If only I could go back in time to Auschwitz and whisper in my grandfather’s ear that his descendants would be in Israel today…

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Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now.  Emuna reassures you that everything will happen when Hashem wants it to happen. 

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No Time to Waste

Rabbi Tarfon says: The day is short, the task is abundant, the laborers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master of the house is insistent. ~ Pirkei Avos 2:20

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Apple or Pear?

The Brisker Rav asked his son each Shabbos whether he wanted an apple or a pear.  When he asked for a pear, his father gave him an apple.  And each week, he would give him the opposite of what he wanted.  Why did he act this way?

“It’s to teach my son that in life, we don’t always get what we want and we must get used to that.” Each person desires different things. If things don’t go our way and we don’t get what we want, then we must say to ourselves that Hashem made the best choice for us, and we must know how to accept that.  We have to learn to work on ourselves in this area.

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For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.  ~ Simon Wiesenthal

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Image of G-d

When you see the image of God in another human being, God reveals His image within you. ~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l

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You are No Angel

I met a teenager, a young man who is growing close to Torah life. “Rabbi,” he asked me, “how can we be expected to be able to watch where we look, to guard our eyes in public…are we angels?

That was his question.

I turned to him, “A malach?” No, you’re not a malach, you’re not an angel… You’re something much stronger – you’re a human being!  You have the capacity to choose, the strength to fight, powers that no angel has!

“You’re so much more”

~ R’ Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi

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Only G-d Knows

Only the Creator of the world knows your path, only Him.  So try and trust Him and Thank Him. ~ R’ Shalom Arush

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Building Bridges

The Divrei Chaim of Tzanz’s zt’l doctor asked him what he does. He replied, “I build bridges.” The doctor couldn’t imagine that the rabbi seated before him is an engineer. The Tzanzer Rav explained, “I’m busy building a bridge that spans between my mind and heart, so the thoughts of my mind will affect my heart.” Because the mind can know concepts, but it requires constant review until the heart also knows it.

In other words, people are often worried about the future even though they know all about emuna.  This is because they know intellectually that everything is for the good, that Hashem is helping them and they can place their trust in Him, but this emuna hasn’t reached their hearts.  The same was true for the Jewish people in Mitzrayim until Hashem took us out.  This occurs every year anew, for on Pesach we acquire genuine emuna that reaches the heart. Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk zt’l said that the time that is most mesugal for attaining perfection in emuna is the night of Shevi’i shel Pesach.

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Lesson from a Watch

Reb Avraham Genichovsky zt’l told his students that once, his watch fell to the ground and stopped working. He thought that something must have broken inside, because it was working well until it fell. He brought it to a watchmaker, who said that all it needed was a new battery.

That seemed strange. It stopped working when it fell. Why should the battery die exactly when the watch fell to the ground?

The watchmaker explained, “The battery was weak, but functioning. When it fell, the watch stopped for a moment, but it didn’t have strength to begin again.”

Reb Avraham Genichovsky told his students that one’s emunah needs to be strong, so that even when one falls, or when goes through hard times, his emunah won’t fail. If the emunah is weak, every small struggle may cause him to fail.”

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