Only Time will Tell

We shouldn’t be too happy when good things happen, and we shouldn’t be overly sad when bad occurs because we don’t know what will come from them. The good might be bad, and the bad might be good. Only time will tell. ~ Rambam (Pirush HaMishnayos, Brachos Ch. 9)

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Only Heart

Isaiah (29:13) said 2000 years ago, in the name of God: “This people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me.”

Nothing has changed from that day to this. I say again: When you go to pray, leave your concerns and yourself outside – go in only with your heart. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe

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The Tests are Concealed

The tests and challenges that come to a person from the Almighty are so concealed and subtle, the person being tested usually does not feel what is happening to him is a test.

If he is aware it is just a test, he would definitely be able to withstand the difficulties and rise to the challenge and then the test would not be a real test.

Therefore, tests are concealed in such a manner that a person thinks they are merely obstacles and nuisances.

A person who withstands such tests is truly elevated. ~ Tehilas Yoel

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The Deepest Prayer

The deepest prayer is not that I should have all that I need. That’s also very deep. But you know what the deepest prayer in the world is? God, can you please explain to me my life, can I have just a little explanation of what’s happening to me? – R’ Shlomo Carlebach zt”l

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Faith Alone

One’s belief in God must come through faith and not because of miracles. ~ R’ Nachman of Breslov

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You are Responsible for Yourself

During wartime, the enemy works hard to knock your sense of personal responsibility, to make you feel beholden to no one, no longer connected to the army, as if you are an independent entity.

Life is a war, and the Yetzer Hara’s plan is to get you to think, “Let my teachers inspire me” or “Let the rabbi tell me what to do.”

Stop waiting for someone to help you change!

You are responsible for yourself, and it’s your job to get in touch with yourself and figure out what you need to work on. “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?,” the Mishna says.

No one can make you great, but you yourself!

R’ Noach Weinberg

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At Peace

A person who has gained peace of mind has gained everything.

To obtain peace of mind, you need to be at peace with the people in your environment.

You need to be at peace with yourself, with your emotions and desires.

Furthermore, you need to be at peace with your Creator.

~ R’ Shlomo Wolbe zt”l

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Greater than a Warrior

The calm one is greater than a warrior, and the self-controlled is greater than a conqueror. ~ Proverbs 16:32

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The Individual

When people do chesed on a large scale and help many people, it sometimes happens that they lose sight of the needs of the individual. Their goal is to help the masses, and one individual person doesn’t seem as important for them.

But Avraham’s way was to help the individual – and with his passion he ended up helping multitudes. He cared about each individual without getting distracted by his global mission of doing chesed with the masses.

As we strive to follow in Avraham Avinu’s ways, our goal should be to help each individual person, because each and every person is precious to Hashem. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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Happy – Always

There is a mitzvah to be happy always, b’simchah tamid.

But how can that be? Is there anything which is “always,” that never changes?

Yes. Hashem is always. He is unchanging and steady.

Simchah doesn’t mean laughing and dancing, it means being in a state of contentment, it means serenity and acceptance.

I’m b’simchah when I recognize that He – Who is always – is in charge, and it’s not about my will, but His.

B’simchah, happy, tamid, always.

~ Rebbetzin Raquel Kirszenbaum

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