Never Sad

One who believes everything that happens is for the best, will never be sad.

A person doesn’t harm his finger unless it was so decreed.  

However, it wasn’t decreed that he should be sad. That he takes on his own…

Life’s challenges are a test to see if he will accept them joyfully.

~ The Ben Ish Chai

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Create Defending Angels

All acts of charity and kindness that the nation of Israel performs in this world, create great peace and powerful defending angels between the nation of Israel and their Father in Heaven. 

~ Bava Basra 10a

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Davening on Lag B’Omer

The Gemara (Makos 17b, Rashi) states that a mother should daven that her children should be like Reb Shimon bar Yochai.

The Minchas Elazar (Shaar Yissaschar) says that the Gemara refers to one who is davening on Lag b’Omer.

On this day, anything is possible. On this day, one can ask for the most incredible things – even that one’s child be like Reb Shimon bar Yochai.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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The Power of Bitachon

The concept of bitachon (that Hashem will provide for all the needs of one who truly trusts and relies on Him) is not dependent on merit, for even if he is a person who does not act properly, since he strengthened his bitachon in Hashem, the power of bitachon protects him, and Hashem will act kindly towards him.

~ Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, Sefer Shem Olam 2:8

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Circumstances don’t determine whether a person will be happy, but rather how one reacts to the circumstances.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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You got this!

When action is needed, the impossible is within our reach.

~ R’ Chaim Shmulevitz zt”l

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How would you feel?

Q.  If I were to give you $1,000,000, how would you feel?

A.  I would feel extremely grateful.

Q.  Would anyone be able to put you in a bad mood for a little while?

A.  Absolutely not.

Q.  What if I were to give you $10,000,000, but you wouldn’t wake up tomorrow, would you take it?

A.  Absolutely not.

Q.  Ok, so what you are saying is, waking up tomorrow, just waking up, is worth more than $10,000,000?

A.  Yes it is.

Q.  So then why don’t you feel that way every time you wake up?!

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We are all teachers by example.

~ R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l

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Focus on Today

One of the lessons of Sefiras Ha’Omer is to focus only on today.

“Don’t think about your aveiros of the past [which will make you distressed and lose hope] and don’t think about what will be in the future [which will make you feel that it is impossible to maintain your teshuvah for a long time]. Think about this day alone. Today I can make a nachas ruach for Hashem with Torah and mitzvos.”

~ The Divrei Shmuel zt’l

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How You Know

The Bal Shem Tov says if you want to know whether you are really serving G-d, it is simple:  

If my heart is filled with joy each time I put on tefillin, and each time I do something good my heart is filled with joy, then I am serving G-d.  

If I am not on that level, then I am just doing mechanical things.  

Even that is very holy, and I’ll be rewarded in Heaven for doing it, but it is heartbreaking.

~ R’ Shlomo Carlebach zt”l

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