Staying Safe: Special Coronavirus Edition #1
In Today's Issue
A Winning Attitude
The Only Thing We Need to Know
Video of the Day
Anecdote about an Antidote
Practical Tips
Tips for Staying Out of Trouble
Staying Calm and Happy in the Coronavirus Days

For those of us who struggle daily with the Yetzer Hara, the current Coronavirus situation can be toxic. Being confined to home without work, feeling anxious and stressed, as well as constantly checking our computers and phones, are breeding grounds for dangerous behaviors to develop or resurface.

Keeping spiritually safe is just as important (if not more) than staying physically safe. In light of the situation, GYE will be sending out special emails like this approximately twice a week, to help us stay inspired in these trying times. The emails will contain inspiration, stories and practical tips to help us in our struggle (and a joke at the end to keep us smiling :-)


A Winning Attitude

The Only Thing We Need to Know By Yaakov from GYE

Having dealt with thousands of people who struggle with lust at all levels on GuardYourEyes, I would like to share with you what I have come to believe is the most powerful attitude to overcoming the Yetzer Hara at all levels of this struggle (and also perhaps the greatest segulah to staying healthy and safe in our tumultuous times).

Disclaimer: Deeply internalizing this truth can sometimes takes many years and a lot of suffering. But the more emunah we have in this principle today, the less time it will take for us to break-free, and the less suffering we will need to undergo in the process.

The idea is really very simple, and it is spelled out by our Creator in the Torah many times: Hashem basically lets us choose our pleasures and our suffering in this world. When we accept upon ourselves the pain of turning away and saying “no” to the Yetzer Hara, we save ourselves so much unnecessary suffering and anguish in other areas in life. When we give up pleasures that we’re not supposed to take, Hashem gives us far greater pleasures in areas that are truly important like health, parnassa and nachas, and of-course, the World to Come. (The story in yesterday's boost is a case-in-point).

Deeply internalizing this truth is ultimately the only way we will be willing to put in the effort that it takes to break free, and whether we like it or not, we must all come to accept this truth sooner or later.

Let us pray that Hashem help us internalize this today so we don't have to suffer unnecessarily, and so that we can enjoy the true pleasures that life-- and our beautiful Torah--have to offer.


Video of the Day


Anecdote about an Antidote

Practical Tips

Tips for Staying Out of Trouble By the.guard

We all know that empty pleasure seeking throws us into isolation, distances us from our loved ones (and Hashem), and sucks all the joy out of our lives. But with all this time on our hands, what can we do to ensure that we don’t get "infected"?

Here are a few tips to help stay sane in these trying times:

  1. Make sure to have a good filter installed. We'll make it easy for you, just fill out this simple form.

  2. It’s easy to lose ourselves when we don’t have structure. Let’s make certain red-lines as far as what time we get up in the morning to daven, how much time we’d like to spend each day learning Torah (Gemara, Halacha, Tanach or whatever we enjoy), and make specific times to learn and play with our children as well. Dig up those old “To Do” lists of things you wished you could do but never found the time like organizing your papers, books, albums, etc. and do them together with your wife and kids!

  3. Try to get your news from Kosher websites like YeshivaWorld, Matzav, and INN. You can also sign up here to get all the latest news updates (images and video clips) through the "Kol Haolam" Whatsapp status. It's very unlikely that you'll miss important Coronavirus updates by sticking exclusively to kosher sites and groups. This sacrifice will boost your spiritual immune system and help you avoid the dangerous triggers in articles about celebrities, sex scandals and advertisements for various body-part enlargements. Consider signing up to the YESOD challenge as a merit that Hashem should keep us all healthy and safe!

  4. In spite of the fact that events, theater, shopping, restaurants, weddings, Bar Mitzvas, Prayer Services (over 10) and more, ARE CANCELLED, WE NEED TO BE AWARE THAT:
    • Going outdoors: Not Cancelled!
    • Music : Not Cancelled!
    • Family : Not Cancelled!
    • Reading : Not Cancelled!
    • Friends : Not Cancelled!
    • Singing : Not Cancelled!
    • Laughing : Not Cancelled!

Great for parents with bored kids at home:

Oorah has unlocked all of their videos including marvelous middos machine etc. to view online. No YouTube needed. Click here.

In addition, on you can find hundreds of kosher movies, documentaries and video clips to keep your kids busy without resorting to spiritually dangerous websites like youtube (although many of the movies are not Jewish, they are clean).



We all know that stress and anxiety are major triggers for addictive behaviors. Staying calm and relaxed are very important to our physical, mental and spiritual health.

Staying Calm and Happy in the Coronavirus Days


Joke of the day

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