The Safest Path

There are many paths to become closer to Hashem (through chesed, tefillah, mitzvos, etc.), but the safest path, from which one will not fall off, is through Torah study.

~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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Our Copilot

Hashem is always ready to aid us in the ongoing battle between good and evil, particularly in our inner struggle against the evil within us.

Our awareness of His constant availability and eagerness to help us is meant to bolster our spirits, enabling us to face our spiritual challenges with joy and confidence.

~ The Alter Rebbe

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Just Try

You should always aspire to make a new beginning… “Sheva yipol tzaddik vikum,” A tzaddik might fall seven times. But the end will be vikum: he’ll remain standing, because each time he falls, he’s not discouraged. He knows that victory belongs to those who try. “Haba litaher misayin oso — Hashem helps those who try to improve.”

~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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The Man in the Mirror

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos says to judge each person favorably.

But really, that is just bidieved. Lechatchila, we shouldn’t judge at all! 

Stop looking out the window and start looking in the mirror!

Instead of looking at others, work on yourself.

~ Rav Yisroel Feld

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Listen Carefully

While praying, listen to the words very carefully.

When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.

~ R’ Nachman of Breslov

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When to Praise Hashem

It is easy to praise Hashem in retrospect. 

Our job is to praise Hashem when things look bad.

We must believe that, even then, everything that happens to us is by Hashem’s merciful providence and for our good.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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Don’t Despair

Sometimes the reaction to the sin is worse than the sin itself.

Our job is to be embarrassed and take responsibility because we could do better, not be depressed with guilt and shame. 

Let’s put the energy on the repair and not focus on the despair.

~ Gedale Fenster

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Be Extraordinary

Lead an extraordinary life and God will take care of the miracles.

~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe

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It’s a Sign

If a person sees someone committing a sin, it means that he is also in some way associated with that sin, because otherwise, Heaven wouldn’t have shown it to him.

~ The Baal Shem Tov

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A Basic Ingredient for your Home

It is necessary for there to be chesed in a house for it to be considered a house of G-d.

Where there is chesed people learn the ways of Hashem. 

Without chesed, even if other mitzvos are performed there, a house is lacking a basic ingredient. 

~ R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l

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