The Chassidic leader, Reb Leib Sorkes traveled great distances to spend time with the Maggid of Mezritch. “To see him daven?” – he was asked. “No,” he replied. “To see the Maggid tie his shoelace.”
There have been so many unbelievable stories coming out about Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer zt”l who passed away last Friday, which reveal his incredible acts of chessed, including one my aunt told me. When my aunt was recently in the hospital with Covid-19, Rabbi Kelemer went to the cemetery to daven by her parent’s kevarim that she should have a refuah sheleima. He never said a word. She only found out because Rabbi Kelemer’s wife mentioned it recently to my mother. Incredible!
But when I saw the above quote, I thought of a time when I had visited my grandmother in a nursing home/rehab facility and of course Rabbi Kelemer came to visit her as well. As he was leaving, I noticed him approach all the residents sitting around the common area and with a big smile saying, “Hi, Yehuda Kelemer, what is your name… So nice to meet you…” After he walked away, they all smiled and looked at each other and said “what a nice man!” He never missed an opportunity to do a mitzvah and make each person he met feel special.
While most of us won’t travel to a cemetery to daven by the kevarim of the parents of those we are davening for, we can certainly take a lesson from how Rabbi Kelemer conducted himself as he was leaving the nursing home that time.
It is not so much that we need to be taken out of exile. That, a Moses can do.
It is that the exile must be taken out of us. For that, each one must find Moses within. ~ R’ Tzvi Freeman
In everything you do, be mindful that God sees all we do. There is no cheating God.
~ R’ Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l
Most people do not feel bad because they lack wisdom; they feel bad because people say they lack wisdom. ~ Chayai Hamussar
What precedes success? What precedes success in relationships, in business, in life?
Which means that failure isn’t failure, right?
Which is fascinating, because in lashon hakodesh, the language that created reality, there is no word for failure.
If there’s no word for failure in Hashem’s dictionary, that means it doesn’t exist.
He wants us to realize that the purpose of confusion is clarity, the purpose of illness is recovery, the purpose of the mistakes we make is teshuvah.
~ R’ Jonathan Rietti
Someone in a difficult situation wrote to R’ Yitzchok Hutner, “There is nothing I can do to change the situation.”
R’ Hutner replied, “We always have the ability to pray. There is tremendous power in a chapter of Tehillim (Psalms) when it is said with a broken heart and deep feeling.”
~ Pachad Yitzchok, Igros Uksovim
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To a disciple who complained of his financial troubles: You speak of what you need, but you say nothing of what you are needed for.
~ R’ Shneur Zalman of Liadi whose yartzheit is today.
Holiness inheres in all worldly matters, for they are all capable of being used for augmenting holiness. They are keylim (instruments) of holiness. In the Holy Temple all the vessels, and indeed everything and anything that could serve the holy ends of the Temple service, partook of holiness. Similarly, in the everyday world, everything, however “worldly,” has something of that same quality of holiness, since it is capable of being used for a holy purpose.
This is the deeper meaning of the saying that the table of a talmid chachom is like an alter and his eating resembles a korban. Eating, for such a person, is indeed a sublime, sanctified act, since it enables him to reinforce his powers for the fulfillment of the Torah. Happy is the one who is enabled to fulfill mitzvos such as these in holiness and purity! ~ R’ Eliyahu Dessler zt”l
Preparing for prayer is as valuable as prayer itself. The sages of old used to concentrate their thoughts on God first – to fill their hearts with love – then go in to pray. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l
One should have bitachon for all his needs, because bitachon is beneficial for Torah and for material matters…Bitachon is peace of mind….He relies on the One he trusts that He will do what’s good and proper for him…. ~ Chovos Halevavos