Sunday, 22 July 2012 11:32


Written by riverton mussar


"Merciful God, merciful God, powerful God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, forgiver of iniquity, willful sin and error, and Who cleanses."  — Exodus 34:6-7

Rabbi Shimon taught: There are three crowns:  The crown of Torah, the crown of Priesthood, and the crown of Royalty.  The crown of a good name surpasses them all."  — Avot 4:17

Shammai taught: "Say little and do much."  — Avot 1:15   Rabbi Natan said, “What does this mean? It teaches that the righteous say little and do much, whereas the wicked say much and do not even a little.”  — Avot 13:3

"Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give."  —Proverbs 25:14

Nittai, of Arbel, taught: "Keep far from an evil neighbor, be not a partner with an evil person..."  — Avot 1:7

"The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are. Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be—and when they’re not, we cry." — Jewish proverb

"Trust, but verify." — Russian proverb

"It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?" — C.S. Lewis

"The wild things of this earth are not ours to do with as we please. They have been given to us in trust, and we must account for them to the generation which will come after us and audit our accounts." — William T. Hornaday

"Trust is the feeling that makes one man believe in another." — Henry Louis Menchen


Sunday, 22 July 2012 11:25

taking it to the street

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-tostreetsShammai taught: "Say little and do much." — Avot 1:15

Rabbi Natan said, “What does this mean? It teaches that the righteous say little and do much, whereas the wicked say much and do not even a little.”  — Avot 13:3

Saturday, 21 July 2012 21:32

God’s trust in us

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-feedingbirdOne of God’s greatest gifts to humanity is free will. That gift produces the opportunity to be creative, thoughtful, decisive, curious, and more. With free will we are given the privilege to partner with God. Any partnership requires mutual trust for it to be positive. Our human partnership with God is no exception.

Sunday, 15 July 2012 13:19

loving-kindness in action

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-gasstationMy maternal grandfather is often one of the least effusive people I know. He has a big white beard and it is rare that one can get a sense of what’s going on under there at any given moment. Affectionate would not be the first word that comes to mind when I think of him. At the same time I can safely say he is the kindest man it has ever been my privilege to know.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:13

making the mark

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-woodbirdAn ancient Indian sage was teaching his disciples the art of archery. He put a wooden bird as the target and asked them to aim at the eye of the bird. The first disciple was asked to describe what he saw. He said, "I see the trees, the branches, the leaves, the sky, the bird and its eye." The sage asked this disciple to wait. Then he asked the second disciple the same question and he replied, "I only see the eye of the bird." The sage said, "Very good, then shoot." The arrow went straight and hit the eye of the bird.

Sunday, 08 July 2012 22:58

creativity and concentration

Written by rav rafael

art-blueprintIf you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. – Lucille Ball

Sunday, 08 July 2012 20:50

finding concentration

Written by rebbetzin malkah

Rabban Gamliel said, "All my days have I grown up among the wise and I have not found anything better for a man (literally, “better for the body”) than silence."  --Pirke Avot 1:17

Sunday, 08 July 2012 10:36

positive concentration

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-ivorysoapFather in heaven! What is a man without Thee! What is all that he knows, vast accumulation though it be, but a chipped fragment if he does not know Thee! What is all his striving, could it even encompass a world, but a half-finished work if he does not know Thee: Thee the One, who art one thing and who art all!  --Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing, Soren Kierkegaard

Thursday, 05 July 2012 22:56

focus already

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-shvitiThe pious ones of earlier generations spent an hour in contemplation before the beginning of their prayers, and one hour after. --Tractate Berachot, 30b

Thursday, 05 July 2012 22:23

obstacles to concentration

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-troubleharryOne of my favorite movies is an Alfred Hitchcock film titled, “The Trouble With Harry.” This film was his only comedy (though humor played a role in some of his other films and his television show). As one might expect, it was a dark comedy. Two of the characters in the film are a small town doctor and a dead man named Harry who is in some ways the main character of the film. This small town doctor encounters Harry in a field a few times throughout the film by tripping over him. It is only during his final encounter that the doctor is actually polite enough to excuse himself. You see, the doctor never realizes he’s tripping over a dead body each and every time because he’s reading a book while walking each and every time! The doctor is concentrating so much on his book that he can’t even notice such a startling feature of his environment, namely, this dead man.

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