If you see an individual sin, and there are not two witnesses, it is a sign that G-d does not wish that the matter be publicized – a thought from Ishbitz
When R. Naftali of Ropshitz was a lad he asked a question on the piyut Adir Hu that is said in the nirtzah of the haggadah. There, the poet wrote about G-d “זכאי הוא, חסיד הוא” that G-d is both commendable and a righteous chassid. The young R. Naftali asked his father: “If G-d is … Read more
I wonder what he would say about our era: The author of the Yesod HaAvodah (R. Avraham Weinberg) once remarked to R. Yehudah Leib of Slonim: “Yuda Leib, you know, the descent that used to take 50 years to occur in the world, now happens in a day.”
R. Mendel of Kotzk said: “While it indeed enough to create an opening for G-d like the point of a needle, the opening must be through and through.”
R. Yitzchak Meir of Gur would ask: Why is the confession said in alphabetical order? He would answer: Were it not said in alphabetical order it would go on forever, as there is no end to our wrongdoings.
In two things the world makes a mistake in doing the opposite of what makes sense: Concerning one’s livelihood, the Talmud (Ta’anit 2a) states that the key is in G-d’s hands. All a person’s worries are futile as the verse (Tehillim, 55:23) states: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will bear you.” However, … Read more
On the statement of the sages (Avot 2:12) “and all your actions should be for the sake of heaven,” R. Yitzchak Meir of Gur said, “one’s sake of heaven should also be for the sake of heaven.”
Sometimes sinners are so deluded that they think they are saints: The Chozeh of Lublin was once asked: The Talmud (Eiruvin 19a) states “The wicked do not repent even at the gate of Gehenna.” Don’t they see that they are being taken to hell? The Chozeh answered: “They think that they are being taken to … Read more
R. Tzadok of Lublin once said: Man constantly explores and searches. He visits mountains and peaks; he is curious to know what are in the oceans, deserts and wilderness. There is one thing though that he is not interested in exploring – the G-dliness that is inside himself.
An old chassid related in the name of his Rebbe, R. Tzadok of Lublin: Just as a rasha must eventually stand trial to give a reckoning regarding the destruction they brought on the world due to their evil, so too , there are certain “tzaddikim” that will need to give a reckoning regarding the destruction … Read more