Why did You Tell me That?

When I’m learning Torah the deepest depths is not that I want to understand what it says.

The deepest depths is that I want to know how it relates to me, why do I need it?  Why did you tell me that G-d? ~ R’ Shlomo Carlebach

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Go Find Him!

HaKadosh Baruch Hu isn’t hidden, He’s hiding.

He’s there, if you’re ready to look; He’s there, so accessible.

The problem is, we’re so, so busy, so wrapped up in our lives, on our phones and screens, the news and social scene, so we’re really not looking that hard.

And then people say, “I called, but He didn’t answer. I looked, but I couldn’t find Him.”

No, it doesn’t work that way, you have to really work. It’s not Kosher Delight, you don’t snap your fingers and say, “Hey, I made an order five minutes ago.”

It’s a relationship that takes real work, but it’s so worth it. ~ R’ Zecharia Wallerstein

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Always Worthwhile

It is worthwhile to deliver a lecture even if it will help just one person to pray the evening services with greater concentration.

This holds true even if that one person is the lecturer himself.

~ R’ Yisroel Salanter zt”l

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What is Love?

Somebody once asked a wise and deep man, “What is love?” and he answered, love is learning the song in another person’s heart and singing this song to them when they forget it. ~ R’ YY Jacobson

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It Takes Some Work

One must work in order to receive Hashem’s blessings.  The passuk states “In order that Hashem, your God, bless you in all your handiwork” (Devarim 14:29).  You must provide some handiwork for God’s blessing to be applied to.  ~ Tanna D’vei Eliyahu

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The King and Queen

We are taught that when two people get married, the groom is likened to a king and the bride is likened to a queen.  The groom asked his rabbi, “How long does this continue?”

“For as long as you treat your wife as a queen, you are a king,” responded the rabbi.  

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Feel the Joy!

Feel joy when serving the Almighty – and then feel joy that you felt joy in serving the Almighty! ~ R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev zt”l

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Everyone Messes Up

A person should be patient with one who has sinned against him until his friend mends his ways, or until the sin disappears of its own accord. ~ R’ Moshe Cordovero zt”l

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Slapped in the Face

A man was singing songs of praise to God when the angel, Gavriel, came and slapped his face. 

Was it because Heaven did not find him worthy?

Absolutely not. 

It was because Heaven wondered if he would still sing praises after being slapped. ~ Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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Let’s Improve our Chances

The more we recognize that we are not in control, the greater our chances of receiving Hashem’s assistance. ~ The Chazon Ish zt”l

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