Category Archives: Mussar


It’s better to eat in order to pray than to pray in order to eat. ~ R’ Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch

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Who is helping who?

When I give tzedukah, am I helping him or is he helping me (by giving me the opportunity to do a mitzvah for which I will be handsomely rewarded)? As we go through life, we must always ask ourselves this … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Illness

A person should reflect on the fact that when he has some physical problem, he is willing to spend the time and effort to see a doctor.  Since he does this for his body, which is a garment for his … Continue reading

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Attaining Ruach Hakodesh

The Arizal told me that attaining ruach hakodesh is dependent on how much kavanah one has when one says brachos [over food].  When the brachos are said with kavanah, it destroys the kelipos (impurities) and makes the food pure to … Continue reading

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I used to be so Shtark!

Remember your magical moments.  Now is the time to reactivate them…Get back on track.  That is the avodah of Elul! ~ R’ Duvi Bensoussan Shlita

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Waking up a little Earlier in Elul

Shulchan Aruch (581) states, “The custom is to awaken early and to say Selichos from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur.” The Rema adds, “The custom for bnei ashkanez isn’t so…” Reb Shmuel Wosner zt’l explained that the Ashkenazi custom … Continue reading

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Golden Opportunities

When a person finds himself being tested, he should realize that if he withstands this test, God will perform a miracle on his behalf. ~ R’ Nachman of Breslov zt”l

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