The sages taught that smiling is like a cold refreshing glass of milk on a burning hot day.

I experience effects of the mighty smile whenever someone doesn’t avert their gaze and instead warmly graces me with a smile.

It deeply affects me emotionally by making me warm and fuzzy inside.

This is especially important in the frigid Ottawa weather!

I also make it a point to smile all the time. I feel this is especially important for me in my condition.

For example, in my recent hospital incarceration in the dreaded ICU, I smiled about something and my nurse expressed surprise at this and left my “jail” room.

A friend who was standing nearby said to me that they weren’t used to patients in the fearful ICU smiling!

Another place that I smile is in our Shul.

As I roll down the aisle near the front of the men’s section I always smile at the people. This elicits a smile in return.

I’m guessing that they are feeling warm and fuzzy inside!


  1. Zev Singer · · Reply

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  2. Marge Kaplan · · Reply

    You are so right. We live in a world where people seek support from each other and a smile is the opening possibility for that.

    Marge & Haravey

  3. As a child I learned this poem and will never forget it;
    Smile a while and while you smile, there will be miles and miles of smiles, all for the sake of your smile 🙂
    Let’s keep smiling,

  4. I couldn’t agree more; to me a smile always means ‘I see you and your life matters’.. a smile is like a sun rise … Beautiful.

  5. From the first time that I met you (it was 3 years minus 7 days) this was something that made an impression on me. So my response to this post is “Yup!”

  6. The old Rabbi Simes also smilled all the time. When I smile at you now and it is returned (always) I see the old you. You’re smile is as genuine now as it ever was.

  7. Zachary Muroff · · Reply

    Whenever YOU smile you make everyone around you feel great because when you are happy we are too!

  8. Rabbi Akiva Males · · Reply

    Thanks for sharing Yehuda. Keep on smiling my friend! In other news, I’m so sorry to have learned of your mother-in-law’s passing. Please share our sincere condolences with your wife. Besoros Tovos, Akiva Males

    Rabbi Akiva Males Kesher Israel Congregation 2500 N. Third Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 717-238-0763 E-mail:

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. my father taught me that when you smile the whole world will smile with you but wheny ou cry you cry alone. So you see smiling is a better bonus. keep on smiling

  10. Yisroel Goldbaum · · Reply

    I’m smiling now!!!

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  12. Baruch Lederman · · Reply

    Your works, “whenever someone doesn’t avert their gaze” touched my deeply and personally.
    My wife and I found a similar phenomenon after losing our baby. People avoided talking about the ‘uncomfortable’ topic. Hence it left us feeling even more lonely. We needed to talk about it. We needed that human interaction but people shied away.

  13. Ashira Prizant · · Reply

    Thanks for sharing this post, Rabbi 🙂

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