You should give credit to Hashem for whatever good you have. Even though you have an obligation to thank people for what they have done for you, you must know that no matter who they are, they are only agents of Hashem. That's not easy because people look at the immediate causes that are in front of their eyes. They fail to see the long-range causes. Hashem is the long range cause of all the things that they have. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Avodas Elokim
It's one of the three foundations of our existence, to walk secretly with Hashem. When you're sitting home and easting breakfst, you're thinking of Hashem. In the place of where you work, in your office, you're thinking of Hashem. In the yeshinva, you're thinking of Hashem. When driving in your car (of course you have to drive carefully), you're thinking of Hashem. -- Fundamental Principles (#E-201)
When poverty or other suffering has been decreed on a man, he is wise to utilize the opportunity of gaining the Perfection which is thereby thrust upon him. This then becomes a great fortune for him. "When a man accepts his chastisement of G-d and improves his ways and deeds, he can rejoice at this as one rejoices at great successes" (Shaare Teshuva II, 4). -- Rejoice, O Youth
In the home, the mother is a symbol of prayer. She is too busy with many matters to be able to pray long tefillos (prayers), but the Jewish mother has always been devoted to prayer, sometimes even more than the men. -- Career of Happiness
The entire story of Bileam was revealed by Hashem to Moshe who had not witnessed this event and had no knowledge of what had transpired. This episode thus illustrates the principle that Hashem is constantly managing the affairs of His beloved people in ways of which we are entirely unaware. -- Journey into Greatness
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
We have tzaddikim today, but people don't bother to study them. They're waiting until they're dead and they're pickled and they're put away somewhere in a sefer, then they're all in awe over what they once had. But to be excited about the tzaddikim of our own generation, for that you have chachmah (wisdom). -- Shir Hashirim 4 (#65)
Just like a person who comes to learn medicine cannot do it in spare time -- He can't work all day long and late at night, and spend a little time studying medicine; it won't amount to anything. It's a full day's work for years -- likewise, a person who is busy with everything but [studying his mission in life] is not going to understand anything about the world and about Torah and about the afterlife and about his relationship to his fellow man and his relationship to Hashem. He'll understand nothing at all, because it's something that requires a great deal of thought. -- Illuminating the Mind (#009)
In order for a person to appreciate how fortunate he is, he should always look at the people who don't have what he has and not concern himself with those who have more. He should see how many people don't have what he has, how many are ill, how many can't walk, and how many have to talk with their hands because they don't have the power of speech. -- Ohr Avigdor Shaar Elokim
The suffering of this world has been extremely exaggerated by the foolish popular pessimism. Most of life is happy, and most men are unblemished in their bodies. The suffering in life is minute compared to the great happiness the world enjoys. But today, after the world's mind has been poisoned, it has become necessary for men to learn happiness of life. -- Rejoice, O Youth
By living in an environment where a multitufe could not survive, they gained the Awareness that Hashem is the sole source of their sustenance. By clustering around the Mishkan, by the powerful influence of Moshe, by the clouds of glory and the daily Mann, Israel learned the awareness of Hashem in all aspects of Bitachon. And here they gained the attitude of total isolation from the nations and their ways. Thus the Wilderness was the grand preparation for Israel's future history. -- Journey into Greatness
Don't waste your time saying that the good old days were different. Of course they were different. But right now is the good old days. I'll tell you a secret. Someday they'll see today as the good old days. These are the good old days, because you have in yourself all the goodness. Life is the opportunity to bring forth what you have and make out of yourself the best it can be. -- Greatness of Work (#662)
The only source of emes (Truth) is our tradition, our Torah: the Written Torah and the Oral Torah. People who spend time looking into newspapers are swallowing sheker (falsehood) by the bucketful. Some fools spend time in front of the TV commiting spiritual suicide, or pay money to go to the movies. It's all nothing; the stories never happened. -- Five Minutes a day
Bless your felllow Jews and you'll be blessed. What does that mean? When you see a man in the street who looks like a frum Jew, you don't have to go over to him. As you pass across the street, say, " Hashem should give that man success in parnassa! He should have nachas from his children! He should live long!"
It cost you money? It doesn't cost you a penny. And it's such a good investment that you are promised a bracha. It seems so wild, it seems so insane, to lose that opportunity, to bless your fellow Jew. -- Ten Easy Ways to Gain Real Wealth (#93)
Here's the opportunity to learn what Shabbos requires of you:
"Ki simachtani Hashem bufo'olecho" -- You made me happpy. It means you looked at the deeds of Hashem in the world, and you're so excited over them that you sing, "buma'asei yodecho aranein"-- I'll sing at the deeds of Your hand!"
That's one of the functions of Shabbos. -- Preface to Shabbos 3 (253)
Today many sacrifice positions and careers out of loyalty to G-d's laws. Men and woman brave penury and persecution. Kollel wives endure poverty to enable their husbands to study Torah.... That is a fiery ordeal. But it is done with love, for in their heart burns a fiery love of G-d and His Torah. Because they are a fiery nation, He gave them the Torah of fire. -- Awake, My Glory.
"AND MOSHE WAS VERY WROTH AND HE SAID TO HASHEM: DO NOT TURN TO THEIR OFFERING" (Bamidbar 16:15))
Here we learn an invaluable lesson: Not as is generally thought by most men, that if they would be convinced of the truth by open miracles, they would surely be perfectly righteous men. But here we see that even more than the test of belief in Hashem and in His management of men's lives, there is a still more difficult test of overcoming one's own character-traits such as jealously and the desire for glory. -- Journey into Greatness
You must think what a great beneift Hashem did in creating the sun. The happiness of the sun is given to us in order to inspire us with the knowledge of the Yotzair Hamioros (the Creator of light). The sun is an opportunity to recognize the Creator. -- Contending with the Yetzer Harah (E-788)
Following its instints, and animal may choose an apple and either eat it or manipulate it. But that is not a sign of the animal's wisdom. Is the animal able to study the apple and wonder how it came to be so beautifully wrapped and so well structured with seeds inside? Is the animal able to see that there exists in the apple all the information needed on hos to produce another apple tree? These things occur to the interlligent mind and that's what makes man superior to animals. -- Ohr Avigdor Shaar Bechina
Anybody who marries on the basis of romance is going to be bitterly disappointed, because there is actualy no romance in married life. There is loyalty and there can be nobility and there can be kedusha (holiness); these are concepts that are real and are true. But when people marry for unreal and imaginary concepts, then they are bound to be disappointed. -- The Marriage Bond (#256)
"Give strength to G-d"
iWhen men recognize G-d's power and they trust in His strength and hope solely to Him, they thereby "give strength" to Him. He responds to their trust and He becomes their strength and protection, and He rewards them (also in this life) for their good attitude and He demonstrates His signs for their sake so that those who trust in Him not be put to shame. -- Praise, My Soul
"Your kindness and your truth always will guard me." (Shacharis Prayer)
Tamid (always) means without pause, for if His kindness and His truth should for a moment be interrupted, no one could exist. A man's existence (and the existence of the entire Universe) is solely due to G-d's kindness and truth which stands guard over him. When some mishap occurs, its purpose is to remind him of the hundreds of thoursands of other times that Hashem's kindness stood guard over him incessantly. -- Prasie, My Soul
"Your kindness and your truth always will guard me." (Shacharis Prayer)
Tamid (always) means without a pause, for if His kindness and His truth should for a moment be interrupted, noone could exist. A man's existence (and the existence of the entire Universe) is solely due to G-d's kindness and truth which stands guard over him. When some mishap occurs, its purpose is to remind him of the hundreds of thousands of other times that Hashem's kindness stood guard over him incessantly. -- Praise, My Soul.
"AND THE PEOPLE WEPT ON THAT NIGHT..." (Bamidbar 14:1))
The fundamental principle of the Universe is the Kindliness of the Creator, and Man's first duty is to recongnise this kindliness and to proclaim it... When men weep without cause, they thereby propagandise against Hashem's kindliness. We commermorate this principle when we mourn on the Ninth of Av by looking back to recognise the happiness which we formerly possessed but which we failed to appreciate fully. -- Journey into Greatness.
To relate the glory of this people, many books would not suffice. The genuine Jewish commmunity always was a beautiful garden, wherein the most gorgeous flowers of compassion and kindliness grew luxuriously. They were never even faintly equaled by the best nations of the world. -- Rejoice, O Youth