Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ahallela – great song

“אהללה אלוקי ואשמחה בו ואשימה תקותי בו אהודנו בסוד עם קרובו אלוקי צורי אחסה בו” “I shall laud my God and be glad with Him, and place my hope in Him.  I shall praise Him in the counsel of His intimate … Continue reading

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Purity of Speech

The awesome sanctity of Torah is an unchanging fact; the greater the purity of one’s speech, the more he is bound up with the light of the Torah he learns. ~ The Chofetz Chaim

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It is known that Rav Elyashiv answered she’eilah after she’eilah, one by one, without even looking anything up in a sefer.  Everything was literally at his fingertips. Rav Bentzion Kook once asked the Rav, “How is it possible to remember … Continue reading

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Go Out and Look for Him

“Hashem looks down from Heaven upon all of mankind to see if there exists an intelligent person who seeks out Hashem.” (Tehillim 53:3). There are very seemingly intelligent people not looking for Him. You don’t need to have great intelligence … Continue reading

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Money can be compared to salt.  In moderation, it improves one’s life, but if a person is consumed with adding and acquiring more and more money, the entire taste of life is ruined! ~ R’ Simcha Bunim of P’shischah zt”l

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Engagement Ring

R’ Avraham Pam compares people conversing in Torah to the newly engaged young woman who shows off her engagement ring to others.  The girl is so excited that she wants to share the tangible evidence of her joy with everybody. … Continue reading

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The Most Fortunate Trait in Life

The ability to be satisfied with what we have…is one of the most fortunate traits in life.  It says in Proverbs: “Better is dry bread with contentment, than a house full of sacrifices and strife” (Proverbs 17:1), and in Pirkei … Continue reading

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Make the World a Better Place

If we spent less time trying to make this world a better place to live in, and more time trying to make ourselves better persons to live with, the world would be a better place to live in. ~ R’ Shraga Silverstein zt”l

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Needs the Prayers of Others

The Zohar states that “the prayer of one who speaks loshon hara will not come before the Holy One, Blessed be He, for a ruach tamei (impure spirit) hovers over it.”  The Chofetz Chaim explains that the metzora (one who … Continue reading

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I Just Won’t Look

A young student asked permission to go to a wedding.  R’ Eliyahyu Lopian zt”l asked him if there might be women there dressed immodestly.  The student replied that he had prepaped a strategy: he wouldn’t look.  Rabbi Lopian turned to … Continue reading

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