We must speak of Hashem’s love more than anything else. When people get together and talk about where they’ve traveled, or what kind of car or furniture they’ve bought, they’re wasting their emotions. These feelings of enthusiasm are given only for one purpose — “nagilah v’nismicha bach” (Shir Hashirim 1:4): to love Hashem and come as close as possible to Him. — Most Beautiful Nation
"Vayishma Yisro — Yisro hearkened" and he came. What did he hear? He heard what Hashem did to Egypt... Even though he knew that the Am Yisrael was the chosen nation, but what that meant he couldn’t appreciate until he heard of what had happened to Paroah...
Yisro was a gentile. But because of his ability to listen he was elevated and he is enthroned among the greatest in our history. — Repenting in Happiness (#17)
You want to know what it means to be oveid (serving) Hashem? Not a person who’s busy doing mitzvos, or even busy studying Torah. An oveid Hashem is one who has achieved the attitude of appreciating what Hashem has done and is doing for him, and he is completely humbled as a result. That’s called avodas Hashem. — Supreme Services (#35)
When a Yisrael is walking toward you, think: here comes the Shechina (Divine Presence). It’s an opportunity for you to become great, by learning to respect the kedusha (holiness) that hovers over his head. It makes no difference if he’s an old man, or a little boy or girl. The Shechina is resting on them all. — Five Minutes A Day
When the Jew was in his ghetto and took out his Gemara or Tehilim and spoke to Hashem, he felt that was the purpose of living; he felt he was drinking the true wine of genuine enjoyment of life. The purpose of life is to be close to Hashem. — Most Beautiful Nation
“If you do this [labor in Torah, even in poverty], how fortunate you are, and how good it is for you.” (Tehilim 128:2)
The mishnah explains: “How fortunate you are in this world.” (Brachos 8a) The Orthodox Jew who lives according to the ancient ways of the Jewish people is an optimistic and happy person. (This expression appears again and again in Tanach: “How happy is the nation… How happy is Yisrael…”) — Most Beautiful Nation
The Jew must bestir his ancient greatness and he must learn the glory of his Torah and his people. But first it is essential that he recognises the emptiness of the ideologies and institutions of the nations of the world. When the mind is swept clean of the frivolities and affectations and misconceptions, it can become a proper receptacle for the great verities of Torah. — Awake, My Glory
"And behold I am strengthening the heart of Egypt, and they shall come after them." (Shemos 14:17)
“In the way that a man wishes to go, he is led (by Hashem)” (Makos 10B). The leaders of Egypt, although they had been forced by the Plagues to send Israel free, were still desirous of revenge and perhaps of recapturing Israel. Therefore Hashem led them on to become the means of achieving in the world a greater Awareness of Hashem. The wish of the Egyptians led to their destruction. — A Nation is Born
All fruits and vegetables when ripe are easier to separate from the stalk or tree. All fruits and vegetables when ripe are easier to peel. This is a clear demonstration of intentional purpose: they were produced in order to be eaten and in order that their seeds be returned to the soil. Could such arrangements fortuitously occur, and could they ""happen"" again and again to every species of fruit and vegetable? — Awake, My Glory
Spend five minutes thinking, “How can I do things that’ll improve my character, perfect my midos, my derech eretz?” Tikun hamidos (improving character traits) is one of the major accomplishments in this world. You’ll be rewarded forever and ever. — Five Minutes A Day
Life is full of happiness, though it’s human nature to never be satisfied.
Why did Hashem create only human beings with such a flaw in this mechanism? After all, animals don’t express dissatisfaction. The answer is that human beings are created with a yearning to see Hashem. They once saw Him before they were born, and want to see Him again. If they cannot, they won’t be satisfied. — Most Beautiful Nation
The Mishna (Avos 1:17) declares: “All my life I grew up among the Sages, and I found nothing better for the body than Silence.” We note that this is recommended as the best for the body, although it is unquestionably extremely beneficial for the Soul...
How much suffering and grief can be avoided by silence at the right moment! And how great will be the eternal reward for the one who refrained from retorting! — Career of Happiness
We should not lose sight of the eventual goal of everything, and that is "Vayadata hayom v’hasheivosa el levavecha ki Hashem hu haElokim." You’ll say, Isn’t that superfluous: "You should know today that Hashem is G-d"!?
Yet we see it’s a command because that should be our permanent function in this world. We must combat all the phenomena of materialism in order to return to the ancient attitude when everybody saw Hashem with their eyes. — Return To Hashem (#842)
"And Pharaoh arose at night..." (Shmos 12:30)
Kings do not arise at night to leave their palaces. But when Hashem decrees, even a king arises at night to do His bidding... It was thus demonstrated that it was not Pharaoh but Hashem that had kept them in Egypt, just as it was not Pharaoh but Hashem that released them from Egypt. — Zichron Avner Hagada
When I was a boy, I was once walking in the street between two European Jews who had just left shul. One of the men said, “Ah, did I just daven a delicious Maariv.” For him, happiness was davening. You can also have happiness from doing kindnesses for people. All kinds of happiness result from serving Hashem. — Most Beautiful Nation
“Our soul hopes to Hashem; He is our help and our shield” (Tehillim 33:20).
Every step, stratagem and undertaking must be prefaced with a prayer to Hashem for success. Despite our energetic efforts, we look solely to him to prosper our plans of success (He is our help) and to prosper our precautions against misfortune (He is our shield). — Career of Happiness
For these trusty eyewitnesses (in the desert) Hashem performed miracles that were never again shown to any generation, in order that all subsequent generations forever should benefit from the lessons which these miracles teach. Thenceforth, the laws of nature which the Creator decreed should no longer be disturbed, for the lessons of the miracles are available to all who wish to study them. — A Nation is Born
One doesn’t need to be a great scholar or scientist to easily see the great wisdom of Hashem. Even superficially it is easy to see the great wisdom in the design of our world so that all people can be aware of the presence of the Great Designer Who planned all this with the intent of creating a place on this earth for mankind to live. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Habechinah
When a person does a sin, he has already in investment in kefira (heresy). it makes you more and more interested that the emunah (faith) shouldn’t be true, because then Gehinom is waiting for you
When a man does a mitzvah, every mitzvah makes him have an invested interest in emunah. Now he wants to believe in Olam Haba (the World to Come). — Chanukah (#148)
"A remembrance of the act of creation" (Shabbos Kiddush).
Hashem created the world from nothingness. That is, in fact, the most fundamental concept of Shabbos... You should always remember that the thinking about Creation is a fundamental purpose of what Shabbos is all about. — Ohr Avigdor Hakdama
You want to become a kadosh (holy person)? You have to learn to say No to yourself. — Best Day of the Year (#933)
The world is full of medicines made from products that seem to have no purpose. Once upon a time some of them were known, and then they were forgotten. Now we are rediscovering all kinds of ancient medicines. That wisdom was always there; people just didn’t see it. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Bechinah
But the greatest value of the Jewish home lies in its opportunity to make the best out of ourselves, to bring forth the qualities which the Creator breathed into the Soul, and to awake the glory which is in everyone of us. — Awake, My Glory
There's no happiness as great as the awareness of the emunah (faith). The more you're convinced that you're standing in the presence of the borei (Creator), the more you become energetic, optimistic and you're life becomes more purposeful and it’s more confident and you're entire career becomes filled with achievement. Because the greatest of all achievements is the awareness that you're standing in the presence of Hashem. — Greatness of Shlomo (#304)
When Jews come together, united for Hashem, the Shechinah (Divine Presence) comes down on them. That took place at Har Sinai and remained with us forever; we became Yisrael from that point on. While the nations of the world fell at that time, the Jewish people became greater. — The Truth of the Torah