Inspirational Quote from Bilvavi
Here are Rav Itamar Schwartz's words in full (copied from the above link):
Droshos - Be Yourself
Motivational Quote from Bilvavi
"The Geulah will come when we don't copy others,
but live from our own discovered truth."
Quote from here:
An Effective & Interesting Teshuvah Exercise with 4 Main Questions from Rebbetzin Tziporah (Heller) Gottleib
From the Na'aleh newsletter for Parshat Re'eh, Rebbetzin Tziporah (Heller) Gottleib provides down-to-earth insight and targeted questions to help us get where we need to go (subheadings my own addition for easier reading):
What Elul Gives Us That Other Months Don't
Just to sum up, here are the prime questions to ask as you examine your life:
And when she advises not to be judgmental when deciding which events were important in your life at that time, I think it means you need to be honest about what you truly found important, and not what others consider important.
For example, the twin sisters born to your family when you were 5 will be considered an important event by others, but maybe you experienced it as happening around you in a vague fog.
Instead, perhaps the new shoes you received around that time seem much more important to you; you still retain memories of the shoes' details and how they made you feel.
So don't judge the importance according to anyone's standards except your own.
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