If we are learning Torah at a particular moment, then that is our mission at that moment, without allowance for any distractions.
In light of the fact that 25 years ago the doctors predicted that I would live only 3-5 years, I am glad to still be alive.
The single good character trait is our continued attempt at self-improvement, the attempt to elevate morality over nature.
After months of running away from the world, he could breathe a sigh of relief, of satisfaction and even joy.
"Even when flood waters are raging all around us and everything looks bleak, there is a Noah's ark that can save us. When a person feels low and downcast, the best advice is: 'Make yourself into an ark' (Genesis 6:14).
The most important time of life is the present moment since the past is gone and, as for the future -- who knows what it will bring?
This is the time for one-to-one relationships. Life is no longer a matter of quantity, but of quality.
Say thank you for all that you have, for the tremendous abundance in your life that cannot be taken for granted in any way.
I took counsel with my grandfather who has already passed away and with my grandchild who has not yet been born.
This is a big atonement for me. My conscience was tormented. The purpose in my publication of this story is to set an example for our youth that they should not steal.
For some people, Uman is the ultimate dream. They also deserve our empathy and should not be mocked or denigrated.
Just as there are people who need food, there are people who need to be noticed - now more than ever.
The true challenge of our lives, as described in Sefer Devarim, is living with prosperity – in a society where everything is abundantly available.
Happiness comes when we leave the "I" and enter the "We." There is giving and no taking.
It's always possible to ask forgiveness and to forgive, and to begin anew.
We are like poor people who do not know they are poor and how rich they could be.
On Shiva Assar B’Tammuz, the sin of the golden calf occurred. If we had not sinned on that day, Moshe would have come down from Mount Sinai without breaking the tablets and would have given them to us with great celebration.
You write the story of your journey through life. You choose whether to give pleasant or unpleasant names to the stations along the way.
What do we do in the face of this corona that has not disappeared as we expected?
Each tent faced a different direction so that no one could see into the tent of anyone else.
Korach was the hero of the hour. His ratings and the spirit of the times were on his side.
The nation had nothing to do. There was no mission to accomplish, no sense of urgency, and about this our sages wrote: "Idleness leads to boredeom and boredom leads to sin."
Sometimes we set up camp for a short period of time and other times for a much longer period.
The Torah offers us something new: learning for the sake of learning. In the world of competition this is something exceptional.
We did not huddle together because of Pharaoh or the Egyptians or the Nazis or any other threat.
Each individual felt less responsibility for completing the minyan, felt someone else would take his place, and simply excused himself from showing up.
Most of us don’t understand the Torah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at all, but we understand that there is something there, that there is a greater unseen depth to life.
Our children have learned how to maintain a connection with grandma and grandpa without hugs, how to manage with their brothers and sisters when cooped up in isolation, and how to follow new rules that changed their lives.
The high priest is alone. It is forbidden for anyone to be with him, but it is precisely because of this restriction that his power is so great.
So what are we getting out of Pesach this year? Pesach itself. In this strange and difficult time, we are left with Pesach itself. With the festival of freedom.