yourself, enjoy life!
just another book, but a series of lessons to change our
turning darkness to
light, misery to joy, shame into dignity; giving us a sense of
direction, that we may move through our days with enthusiasm and
passion, turning each moment into a jewel, a treasure, and a source of
pleasure and enjoyment.
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– Empower Yourself
to Enjoy Life
by Sheindal Weinbach
people begin the day with a cup of coffee (anyone out there still
drink tea in the morning?). Well, how about a spiritual pick-up to give
tone and direction to the day?
It takes a very positive person to think of that, and Avraham Tzvi
Schwartz, who describes himself as “part student, part
part reader and part writer”, has been
despatching positive pithy pick-ups for the past period [of ten years]
by email post and publishing them for general distribution. [No pickled
peppers for him!]
After a “Handful of Light”, “The Need to
Great”, “Keep Smiling” and four others,
he has come
out with “Pick-Me-Ups.”
With over 800 enthusiastic subscribers to his short daily positive
message, he has found a donor to subsidize free distribution of this
latest softcover book. You Pick it Up and you Put it Down, Pick it Up
and Put it Down. Not to be read in one sitting, which would defeat the
purpose. Like three cups of coffee. (Too much sugar, besides.)
And now for some excerpts to pick you up and make you pick up the phone
Life is a
gift. We must live and share it with others. We must enjoy and love it.
We must learn and understand it. We must stay on top of it and conquer
it. And, we must say “thank you”. [S.W. A brachah
on that cup of spiritual coffee…]
Really, we were made for pleasure. So, why do we suffer? Our hidden
potential demands that we become greater people – people who
appreciate and enjoy the higher, heavenly pleasures that await us. To
become such people we must pay a price – in exertion, stress
In his chapter on SMILING
return a greeting – to ignore the one who says hello
– is a
form of theft (Brochos 6b). Seemingly, then, when we greet others, we
lay an obstacle before them. For if they don’t return our
greeting, they steal.
One solution is… smile. This way, they may treat it as our
greeting or not. Our smile can simply be a sign of the pleasure we take
from seeing them.
is better, asking for a favor or giving orders? Asking for a favor
every time. For the other person, it preserves his dignity. For us, it
produces superior results.
tell a pauper that he is a king is to make fun of him. but to show a
pauper, with our words and actions, that he is the best pauper we know,
is to point him towards his next success.
of waiting for wonderful things to happen to us, we need to focus on
being wonderful people – then wonderful things will happen to
Too much coffee for one sitting…
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hear something really thought provoking and say, “Hey, yeah,
that’s so true. I need to write that down!”? Well,
a book full of those kinds of axioms. Pick me Ups is the tenth book in
prolific author Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz’s series of books
uplift and inspire. Part self-help, part self-actualization, Pick Me
Ups is a collection of short pithy sayings perfectly attuned to a world
in which people are short in time and attention yet big on goals and
aspirations. Focusing on self-improvement from the inside out, the book
is divided into sections, among them: Happiness, love, wealth and
self-improvement, the areas in our lives which are our top priorities
but which we seldom devote enough time and energy to.
sayings are no clichés but powerful meditations which when
focused on will enrich the reader’s inner life and by
outer world, taking those in his path along with him. Stemming from a
daily newsletter that spans the globe, these transformational thoughts
with the illumination of Torah and the lexicon of the self-improvement
savvy, provide an oasis of introspection in a busy day that will
nurture your mind, body and soul. These thought-provoking truths are
both a level that we need to adopt and aspire to and reminders of what
we can achieve in life. Succinct tidbits of inspiration which you can
“pick-up” at any moment of the day when you need a
encouragement and motivation.
Excerpt: “We all admire the person with a quick
sharp sense of humor. However, the ability to radiate warmth, love and
affection towards the people in our lives is many times more
Rabbi Schwartz radiates hope and positive energy through the
deceptively simple yet deeply spiritual observations in his book.
Inspiring , Powerful and Life
Changing, April 13, 2008 By Mr. Grant Jackson (London
England) - (REAL NAME)
This is a powerful, and beautiful book,
an inspiring author Avraham Schwartz packed with, life changing words,
that will elevate and inspire you to a greater perception of life at a
personal level and beyond. Use the sentences as a form of meditation
they will move you on to higher levels of focus, energy, happiness, and
success and to enjoy life at all levels , and enable you to have a
greater perspective and love of your fellow man and the universe around
This is the tenth book that I have read by this author, and his
writings only gets better, and more inspiring, he really is a rare
diamond in this universe.
Read a bit every day, April
13, 2008 By Chava (Jerusalem, Israel)
This is not a book to sit down and read in one
sitting (although sometimes I find it hard to stop reading.) It's more
a book to pick up before breakfast and read a paragraph or two or
three. It may make you smile. It may seem unimportant. But I find what
I read popping up in my mind throughout the day. Sometimes it helps me
in a difficult situation. Sometimes I just recognize the truth and
reality in what I read. And sometimes (and this is the best) it makes
me stop and think and see all the good in the world and in my life, or
in my life as I could make it be. Give this book to someone you care
about as a way of caring.
Every meditation a spiritual (and
physical) "Prozac", May 2, 2008 By
Alan Silver (NY USA)
This is a book of Rabbi Schwartz's original meditations drawn from the
breadth and depth of almost all areas of traditional Jewish literature
- from both the revealed and mystical teachings. Each meditation is
usually only two or three sentences - but power-packed! They are
grouped into many different sections - each section dealing with an
area of life that usually presents most people with deep challenges and
struggles on the one hand and deep rewards, pleasure and holiness on
the other. Each meditation is designed to target one aspect of each of
these areas of life to help heal and strengthen that aspect of life.
All of the meditations together can help us become more well-rounded
people. I find each meditation to be extremely potent and effective.
And I always feel more pure-hearted, broad-minded and stronger after
being involved with Rabbi Schwartz's meditations.
“PiCK-ME-UPs”…have inspired, helped
and/or simply made me smile. Amazingly, the
“PiCK-ME-UPs” always seem to correspond to the
situation that I am in at that particular moment.
Ceross, Sevenoaks, Kent,
love your work. Succinct and power-packed thoughts that can last a
Sacks, Dallas TX
you are having a rough moment or you feel empty inside, stop everything
you are doing, sit quietly and read a few excerpts of
“PiCK-ME-UPs”. Your spirit will be lifted and you
will feel as if you were being fed fresh manna from heaven.
window to a better life…
You will not
only be enlightened by his work, but you will feel his love and
kindness in your heart when you need it
Johnson, Caribbean Islands
Nelson, San Jose, Costa Rica
wonderful and fresh perspective…regardless of how the world
around me seems to crumble…
Zahava Berger Reed,
explanation is so simple, yet on a high level.
Rosenberg, Brewster NY
times I just can’t wait to share them with other people,
mostly, my mother and sister. You put things in a light that you can
see life in a simple way and learn to smile at
“PiCK-ME-UPs” do that for me…I look
forward to reading them on a daily basis.
inspiring…on the power of prayer helped me particularly well
as I am recuperating from developing pulmonary emboli. I
decided to walk round our little garden ten times. After the
fifth time round, I felt I couldn’t continue and then thought
of the power you had reminded us of. I happily finished the
I see how the
world needs people like you; when it’s dark, you bring the