A Nation of Dreamers

We’re a nation of dreamers. Rav Meir Shapiro dreamt of launching the Daf Yomi.  Sarah Schenirer dreamt of establishing Bais Yaakov. Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel dreamt of expanding the Mirrer Yeshivah.

And we all have dreams.

Yaakov Avinu dreamt of a ladder, with its head in the heavens.

Our dreams are the same way: our feet might be right here on the ground, sunk in reality, but the top of that ladder goes so high.

Our dreams have to reach the heavens.

~ R’ Binyomin Pruzansky

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The ways of Hashem are mysterious in the present, but are understood – if we are so privileged – in retrospect.

~ The Chasam Sofer

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In the Dark

Even on the darkest day, you can find a corner of light.

~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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What’s the Purpose?

This subject of the purposefulness of things must be pursued without rest, and every day should bring some new observation, or some deeper perception in the old observations. ~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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Are you Only doing the Absolute Minimum?

I didn’t come to this world merely to fulfill my obligations.

~ The Kopschnitzer Rebbe

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How Jews Fight

We don’t fight with swords. We fight with life.

We get revenge on Hitler, yimach shemo, by having children, and then they have children.

More life.

More mitzvos.

More joy.

You said our crime was being Jewish. Well, we’ll show you that being Jewish is what gives our lives meaning and value. It’s what we celebrate.

That’s how we fight.

Light and light and more light. That’s how a Jew fights.

~ Charlie Harary

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Are you being Tested?

When Hashem tests a person, it means Hashem believes he can pass the test.

~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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If there is something you wish to do tomorrow, see to it that it was done by yesterday.

~ R’ Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor zt”l

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Don’t Think This Way

It states in Pirkei Avos, “don’t consider yourself a rasha.” Because as the Rambam explains, if you think you are a rasha, you will become one.

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Above and Beyond the Confines of Nature

The spectacular event of Kriat Yam Suf was not only experienced by the Jewish people, but defines us. We are a nation whose natural existence extends to the supernatural. We are a people who live above and beyond the confines of nature. Never have we been and never will we be locked into statistics and prognosis. We defy all odds and indomitably surge forward as an inextinguishable nation guided by the omnipotent hand of G-d.

~ Rebbetzin Tehila Jaeger citing R’ Moshe Shapiro zt”l

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