A Summary Of Jewish Quotes

Quotes For Life – From The Rebbe

Parents      
  Responsibility Parents responsibility for their children begins while the child is in the womb.  
  Love, Comfort A father has compassion – a mother has the quality of comforting.  
  God’s Helper God trusts them with education of their children.  
  Mothers A mother has an extra dose of compassion.  
  Heritage / Lineage The lineage, as Cohen, comes from the father while the Jewish identity comes from the mother.  
  Torah A fathers love for his son is evoked when the child asks him to learn Torah, as he knows the request comes from love (the fact that this law is brought in the laws of Honoring Parents proves this.)  
  Sacrifice Parents are willing for the sake of their children to sacrifice.  
  Father’s Essence The child that comes from the father’s (body) is drawn from his soul.  
  Sacrifice More than parents desire for themselves, they desire for their children – and this especially is in regards, to Judaism and Torah.  
  Father’s Day Father’s day – namely buying dad a tie and returning next year is obviously incorrect.  
  Mother The mother’s influence has the greatest impact.  
  Giver/receiver The nature of the relationship is the child receives and the parents give.  
  From God The creation of a child comes from God (the parents are only intermediaries.)  
  Role Models The way to influence children is through being a good role model – which when children see their parents dedicated to Torah and Mitzvos, they will likewise – though of-course influence is a step by step gradual process.  
  Influencing Sometimes it is best to use  a friend of the child, (asking him or her) to influence the child – for often parents still assume their children are small.  
Father/Son    
  Meriting A son adds merit to his father and the reverse is also true.
  Role-Model To the extent the father dedicates to a value system, is the extent that his wife and children will likewise.
  Nachas A parent’s greatest nachas – children who get along.
  One Entity Halachickly a parent and child cannot testify against one another, as they are too close, for they are one entity, and the lesson is, that God is one with us.
  Similar Similar to one another, as both from a body and soul level, the son comes from the father.
  Abilities A son’s abilities exceeds the father, for he has within Him, the father’s essence.
  Unique Although they are connected nonetheless, they are still separate individuals.
  Similarity From the son one can perceive the father.
  Father/son In essence the father is higher than the son – the concept that the sons ability can exceed is what is novel.
  Essential bond A father calling his little son, is a call from his essence.
  Identity The identity of a father, is when he has a son.
  The Bond The bond between a father and son surpasses all.
  Future image Though a father can enjoy his son’s image, only after he is born, God before.
  Dependence The son is not dependent on his fathers existence.
  Not jealous One is jealous (if one has a jealous nature) besides the son.
  Interrelated Only through modeling after the father can the son’s ability surpass.
  Playing A father particularly enjoys and plays with  his young son – likewise God to the Jewish people.
  Descending One recognizes a father’s love by the fact that he lowers himself to descend to the level to communicate and interact (or play with his young son) and similar God to us.
  Caring The very act of punishing demonstrates (for one wouldn’t do this for another) the personal care, attention and love of the parent (and of-course, this is also a lesson from God to us.)
  Teacher A father must also be one’s “rabbi,” teacher of Torah.
  Student A son is both a son and a student.
  Unity Unity between parents and children is particularly important in our generation.
  Unity When parents keep the laws of family purity and have with themselves unity, this causes that their children will be with them unified.
  Unique A son is a new person.
  Generation Gap Like one man with one heart – without a generation gap.
  Love One father can handle ten sons, but the reverse is an exception.
  Connection A son comes from the father’s brain and therefore is always connected.
  Children’s Influence The idea “the sons will return their fathers (to God)” is currently happening.
  Joy Just as children who approach their parents, with requests, not through crying, but through joy, are more likely to get what they want, so too with us and God.
  Influencing Sons can impact their father’s more than anyone – hence should encouraged them to Torah.
  To babies A father has a special love to his baby son.
  Shabbos A father must see to it that he Davens Shacharis in Shul on Shabbos on time, otherwise his children will imitate.
  Similar Potential A father and a son are similar.
  Role-model A father has to be a role model and when he comes home from Shul, mustn’t discard his gepatah and Chassidus Sefer.
  Mesirus Nefesh (self-sacrifice) Parents have Mesirus Nefesh (self-sacrifice for their children.
  The Bond The bond between a father and son emanates from above.
  Internal Bond The bond between a father and son is internal.
  Model The way parents behave is the model for children.
  Only Child An only child is especially loved.
  Deep The image of the son’s face is in the father’s memory.
  Testing It is a Jewish custom that the father (particularly on Shabbos) tests his son.
  Not jealous Not only does a father not have jealousy of his son, but also of his grandson.
  Shidduchim If a son refuses to accept a shidduch suggestion – he can be influenced through either a. his parents b. friends.
  Partners Three partners make a child, a father, mother and God.
  Father Doctor Though a father may be a doctor one should use a natural (hence without emotional bias) doctor.
  Bonded There is an essential core connection between parents and children.
  Give them joy A father should bring joy to his children.
Returning what got lost    
  True Loss The greatest loss, is a moment of time.
  Restoring True restoring (of loss) is bring a Jew back to his heavenly father.
  Returning Restoring our own soul back to God (which the fool discards.)
     
Rebi Avahu    
  God The Talmud states God in his holy room – this is Rebi Avahu.
     
The Avos – Forefathers    
  Merkavah Even when the Avos slept they served God.
  Faith Avrohom brought faith to the Jewish people.
  Mesiras Nefesh (self-sacrifice.) Yitzchok brought Mesiras Nefesh (sacrifice of self.)
  Lessons Avrohom and Yitzchok represented Chessed and Gevurah (love and justice) and one needs to incorporate both.
  Shalosh Rigalim Avrohom Yitzchok and Yaakov represent the Shalosh Rigalim (Pesach Shavous and Sukkois.)
  Role-Models What they did is this world was to enable us to do likewise.
  Preparation Their Mitzvos was a preparation for Matan Torah.
  Yitzchok Yitzchok was born specifically after Avrohom had a Bris.
  Avrohom / Yitzchok Avraham was about drawing Godliness down and Yitzchok was about being spiritual.
  We are united As they are our role-models and we imitate their behavior, we and they are one.
  Love bequeathed Because they had such a great love for Hahsem, every Jew has at least an innate (even if it hidden) love.
  Rectification of Eitz Hadas Through being a Merkavah, they fixed up the sin of Eitz Hadas.
  Ways / Avodah Avrohom was a genius beyond everyone (and his comprehension of God came through his intellect) Yitzchok represents going beyond the intellect.
  Rectifying Adam They fixed up the three sins of Adam Harishoin, through their three modes of serving God.
  Merkavah Study They studied Torah in a way of Merkavah.
  Their Mitzvos As they did Mitzvos as individuals (Not communal) therefore what they accomplished, did not have a physical transformation.
  Their Mitzvos Before the giving of the Torah, Mitvos didn’t permeate the physical.
  Toildois They are all mentioned – including their primary purpose – in Parshas Toildois.
  Encompassing Though they each are known for a primary way of Serving God, they each had all three.
  Tie Together – Daily Torah They lived (all three) in the world for 15 years together, and they studied every day 15 hours of Torah
  Merkavah They were a Merkavah through the 24 hours of the day.
  Significance of their fifteen years. The fifteen years they lived together represents, the name of Hashem (Yud and Heiy.)
  Difference between them and Moshe The primary difference between our forefathers and Moshe was that they represented Divine emotions, while he, Divine wisdom.
  Preparation to Torah Their service was a preparation to receive the Torah.
  Role-Models Their manner of worshiping God (in contrast to the manner of the Shevatim) applies, and should be emulated by all Jews.
  Role-Models We learn from them, not to isolate oneself but to care, teach, and help the world.
  Bequeathing Their essential truth is found by even a newborn Jewish baby.
  Their Mitzvos As their performance of Mitzvos was spiritual (even if they used a physical item) therefore it permeated not the physical.
  Why They Needed Physical Items for Their Mitzvos The reason they needed physical items (despite that their Mitzvos were spiritual) is because they were preparing for the future Mitzvos (this is similar to how a prophet would need to do something physical to help manifest the prophecy.)
  Avrohom / Yitzchok Avrohom and Yitzchok respectively represent Chessed (kindness) and Gevurah (strict justice) the former representing bestowal from above, the latter striving from below.
  Source They are called the fathers as they are the source of all Jewsh souls.
  Their – and our – Service Avrohom, Yitzchok and Yaakov are Chessed, Gevurah and Tifferes, which are Gemilus Chassadim (kindness) Avodah (prayer) and Torah (study.)
  Unique Avodas The difference between Avrohom and Yitzchok (pushing away evil) and Yaakov, (transforming evil to good.)
  Within us Within every Jew all three are present.
  Unique Avodois Avrohom was about revelation, Yitzchok was about digging.
  Unique Avodois They were shepherds – higher than the world, but from time to time, descend to assist and uplift.
  Their Torah When they learned Torah it added to their identity, but after Matan Torah it transforms.
  Their Prayer They pray for us.
  United They join us in our Avodah.
  Empower They empower us.
  Yaakov didn’t die Yaakov didn’t die.
  Role Models Their AVvodah is our role model.
  Why they were chosen The reason they had such Divine revelation, was not due to their superiority, rather as they were the progenitors of the Jewish  people.
  Within Us In each Jew are the forefathers.
  Yeshivah It says Avrohom was elderly and he sat and learned in Yeshivah. This a lesson to each of us to establish Yeshivois.
  Messanic State They received a taste of the world to come (Moshiach) in that Hashem took away disturbances (so they could focus on their spiritual matters.)
  Beis Hamikdosh Avrohom Yitzchok and Yaakov correspond to the 3 Beis Hamikdoshs.
  Specific Avodah Avrohom was Chessed, Yitzchok was Gevurah – staying away from evil and doing good and Yaakov was Tifferes learning Torah.
  Yaakov Torah Yaakov’s progeny were all religious, as He had the special protection of Torah.
  Their Merit Their merit protects the entire Jewish people.
     
     
  Fathers Every Jew inherits their spiritual characteristics.
  Their Service Their main characteristics was the service of God in the three primary emotions, of Love, Fear and Torah.
  The power of Love Fear and Compassion The three primary characteristics of Love and fear of God, together with compassion on other, gives the ability to overcome all challenges in Galus.
  Their Torah Study They all studied and practiced Torah (though it was more on a spiritual level.)
     
Avilus    
  Teffilin We put on Teffilin
  Lessons We must observe and learn for the positive qualities of the person who has passed.
    When a Yom Tov breaks the Avilus, this is only the negative but not positive aspects.
    The Avel should do Teshuva and give extra charity.
    One may learn Chassidus, as it increases Teshuvah.
    We circle not the Bimah by Hashanois (and the source of this, Toras Menachem, Menachem Tzion vol 2 page 369.)
    By lessening the mourning, we lessen the emotional pain on the deceased.
    We minimize mourning on Yom Tov through saying Lichaim.
    It is good to have an Aliyah all the time (even at minchah – though there is no harm if not.)
    There is the concept of now feeling fear for one’s own life, and thus doing Teshuva.
     
Gartel    
  Gartel. Take the Gartel off before going into the bathroom
  Alacrity Wearing a Gartel assists with alacrity.
  Transforming Wearning a Gartel transforms negative to positive.
  Separation higher/lower The Gartel separates from the lower and higher part of man, in contrast to the Arabian wrapping of the head.
  Potential The Rebbe said: If I had the opportunity (potential) I would institute a Gartel from the time of Bar-Mitzvah.
  Straight In Yechidus the Rebbe explained why he doesn’t fold it (in half, as some do) because if you could make something straight, why go crooked.
     
     
Precious Stones    
  When Moshiach comes they will be all over Precious stones alludes to the secrets of Torah (Chassidus.)
  Gutnick The fact they were found in a distant land (Australia) in order to increase in charity.
Avrohom    
  Merit He merited to have Hashem appear to him as he made himself a Bris at the age of 99.
  Minyan Even after his passing he was counted for a Minyan.
  Convictions One of the things we learn from Avrrohom is through the entire world didn’t have his belief, we have the capacity, through courage of convictions to change the world
  Mesirus Nefesh He effected the world as he had Mesirus Nefesh.
  Inspirer Avrohom descending into Egypt was great and low descent, nevertheless it was purposeful, and he impacted the Egyptians, and the lesson is that we not only need not worry about the gentiles in exile, but we have the capacity to inspire them.
  Mesirus Nefesh Avrohom has Mesirus Nefesh to teach about God.  
  Arabs He believed and knew he could beat the Yetzer Hara of an Egyptian, and he effected the Arabs – getting them to recognize God.
  Growth Through his travels, he grew.
  Mission Though he was so great, he never looked at his greatness, only his mission.
  Empowering In a deeper level, having Eleizer swear was actually empowering him (to fulfil the mission.)
  Mila The Mitzvah of Milah, combines the physical and the spiritual.
  Israel Through paying 400 Shekel of silver, for the cave of Machpeila, every Jew has a part in Israel.
  Mitzvahs From the fact that he wanted to hitch his donkey, for the Akeida, shows us, how for a Mitzvah we must be eager.
  Effort The reason he paid for the Cave of Machpaila, though he could have gotten it for free is because every Mitzvah, must come with effort.
  Reality He declared that the entire reality comes from the first prime cause.
  Progeny The Mitteleh Rebbe said, that the sign of Avrohom’s love for God is that it continues in all his future descendants.
  Love! Even his fear of God was done through love.