21 Nov 2014 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Self-Transformation, Spiritual Wisdom
“A god whom one could serve only in one set way – what kind of God would that be!”
The Seer of Lublin 
“Just as people’s faces are different one from the other, so their opinions are also different one from another.”
Midrash Tanchumah 
“The Midrash is telling us that in the same easy manner in which we accept that another person’s face is different than ours, we should also accept that another person’s opinion can be different than our own.”
Menachem Mendel of Kotsk 
14 Nov 2014 | 1 Comment | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Spiritual Wisdom
After breaking bread, one should recite the following prayer:
“For the sake of the union of the Holy One Blessed be He and His Shechinah [the Divine Presence], I am not eating for the pleasure of my body but only so that my body will be strong and healthy to serve God, and may no sin, transgression, wrong thought, or physical enjoyment [during my eating] prevent the union of the Holy One, Blessed be He, with the holy sparks that are in this food and beverage.”
Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk
Reb Yaibe, one of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, teaches that there are two types of spiritual seekers. One type eats so that he can have strength to serve God and does not pay much attention to the manner of his eating. The other eats in order to raise up the sparks in the food and therefore puts enormous care and concern into the way that he eats. Read more…
7 Nov 2014 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Life of Service
Krishna Bhikshu, one of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s long-time devotees, told the following story about an incident that took place one lunch hour at the ashram:
“In the early years of the ashram everyone who was present when the bell went for lunch would be invited to eat with us. On one occasion a number of visitors were sitting in the hall. When the bell rang, everyone started moving to the dining hall except for one man whom nobody knew. Invited to join us, he refused and continued sitting, apparently in deep meditation.
“Bhagavan [Ramana Maharshi], who had started to eat, was told about the fasting visitor.
“He commented, ‘the man wants a job. How am I to get him a job?’…
“After the meal everybody returned to the hall. The new visitor was still sitting there.
“Bhagavan looked at him tenderly and said, ‘Come on, instead of meditating on a job while you are hungry, you can meditate when your stomach is full.’
“Everybody laughed. The visitor got up and silently left for the dining hall.”