In English, the words ‘make’ and ‘earn’ are synonyms: “How much does he make?” = “How much does he earn?” In Lashon Ha-Kodesh, the word ‘make’- ‘Aseh’ is synonymous, not with ‘earn’, but with ‘do’. We don’t ‘earn’ our livelihood; objectively we deserve nothing. Rather, we do what we can, we make an effort-hishtadlus, and Read more
The game stays the same. The things that test you change, but The game stays the same. Know there’s only One. Be in it but above it. That’s the Narrow Bridge. Even when you fall, And you will, it’s part of life, Just get up again. Don’t beat yourself up. Though that’s Read more
The problem’s galus. The solution’s geula. Simple, isn’t it? The problem’s galus. The solution’s geula. Easy to forget.
It was happening again. Again I’d found myself in a group social setting and again was suffering from Overunder Syndrome (OUS). For those of you unfamiliar with this condition (and for those of you who are, but in undiagnosed form), I’ll explain. Whenever necessity or circumstance sequesters me together for any appreciable length of Read more
This person is a human who is created in the image of Hashem, and their worth is far greater than that of “a clerk in a bank”.
The fire burned so brightly in the eyes of the Rachmastrivka Rebbe, Yisroel Mordechai Twerski, that I found it hard to meet his gaze.
Every year, we read the story of the exodus from Egypt in the Pesach Haggada. In the Midrash, it’s written that the Egyptian exile was the hardest period of time that Am Yisrael experienced. The slavery was extremely hard. Writing in Likutey Halachot, Rav Natan of Breslov says that the exile was a galut hanefesh Read more
Look out the window and know that the space in front of you is infinite.
A husband and wife are one soul divided between two identities. But that split isn’t usually smooth and even – like a broken matzoh.
If a person isn’t extremely careful, all his wisdom will simply contribute to his feelings of pride growing to monstrous proportions.