Our only choice is either to want or to despair. The pain of wanting without realizing our goal fuels us to pray and work even harder. There is no despair!
Heart of the Parsha
During a person’s entire life he is on a journey to reach the goal, to actualize all of the potential he has inside and to be who he is truly supposed to be...
We can easily tap into the awesome power of renewal, which is especially apropos now at the beginning of a new Jewish year...
The “tzohar” of Noach’s ark teaches us something important about how to pray when we just can’t concentrate on the words…
"Lech Lecha" means "go to yourself". Rabbi Natan of Breslev teaches that all your journeys in life need to be to you - to discover who you really are.
How long it takes us to reach our goal is not in our control. The only thing that is in our control is to never give up!
Age is not about our physical age, but rather, about our mindset. As Rebbe Nachman said, “It is forbidden to be old!”
Sometimes we get discouraged because we have been praying for so long and still don’t have results. Be determined and keep trying! Every prayer matters!
Oftentimes we get frustrated that we don't accomplish everything that we want, or that we face obstacles that we didn’t expect. Just grab what you can!
Sometimes we understand messages about life better through a story. Stories can touch our hearts in a deeper way than hearing the same thing directly.
Many times we feel so far from a pure, open heart. However, Chanukah has the power to shine this special light - the healing light of faith and love - into our hearts.
There is a battle going on in our mind all the time, between us and our own personal Pharoah...
What does it mean that being happy is a choice, and how do we choose happiness, when the circumstances of our lives are so negative, and so difficult?
In our current exile, our only option is to cry out to God, just as our ancestors did in Egypt. Just as God heard their cries, He will certainly hear ours!
When we work on thanking and praising Hashem, this helps us to see Him more and more in our lives. Our (spiritual) eyes begin to see a different picture.
We can taste and experience a little bit of Heaven here in this world through the holiness of Shabbat – including the feeling of the nullification of time...
We are naturally selfish by nature. When we get out of worrying about ourselves and our problems and give to others, we gain more than what we gave - physically and spiritually.
Pure oil was brought to Moshe because he was the true Tzaddik who could awaken and illuminate the soul of each individual Jew, which is rooted in the Torah...