Bais Shamai says we light eight lights on the first night, and subtract one each day.
Bais Hillel says we start with one, and add one each night.
Bais Hillel taught us to think upwards with constant positive thoughts:
• A person must say: The world was created just for me. [Chazal58].
• The entire world is forgiven through the Teshuva of just one person. [Chazal 59].
• The entire world was created to benefit just one person. [Chazal 60].
Remind yourself of the great deeds you have done in your life.
This is the real you, and you are expected to continue being great.
Forget about your Aveiros and weaknesses [unless this brings positive results].
Keep moving upwards and think BIG [no matter how many mistakes you keep making].
Every person has special qualities that no one else has.
It is his job to:
• find them
• think about them
• talk about them constantly
• appreciate them
• thank Hashem for making him a great person
• keep davening day and night all your life for more and more greatness.
Always think highly of yourself [even if it’s not completely true] since the way a person feels about himself is the way he will eventually become.
The more a person has voices telling him he’s really not so good, the greater he really is, since the Yetzer Hara always starts up with our greatest people.
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