Monthly Archives: April 2013

Never Despair

“No one should ever give up hope for himself, however far he has fallen.  Even if he is lying in the very pit of hell, he must never despair of God’s help.  Even there he can draw close to the … Continue reading

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What Can I Do for You?

“The Chofetz Chaim was once overheard making an accounting with God, as it were.  He said ‘Dear God, what have You done for me, and what have I done for You?  You have given me the privilege of writing the … Continue reading

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We Were as Dreamers

“We say in Shir Ha-ma’alot (psalms 126) [before bentching on Shabbos], ‘When God returned the captivity of Zion we were as dreamers.’  The evil we experienced in the long night of galut, and which we thought at the time so … Continue reading

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A Higher Expectation

“Just as we expect more from those who are blessed with materialistic wealth, so do we expect more from those rich in knowledge.  Whereas the spiritually poor do mitzvos simply, those who are enriched with ruchnius are expected to perform … Continue reading

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Don’t Compare Your Holiness to Others

“Rabbi Avraham Pam explains: If a Jew looks around him and sees a world of immorality, deceit, and fraud, if he often encounters underhandedness and an insatiable pursuit of material goals, he can easily rationalize to himself and say, “With the … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as Defeat

There’s no such thing as defeat. There’s always another chance. To believe in defeat is to believe that there is something, a certain point in time that did not come from Above. Know that G‑d doesn’t have failures. If things … Continue reading

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G-d Open my Lips

Rav Yonason Eibschitz explains why we say ‘Hashem sefosai tiftach – G-d open my lips’ right before shemona esrei.  He explains that when man stands before the Master of the Universe, one’s vocal cords should freeze in paralysis, out of … Continue reading

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