A Greater Problem

Regarding someone who was worried about his lack of money but reluctant to take from others, R’ Yechezkail Levenstein replied:

“You wrote you find it difficult to take financial assistance from others.  That is truly the proper attitude to have.  But your worrying and anxiety is an even greater problem.  It is worthwhile to choose the smaller problem rather than the greater one.”

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Rough Job Interview

When you have an awareness that a situation or occurrence is a test, you will find it much easier to deal with.

To illustrate this concept, imagine that you went for a job interview and the potential employer shouted an insult at you.  You would most probably feel either upset or angry.  But if someone told you in advance that this employer shouts at job candidates to test their reaction to stress, you would find it easy to remain calm.  You realize it is just a test and it is in your best interest to pass it.

That is how we can view each event and situation.  It is a test of our spiritual strength and courage, and we can look forward to passing it.  ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin

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The Greatest Enemy

It is a mistake to think that the yetzer hara’s purpose is to merely cause a person to sin; its true goal is to destroy a person completely.  Once he tricks someone into sinning, it does not even let him enjoy his act, but rather consumes him with remorse.  It is terrifying to think what kind of enemy each of us carry within ourselves.  ~ R’ Itzele Petersburger zt”l

When we sin, we must regret it and do teshuvah, but don’t fall for the yetzer hara’s tricks and get you depressed over it.

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Train Yourself

A person should train himself to serenely accept whatever happens to him.  As our Sages say: “Train yourself to accept suffering and forgive insult” (Avos d’Rabbi Nasan).  Thereby, he will find it much easier to guard his tongue. ~ Chofetz Chaim

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The Holiness of the Succah

“In succos, you shall dwell…” The Gemara derives from this passuk that one should live in the succah in the same way one lives in his home.  However, the Satmar Rebbe taught that we should also derive from this passuk the opposite, that one should live in his home in the same manner that he lives in the succah. He should bring the atmosphere that he experienced in the succah to his daily life. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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Succos throughout the Year

The one who fears Hashem won’t only have succos during the holiday of Succos, but throughout the entire year he will remember that life is temporary; he’s living here as a guest. One should sleep in the shade of the succah and leave the permanent dwelling place… He should look up at the stars and place his trust in Hashem…. ~ R’ Yohonoson Eibshitz zt”l

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Tie them Together

The four minim (esrog, lulav, hadasim and aravos)  represent the unity of the Jewish people. The Midrash teaches that the esrog (which has a good scent and flavor) represents Torah scholars who do good deeds. The lulav has a taste (it grows on a date tree) but it doesn’t have a smell. This denotes the Torah scholars who lack good deeds. Hadasim have a smell, but no taste. They stand for the Yidden who do good deeds, but don’t study Torah. The aravah has neither ascent nor a taste, and they represent the Yidden who lack both qualities.

“Hakadosh Baruch Hu says, ‘Tie them together in one bundle so they will be forgiven for their sins together ” ~VaYikra Rabba 30:12 as quoted by R’ Elemelech Biderman Shlita

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