Monday, January 7, 2008

Reason to quit smoking


An interesting anti-smoking tactic:

"Rav Shalom of Belz (the first Belzer Rebbe, 1779-1855) was a smoker in his youth. Once, while studying Torah in the beit midrash, he saw a youth clean out his pipe and re-fill it. During that time, Rav Shalom completed studying an entire page of Talmud.

"Rav Shalom of Belz said to himself: 'If this tool could keep me from studying a page of Talmud, it will never again enter my mouth.' And from then, he never smoked."

(Sefer Binyan Olam Chapter 3, citing Sefer Rachmei Av)

Have a great day,

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