#1449b - Purim 5776
  Breaking Free Chizuk - Purim 5776  
In Today's Issue
Image of the Day: Coping Strategy
Editor’s Note: Purim Sameach!
Text: Conference Call Times - Duvid Chaim, SSA etc.
Image of the Day: Are you still working on hitting bottom? Try this tool.
Torah: Purim Lessons from GYE Members
Image of the Day: Dating Etiquette
Torah: Daily Dose of Laughter
Image of the Day: Ain't nothin' gonna stop me!
Torah: Drunk to Realize We Can't
Image of the Day: Crown? For Me?
Torah: The Great Helplessness & the Great Light of Purim
Image of the Day: GYE Forum
Image of the Day: Ahavas Yisroel
Image of the Day: The Trouble with Omnipresence
Link of the Day: Terrorism Warning: Stay Safe this Purim
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Coping Strategy
Coping Strategy
Editor’s Note
Purim Sameach!

Dear GYE family!

Men, Women, Spouses of Strugglers!

Have a Sober, Fun-filled and Meaningful Purim!

We bring you an issue full of goodness and light-heartedness. Don't take yourself so ... seriously!

See these thoughts to get you started:

*"A family is a group of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid.”

- Robert Brault

*"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."

- Unknown

*“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours”.

*An employee is getting to know his new co-workers when the topic of his last job comes up.

“Why did you leave that job?” asked one co-worker. 

“It was something my boss said,” he replied.
“What did he say?” the co-worker asked.
“You’re fired.”

*“It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.”- Moliere 

*“If you see the world in black and white, you're missing important grey matter.”

- Jack Fyock 

Conference Call Times - Duvid Chaim, SSA etc.
By obormottel

Dear GYE family,

Please note that the US has gone on Daylight Savings Time - so for this week and next week, those attending should be aware that the regularly scheduled Conference Calls are all based on EDT times - therefore, for example, if you live in Israel or Europe,

Duvid Chaim’s Noon Call will be at 6:00 pm. If you attend the weekly GYE SSA Conference calls, just for this week - until Israel also changes their clocks - the call will begin an hour later at 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

FYI, Israel springs forward on March 25th and Europe springs forward on March 27th.

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Purim Lessons from GYE Members
By Bardichev

"Zemiros Shabbos":

  • Even if you are king of the known world, if you get upset at the wife when things don't go your way, the results can be fatal.
  • Not being happy with you what have can sometimes get you a one-way ticket to the top of a very high pole.



  • Just because everybody else is partying, that doesn't make it right.


"Yosef Hatzadik":

  • Even after Mordechai was led around town by Haman astride on the Royal stead, Haman already recognized his impending downfall, but Mordechai returned to his prayers! Nothing can be taken for granted! Whatever I have is a gift from Hashem! Mordechai thanked Hashem for this episode, and promptly continued asking Hashem for His continued mercy & benevolence!



  • We dress up on Purim, but we really are who we are... This is a lesson to us that although we put on a character all year, we remain who we really are.

  • There's no such thing as "all is lost". No matter how hard we fell, it's never all lost. Never underestimate the koach of a yid, or the koach of tefilla.



  • You have to do the Ratzon Hashem even if it's not politically correct (Mordechai Hatzaddik on Achashveirosh's Seudah/Bowing to Haman).
  • When a Yid hits bottom -it's only up from there.
  • Ain Shum Yiush Ba'Olam Klall. As a matter of fact, I once heard that the Yidden actually participated in the Seudah out of Yeiush -since the party was meant to commemorate the end of the 70 years of galus Bavel according to Achashveirosh's cheshbon (similar to his predecessor's parties). And this was part of the Aveirah of their participation -because it's asur to give up on the geulah - and the same is true for the personal redemption of each and every teire Yid!



  • Revealing that you have a tail and are different from others may be the only way to avoid death.
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Dating Etiquette
Dating Etiquette
Daily Dose of Laughter

Ki Be'Simcha Taitzai'u!

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Ain't nothin' gonna stop me!
Ain't nothin' gonna stop me!
Drunk to Realize We Can't
By Ben Torah Today

I saw this Dvar Torah in R' Pinkas's sefer on Purim and I would like to share it with you.

R' Pinkas asks the question, why are we encouraged to get so drunk on Purim that we can not tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman? Since when does the Torah encourage such behavior?

R' Pinkas writes that Mordechai did not gather the adults who had eaten at the meal of Achashverosh. Rather, he gathered all the children to fast in an effort to inspire Hashem's mercy to save the Jews. When Hashem saved the Jews in the story of Purim, it was Hashem giving us a gift. He, Himself, came down from Heaven and made everything happen to save us in a 24-hour period. From Haman eating with Ester and Achashverosh, to being hung the very next day.

R' Pinkas explains that when a person is so drunk that he can not even tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman, then who is taking care of him? At that point, a person realizes that Hashem is doing everything for him. Not just then, but at every point in his life. When a person thinks he is accomplishing things by himself, then Hashem says, "I can not help the person who does not need help." Hashem comes to save us when we realize the "Ain Od Milvado" - That nothing exists outside of Hashem!

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Crown? For Me?
Crown? For Me?
The Great Helplessness & the Great Light of Purim
Part 1/2

In the days before Purim, I received an unprecedented amount of e-mails with cries for help, people who had fallen and felt they couldn't get back up, posts on the forum of despair, lack of motivation, etc... It struck me as odd that there should be so many in a row, all at once. But after thinking about it, I may have a theory as to why this is happening precisely now.

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GYE Forum
GYE Forum
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Ahavas Yisroel
Ahavas Yisroel
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The Trouble with Omnipresence
The Trouble with Omnipresence
Link of the Day

Terrorism Warning: Stay Safe this Purim
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