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“G-d, please grant me the serenity to accept that which cannot be changed; the courage to change that which can be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

The Courage to Change

The Courage to Change

A Jewish Perspective on the Serenity Prayer

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The Courage to Change: A Jewish Perspective on the Serenity Prayer

“G-d, please grant me the serenity to accept that which cannot be changed; the courage to change that which can be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
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Rabbi Moshe Bryski is executive director of Chabad of Agoura Hills and dean of the Conejo Jewish Academy.
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Anonymous New York City May 31, 2017

Thank you for the inspiration. Reply

Ana Albuquerque, NM August 31, 2014

"Greatful" I am extremely grateful to God for guiding me on this pathway in life. Rabbi Moshe has given me thoughts and ideas to move forward when I'm stuck and to make necessary changes for continual growth. Rabbi, thank-you so much for sharing your wisdom with us all!
Sha' Alu SHALOM Yerushalayim
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Brenda CG,Florida February 22, 2013

Rabbi Moshe,
Thank you for the beautifull words of wisdom! Reply

Maria Lovington, NM December 12, 2012

Renewing and highly refreshing! G-d bless you! And thank you so much for this highly profoundly message. I couldn't help but get emotional hearing such kind words. I've been "stuck" the majority part of this year but now with this powerful key that this message has helped unlock, I am ready to accept and do my part for change. One step at a time. All the best to you and yours! Reply

Hinda Petaluma, CA/USA October 5, 2012

To Face Uncertainties/Bigotries I appreciate the serenity that comes with HaShem and Torah. Even though I personally feel I am being attacked due to not being like others (at work) but using Humor and open kindness to the veterans (patients) I assist - I work as a "secretary" for the VA in Northern California. To be me is to be anti-stagnation. I speak to the vets waiting for their appointments - giving them a smile and a good morning/afternoon to them. WHen they want to speak to someone I'm there - even though my supervisor claims it's against patient care. Please pray that HaShem will protect my health from the stress that is piling up due to the bullies that are abundant at the VA. Reply

Anonymous Clifton, Virginia August 19, 2012

Sickness, dying Please--my brother-in-law is dying--he has been ill for a long time--a wonderful person w/the best sense of humor--I wish courage for his wife and children--and peace--but never, do I wish to forget God's power to heal--I wish a prayer--or thoughts-to life them all up--to embrace the w/god' love and caring--help me! Please. Reply

Anonymous winnipeg, canada January 7, 2011

courage to change Thank you, thank you Rabbi,

Most of all thank G-d, for i got to hear this lecture, when i was so down, and yes, my children lifted muy spirits, but this lecture gave me that final strength to wipe the cobwebs from my mind and eyes.

G-d bless you. Reply

Richard Port Orange, Fl, USA January 4, 2011

Change Rabbi, your are a very good speaker and I enjoy listen to you and your messages. Thank G-d Reply

Anonymous Dayton, OH January 3, 2011

Great Speech I really liked this speech. It clarified many personal questions I have been pondering for a while now. I really appreciate this speech. Thank you for making it :-) Reply

Yittah Sydney, AUSTRALIA December 21, 2010

The Courage to Change WOW. Thank your Rabbi. What a talk. I have heard some great talks in my life, by Rabbis & world renound speakers. I have even done some speaking of my own (even on change :) ). And yet, all I can feel right now is WOW I am so overwhelmed...this has touched my heart so much. I think all my learning this year, has been to bring me to this point. Where I could actually get as much out of this talk as I have now. Knowing this year has been bringing me to change, to be more of who I am supposed to be, taking a few risks & feeeling myself drawn more and more into my Judaism, I feel able to take even more steps now. What a blessing G-d has given me through your talk. I am truly grateful. Thank you. Reply

Anonymous Martinez, ca via chabadberkeley.org December 20, 2010

Yes, Change is Inherently Good Thank you for clarifying spiritual unrest is a sign for needing change. I will share your video with friends. Reply

Maor San Antonio, Tx December 15, 2010

Thank you Toda Rabbi
I value your teachings
they encourage me to continue to be a light to everyone Reply

Karen Clayman Rancho Cucamonga, CA December 14, 2010

Thank you I was totally glued to every word you spoke. Your words of wisdom will help me to become a more observant Jew and a better person. Reply

Anonymous Walkersville, MD< USA November 19, 2010

Thank G_d, and thank you, Rabbi Moshe Bryski for your particular sense of humor and words of wisdom.

At the suggestion of my Rabbi B. Labkowski, I have resolved to start now to try to practice to light the candles for Shabbos, and to be more observant. Reply

Leah Lapidus Cleveland, OH November 18, 2010

Thank You So Much As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture Rabbi Bryski. Thank you so very much. I am trying to internalize all this wisdom....please G-d help me to do it ! Reply

WS Ann Arbor , MI November 17, 2010

wow Amazing...Thank You!! Reply

richard Stocker bloomfield hills, mi. usa November 15, 2010

nu a touch of humor is the guiding light. Reply

J. Gillman Chicago, Il November 14, 2010

Thank you! Thank you Rabbi... You sure made a difference in my life. Reply

Kayo Tokyo, Japan November 11, 2010

Birds can fly, so can I I remember that you told us about a picture of birds flying, and the words says - Birds can fly, because they think they can. I was born and grew up in Tokyo. I lived life very animaristic and materialistic life. In fact, I was feeling the greatest self-esteem, self-satisfaction when I was capable of running through the steets with my Ego. I was acting according to the emotion of the moment. My life was diametrically opposed to "Chabad" - Chassidic teaching that emphasizes on intellectual power( I believe). But now, after 5 years of learning Chabad teachings, I sincerely believe that one of my soul's mission in this life G-d gave me is to transform myself to be a Chabad Chasid from totally diametrically- opposed-back ground. Birds can fly, so can I. Reply

Mr. Richard Raff November 11, 2010

The Courage to Change Rabbi Moshe Bryski I can tell you this as i prayed to G-d. I was not born a Jew, but that still does not mean I can not be Jewish. G-d our creator that knows all, blessed be His name, took my old memories away. G-d gave me new paths and patterns to connect to. I am of G-d's will and I do learn from lessons placed before me. As I begin I am like a young child learning from the very beginning. This time He replaced my soul with one that would be of help to me and to find my Jewish self. I prayed to G-d telling Him I would do no harm to those who I seek comfort in. I got the feeling after this prayer that G-d would not allow me to even try for He is the One that I owe service to. You see everything we have here is a gift and I am lucky just to have gotten a second chance. Thank G-d and His children, like the 12 tribes of Israel returning to Him with Joy and repentance for His Love. Reply

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