I used to be so Shtark!

Remember your magical moments.  Now is the time to reactivate them…Get back on track.  That is the avodah of Elul! ~ R’ Duvi Bensoussan Shlita

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Waking up a little Earlier in Elul

Shulchan Aruch (581) states, “The custom is to awaken early and to say Selichos from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur.” The Rema adds, “The custom for bnei ashkanez isn’t so…”

Reb Shmuel Wosner zt’l explained that the Ashkenazi custom is that they don’t begin saying Selichos from Rosh Chodesh Elul, but they also have the custom to awaken early to daven. Because all opinions agree that these are special days for tefillah. As the Tur writes, “Whoever prays more, it is for his benefit.” It will help him on the days of judgment. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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Firm Belief

It is true that faith rests on reason and there is solid evidence present to support faith. But such faith can be shaken.  It is but a stage on the way to firm belief – the faith that is a firm bar of steel that cannot be eroded. ~ R’ Yerucham Levovitz zt”l

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Accusing Angels

When we speak lashon hara against others, the accusing angels speak against us in the Heavenly Court. ~ Chofetz Chaim

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Golden Opportunities

When a person finds himself being tested, he should realize that if he withstands this test, God will perform a miracle on his behalf. ~ R’ Nachman of Breslov zt”l

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In Due Time

Regarding a shidduch, the Beis Yisrael zt”l would say, “when the right minute comes, it happens in less than a minute.”  And therefore people shouldn’t fear, because everything happens in due time. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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How He Answers Us

Hashem answers us in three ways:
He says “yes” and gives you what you want;
He says “no” and gives you something better;
He says “wait” and gives you the best!

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