Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Being your own mentor


R' Klonymus Kalmish Schapira, the Piaseczner Rebbe, was a rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto, killed by the Nazis. He was a fervent believer in self-esteem, and the importance of growth through actualization of one's own potential. You can read more about him here.

"Your main educator is you, yourself. If you will not stand up to take the reins of control in your hand and reign over yourself, guiding yourself as the captain of a ship, who knows whether you won't be broken, whether you won't drown in the stormy sea and the material world, amid the baser human desires? At that point all of your teachers and mentors will not benefit you at all, Gd-forbid."

(R' Klonymus Kalmish Schapira, Chovat haTalmidim, Chapter 10)

Have a great day,

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