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
Everything in this life is a parallel to the Afterlife. All joy that we experience is an intimation and a foretaste of the great happiness to come. We sense the ecstasy of the Afterlife even now in a faint way, and we yearn for it. — Sing, You Righteous
Without Torah, man is a victim of the darkness, There was a time when men could have seen the truth by their own efforts. Today, the world is old in error, and the ability to see belongs only to those who think in the Torah. — Rejoice, O Youth
“You are mighty forever Hashem” (Shemoneh Esrei).
You alone are mighty, and everyone else is weak. All mighty phenomena are Yours, and they are all demonstrations of Your greatness, Thus, all the mighty phenomena enumerated in this bracha (blessing; wind, rain, food supply, revival of the dead, healing of illness) are intended that men lead from them the greatness of Hashem. Yet none of them are forever; “You [alone] are mighty forever, Hashem.” — Praise, My Soul
"Lest it increases..." (Shemos 1:10).
Now began the greatest event after the Creation of the Universe: the Creation of the People, of Israel. The miracle of the astonishing population-explosion is one of the wonders which we must always remember and proclaim, for in reality the Creation of Israel was the purpose for which the Creation of the Universe was achieved. — A Nation is Born
"And bring us to peace from the four corners of the earth" (Blessing on Krias Shema)
The chief benefit of the Redemption is the peace to be secure and to be rid of all obstacles to the pursuit of Perfection. The dispersion among the nations is the great hindrance to Perfection... This includes the subjection to their influence, and the obstacles caused by their example. — Praise, My Soul
In our worst times, our government was superior in virtue to any government of the nations of the world. But for us it was not good enough. G-d appointed us not as a nation, but as a holy nation and a kingdom of Cohanim. Were we to conduct a government such as those of the best nations today, it would be a disgrace for our people. — Rejoice, O Youth
Hashem wants you to enjoy this world (if you’ll enjoy it in the right sense). Only when you forget about him and you become sunk in gashmius (physicality), then sometimes He has to give you a little reminder. But everybody, whether he’s big or small, has this opportunity available, to learn to enjoy closeness to Hashem. — The Secret to Happiness
Feeding your family is such a sublime and noble occupation that [a wife] should keep in mind always that she is serving Hashem while standing at the gas range. What is more noble, what is more valuable, more kadosh (Holy) than feeding kedoshei elyon [people who are Holy to Hashem]? — The Wise Woman
When the Jew listens to gentile ideas, he learns to hate his people. Since he’s with his people all the time, he learns to hate himself. They despise their people with more intense hate than anyone else. Jewish radicals are the most dangerous to our people. — The Concubine at Giveah (#11)
The purpose of food is to bring you to ahavas (love of) Hashem. How else will you get there? When you’re eighty years old and you have no teeth anymore? Then you’ll sit in a room and say Tehillim. Now is the time to develop your ahavas Hashem. — Bread of Affliction
Even loyal and proud Jews are accustomed to thinking that the most they can claim is an important place in the world. Jews are humble and fair-minded, and this concept is almost repugnant to many.
But the open declarations of the Scriptures cannot be disregarded. They speak clearly and declare that Israel (not the State of Israel, which is the antithesis of the name Israel) occupies the place; it occupies the world and the Universe. — Awake, My Glory
The pleasure of Shabbos, the joy of the festivals, the happiness of marriage which results from the laws of purity, the peace of mind which comes from trust in G-d, the temperance and self-control which result from living by the Torah program, the mutual assistance required by the laws of charity and performance of kindliness, and all the other countless physical benefits gained from Torah-observance are wanting from the lives of the wicked. — Rejoice, O Youth
"FOR I SHALL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION THERE" (Bereishis 46:3).
This teaches that the exile in Egypt was not a random occurrence, or for chastisement. It was the “iron furnace” (Dvarim 4:20, Yirmiah 11:4) where the precious metal would become sufficiently refined to be worthy that “you shall become My peculiar treasure above all the peoples” (Shmos 19:5).
Egypt was especially planned as a preface to Sinai. — The Beginning
Just as a man is dependent on the Creator to manage his affairs, so should a man consider himself responsible for the happiness and success of his wife and children, as if his house was the Universe and he (so to speak) was the Creator. That is the immense opportunity for achievement which a home offers, and that is the enormous responsibility which rests on the parent to make his home successful. — Career of Happiness
We have been chosen to be a nation of students, or philosophers, or priests; which means that our chief occupation is not in earning a livelihood or in seeking pleasure, but in the study of G-d’s laws and teachings. This devotion to the pursuit of Torah knowledge is the happiness of our nation. — Rejoice, O Youth
It’s Hashem’s will that there should be a law of gravity and it’s His will that it should operate as it does. All the things that seem to us acceptable and natural because that’s how things are supposed to be, it’s only because Hashem decreed that. When you watch the natural processes in the world, you have to know there’s no such thing as natural processes. It’s Hashem Who’s doing everything. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Bitachon