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Tuesday was the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriah, founder of the Bnei Akiva yeshivot, educator, revolutionary, author, Rabbi Kook’s disciple, and Israel Prize laureate. Here are just a few phrases from the great legacy that he left:

* “The commandment of “u’vcharta vachayim” (And you shall choose life’) is not like elections (bechirot) that take place once every few years. Choosing the Torah and commandments is a daily matter.”


* “A land that eats up its…inhabitants (Numbers 13:32) – the land eats those who inhabit it and do nothing in it, who do not act.”

* “Death was given to the world only so that people would know how to live.”

* “A person who asks ‘What is my duty?’ rather than ‘What is my right’ – his world is totally different.”

* “The greatest of all revolutions is the revolution that takes place in the heart.”

* “I think, therefore I am a person. The more I think, the more I find the essence of the person in me.”

* “Man does not fulfill mitzvot. It is the mitzvot that fulfill the man.”

* “The word that I least understand is G-d, and precisely because of this, it explains everything to me.”


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Sivan Rahav-Meir, a ba’alas teshuvah, is one of the most popular media personalities in Israel. She is a Channel 2 News anchor, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal. Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.