When to Worry

Worry doesn’t help at all; it only harms.

To worry about something that already happened is insanity.

The Chachamim taught us that all worries are forbidden.

The only worry permitted is to ask yourself,

“Why am I worried?”

~ Ralbag

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The Power of a Smile

In Pirkei Avos, we learn: “Greet each person with a friendly smile.” When you smile at someone, that person is apt to smile back at you and this will increase one’s own positive feelings. ~ R’ Yisrael Lipshitz of Danzig zt”l

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Control your Desires

Desire is the major cause of every transgression. When a person does something improper, it is because he has a specific desire that was aroused by the trait such as envy, lust, or honor seeking. ~ Toras Avraham

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True Ambition

When you have a true ambition for something, you will not give up hope. Giving up hope is a sign that you are lacking ambition to achieve that goal. ~ R’ Eliyahu Dessler zt”l

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After you master the ability to feel the pain of other people as if it were your own pain, the next step is to feel the Almighty’s pain, since the Creator has empathy for the suffering of mortals. ~ R’ Simcha Zissel Ziv zt”l

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The Goal of All Education

The goal of all education, preaching, and instruction is the development of mature individuals who will understand that difficulties in life are Divine-ordained challenges to overcome and opportunities for growth, and not excuses for defeat and self-ruination. ~ R’ Aaron M. Brafman zt”l

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Given a choice, people would reclaim their own baggage in life over others.

~ R’ Simcha Bunim of Peshischa zt”l

In other words, if everyone’s “baggage” or troubles were spread out on a table and people were given the option of exchanging their baggage with someone else’s, they would inevitably take back their own.  That is because Hashem gives each person exactly what they need to overcome their own individual challenges. 

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A Nation of Dreamers

We’re a nation of dreamers. Rav Meir Shapiro dreamt of launching the Daf Yomi.  Sarah Schenirer dreamt of establishing Bais Yaakov. Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel dreamt of expanding the Mirrer Yeshivah.

And we all have dreams.

Yaakov Avinu dreamt of a ladder, with its head in the heavens.

Our dreams are the same way: our feet might be right here on the ground, sunk in reality, but the top of that ladder goes so high.

Our dreams have to reach the heavens.

~ R’ Binyomin Pruzansky

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The ways of Hashem are mysterious in the present, but are understood – if we are so privileged – in retrospect.

~ The Chasam Sofer

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In the Dark

Even on the darkest day, you can find a corner of light.

~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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