How four Tzaddikim in history teach us the lesson of retaining Divine blessing through cultivating humility. One must always remember where everything comes from. It is through implementing this knowledge, also known as “Aleph Dar” (‘Hashem lives here’), that one greatens his chances of holding onto those very blessings and gifts for eternity.
True Teshuva is a step beyond just changing behavior. It also must encompass regaining the spiritual sensitivity that was lost in the process of repeated transgressions. We need to get to a point in our own awareness where we recognize the good and run to it and vice versa.
Netzach, described as the quality of Conquest, is a fundamental and necessary part of actively spreading good in the world. However, we must be vigilant with this trait, as it can also lead a person to a personal need to conquer others, in a negative way. Every middah has two opposite potentials.
In order to grow to higher spiritual levels, we must be “bothered” by the empty spaces within us and ask the questions that lead to the search for greater spiritual advancement.
In order to reap the greatest benefit of spiritual objects and actions in our lives, we need to first focus on the basics of becoming upright human beings
Life is too short to be busy with the insignificant and petty toys.
Hashem Protects Those Who Constantly Search to Find Him
How do we properly prepare ourselves for the inevitable down that comes after a spiritual high?
It's interesting that the two acts of kindness recorded in the Torah that Avraham Avinu did never came to fruition........
A test is designed to build and a strengthen our basic, core jewish beliefs.
The "down low" on jealousy, the good type and the bad.
In stark contrast to what we see in the world, all Hashem wants us to do is just try, and not to overly focus on accomplishing
If we want to understand who we are on a deeper level, we have to take a deeper look at Avraham Avinu.
The sages teach that tests fall into two categories. One, is that 'once in a lifetime' category, and the other is the 'every day, constantly challenging' type of test. Both can be equally as difficult to pass. The Torah teaches us this truth by the language that Hashem uses when He speaks to Avraham Avinu.
One must find the balance between acting with humility and thinking that the world was created solely for him.
Never underestimate the "small" accomplishments we have done...Even if we had plans to accomplish a lot more!
The leaders of the nations of the world are in stark contrast to what a Jewish leader embodies.
True happiness can only be achieved when one fullfills his own unique potential. He does that by working.........hard.
Noach was a tzaddik in his generation. He was out there in the world, yet not affected by it. The trick was his personal teiva.
When we experience pain or guilt because of something we have done wrong, we have the opportunity to switch it, and utilize it for good.
Chazal warn us against the poison of secular philosophy, and in our generation we have the backing of generations to help us battle it.
The northern tribes of Klal Yisroel rebelled against the kingdom of Dovid Hamelech in this month. What does this mean to us now, and how can we rectify it?