Monthly Archives: November 2015


Know that calmness and humility are partners, just as their opposites, anger and pride, are partners. Generally, what stirs anger is inward pride, while what causes calmness is inward humility. ~ R’ Avraham Ben HaRambam

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It All Adds Up

“One who gathers a handful at a time will eventually have much” (Proverbs 13:11), but one who says, “Tomorrow I will study” ends up with nothing. ~ Yalkut Shimoni

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To His Face

Speaking loshon hora about someone in his presence is very serious even if your sole intention in mentioning his faults is to criticize him constructively.  Corrective comments should be delivered privately.  Offending someone publicly is loshon hora and constitutes a … Continue reading

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Not an “All or Nothing” Religion

In an Inn one Shabbos, R’ Yisroel Salanter zt”l noticed a young guest writing. Although deeply shaken at this desecration of Shabbos, R’ Yisroel said nothing. During the day he inquired about the fellow and discovered that he worked as … Continue reading

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Darwin was able to formulate his theory of evolution only because he had never seen a real human being. Thus he could view men as no more than smarter monkeys. “Had he seen my rebbe, Reb Yisrael Salanter, who developed … Continue reading

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A Sigh – wow!

There are two books in Heaven, one of sins where you gave a sigh when you sinned and one when you didn’t, and the difference in punishment between them is greater than the distance between heaven and earth. ~ R’ … Continue reading

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One should always cultivate silence and refrain from speaking, except with regard to matters of knowledge or things that are necessary for his physical welfare; it’s said that Rav, the disciple of our saintly teacher, Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, never in … Continue reading

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