If we were asked to donate money to rebuild the Beis HaMikdash, how proud we would be to have this opportunity. We would donate to the best of our ability, in order to have a portion in this great merit.
Yet we do not need money to build the Beis Hamikadash. We need only to refrain from lashon hara and senseless hatred, and promote peace instead. How honored will such a person be in the World to Come, when it will be made known that his merit caused the Beis Hamikdash to be rebuilt. ~ The Chafetz Chaim in Shmiras Halashon II, ch, 7
Let us make an extra effort over the next few days not to speak or listen to lashon hara and earn a plaque on the wall of the Beis Hamikdash.
The Gemara (Shabbos 104a) states “He who comes to cleanse himself receives help from Above.”
It does not state “He who cleanses himself,” but rather, “He who comes to cleanse himself.” The wording teaches us that with the slightest beginning, the first faint spark of an intent to do teshuvah, a wondrous helping hand is extended from Hashem to assist the man. As a result of this Divine assistance, the tiny spark of teshuvah will ignite into a bright flame, and the desire to return will become a reality. ~ R’ Moshe Yehoshua Hager zt”l (Torah Tavlin)
The Gehinnom that one experiences for his sins in the next world is the scalding embarrassment of having to face the truth of his mistakes in life. The Gemara (Brachos 12) teaches “One who commits a sin and is embarrassed by it is forgiven.” The profound sense of shame is in itself a form of Gehinnom. ~ R’ Tzadok Hakohen zt”l
A visitor to the apartment of the Chofetz Chaim, was struck by its sparseness. “Where is your furniture?” the man asked. “Where is yours?” replied the Chofetz Chaim. “Oh, I am only passing through,” said the man. To which the Chofetz Chaim replied, “I am also just passing through.”
When a person is faithful to his every utterance and righteously lives up to his word, he merits that Hashem will “do all that he expressed verbally.” Thus, every person has the ability to fulfill the words of Chazal: “Tzadik gozer v’Hakadosh Baruch Hu mikayem,” – the righteous person decrees, and the Holy One fulfills it. ~ R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev zt”l
Rabbi Yoself Leib Bloch used to say that regardless of how high a level a person is on, he always has natural tendencies that bring him down. This is the very nature of man.
Rather than allowing those tendencies to keep us down, we should strengthen ourselves and try with all our might to continue to elevate ourselves.
For this reason the Torah writes about the faults and transgressions of even the greatest of men. This can console us and teach us that it is normal to have faults. ~ Shiurai Daas as quotes by R’ Zelig Pliskin
In order for a person to maintain proper middos, he must put himself in another’s place. When someone does something that you consider wrong or improper, think about how many rationalizations you would have been forced to come up with to justify yourself had you done that very act. Then, use these same rationalizations to give the other person the benefit of the doubt. ~ R’ Moshe Leib Sassover zt”l