Inspiring quotes and articles

Before you can find G-d, you must first lose yourself
(Baal Shem Tov) 

There is no greater freedom than ignoring the entire world while you converse with its Creator. (Rabbi freeman)

"The 24:1 ratio. 24 hours of the day Hashem dedicates 
completely to us. 
Surely we can dedicate 1 of these hours back to him! 
And then thank Him for permitting us to do so!"

"With Him, I am. 
Without Him, I am not." (Chaya Danielle Lederer)

We take a step to show our hishtadlus, but Hashem does the try anything because Hashem is infinite.
(Chaiya Danielle  Ledder - and the one below was sent by her:)
"Life is a game of Divine Pass-The-Parcel
Hashem sends us a gift-wrapped package
We spend our lives unwrapping the layers
Ultimately we discover that...
He is the prize, lying concealed at the very core"____________________

Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening
"A negative mind will never give you a positive life"

 When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Learn from Trial and Error
The greatest teacher in the world is known as: "Trial and error." This has given more people more wisdom than any other teacher possibly could. "There is no greater wise person than someone with experience."
What does it mean to have experience? It means that one has learned from trial and error. If everyone would get it right the first time, experience would not be needed.
Having the courage to try -- even though you might make a mistake -- enables you to learn from trial and error. This is a valuable reframe.
Instead of becoming overly frustrated or discouraged when you make a mistake, realize that you are now becoming wiser.

(Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm, From Rabbi Pliskin's book, "Courage")


Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also create music.


We must learn a new way to "think" before we can master a new way to be".
(sent from Rebecca)

GD doesn't want something from us. HE simply wants us.

Poor Reception
Tammuz 29, 5772 · July 19, 2012

None of us could truly believe for a moment that evil could descend from Above.
Rather, the transmission from Above is pure and coherent. Evil is distortion and noise, an artifact of our reception.
If we would only adjust our reception devices, our attitude and our ability to receive, the signal would become clear. And that is all of life—adjusting reception.


"I want to pray, to tell G-d everything I am going through and ask for help," a chasid explained to Rebbe Nachman.  "But  when I'm finally alone and try to pray, the words don't come."

"Then", the Rebbe assured him, "even just calling out to G-d, Ribbono Shel Olam, again and again, is extremely beneficial."

Once, when informed that someone was able to recite a thousand pages of Talmud, Reb Nosson responded, "yes that is impressive, yet there are those of the Rebbes followers who can repeat the phrase, Ribbono Shel Olam, a thousand times".


Rebecca from chaburah sent this:

When G-d pushes you to the edge of diffuculty, trust HIM fully because either two things can happen: either He will catch you when you fall, or He will teach you to fly.


Open for Me

The human being has a soul. The universe has a soul. The soul of all souls is the infinite light of the Creator of all things.
As much as the human soul yearns for the infinite light of its Creator, much more so does the Creator yearn to be found within the human soul.
As much as the soul of this universe yearns to reunite with the infinite light of its Creator, much more so does the Creator yearn for His infinite light to enter within His world.
If so, what force could stand between them? What could hold back the Creator’s infinite light?
Only His desire that this union occur with our consent, that we be the ones to open the door.
“Open for me just as wide as a pinhole,” G‑d beseeches us, “and I will open for you as the entranceway of a great hall.”
(by Rabbi Freeman)
When someone's total focus is on fulfilling the 

                      will of the Creator, 

he will be free from all worries and anxieties. 

He constantly fulfills the will of the Creator with sublime 

                       ecstasy and joy. 

           A wise person makes this his life-goal

(from Seena- based on Racheli Miller's class)


(In Forest Fields, 50)

“prayer in effect is a person's personal redemption. When a person succeeds in getting close to Hashem by way of prayer, for all practical purposes his is a redeemed person since his soul is no longer in exile. So when we pray for Hashem's assistance in helping us pray, we are actually praying for our personal redemption.”


Chovos Halevavos
Shaar Cheshbon Hanefesh, 3:9

Words of prayer enunciated by the mouth are merely the shell.  The heart's meditation upon these words is the inner kernel.

From a Rabbi Tatz shiur; 'Orah- The Power of a Woman',

"alef (first letter in hebrew alphabet) is considered the spiritual neshama realm in kabbalah and is followed by the letters beis, gimmel, daled (beged= clothed)"

 We see in our alef beis that our spiritual neshama is housed in a garment!!


Why the Heavens?
Sivan 18, 5772 · June 8, 2012

Why were we made so small, with such great heavens above our heads?
Because He desired creatures that would know wonder.


iy"H our avodah is bringing the geulah

Ein od milvado(there is nothing else, but Him alone)


  1. Gorgeous! May Hashem bless you to continue to reach out to women to help us connect to Hashem and bring the Geulah. Much love, Yocheved Krems

  2. Aviva Rus -
    What a beautiful conduit for growth and connection...

  3. Thank you for creating this space!!

  4. Shavua tov! I am trying to figure this out still, but toda raba on the positive feedback.

  5. "The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose"
    by: tzvi aberman

  6. A comforting thought:
    "It will all be good in the end. If it isn't good, then it isn't the end."
    Aviva, thanks for brightening our day and lightening our load.

  7. Wow! Aviva, this is beautiful!!

  8. Hodu Ladonoy! These quotes are equivalent to finding the treasure chest on a lifelong treasure hunt.

    1. I just saw this (alomost a year later:) Thank you for checking it out!