Hu Haya Omer … He would Say

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R’ Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer ZT”L (Ksav Sofer) would say:

     “On the posuk ‘ואנשי קדש תהיון לי … לכלב תשליכון אותו’ – the Medrash admonishes: ‘Regarding dogs, if one barks all the others gather around and bark for no purpose. But you (Yisroel) must not be so, for you are holy.’ This warns against idle hatred, lashon hara and ‘barking’ at others for no reason. Baalei Machlokes (contentious people) are like dogs. Upon witnessing a person quarreling with his neighbor, he will often get involved in the fight – not in order to decrease it but rather to intensify it. This is a canine trait, for the natire of dogs is that when one barks at a person, all the other dogs join and bark – for no reason! Therefore, ‘You, Yisroel, must not act like dogs – for you are holy!’”

Kotzker Rebbe, R’ Menachem Mendel Morgenstern ZT”L would say:

    “The world is filled with wise, learned men, who spend their time pondering, analyzing and philosophizing on the verity of the existence and functions of Hashem. But how much can they truly understand? No more, of course, than the limit of their intelligence The people of Israel, though, were given tools, the mitzvos, with which they can reach far beyond their own limitations. This is the meaning of the words, ‘We shall do and we shall hear.’ If we have the tools with which to act, then we will be able to hear, to understand, to attain anything, even beyond our limited human capabilities.”

A Wise Man would say:

    “Most people would succeed in ‘small’ things if they were not troubled with ‘grand’ ambitions.”

R’ Yaakov Yisroel Twersky of Tcherkasa ZT”L (Sefer Meori Ohr) would say:

     “‘And the master of the house shall cause him to be brought before the judges to swear that he has not put his hand to his neighbor’s work.’ Who is his neighbor? We may say, this is Hakadosh Boruch Hu. A person has to accept everything that comes to him from Hashem with love. This is true even if it means that he experiences suffering. He should not question the actions of Hashem but accept all that happens to him with love. With that, he can come close to Hashem. Thus, ‘he has not put his hand,’ i.e. he has not complained regarding ‘his neighbors work,’ the things that Hashem has done to him, he has not complained about but he has accepted them with love.”

Chacham Rabbeinu Eliezer Papu ZT”L (Pele Yoetz) would say:

     “An arrogant person is upset whenever someone either fails to do for him what he thinks they should have done or whenever someone does something he thinks should not have been done. To overcome sadness a person should stop making demands on other people. Especially with regard to demanding the approval of others realize that ultimately it makes no practical difference if people honor us or not and we need not feel sad about lack of honor.”

A Wise Man would say:

    “Life is like a camera: Our job is to focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out – just take another shot!” 

R’ Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld ZT”L would say:

   “If a poor man asks for a loan and there are no others around to serve as witnesses, and they have no documents between them, one is exempt from the mitzvah of lending money to a poor man, so as not to transgress the prohibition of ‘Do not place a stumbling block before the blind.’ This, too, is hinted in the posuk: ‘אם כסף תלוה את עמי’ – If one lends money, it must be ‘with my people’ – with other witnesses. However, if one is asked to donate to: ‘העני עמך’ – to give charity to the poor, then it must be ‘with you’ – the donor alone and no one else, so as not to embarrass the taker.”

Maharal M’Prague, R’ Yehudah Loewy ZT”L (Gur Aryeh) would say:

    “Every human being was created with the potential to elevate himself spiritually and recognize the One True G-d, Hashem. An idol-worshipper, though, has never reached this spiritual potential. On the other hand, animals cannot elevate themselves, having reached their full potential at birth. Thus, Rashi tells us that ‘a dog is more honorable than an (idol-worshipper),’ for the dog has already fulfilled his spiritual potential, whereas the idolator has not.”

R’ Mendel Kaplan ZT”L (Yeshivah of Philadelphia) would say:

    “Learning Torah is very hard, but living without learning Torah is even harder!”

Sefer Hamaamarim V’Hakuntresim writes:

   “When the Torah was given at Har Sinai, the essence of Hashem’s infinite light was revealed in the letters of the Ten Commandments. At the same time, Hashem imbued every Jewish soul throughout the generations, in every age and in every location, with the power to draw down the same revelation through the study of Torah.”

R’ Yechezkel Abramsky ZT”L (Chief Rabbi of London) would say:

     “Since I entered adulthood, I never ceased from Torah study. While I eat, I think about learning; when I walk, I think about learning; when I talk with people, I think about learning! When I was freed from the camp in Siberia, I was appointed head of the rabbinical court in London. On the way from my home to the court, I would pass by a bridge stretched over the river. You cannot imagine how many tears of mine that bridge absorbed day in and day out, as I cried before the Creator that I may earn a share not only in the study of Torah, but in the supporting of Torah!”

A Wise Rabbi would say:

   “Just going to shul doesn’t make you into a tzaddik any more than just standing in a garage makes you into a car!”

A Wise Man would say:

   “We’re not put on this earth just to see through one another, but rather to see one another through!”

Maharal of Prague, R’ Yehudah Loewy ZT”L (Be’er Hagolah) would say:

   “Modesty should not be the decisive factor in any case of law. Arrogance and self-assertion blinds a person to truth, whereas patience and humility allows one to see his opponent’s logic or force of argument. The former is motivated by ill-will, often hatred of the other side, while the latter honors no goal except attaining truth and justice. Truth resides in the mansion of the humble searcher after its meaning.”

R’ Moshe Chaim Luzzato ZT”L (Derech Hashem) would say:

   “Evil deeds bring about the materialization of one’s body and soul with ugliness and deficiency.”

R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotzk ZT”L (Kotzker Rebbe) would say:

   “Why does the Torah speak about the Mitzvos between man and his fellow man, immediately after relating the actual giving of the Torah on Har Sinai? Chazal teach us: ‘דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה’ – ‘Good manners are a prerequisite to Torah.’ The same way that one learns about the contents of a book by reading the preface, so can we tell how much Torah a person has within him by observing how he behaves towards his fellow man.”

A Wise Man would say:

    “Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.”

R’ Chaim Vital ZT”L would say:

    “Humility, appropriate silence, control of desires and constantly feeling happy with one’s lot are the four basic character traits that are essential for a person to acquire.”

The Sefer Orchos Tzaddikim writes:

     “If a person obtains all that he desires and no sadness befalls him, his face will always shine, he will be physically healthy, and be slow to show signs of old age.”

R’ Elazar Menachem Mann Shach ZT”L would say:

     “It is incumbent upon us to recognize that we have within ourselves the capacity for inconsistency;  we may respect and honor a tzaddik for his greatness, yet people will still be negative about him – lest we find ourselves fighting against the very things we value most!”

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid of Peterkov ZT”L would say:

   “A sick person should be treated as it states in the daily davening: “בורא רפואות, נורא תהלות, אדון הנפלאות”. First, one must be written a prescription )רפואות(, and if that doesn’t help, one must say tehillim )תהלות(; if all else fails and the condition worsens, one must hope for a miracle )נפלאות(!”

A Famous Badchan once said:

     “A person who lies constantly is like a photographer who smears a little vaseline on the camera of life!”

R’ Elimelech of Lizhensk ZT”L (Noam Elimelech) would say:

     “I believe that when I am asked in Heaven whether I truly toiled in Torah study, I will tell the truth: ‘I did not.’ The outcome will be, however, that because I told the truth, I will merit a place in the World-to-Come.”

R’ Yosef Leib Bloch ZT”L would say:

     “One’s intellectual realizations should be so strong that they are able to overcome natural tendencies and habits. If one lets his natural tendencies rule him, he is likely to make many serious and costly mistakes in life!”

R’ Hershel’e ZT”L would say:

     “There is nothing in this world as strong as gentleness, and there’s nothing so gentle as real strength!”              

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski Shlit”a would say:

“A vain person is always aware of himself. One is generally not aware of one’s “self’ unless it is diseased. Thus, vanity is a disease of the “self’!”

R’ Yisroel Meir Kagan (Chofetz Chaim) ZT”L would say:

            “People think that a Berachah from a Tzaddik will make their children pious. It requires more than a blessing. It requires effort and dedication!”

R’ Chaim Shmulevitz ZT”L would say:

    “Chazal teach a man to honor his wife more than he would himself, while a wife is deemed viruous if she does the will of her husband. As long as the husband abides by the former and the wife by the latter, their home will be blessed with marital bliss. It is when they switch quotations – the wife demanding love and respect and the husband expecting total subservience – that the troubles begin!”

R’ Menachem Mendel Morgenstern ZT”L (Ohel Torah) would say:

    “You shall see but the utmost part of them, and shall not see them all.” It is only if one looks at a ‘part’ of a Jew, a small detail of his make-up, that one might notice any flaws; if he is considered as a whole, no defects will be visible.”

A Wise Man would say:

    “Alot of money is tainted – It ‘taint yours and it ‘taint mine!”

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R’ Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer ZT”L (Ksav Sofer) would say:

     “On the posuk ‘ואנשי קדש תהיון לי … לכלב תשליכון אותו’ – the Medrash admonishes: ‘Regarding dogs, if one barks all the others gather around and bark for no purpose. But you (Yisroel) must not be so, for you are holy.’ This warns against idle hatred, lashon hara and ‘barking’ at others for no reason ….

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