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Ohr Yisrael seeks to energize, enlighten, and empower Klal Yisrael to make lasting personal change.
Our three initiatives: — Live Life Deeper daily clips, Beshivticha parsha sheets, and Mesillas Yesharim shiurim — present the guidance of the classic sifrei mussar in the language of today.
Wisdom From Our Sages
"Our Yeshivos owe their existence to their Mashgichim — their Mussar teachers. The Yeshivos were being decimated by foreign ideals, until the Mashgichim, constantly emphasizing the messages of Mussar, successfully restored the spirit of Torah within each Yeshiva."
Brisker Rav, R’ Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik zt”l
Shaarei Hashiva pg. 288
"Mussar has the power to unmask negios (self interests) lurking in our subconscious. Once the negios are revealed and removed, we can clearly see what is true and good, and feel motivated to pursue it."
Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l
Sichos R’ Nosson Tzvi, vol. 2, pg. 160
"There is one, and only one, tool that enables each and every one of us to achieve our goals, and reach our dreams, in Torah and Mitzvos. What is it? Devotion to Mussar and Cheshbon HaNefesh."
R’ Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler zt”l
Michtav M’Eliyahu vol. 5, pg 49
"Success in life is built upon proper character development of the personality of the individual. This calls for an understanding of one’s personality, followed by proper training of one’s character traits."
R’ Mordechai Gifter zt”l
Telzer Rosh Yeshiva, approbation to “Lifelines” by Avi Shulman, Feldheim Publishers, 1988
"The best and most ideal way to arrive at one’s goals in Tikkun HaMiddos is by diligently studying the Sifrei Mussar as well as the ethical teachings of Chazal."
R’ Shmuel Kamenetzky shlit”a
Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva, approbation to “Lifelines” by Avi Shulman, Feldheim Publishers, 1988
"One who acquires Torah knowledge without Yiras Shomayim is considered to have “snatched” that knowledge on his own, as opposed to being granted that knowledge by Hashem. Indeed, Torah knowledge acquired in such a fashion will never lead to lasting success."
R’ Chaim Kanievsky shlita
Orchos Yosher, pg. 43
"People attribute my achievements in Tikkun HaMiddos to a natural predisposition, assuming that I was born righteous. If only they knew the truth; I’ve toiled mightily to raise myself above my earthly impulses and base desires."