17 Quotations Found
The giving of charity, which brings sustenance to a
needy individual, is a life-sustaining act - one that
effectively allows us to imitate G-d, 'the animator of
the living,' and provides each person with the noblest
direction in life - to 'walk in His ways.'
Jewish tradition perceives children as worthy and
deserving of our greatest resources of time and energy
to create an environment that is both physically and
spiritually nurturing. For it is the children who
embody the purity of intent, sincerity, faith and
enthusiasm for life.
Education that is merely concerned with the transmission
of information is doomed to failure. It must serve the
greater and more noble purpose of cultivating the
student's moral character.
One of the main distinguishing features which set man apart
from all other creatures is the free choice of action which
the Creator bestowed upon him. Man can use this Divine
gift either for self-destruction and the destruction of
everything around him; or he can choose the right way of
life, which would elevate him and his environment to
the highest possible perfection.
Darkness, no matter how ominous and intimidating,
is not a thing or force: it is merely the absence of
light. So light need not combat and overpower darkness
in order to displace it - where light is, darkness
is not. A thimbleful of light will therefore banish a
roomful of darkness. The same is true of good and evil:
evil is not a thing or force, but merely the absence or
concealment of good. One need not 'defeat' the evil in
the world; one need only bring to light its inherent
The home should be perceived as a microcosm of the
universe: The harmony that permeates the home and the
family extends beyond, fostering harmony between families,
communities and ultimately, the nations of the world.
In the absence of harmony between one's own family,
we can hardly expect to find harmony between strangers.
G-d enabled the Jewish people to live as sovereigns in
the Holy land, the place of our forefathers - the land
promised to the Jews by G-d. This reality places a special
burden and privilege upon Israel's citizens and its
government, to preserve the Jewish integrity of the
country. Its educational system must be founded and
inspired by Jewish values and the Jewish tradition so
that its citizens grow to be proud keepers of their
In its relations with other nations, those responsible
for representing its government in foreign affairs,
must proudly assert its Jewish pride and traditions
which is certain to enhance the esteem with which
Israel will be regarded.
Jewish law sets forth the criteria necessary for Israel's
peace and safety: these can only be achieved from a
position of military strength and secure borders.
Any sign of strategic vulnerability is sure to encourage
terrorism in Israel and abroad.
The secret of our existence is in our being 'a people
that dwell alone' [Numbers (Bamidbar) 23:9], a people that believes in the one G-d, and leads a life according to the one Torah, which is eternal and unchangeable.
One of the comprehensive mitzvot of the Torah is the
mitzvah of ahavat yisrael, the love for a fellow Jew,
which is said to be a great principle of Torah, and
the basis of the entire Torah.
The division of Judaism into 'Orthodox,' 'Conservative,'
'Reform,' etc., is artificial. For all Jews have one
and the same Torah, given by the one and same G-d,
though there are more observant Jews and less observant
Jews. To tag on a label does not, of course, change the
reality of Jewish essence.
Every Jew - wherever he or she may find themselves,
even a solitary Jew in the most remote corner of the
earth - must remember that they are part of the whole
Jewish people and representatives of the entire Jewish
people - the one people ever since the Torah was given
at Mt. Sinai, until the end of time.
If you find a Jew who has love of G-d, but lacks love
of the Torah and the Jewish people, tell him that his
love shall not endure. If you find a Jew who has love
of the Jewish people but no love for G-d or the Torah,
work with him to fan that love, for he will come to an
enduring love of G-d, Torah and the Jewish people.
If an individual is handicapped, he or she is challenged
by Divine Providence to uncover hidden abilities and
energies to overcome his or her handicap, and to attain
higher levels of achievement than others who are not
similarly handicapped. I strongly recommend a change in
the term 'handicapped' - and prefer the term 'special'
or 'excellent ones,' for it is their excellence that
enables them to transcend whatever physical limitations
they may have.
There are ethereal beings who bask in the Divine light
of spiritual worlds. But it is human beings, who struggle
with the darkness of a material world who shall ultimately
arrive at the Essence.
If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair
it, then you have found a piece of the world that G-d
has left for you to complete. But if you one see what
is wrong and how ugly it is, then it is yourself that