a few of friends who are always with a smile and I love being around them, especially when I'm feeling down . I know that I should learn from them to smile more often.

It's true that life has its down moments, and that it's hard to smile when you're feeling down-in-the-dumps, but instead of wearing a frown, at least try to send a neutral message.

I recently bumped into the local UPS worker in the 'hood; he is a great smiler! On Thursday, when he saw me he actually gave me a hug! Anyone can make anyone feel good - it's much easier to do than we think. So let's remember that when we are out in the public, do some good and smile. :)

Good Shabbos, Stay Jewish, Be Jewish, Live Jewish,

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