Worry Prevents Clear Thinking

When a person has a major problem, worrying prevents him from thinking of practical ways to solve the problem.  The calmer you are, the better you will be able to think of the wisest course of action. ~ Sefer Yosef Ometz

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Always There to Listen

When someone bothers another person too much, burdening him with his problems, the other can get fed up and say “this is enough.” But not so with Hashem.  No matter how much one burdens Hashem, He is always there to listen, as the verse says (in Tehillim 55:23), “Cast your burden onto God, and He shall sustain you.” ~ Talmud Yerushalmi – Berachos

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Don’t Stop Learning!

Even if one has a weak mind, if he places all his strength in studying of Torah, he will receive siyata dishmaya and become a gadol in Torah even if it is beyond his natural abilities. ~ The Steipler Gaon zt”l

People don’t stop learning because they have a weak mind.  They have a weak mind because they stopped learning.  Had they persevered, they would have succeeded in Torah. 

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Don’t Stop Trying!

When Hakadosh Baruch Hu brings a neshamah to this world, Hashem sends it down via a very long ladder that extends from heaven to earth. After the neshamah reaches earth, Hakadosh Baruch Hu takes the ladder away and says, “Now climb up again on your own.” ~ The Kotzker Rebbe zt”l

Rav Biderman says that some neshamos give up immediately. Others jump, but when they fall back down, they give up.  However, some jump and jump, again and again, until Hakadosh Baruch Hu has mercy on them and brings them up to heaven. Because when a person tries, Hashem will help him.

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We have it Backwards

It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude.  It’s gratitude that brings us happiness. 

Try thanking Hashem for everything – even the seemingly bad things – and see the amazing results!

Have a wonderful shabbos!

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Stop Measuring

As soon as you start measuring good deeds, to determine which is greater, which takes priority over the other — you have already entered precarious ground.  Your job is to do whatever is sent your way. ~ R’ Tzvi Freeman

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Never Lost

Talk to Hashem, and no breath is lost.

Walk with Hashem, and no strength is lost.

Wait for Hashem, and no time is lost.

Trust in Hashem, and you will never be lost.

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Get in the Game

Nobody’s perfect.  Everyone makes mistakes, except for those who do not undertake anything. ~ The Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l

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Missed the Bus?

Reb Yitzchak Dovid Gutfarb zt”l of Yerushalayim said, “I never missed a bus, though sometimes I came early for the next bus.”

If it was destined for him to take the next bus; he didn’t miss the bus that was meant for him.

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The Value of a Mitzvah

Did you once do someone a favor? You mean once you had the awesome privilege of doing someone a favor? Gevalt!

Rabbi Kloynimus Kalman says, the greatest thing in the world is to do someone a favor!

The Baal Shem Tov says, if once in your lifetime you gave one thirsty man a glass of water, that is enough reason to dance for 70 years! ~ R’ Shlomo Carlebach zt”l

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