Working Hard

Sifre Deuteronomy 41: Practice is more than study.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:5: One who learns in order to practice is enabled to learn and to teach, to observe and practice.

Yoma 39a: For each little effort towards holiness, Heavens rewards man richly.

Ethics of the Fathers 5:23: According to the effort is the reward.

Nedarim 37a: G-d said: You must teach, as I taught, without a fee.

Proverbs 18:9: One who is slack in his work is like a brother to a vandal.

Ethics of the Fathers 3:19: The world is judged in goodness, yet all is proportioned to one's work.

Ethics of the Fathers 2:4: Don't say, 'When I have time I will learn.'  Perhaps you will never have time.

Berachot 6a: In the place where there is no leader, strive to become one.

Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Chovot Halevavot: If a man strives...to do what is in his power, G-d will aid him to accomplish what is beyond his power.

Zohar ii, 47a: The acts of the leader are the acts of the nation.  If the leader is just, the nation is just.  If the leader is unjust, the nation too is unjust and is punished for the sins of the leader.

Ethics of the Fathers 1:12: Be like the students of Aaron - love peace and pursue peace.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:1: Who is wise?  He who learns from a ll men.

Job 12:12: With age comes wisdom, and length of days brings understanding.

Genesis 2:15: And G-d took man, and put him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to watch over.

Daniel 2:21: G-d gives wisdom to the wise, knowledge to them that know.

Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatever it is in your power to do, do with all your might.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:1: Who is mighty?  The one who conquers his evil inclination.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:11: Every assembly that is for the sake of heaven will endure.

Ethics of the Fathers 4:21: This world is like a hallway to the future world.  Prepare yourself in the hallway that you may enter into the banquet hall.

Kiddushin 1:10: Whoever performs even a single commandment, it shall go well with him, and his days shall be prolonged, and he shall inherit the Land.

Joshua 1:8: Then you will prosper in your undertakings and you will be successful.

Chronicles I 21:10-13: ...in Your hand is power and strength and it is in Your hand to make anyone great or strong.

Psalm 89:17: You are the splendor of their strength.

Psalm 138:8: Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Shir Ha'Yichud: You proceeded Your handiwork, with Your abundant mercy and kindness...

Ecclesiastes 11:6: Do not remain idle...

Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatever you are able to do, do with all your might.

Ethics of the Fathers 2:2: All who exert themselves for the community should exert themselves for the sake of Heaven, for then the merit of the community's forefathers aids them and their righteousness endures forever.

Samuel I 26:25: You will accomplish much, and you will prevail.

Lo Elecha: Even though it may not be your responsibility to complete the job, that does not mean that you are free to discard it...