What a Privilege

How wonderful it is that a person can tell all his worries before the Master of the World as one speaks with his friend. ~ The Chazon Ish zt”l

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How to Live Your Life

Live your life in such a way, that those who know you, but don’t know Hashem, will come to know Hashem because they know you. ~ unknown

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Rosh Chodesh

When Rosh Chodesh is observed appropriately, the entire month will be like Rosh Chodesh because the body follows the head… Therefore, it is proper for the wise to pay attention to Rosh Chodesh to serve Hashem properly on that day, for that will influence and make the entire month good.  Even just one hour on Rosh Chodesh, when it is kept properly, the entire month will be good [and imbued with the holiness of Rosh Chodesh]. ~ The Ahavas Shalom zt”l

Today is Rosh Chodesh Iyar.  Let’s keep the above in mind.  A guten chodesh to everyone!

 

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Becoming a Tzadik

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov zt”l once spoke to a youth and encouraged him to seclude himself and converse with God in his native language.  The Rebbe told him that this is how prayer began.  The main form of prayer was an expression of the heart before God in each man’s native tongue.

Rambam speaks of this in the beginning of his code on prayer (Yad Chazakah, Tefillah 1:2-4).  He states that this was the main form of payer in the beginning, before it was formalized by the men of the Great Assembly.  It was only then that a formal order of payer was introduced.  But even according to the Law, the original form is still foremost.  Even though we follow the order of prayer ordained by the Great Assembly, the original form is still most beneficial.

Make a habit of praying before God from the depths of your heart.  Use whatever language you know best.  Ask God to make you worthy of truly serving Him.  This is the essence of prayer… This is the way all the Tzadkim attained their high level.  ~ R’ Noson of Breslov zt”l

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Astounding

When I think about the miracle of the continued existence of our nation, it is as astounding to me as the exodus from Mitzrayim. ~ R’ Yaakov Emden zt”l

Why is it so amazing?  In his Hagaddah, Rabbi Frand answers, because we say in the Haggadah “but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us. ”

How can a tiny nation survive endless attempts at annihilation by nations with overwhelming advantages in both size and power?

There is only one answer:

“… and the Holy One, Blessed is He, rescues us from their hand.”

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I will

If you hear your mouth say you will do something, don’t believe it – until you see yourself get up and start. ~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

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Awe

Awe inspired by God’s magnitude, exaltedness, and awesome power never leaves a person or parts from him all the days of his life.

It is the gateway to pure love and intense yearning. ~ R’ Bachya Ibn Paquda zt”l

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