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“Make Me A Better Person”

A small group of men from an “old-folks’ home” in Connecticut came to the Kotel last Thursday. A couple of them were in wheelchairs, and one had a push-stroller. Two of the men from the tefillin stand tried to help them with tefillin, but they all refused. Not a single one of them would do it!

When they turned to leave, I tried. I went up to one nice looking old man and said, “Come, let me help you to put on tefillin. It’s a free service.”

One of the guides quickly jumped in and said, “No!”

I did not do a good job of hiding my feelings for what he said. “How can you take a Jew away from doing a mitzvah!”

“He said that he didn’t want to!” the guide said.

“He did not!” I said, and I turned to the old man and asked, “What’s your name?”

He said, “Bill,” but then he quickly changed it, “Velvel.”

“Velvel, have you ever put on tefillin?” I asked.

He said that he had not. I told him how important it was, and that I would help him do it.

“Can we take a picture?” he asked.

“Sure, we can take a bunch of them, and you can show them to your grandchildren so they will know to do it, too.”

I helped him slide his arm out of his jacket, and asked, “How old are you?”

He answered, “Next month, the 31 of December, I will be 98.”

“You are going to live to be 120 years old,” I told him

“Do you guarantee it?” he quickly asked.

“Absolutely! (We do believe that our prayers will be answered, right?) And after 120, when you go to Heaven, there’s going to be a Bas Kol, a voice from above, and one of the things that this voice is going to say is, ‘I put you in the world as a Jewish man. Did you put on My tefillin while you were there?’ And now you are going to be able to say, ‘Yes, I did.’” He smiled. He had a very warm face.


I helped him say the Shema, and then told him to thank G-d for all the good that He has given him. He asked if he could go to the Wall to do it. I went with him and heard him say a few names, and then he said, “Thank you for all the good that you have given me, and please make me a better person.”

Moshe Rabeinu (our teacher) was the humblest person who ever lived. I think that Velvel might come in second. Thanks to

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About Midnightrabbi inspired aka Eli Goldsmith

Eli Goldsmith aka the Midnightrabbi inspired, is originally from a well-known family, in the music biz and entertainment industry, from London, has transferred his upbringing and talents to be at the cutting edge of culture and Jewish talent hosting events for many programs. He studied in England at John Lyons School Harrow, Woodhouse College and Sussex University! Continuing his education in Israel, Talmudic Law and group council at Ohr Somayach, Kollel Aiza Birah and Kollel Boston, in Derech Hamelech and Rabbi in 6 well-known programs where was named honorably the Midnightrabbi by the beloved students themselves, He has rounded off his outlook with a large breath of wisdom including the "7 habits" from Stephen Covey to become the “10 habits” practical business successful approach. Working as a Consultant in the well-known Charity for 4 years, the Jaffa Institute and sister program the Bet Shemesh Educational Center is where he honed his talents in management and formed a bond with many special people worldwide. Recently working as a Consultant and Office manager of UKA United Kashruth Authority. And as a Counselor at Retorno a REHAB center. Eli was excitedly consulting, & as Customer Service & Sales Executive updating their Social media, @Student Services at MJI Institute. Eli Goldsmith is looking for new opportunities to inspire, alongside performing successfully as a Customer Service Executive at Nu Mark LLC. Eli contributes to HR and training with CX talks and positive professional feedback. Speaking in front of large audiences with confidence and inspiration. Eli is dedicating his spare time to the Future Special Education. This is the key to the root of the issue in Education! Partner with Founder of Unity Inspires Projects aka UPI! speaker :) Eli G manages Nissim Black to book please email thanks :)

3 responses to “Make a difference! Now!”

  1. midnightrabbi says :

    This Thursday 27 Cheshvan –November 24, is the yahrzeit of my uncle,
    YACCOV BEN DOVID. This should be in his merit.

    Parshas Toldos

    The Torah tells us that when Yacov cooked the red lentils Eisav said,
    “Pour into me, now, some of that very red stuff…” and since red is
    Edom in Hebrew, that’s why he was called Edom. [Breishis 25:30]

    The Sefer Tallelei Oros brings the Skulener Rebbe who asks that how is
    it that just because Eisav said once the word “red” that he was named
    Edom for all the generations?

    He answers that this wasn’t just a chance expression that came out of
    this wicked man’s mouth.

    Rather this story of Eisav buying the red lentils in exchange for his
    Bechoro-the Birthright, in exchange for this exalted spiritual
    position, in exchange for the Service in the Beis Hamikdash is none
    other than an expression of the nature and way of life of Eisav.

    This was a wretched lifestyle of Eisav whose only content was the
    exchange of a permanent world for a temporary passing world.

    A relationship of contempt and humiliation for anything that smells of
    holiness and spirituality. And all this in exchange for a small
    passing pleasure to get a portion of hot lentils that after a while
    will leave no effect.
    On this wretched hinge his whole life revolved.

    The feeling of “Look, I’m going to die,” [verse32] led him to advocate
    the view of obtaining much worldly pleasure, “Eat and drink for
    tomorrow we die.”

    The event with the red lentils was not just a passing event rather a
    link in his wretched way of life. [till here is from the Skulener

    The Lev Eliyahu-Rav Eliyahu Lopian,z’tl (Parshas Lech Lecho) says how
    important it is to work on midos-characteristic traits.

    He says that one who is used to living according to his characteristic
    traits and desires and does not take to his heart to work against his
    desires and conquer the evil inclination, then when an impulse and
    desire enter his heart he runs after it as an animal runs after a
    beautiful tree. And the waves of the ocean of his imagination are
    pulling him from all sides. And even if his intellect tells him that
    the end will be bitter, his heart won’t budge one iota from following
    his desire into the deepest pits of destruction.

    The Lev Eliyahu , Rav Eliyahu Lopian,z’tl,in Parshas Toldos brings two
    cases in point that substantiate this premise.

    1-We find that Yitzchok came to Gerar [in Plishtim] where he
    prospered greatly. Then Avimelech, King of Plishtim asked Yitzchok to
    leave because [as the Midrash explains] he accused Yitzchok of
    amassing his wealth from them. [Bereishis 26:13-16]

    However, after Yitzchok left, Avimelech saw that it was just the
    opposite. Any success Avimelech did have was in the merit of Yitzchok.
    As the Targum Yonoson ben Uziel [Bereishis 26:28] explains that
    Avimelech went to Yitzchok and said, “I saw that …it was in your merit
    that we had all good, and when you left from our land the wells dried
    up and the trees didn’t bear fruit…” and he realized that he was
    punished for asking him to leave and he wanted Yitzchok to return and
    to make a covenant with him.

    So Avimelech saw clearly that everything came to Yitzchok as a
    blessing from Hashem as it says verse 28 that Avimelech said “I see
    that Hashem is with you…” so he forgoes his honor and goes to

    This shows that Avimelech had reached a tremendous level of
    Emunah-Belief in Hashem. He realized that one who finds favor in
    Hashem’s eyes is blessed by Him, and one who makes trouble for this
    person that Hashem loves, will be cursed. And who is the one who finds
    favor in Hashem’s eyes?
    One whose deeds find favor in the eyes of Hashem. And who does not
    find favor? One whose deeds are the opposite.

    If so Avimelech was on an extremely wondrous level of Emunah and what
    happened to Avimelech at the end?

    What did he want from Yitzchok? Just to make a covenant and nothing
    more. He came a Gentile, and left as a Gentile, and remained a
    Gentile! And what happened to his great level of Emunah that he had
    [he should have wanted to convert and be like Yitzchok]?

    The answer is that this teaches you that one who doesn’t work on his
    characteristic traits just remains with his desires and lusts. He
    cannot separate himself from the pleasure of this world and its
    impurities. He can speak with his mouth and lips words of Belief and
    Trust etc., but he cannot overpower his Evil Inclination because he
    didn’t accustom himself to do this when he was younger. He had become
    submerged and rooted in sin, so much so, that he can’t move from his
    despicable deeds even one iota. How fearful and awesome!!

    2-The second case in point is with Eisav.

    One pictures Eisav as your classical Rosho -wicked person who has no
    belief in Hashem. But consider the following.

    When Eisav found out that his brother Yaacov stole his
    Berachos-Blessings he reacted drastically. He screamed a terrifying
    bitter scream [Bereishis 27:34]. He even wanted to kill his
    brother[verse 41].

    If Eisav was an atheist who had no belief in Hashem , as we perceive,
    then of what value are these blessings of his old father [which come
    from Hashem] to him? Why should he take it so much to heart if Yaacov
    took them?

    Let’s analyze the scene. Eisav was at the time a grown man of 63 [see
    Bereishis 28:9-in Rashi who says Yaacov was 63, and Eisav was his
    twin] and he’s begging his father for a blessing, and when his father
    doesn’t bless him, he lifts up his voice and cries.

    This is a clear sign that he has great Emunah-Belief.

    a) Firstly, in Hashem, and that He created and runs the world.

    b) Eisav also believes that there are people who find favor in
    Hashem’s eyes, and they will receive from Hashem whatever they ask

    c) If those people bless someone it will be completely fulfilled.

    d) One whose deeds find favor in Hashem’s eyes is among this category
    of people. Consequently, Yitzchok is one of those people who finds
    favor in Hashem’s eyes and has the power to bless.

    e) Without his Father’s blessing he won’t succeed at all, and all his
    efforts will be fruitless. Not his strength nor his wisdom, nothing
    will help him, only his father’s blessing will help him in all his

    Therefore, when he hears that his father can’t bless him, he lifts up
    his voice with a bitter cry and scream as a man whose house burned
    down and he lost his whole fortune at one time.

    What a great and strong Emunah in Hashem this is?

    So why was he a rosho-wicked person?

    The answer is as we explained before, that if a person doesn’t work to
    uproot his bad midos he will get sunken into impurity every day until
    there is no cure. And even though his intellect knows very well the
    proper path, but his heart is very far from the understanding of his

    I will end off with the advice of Rav Lopian at the end of Parshas Vayechi.
    “To uproot a mido needs tremendous toil [Torah and Mussar]and help
    and much Divine Asistance. That’s why all the righteous people pray
    and supplicate Hashem, “וטהר לבנו לעבדך באמת”- “Purify our hearts to
    serve you in truth.” Likewise, they constantly pray, “והחזירינו בתשובה
    שלימה לפניך-influence us to return in perfect repentance before you,”
    which means a repentance where we uproot and purify the power behind
    and source of sin [bad midos] which are in the heart of a person then
    we can stand before Hashem as we say “before you.”

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