Monthly Archives: April 2020

The King’s Children

The Maggid of Kozhnitz taught that one who does a favor for another Jew may give God greater pleasure than by doing a ritual mitzvah; the King certainly derives more pleasure from something done on his child’s behalf than from … Continue reading

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Will It

If you will it, it is no dream. ~ Theodor Hertzl

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Times to Hold Back

All that is thought need not be said, all that is said need not be written, all that is written need not be published, all that is published need not be read. ~ Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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Learning Mussar

When I first started learning mussar I became angry at the whole world, but not at myself. Afterward, I became angry at myself also. Finally, I became angry only at myself, and I judged the world l’chav zchus (to the … Continue reading

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The Great Exchange

We have learned before that when someone speaks Lashon Hara about you, all of your sins are transferred to the speaker and all of his mitzvos are transferred to you.  Quite the exchange! However, halachah teaches that if someone asks … Continue reading

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No Regrets

When a person is in doubt whether something he is doing is good or bad, there is one way he can test this: if he will regret his action, then it is the wrong thing to do. For a person … Continue reading

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Identify That Prayer #21

It has been a while since we played this game.  This quote, which appears at the end of a certain prayer, made an impression on me recently: “Accept our entreaty and hear our cry, O Knower of mysteries.”  Feel free … Continue reading

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