When are we most alive?

For six days a week, do whatever you need to do to make your existence easier.

If it’s cold, heat it up. If it’s hot, cool it down. If it’s raw, cook it, and if it’s broken, fix it.

One day a week, let things be.

Just let them be.

You can’t spend all day, all week, all year, your whole life, worrying how to make things better.

One day a week, just live.

On Shabbos, I’m content with my existence, so happy just to be.

It’s the day when we’re most alive. ~ R’ Manis Friedman

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One Day at a Time

Many people worry about the future and how they will make a living.  They would like to know in advance exactly how all their needs will be met.  However, the Torah attitude is that we should be thankful each day for what we have on that day. ~ Ohr Yechezkail

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Turn Your Pain into Something Positive

If HaKadosh Baurch Hu came to me in a dream and said, “Zecharia Wallerstein, I can give you a chance to live your life again without the challenges, without the rough third grade, without the difficult tenth grade, do you want it?”

I would say, “Absolutely not.”

The only reason I’m able to talk to you today is because of those years, those challenges. That pain gave me this ability.

When that’s your answer, then the trauma and pain become positive, a force for kindness, compassion and help. ~ R’ Zecharia Wallerstein

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Happiness Within

A truly happy person does not allow his happiness to be dependent on any external factor over which he may not have any control. ~ Chochmah Umussar

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Happy to be Alive

Most people do not appreciate that we should feel fortunate and happy just because we are alive. (Ahavas Maishorim).

Imagine yourself in a situation in which you were about to die. Actually feel it.  Then picture yourself being given another chance.  The more vividly you can imagine this, the greater you will be able to feel the joy of life itself. ~ R’ Zelig Pliskin

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Make the Connection

Look around. You can see we’re facing more challenges than ever before, because before Mashiach comes, everyone needs to call forth a little more depth, a little more meaning in their avodah. It isn’t enough to assume that things can just coast along, that a person will never have doubts, that marriage will be perfect; everything takes work! But how does one develop the passion necessary to work hard?

It comes from the realization that Hashem is always with us, and the desire to learn to live with Him, to realize Whom you are working for and Who is cheering you on.

It can change your life. And the way to build up that awareness is to talk to Him, constantly, to go through the day thanking and asking and telling and thanking again. The more you work on feeling the connection, the more you will feel Him. Crying where you are in pain, laughing when you’re happy, these are all tefillos once you are aware of that reality. ~ R’ Shalom Arush Shlita

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On a Narrow Cliff – My Story

I was recently interviewed by C. Saphir of Mishpacha Magazine regarding a hike I took with my family a couple of years ago in Israel on which we got lost in the desert without water, reception or safety equipment. It was the scariest and most dangerous experience of our lives, but Baruch Hashem, we are here and able to share this amazing story with you.  Here is a link to the article: https://mishpacha.com/on-a-narrow-cliff/

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The Gift of Giving

The greatest gift of giving is the opportunity to give. ~ R’ Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

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Why Disease Comes to the World

Diseases come to the world because of bad speech. Forbidden speech pollutes the air and ruins the nature of the world [which results in diseases].

Therefore, be cautious and don’t speak forbidden words. Sanctify your mouth with Torah and tefillah from the depths of your heart…” ~ The Trisker Magid zt’l

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The Kindness of the Yetzer Hara

The yetzer hara (inclination for evil) is misunderstood. Hashem is all goodness. Therefore, if He made a yetzer hara, it’s a tremendous chesed (kindness). But it’s a perilous form of chesed.

If you know how to utilize the yetzer hara, you can become great. But if you don’t think about it, you can’t even try to protect yourself, and it’ll conquer you. ~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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