Hashem’s ways are elevated, are sublime, they’re far above our reach. But according to our abilities each of us should strive to climb the ladder and come a little closer to the perfection of Hashem…
That’s the purpose of being born in this world: to achieve perfection in ourselves, and not to let our lives go by living on the same level as we always lived. We have to climb that ladder, and Hashem shows us an example to which we should strive. - Perfection in Marriage
On Rosh Hashana we don’t enumerate this sin and that sin. There’s one big sin, there’s one overall failure of mankind that they have to correct on Rosh Hashana. And that’s the failure to recognize Hashem melech: Hashem is King. — The Shofar of Rosh Hashana (#609)
“Our Father, the merciful Father, He who is merciful, He who does mercy, have mercy upon us” (Shacharis Blessings on Shema).
Nowhere in the prayers do we encounter such fervent entreaty, just as one supplicates that he be rescued from imminent death; for the knowledge of G-d’s Torah and the fulfillment of its laws are the greatest deliverance for us, and no peril equals that of the lack of them. Therefore, we begin with “Our Father” because the father has the most pity for his son. -- Praise, My Soul
"The foundation of repentance is the awareness that Hashem is actually our Father and that He alone is the Father, and that He is our King. When one becomes well aware of this, he is already turning back to Hashem and he is deserving of forgiveness." - Praise, My Soul
V'hachazireinu b'teshuvah shleimah - Return us to you in perfect repentance...
Any measure of teshuvah is precious, even if it prevents even one sin or one wrong word or thought; yet we must learn for the perfect teshuvah. - Praise My Soul
You have to learn what's important in the eyes of Hashem. Learn what's really important.... The frum Jew is the most important thing in the eyes of Hashem... Hakadosh Boruch Hu says to us, "I have chosen you for something really important. I have made you my beloved ones. You are my children," says Hashem. And knowing that is the first step in preparing for Rosh Hashanah. — Greater Than the Universe (#E-247)
Even when one has moved from place to place, all his old domiciles eventually go with him into the Afterlife and they testify to whatever was done within their walls. This is the vital area of our lives, and therefore we must ceaselessly be mindful of the opinion of the walls and Mezuzos, [are they for] us or against us? — Career of Happiness
The Torah says you should love Hashem with all your mind. That’s what l’vovcha —, to love Hashem with all your heart — means. You should think about Him as often as you can. Think about Hashem as frequently as you can and with all your desire. - Torah of Suffering (#39)
The Oral Tradition remained unwritten in order to bring the disciple into constant person contact with the Sage, from whose words and deeds the disciple learned the Svara (thought) of the Torah. And the most effective form of personal contact is the Service of the Sages...
Those who served the Sages could see great lessons every day. However, the Service of the Sages has another great purpose, besides the acquiring of the Torah-system of thinking, and that is the lesson of the honor of the Torah. -- Rejoice, O Youth
The foundation of wisdom is to look at the apple and wonder how the apple came to be colored so beautifully red... How does it happen that there are seeds inside? How does it happen that it’s sweet?
These are the foundations of the wisdom in the apple. As soon as a man sees these things and thinks along these lines, he is demonstrating the superiority of his mind over the mind of an animal. -- Ohr Avigdor Shaar Bechina
In the Shemoneh Esreh we request of Hashem: “Gather us (V’kabtzenu) together (Yachad) from the four comers of the earth”. The word V’kabtzenu itself means “gather together”, but the word Yachad (together; derived from Echad, "one") is added to signify perfect unity.
This obligates us to strive now to prepare ourselves by learning perfect unity with all classes of loyal Jews, from whatever background and community, in addition to perfect harmony in our own immediate circles and in domestic relations. — Awake, My Glory
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)
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
“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
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 (priests). 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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
When I was a boy, I was once walking in the street between two European Jews who had just left shul (synagogue). One of the men said, “Ah, did I just daven (pray) a delicious Maariv (evening prayer service).” 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