Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Watch

When R’ Yaakov Kamenetzky zt”l presented his son Binyamin with a watch as a bar mitzvah present, he told his son that “time is your most precious possession.  Each moment is an opportunity for eternity, but if it’s lost it … Continue reading

Posted in Mussar | Leave a comment

A Common Misconception

“A common misconception is that on Simchas Torah we celebrate the completion of the Torah.  No!  In truth, we celebrate beginning all over again!” ~ R’ Shmuel Zvi of Alexander zt”l a/k/a Tiferes Shmuel from Torah Tavlin Chag Sameach!

Posted in Spirituality | Leave a comment

Pray for Good Health

The Gemara states, “L’olam yivakesh adam rachamim she’lo yechele–Always a man should be praying to Hashem that he should not become sick.” In the best of health, one should pray to Hashem to remain well. I really should charge you, … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer | Leave a comment

Higher and Higher

The Rebbe’s most common response to someone who had done something positive: It is our nature, all of us, that we never attain half our goal. If we earn $100, we want to make $200. And when we reach $200, … Continue reading

Posted in Chesed | Leave a comment

The First Day for an Accounting of Sins

This is great encouragement for anyone who has experienced a setback since Yom Kippur. Chazal call the first day of Sukkos, “Rishon l’Cheshbon Ha’avonos – the first day for an accounting of sins”.  What do Chazal mean by that? The Shelah HaKadosh explains … Continue reading

Posted in Teshuva | Leave a comment

Come Back to Life

“If I had already died and the Almighty told me I could come back to life again, imagine how happy I would be.  Now that I am still alive, shouldn’t I still feel that same joy?” ~ R’ Nochum of … Continue reading

Posted in Happiness, Spirituality | Leave a comment

Go Beyond

“We all have limitations — after all, are we not of flesh and blood? There comes a time, however, when you have to break out beyond those limits.  You’ve got to do more than you can possibly do. The truth is, … Continue reading

Posted in Mussar, Spirituality | Leave a comment

Personal Prayers on Yom Kippur

The following was compiled by Rabbi Sinai Yakobian.  I highly recommend that you print this out and bring it to shul with you to glance at and have in mind while you daven on Yom Kippur.  By the way, for those … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer, Teshuva, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Trial

“No civil court of law would change its verdict and, after finishing the trial, decide to give a convicted criminal another chance! Imagine hearing, “You’re convicted, but we’re giving you another ten days to repair the damage you’ve done. At … Continue reading

Posted in Prayer, Teshuva | Leave a comment

Convert Sins into Merits

“When I see a man of many sins, I think, ‘How I envy him!  When he will do teshuvah and convert his sins, he will have many more merits than I do!” ~ R’ Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev zt”l

Posted in Teshuva | 1 Comment