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Instructions For Living

Instructions For Living

A collection of quotes from Rabbi Noah Weinberg's inspirational wisdom (text version).

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The battle for life is a battle for sanity.

The essence of wisdom is to know yourself.

The key to greatness is doing a spiritual accounting. Every day, set aside time to ask yourself: What am I living for? What do I need to change?

Infatuation is blind. Love is a magnifying glass. Who loves you more than anyone in the whole world? Your parents. Who knows your faults better than anyone in the whole world? Your parents.

Love is the pleasure of focusing on the virtues of another.

It is a greater pleasure to love than to be loved. So why spend so much energy on gaining the approval of others? Work on loving them instead.

The opposite of pain is no pain (i.e. comfort). Equating comfort with pleasure is the definition of decadence.

The Talmud says that every person must say, "The world was created just for me." That means each of us is responsible for the entire world.

The essence of free will is to choose to be a soul, not a body. The battle is to do what your soul wants, not what your body feels like doing.

We all want greatness. No one says, "I wish to be mediocre." Everyone harbors the secret desire to save the world.

Torah is not a history book. It is Toras Chaim – literally Instructions for Living, God's manual teaching on how to fulfill our potential and get the most out of life.

God is our father in Heaven. Like a father, all He wants is for us to get the maximum pleasure in life.

"I can't" is idolatry. If the Almighty helps us, we can change the world. And if He doesn't help, we can't do anything.

Happiness is choosing to take pleasure in what you have.

The natural state of every human being is joy. We learn how to make ourselves miserable.

When people say, "You'll grow up," what they really mean is, "You'll give up like I did."

The Six Constant Mitzvot are the goals of Judaism.

Judaism isn't all or nothing. Every mitzvah is a gold mine.

Every effort is a success, even if you don't see the results.

There are no accidents. The Almighty is always sending us messages, and He's a very articulate teacher.

If you don't know what you are willing to die for, you haven't really begun to live.

If being good is worth dying for, then it is worth living for. And if it is worth dying and living for, then it is certainly worth enjoying.

Published: December 5, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 9

(7) Neicee, January 6, 2012 3:30 PM

Time to review

Here we are in January, and time to make plans for the coming year. By offering the words of love and wisdom from Rabbi Weinberg via the internet, please accept my thanks. When I'm overwhelmed or scattered in my thoughts, rereading his works helps ground me.

(6) Barbara, January 17, 2011 1:41 AM

Incredible Wisdom

Thank you for helping me on my journey for wisdom. God is so incredibly loving that all we have to do is ask for wisdom and it comes. I just AGAIN asked for wisdom a couple of weeks ago an He supplies new teachings daily. Thank you and God Bless You. Barbara

(5) Anonymous, January 16, 2011 4:39 PM

Maravilhoso,!

(4) Anonymous, July 30, 2010 3:02 AM

Not everyone is blessed with great, loving, supportive parents. I know that I must be able to forgive their facilitation of predation and one tool for that, since I have carried this disgust and rage for so long, is writing a letter to each. Of course it is not to be mailed since they have been dead for decades and albeit not of blessed memory... to be read again and again until the rage is gone and I ceremoniously burn them. It has worked before and I know that with the proper work I can release this "my parents were psychos" real truth because they were. They also worked hard, put food on the table, clothed us, provided music lessons and the list goes on. The negative things were indeed hideous and far too hideous to mention. G-d knows and I did not become them. Each person is born with a different soul. It is never mom or dad's soul... it is unique to the individual. My sister and I, independently of each other never kept that cycle going. My job is to do the aforementioned letter writing and forgive them. G-d only knows what happened to them to make them the way that they were. Some really bad and the confusing good that comes with the duplicitous and cruel. I focused on what I could change and I believe that I have figured that one out. My life will change for the better when I can just let all that pain go. I hope G-d can forgive them and I must do so as well. May Hashem bless me with the gift of forgiveness to open up my life to the real beauty of the people that will, after a time, be of blessed memory. Miracles do happen. Thanks, Aish.com.

deborah, September 13, 2012 8:02 PM

Parents who didnt love us

Your reply stuck out because when I read the sentence about loving parents, I had to pause, and then replace parents with a loving G-d. I was unloved as well. My mother is alive and well, and she was a partner in abuse with my father, favoring one of her three children, to whom all her earthly possessions and all her energy is given. I have learned to accept the pain, and take what I learned to become a loving, warn and caring parent to my five children. When ever I feel unloved and saddened by the memory of my childhood and adulthood, I am reminded that it was only an accident that I was born unto them. I have a grandchild today who makes me glow and reminds me of the many gifts I am now receiving because I forced myself to heal and move on, for the sake of those I love. If not, the pain, the abuse, the tragedy of that experience would be relived. I have a blog you can visit http://americanjewess.blogspot.com. It is about empowerment for women, particularly Jewish women, because it is up to us to transmit G-ds love to our children. As the sentence says, it is greater to love than be loved. Giving is empowering, and it connects us to G-d. Good luck Shana tov

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