Monthly Archives: October 2018

What you can afford

Eat less than you can afford, dress no nicer than you can afford, but provide for your wife and children beyond what befits your income. For they are dependent upon you whereas you are dependent on the One Who spoke … Continue reading

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Smile

A young man came to R’ Nosson Tzvi Finkel to announce his engagement.  Noticing the young man wore a very solemn facial expression, Rav Nosson Tzvi lectured him on the importance of having a cheerful countenance.  He stressed that while … Continue reading

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Definition of Emuna

The Hebrew noun emuna is translated as “faith” but really means “trust, confidence, reliability, faithfulness.” The Torah does not command belief in God, but rather describes faith in Hashem, which is striving to know and understand God’s ways, of obeying … Continue reading

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Ticket to Olam Haba

For years I thought that my ticket to the World to Come will be the Achiezer [his classic writings on the Torah].  Now that I am getting on in years, however, I believe that what stands in my favor is … Continue reading

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Worried?

The past has gone; the future is yet to happen; the present disappears with the blink of an eye. So why worry? ~ Ibn Ezra

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Future Home

Death is merely moving from one home to another.  The wise man will spend his main efforts in trying to make his future home the more beautiful one. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe

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When Insulted

When I hear myself insulted in public, I imagine a pair of scales.  On one side I imagine my sins; on the other side I imagine the insults.  I then see that my sins are much heavier, and I remain … Continue reading

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