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Reb Isaac Saunders Quotes

Nine of the best book quotes from Reb Isaac Saunders
  1. #1
    “We are commanded to study His Torah! We are commanded to sit in the light of the Presence! It is for this that we were created! . . . Not the world, but the people of Israel!”
  2. #2
    “Reb Saunders sat back slowly in his chair. And from his lips came a soft, tremulous sigh. He was silent for a moment, his eyes wide, dark, brooding, gazing upon his son. He nodded his head once, as if in final acknowledgment of his tortured victory.”
  3. #3
    “[My father] taught me with silence. . .to look into myself, to find my own strength, to walk around inside myself in company with my soul. . . . One learns of the pain of others by suffering one’s own pain … by turning inside oneself. . . . It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”
  4. #4
    “Then he spoke his son’s name.”
  5. #5
    “I have no choice,” he said again. “It’s like a dynasty. If the son doesn’t take the father’s place, the dynasty falls apart. The people expect me to be their rabbi. My family has been their rabbi for six generations now.”
  6. #6
    “My son is my most precious possession. I have nothing in the world compared to my son. I must know what he is reading.”
  7. #7
    “Forgive me…for everything…I have done…A─ a wiser father…may have done differently. I am not…wise.”
  8. #8
    “How will I teach this mind what it is to have a soul? How will I teach this mind to understand pain? How will I teach it to want to take on another person’s suffering?”
  9. #9
    “There are better ways to teach a child compassion.”

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