Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lesson from a Bicycle

One can only maintain balance by moving forward. ~ R’ Dovid Hazdan as quoted in Chicken Soup to Warm the Neshama

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Genuine Humility

Humility is associated with spiritual perfection.  When humility effects depression it is defective.  When it is genuine, it inspires joy, courage and inner dignity. ~ R’ Abraham Isaac Kook zt”l

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Someone once insulted a very pious person.  The community wanted to put a ban on the man, but the pious person would not hear of it. “We must punish that man, not merely for your sake,” the pious person was … Continue reading

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Pecking like a Pigeon + 2 more items

Questions are good. They show you’re alive and thinking. But you’re not going to get the full picture of Torah by pecking like a pigeon at crumbs on the sidewalk. The only way to comprehend what Torah is saying is … Continue reading

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Even When There is No Damage

If you say something derogatory about another person, you are guilty of speaking loshon hora even if that person does not suffer any consequent loss or damage.  An example of this is a case where the listener refused to believe … Continue reading

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Before You Are Permitted to Speak

Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer related that on numerous occasions Rabbi Yisroel Salanter would abruptly stop speaking and consult the Chofetz Chayim’s book on loshon hora to see whether it was permissible for him to continue. ~ Aitzah Vesoshiya as quoted … Continue reading

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Look Within

People are accustomed to look at the heavens and to wonder what happens there.  It would be better if they would look within themselves, to see what happens there. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe

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Hashem Chooses Us

Hashem renews His choice of us as His beloved nation every single day, as we say in davening – “Ha-Bocher – He chooses – not Buchar – He chose – His nation of Israel with love.” ~ Sfas Emes (as quoted in “Think Hashem … Continue reading

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Are you able to recognize the Creator?

As you pass a tree, know that it has a certain spiritual quality; it represents what we are looking for. If we could stop and think about that tree for weeks and months, we would come so close to Hashem … Continue reading

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Your Picture on His Fridge

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning.  Face it, friend – He is crazy … Continue reading

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