How Important is this Mitzvah?

One can determine the importance of a mitzvah based on how much opposition he experiences.  Because when a mitzvah is very important, the yetzer hara will try harder to prevent you from performing it.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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When your property or possessions sustain some damage or loss, work on yourself to accept the Almighty’s judgment with love.  Realize you were born without any belongings and you will eventually leave the world without belongings. You need not identify with your possessions since they are not an integral part of you.

~ Raishis Chochmah – Shar Haanovah

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A Different Strategy

Instead of complaining about someone’s behavior towards you, it is more constructive to work on your behavior towards him. Even if you have to force yourself, act with kindness and love towards all your relatives and acquaintances. Do it consistently and you will see major improvements in other people’s behavior towards you. ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin

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So Precious!

One should rejoice immensely and consider every deed of avodas Hashem very precious. He should decide in his heart that he won’t sell it for all the money in the world. Even if it was only for a moment, one word, thought, or deed will never become lost, and it counts a lot for him and perhaps for all Yisrael.

Can there be a greater joy than carrying out the purpose of his creation? He should do whatever he can and seek to do more and more – small deeds and great ones. As the saying goes, “whatever one grabs at a market sale, it’s worthwhile.” ~ The Beis Aharon zt’l

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Everyone in the world, from the most successful to the least, needs encouragement. Make it your career to give others encouragement. ~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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Don’t Let This Happen to You

The Chofetz Chaim zt’l told over a mashal of a simple farmer who saved the king’s life. To reward him, the king granted the farmer permission to enter his treasury for one hour and take whatever he desires.

As the day of the reward got closer, the king began worrying that the farmer will grab too much. The king made some inquiries and found out which foods the farmer liked and the type of music he enjoyed listening to. The king then set up a food stand near the treasury entrance, with a beautiful and lavish display of the farmer’s favorite foods. A band was also there, playing the farmer’s favorite music.

The farmer couldn’t resist partaking in the food, and he also spent some time watching the band play his favorite music. By the time he was ready to enter the treasury, he shouted in agony, “Only a few minutes left!” The hour almost passed, and he hadn’t yet started collecting his reward.

The nimshal is that people become occupied in their pursuit of material pleasures, and they forget to take advantage of Torah and mitzvos, which will grant them endless reward. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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Get the Message

Everything that happens to a person, everything he hears, are all messages from Hashem.

~ Baal Shem Tov

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Paying it Forward

While the sage Choni was walking along a road, he saw a man planting a carob tree. Choni asked him: “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?” “Seventy years,” replied the man. Choni then asked: “Are you so healthy a man that you expect to live that length of time and eat its fruit?” The man answered: “I found a fruitful world because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise, I am planting for my children.” ~ Taanis 23a

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Realize that when you are engaged in a mitzvah, it is not only an action you are doing.  Rather, you are transforming yourself into a more elevated person. You are not just doing, but becoming.

~ R’ Yeruchem Levovitz zt”l

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Nothing Like It

One delving into Torah studies is able to have so much enjoyment and pleasure that the physical and material pleasures that others seek pale in comparison. ~ Ohr Yohail

Mazel tov to all those learning daf yomi that are completing Megillah today. Tomorrow we will IYH begin Moed Katan. It’s a great time to join us. Give it a shot. You won’t regret it.

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