Just Try

You should always aspire to make a new beginning… “Sheva yipol tzaddik vikum,” A tzaddik might fall seven times. But the end will be vikum: he’ll remain standing, because each time he falls, he’s not discouraged. He knows that victory belongs to those who try. “Haba litaher misayin oso — Hashem helps those who try to improve.”

~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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The Man in the Mirror

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos says to judge each person favorably.

But really, that is just bidieved. Lechatchila, we shouldn’t judge at all! 

Stop looking out the window and start looking in the mirror!

Instead of looking at others, work on yourself.

~ Rav Yisroel Feld

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Listen Carefully

While praying, listen to the words very carefully.

When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.

~ R’ Nachman of Breslov

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When to Praise Hashem

It is easy to praise Hashem in retrospect. 

Our job is to praise Hashem when things look bad.

We must believe that, even then, everything that happens to us is by Hashem’s merciful providence and for our good.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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Don’t Despair

Sometimes the reaction to the sin is worse than the sin itself.

Our job is to be embarrassed and take responsibility because we could do better, not be depressed with guilt and shame. 

Let’s put the energy on the repair and not focus on the despair.

~ Gedale Fenster

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Be Extraordinary

Lead an extraordinary life and God will take care of the miracles.

~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe

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It’s a Sign

If a person sees someone committing a sin, it means that he is also in some way associated with that sin, because otherwise, Heaven wouldn’t have shown it to him.

~ The Baal Shem Tov

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A Basic Ingredient for your Home

It is necessary for there to be chesed in a house for it to be considered a house of G-d.

Where there is chesed people learn the ways of Hashem. 

Without chesed, even if other mitzvos are performed there, a house is lacking a basic ingredient. 

~ R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l

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Although we are not assured that every request we make of Hashem will be fulfilled, Tefilos on behalf of Ruchniyus (spiritual matters) are guaranteed a positive response from Hashem!

~ Rav Eliyahu Dessler zt”l in the name of R’ Yisroel Salanter zt”l

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The Ramchal’s Formula

My formula for understanding life is:

Every event and situation in your life is meant to be a test of your character.

For example, both poverty and wealth are tests. A wealthy person might become arrogant and forget Hashem. A poor person might be tempted to steal and commit fraud.

When life goes smoothly, it tests one’s character, and so does a life of suffering.

~ Ramchal in Mesilas Yesharim

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