What you can afford

Eat less than you can afford, dress no nicer than you can afford, but provide for your wife and children beyond what befits your income.

For they are dependent upon you whereas you are dependent on the One Who spoke and created the world.

Plus, you are granted your entire livelihood on account of your wife.

~ Yevamot 62b, Rambam Sefer HaMada, Hilchos De’os 5:10

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A young man came to R’ Nosson Tzvi Finkel to announce his engagement.  Noticing the young man wore a very solemn facial expression, Rav Nosson Tzvi lectured him on the importance of having a cheerful countenance.  He stressed that while this is a great obligation at all times, it is especially necessary when he is in the presence of his fiancé.  ~ Hameoros Hagdolim

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Definition of Emuna

The Hebrew noun emuna is translated as “faith” but really means “trust, confidence, reliability, faithfulness.” The Torah does not command belief in God, but rather describes faith in Hashem, which is striving to know and understand God’s ways, of obeying His laws. We are given a sense, then, that faith is not believing, in the sense of deciding whether God exists or not, but rather a matter of expressing conviction.  The act of faith is not proving but being faithful.  As Psalms 18:25 says “To the faithful you show yourself faithful.” ~ Alan Morinis

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Ticket to Olam Haba

For years I thought that my ticket to the World to Come will be the Achiezer [his classic writings on the Torah].  Now that I am getting on in years, however, I believe that what stands in my favor is that I took responsibility for sustaining widows and orphans throughout Europe.  ~ R’ Chaim Ozer Grodzinski zt”l

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The past has gone;

the future is yet to happen;

the present disappears with the blink of an eye.

So why worry?

~ Ibn Ezra

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Future Home

Death is merely moving from one home to another.  The wise man will spend his main efforts in trying to make his future home the more beautiful one. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe

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When Insulted

When I hear myself insulted in public, I imagine a pair of scales.  On one side I imagine my sins; on the other side I imagine the insults.  I then see that my sins are much heavier, and I remain silent, accepting my punishment as just.  I do the same any time I suffer from the deeds or words of others.  ~ Sefer Chareidim, cited in Shemiras Halashon, Tevunah, ch. 8

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