Saturday, March 27, 2010

Building up the Land of Israel


"It appears to me that a simple person who builds Israel without any altruistic intent, but only for his own good, still performs a greater Tikkun, improvement, in the upper heavens, than any righteous person, even the most righteous of Tzaddikim, with his Tikkun Chatzot prayers and crying and wailing for the Shechinah in its exile. Certainly, the Tzaddik’s prayers have an enormous effect, but all of that does not reach the effect caused by a simple person with his actions of building up Israel, regardless of his motive."

(R' Yissachar Teichtel, Em haBanim Semeichah, pg. 58, based on Sanhedrin 102b)

Chag kasher v'sameach,

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