Free Your Mind

When you worry, all your thoughts are focused on the areas about which you worry and your mind is not free to think about crucial concepts ~ Divrei Yehoshua by R’ Yehoshua Heller zt”l

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The Greatest of All

The Mishnah rules that “Peace is the vessel that holds and sustains Hashem’s blessing.”  Within the various types of peace, Shalom Bayis is one of the greatest of all….” ~ Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l

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Peace Between Us and Hashem

By virtue of Tzedakah, peace is made between Israel and their Father in Heaven. ~ Tosefta, Peah, Ch. 1

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Make it a Priority

The best gift you can give your children and future generations is to work on your relationship. Good intentions aren’t enough; make your marriage a priority. ~ R’ Shlomo Slatkin

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Make the Time

Hakadosh Baruch Hu cries for three kinds of people each day.” One of them is “Someone who has time to study Torah and he doesn’t study.” ~ Talmud Chagigah 5b

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Broad Shoulders

Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.

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Happy Tu B’Av

The greater the harmony, mutual respect and devotion between a husband and wife – particularly when both are observers of Torah and mitzvos – the greater is the measure of G-d’s blessings to both of them for all their needs. ~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l

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Clean Utensil

If you want your tefillos to be accepted by Hakadosh Baruch Hu be cautious with your mouth,because that is your utensil for prayer. Be cautious and don’t speak profanely, curses, swears, lashon hara, and the like, because prayer is a gift to Hakadosh Baruch Hu and the mouth is the vessel that holds your gift. The vessel can’t be dirty… If it is, it is a disgrace for the King, and it is a disgrace for the gift… You should speak Torah, tefillah, permitted speech, and nothing else. ~ Kitzur Shlah

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Friendship

If a friendship contributes to your growth, keep it.  If it does the opposite, drop it.  ~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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What’s the Recipe?

R’ Simcha Zissel’s daughter was ill and went to the doctor who told her that the essential part of her cure was to remain calm.  Since her father, the Alter of Kelm, constantly stressed the importance of peace of mind, she happily told him that doctors cure physical illness with peace of mind.  Her father responded “You should have said to the doctor, ‘of course, peace of mind is needed, but please tell me how one obtains it.’”

Almost all doctors advise patients to keep calm and not get upset, but do doctors give a recipe how to obtain peace of mind?  A person who observes Shabbos with the proper attitude will have a taste of true peace of mind. ~ Chochmah Umussar, vol . 2, p. 204

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