Some Jewish Quotes/Sayings for 9/11 Yahrtzeit
Compiled by the National Center for Jewish Healing
(God) has told you, O human, what is good, and what does the Eternal require of you:
to do justice, and to love lovingkindness, and to walk humbly with your God…
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Teach us to number our days, so we may get us a heart of wisdom.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
In the Messianic era, all the peoples of the world
will of their own accord
take shelter under the wings of the Shekhinah.
R. Yosi b. Halafta, Babylonian Talmud, Avodah Zarah 3b
If a man sees that painful sufferings visit him, let him examine his conduct.
Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 5a
As long as there is life, there is hope.
R. Yohanan in Jerusalem Talmud, Berakhot 9:1
Where there is rejoicing, there should also be trembling.
Rav, Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 30b, commenting on Psalm 2:11, “Serve Adonai with awe, rejoice with trembling…”
In this world, there is no perfect joy, unmixed with anxiety, no perfect pleasure, unmixed
with envy; but in the future, the Holy One will make our joy and pleasure perfect.
Pesikta deRav Kahana, chapter 29 (Buber edition, 170a)
The Shekhinah is everywhere.
Hoshaya Rabbah, Babylonian Talmud, Bava Batra 25a
The Shekhinah will one day fill the entire world, end to end.
Cohen b. Abba, Esther Rabbah 1.4
Hillel was wont to say, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
Pirke Avot 1:14
An evil eye, the yetzter hara / evil inclination, and hatred of one’s fellow creatures put a person out of the world….
Pirke Avot 2:11
It is not your obligation to complete the task,
but neither are you free to desist entirely from it entirely!
Pirke Avot 2:21
Who is wise? Who learns from every person…
Who is mighty? Who subdues his/her yetzer/evil inclination….
Who is rich? Who rejoices in his/her lot/portion…
Who is honored? Who honors his/her fellow person…..
Pirke Avot 4:1
Better is one hour of t’shuvah/returning/repentance and good deeds in this world
than the whole life of the world-to-come; and better is one hour of spiritual bliss in the
world-to-come than all the life of this world.
Pirke Avot 4:17
Days are scrolls; write on them what you want to be remembered.
Bahya Ibn Pakuda
There is no limit to trials, but the wise learn thereby.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Where is God to be found? In the place where God is given entry.
R, Menahem Mendel of Kotsk
All the world, together, is like a very narrow bridge,
and the important thing is not to be terrified.
Reb Nahman of Bratzlav
Today is merely a bridge to tomorrow.
The old must be renewed, and the new must be made kadosh/sacred.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
Miracles sometimes occur, but you have to work terribly hard for them.
A religious person is someone who holds God and humanity in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man is Not Alone (adapted)
Whenever I’m in trouble, I pray. And since I’m always in trouble, there is not a day when
I don’t pray. In many cases I get the answer even before I pray. The belief that man can
do what he wants, without God, is as far as the North Pole. I don’t think religion should
be connected with dogma or revelation. Since he’s a silent God, he talks in deeds, in
events, and we have to learn this language. The belief in God is as necessary as sex.
Whatever you call him – nature or higher power – doesn’t matter. The power that takes
care of you, and the farthest star, all this is God.
Isaac Bashevis Singer in Israel Shenker, Coat of Many Colors
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Judaism is less about believing and more about belonging. It is less about what we owe
God and more about what we owe each other, because we believe God cares more about how we treat each other than… about our theology.
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, To Life!