Human Nature

Hashem has enough angels.  If Hashem wanted perfection, He wouldn’t have created us.

Hashem wants us, with our faults and human imperfections.

Our deeds seem slanted and incomplete, and sometimes we step out of line, but it is precisely due to our human nature that Hashem desires our service.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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The Good Old Days

Don’t waste your time saying that the good old days were different.

Of course they were different. But right now is the good old days.

I’ll tell you a secret. Someday they’ll see today as the good old days. These are the good old days, because you have in yourself all the goodness.

Life is the opportunity to bring forth what you have and make out of yourself the best you can be.

~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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It’s Not What You Think

The purpose of prayer is not to get us out of trouble. 

The purpose of trouble is to get us into prayer.

~ R’ Yitzchok Hutner zt”l

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I am Great!

A person is obligated to say, “The world was created for me” (Talmud Sanhedrin 37a). 

We are obligated to be aware of our own greatness.  Feel proud that you were created in the image of God.  Pride in the awareness of the greatness and elevation of your soul is not only proper, but it is actually an obligation.  It is a binding duty to recognize your virtues and to live with this awareness. 

~ R’ Avraham Grodzinski zt”l

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Physical v. Spiritual

Spiritual life is superior to physical life.

But the physical life of another is an obligation of my spiritual life.

~ R’ Yisroel Salanter zt”l

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Focus on the Good News

The more good news you bring your Creator, the less need you will have to complain about the opposite.

Meditate on those things you have to be thankful for. Express your thanks out loud.

The number of things to kvetch about will rapidly diminish.

~ R’ Tzvi Freeman

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I don’t get it

Emuna means I can’t understand what you are doing Hashem, but I believe it’s the greatest thing for me.

~ R’ Ari Bensoussan

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You are Unique

Every person is different in their personality and innate abilities. 

Therefore, each person has the potential to serve Hashem in a unique way according to his or her personal abilities and tests.

~ Chayai Olam

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What a Day!

It is well known that the power of tefillah on Purim is perhaps greater than on any other day throughout the year. 

However, the Ateres Tzvi zt”l taught that a person could accomplish even more with his tefillos on Shushan Purim than on Purim day.

Today is Shushan Purim.  Don’t waste this opportunity.  Ask Hashem for anything and be confident that He will answer your prayers. 

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Don’t Drink and Drive

Drinking on Purim reminds us that we aren’t in the driver’s seat. 

Hashem is driving us. 

Everything is in His hands. 

What we do and where we go is from Him.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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