A Little Peace In Our Time
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
- Isaiah, 2:4
“The angels said before God: The Torah is a hidden treasure... and you seek to give it to flesh and blood?” - Talmud Shabbat 88b
“The righteous fall seven times but rise again.” - King Solomon, Proverbs 24:16
The Great Divide
Our lifework is not to get to heaven but to bring heaven down to earth
- The Rebbe
"The Creator is the ultimate good. It is the nature of good to bestow good. This is why God created human beings; in order to bestow good upon them..." - The Ramchal, The Knowing Heart
And this (God's blessings and the Torah) is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving. For, not only one arose and tried to destroy us, rather in every generation they try to destroy us, and God saves us from their hands. - The Haggadah
"No more will your sun set, nor your moon be darkened; for God will be an eternal light for you, and your days of mourning shall end."
- Isaiah, 60:20
All God's Children
"'You are children of God.' (Deuteronomy 14:1) Even if you think you have done so much wrong that you are no longer one of God's children, remember that God still calls you His child. As the Rabbis taught: 'For better or worse, you are always called God's children.'" - Talmud Kiddushin, 36a
“...No one will be envious of your land when you go to be seen in God's presence three times each year.” - Exodus, 34:24
“‘The mountains may move and the hills may be shaken, but my love shall never move from you, nor my covenant of peace be shaken’
said God, who has compassion on you.” - Isaiah, 54:10
"Next year in Jerusalem."
- Passover Haggadah
The Rabbis taught, one who judges their friend favorably will be judged favorably. - Talmud Shabbat, 127b
"You shall neither take revenge nor bear a grudge...
you shall love your neighbor as yourself..." - Leviticus, 19:18
Rose Among The Thorns
“A love that is not dependent on a material attribute, but rather on spiritual qualities, is destined to endure.” - Pirkei Avot, 5:19
“And I will betroth you to Me forever, and I will betroth you to Me with righteousness and with justice and with loving-kindness and with mercy. And I will betroth you to Me with faithfulness, and you shall know God.” - Hosea, 2:21-22
“Do not remove this memory from your heart all the days of your life. Teach your children and your children's children about the day that you stood before God at Chorev (Mt. Sinai).”
- Deuteronomy, 4:9-10
“I will bring them to My holy mountain, and they will rejoice in the house of My prayer,… for My house is a house of prayer for all nations.” - Isaiah, 56:7
Exile And Redemption
"And God will return you from your captivity and have compassion upon you; He will return and gather you from among all the nations...
And God will bring you into the land that your forefathers inherited.
You will acquire it, and he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your forefathers.” - Deuteronomy, 30:3-5