All significant change in human behavior takes place at the microcosmic, not the macrocosmic level. It belongs not to social forces or trends, but to the here-and-now of single individuals. ~ R’ Lord Jonathan Sacks, Shlita
May Rabbi Sacks (HaRav Yaakov Zvi ben Liba) have a speedy recovery!
Only a fool will keep looking at things that will increase his desires (Keser Chochmah 18:18).
If looking at what other people have gives you more desires, why make yourself miserable needlessly? If advertisements cause you to yearn for things you cannot acquire, why read something that causes you unnecessary pain? ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin, Shlita
Noach’s son, Cham told others about his father’s drunkenness and was cursed, whereas Noach himself was not. Thus, speaking ill of one who has sinned is worse than he who committed the sin. ~ R’ Moshe Amiel zt”l
A forward-looking individual will not get very far unless his feet follow his eyes. ~ R’ Shraga Silverstein
Everybody believes in G-d, hopefully. But do you know how much G-d believes in us? The world still exists. That means G-d believes in us; believes that we can fix everything. ~ R’ Shlomo Carlebach zt’l
Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.
Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin. ~ Rabbi Noach Weinberg z”l
There are three witnesses that testify for one another: The Jewish people, Shabbos and the Holy One, blessed be He.
The Jewish people and Hashem bear witness that the Shabbos was instituted as a day of rest.
The Jewish people and the Shabbos attest that Hashem is the Creator of the universe.
Hashem and the Shabbos testify that the Jews are Hashem’s children whom He has chose for Himself.
~ Tosfos Chagigah 3b
Every inner trait has its role. Warped logic, for example, is useful because no mater how clear cut another’s wrongdoing might appear, a person can draw on this ability to find justification for their actions rather than leap to negative conclusions. ~ R’ Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l
Like a bird, a person can reach undreamed of heights as long as he works his wings. But if he relaxes them for but one minute, he plummets downward. ~ R’ Yisrael Salanter zt”l