The Baby’s Choice

The Rabbi of Rhizin taught: Before a baby is born, while the soul is in Heaven, the baby chooses who his parents will be.

He looks at all the possible parents and chooses the ones he sees love him the most. The baby sees in their eyes that they are longing for him to be their child. 

~ R’ Shlomo Carlebach zt”l

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Protection

When you get what you want, that is Hashem’s direction.

When you don’t get what you want, that is Hashem’s protection.

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Rewards

Even rewards destined for us will not come to us unless we pray for them.

~ Praying with Fire

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Achievement

It is not, as people think, that a lack of achievement leads to despair and minimal diligence.

On the contrary, it is despair and a lack of diligence which prevent achievement, for as Chazel tell us, one who seeks to purify himself is granted Heavenly assistance.

~ The Steipler Gaon

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Apply this to Everything

Anything that is important enough for you to do is important enough for you to do better. ~ R’ Yisroel Reisman

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The Perfect Gift

People like to say that it’s a spoiled generation, that we’re raising self-centered children.

I want to recommend a gift you can give your children which will thrill them, and it is also guaranteed to make them better people. Instead of giving them “things,” give them time. 

I know it’s more expensive than stuff you can buy, but you can’t spoil a child by giving him or her love.  This will teach them good values and help them become great human beings.

When you’re looking for the perfect gift for your children, give them time.

~ R’ Leib Kelemen

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Lost Souls

If the Torah obligates us to return lost objects, how much more so must we return them their lost souls! 

~ The Chofetz Chaim zt”l

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Humility

Rabbi Nachman says, “The world exists only because of a person who makes himself into nothing.”

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

~ Gedale Fenster

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How Much do we Really Need?

It disgusts me to see them acquiring and acquiring – another hat, a second silk dress.

We need only one of a thing.

Maybe two if it’s shoes.

~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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From the Heart

Prayer has to come from your heart.  It’s got to come from, “Hashem, I don’t need this, I don’t need that, I just need You!” 

If that’s your prayer, you don’t even have to tell Him what you need.  Because if my daughter says, “Dad, I love you more than anything else in the world, I just need you,” I’ll take care of what she needs.

She won’t have to ask me. I’ll ask her what she needs.

~ R’ Zecharia Wallerstein zt”l

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