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Confirm your Emuna level

November 19, 2018
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There is a beautiful passuk in Sefer BaMidbar “…ka’ashear yisah ha’oman et hayonek (… carry them in your bosom as the nurse carries the suckling…) (see Parshat Behaalotecha (11:12).” This verse describes the unwavering security and satisfaction a baby experiences after nursing. The baby is not concerned about her next meal, but content and dependent on her mother for all her needs.

We often utter the words ‘End of Days’ casually, without contemplating their true meaning. The Chofetz Chaim ztk’l teaches that the generation that will greet Mashiach (our generation B”H!) will be required to constantly examine their emuna. Like a person constantly checking his pockets to reassure himself that his precious savings are still safely ensconced there, so too we need to continuously pay attention to and confirm our levels of emuna.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Put your right hand over your heart and left hand over your right hand. Repeat the words ‘Ein od Milvado‘ over and over until you feel your heart rate slow down and warmth fill your heart.

Shabbat is coming – Return to Gan Eden

November 15, 2018
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There are also many similarities between Erev Shabbat preparations and those we should focus on everyday in preparing for the World to Come:

• We work within a limited time frame & avoid wasting time,
• Constantly build, plan and prepare,
• Focus our activities and attention towards a future-oriented-goal

Shabbat enables our Divine soul to be freed from its exile to live in total connection to G-d. The Arizal teaches that on Shabbat we gain a sense of unity from receiving our additional soul. Though Adam HaRishon was driven out of Gan Eden, a part of his soul remained there. On Shabbat, G-d releases that part of his soul and gives it back to man. Thus, on Shabbat we are essentially given the opportunity to return to Gan Eden.

It’s Not the End

November 14, 2018
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Life is a series of detailed events chained together to form history. A lifetime of 120 years is minuscule compared to eternity. We are not privy to see the whole piece of jewelry. Only when we have reached the end of the chain of events will we be granted the understanding and knowledge of why things happened the way they did.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

While placing your right hand over your heart gently close your eyes and repeat the following three times, “There is no journey without purpose – one day I’ll look back and see how it was well worth it!”

Where were you?

November 13, 2018
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The Zohar teaches that we see through the pupil; the black part of our eye. This represents the idea that we ‘see’ and learn through the dark times in life. When he was challenged by his suffering, Iyov asked G-d ‘Why?’ G-d replied, “Where were you when I created the world?” Iyov then realized the immeasurable distance between creature and the Creator.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Remind yourself today that trusting in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down revealed loving kindness from above.

 

 

The Hearts Laser Beam

November 12, 2018
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Singing or humming holy music or niggunim during hitbodedut is an excellent way of opening our hearts. Such music may awaken hidden feelings or forgotten memories and may inspire a connection to Hashem. Alternatively, we can choose a certain passuk or verse from Chazal and repeatedly recite it with intense concentration. The holy words act as a laser beam, piercing our heart with emotion. For instance, repeating “Ribbono Shel Olam” or “Avinu Malkenu” over and over again may enhance our emotional bond with our Creator.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Put on a niggun, any niggun, hug yourself and gently sway back and forth while closing your eyes. Feel your heart elevate and soul sour beyond the room -> feel the closeness of Hashem in your life.

Moving Out

November 12, 2018
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One reason why difficulties arise is to remind us of G-d’s presence and motivate us to change our ways. We should constantly view ourselves and our world as transient, as if we are moving to another home. Our reality is constantly changing and helping us to move forward. When you move to another house, your current home appears on the surface to be in utter chaos, confused and disorganized. However, we can view change as stressful, or we can view it as an exciting opportunity. We shouldn’t fall apart because of this move; it’s part of the renewal process and anticipated change.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

It is important to remind ourselves that there is change in every growth process. Place your right hand on your forehead and place left hand parallel to the back of your head and repeat “I love myself for all that I have gone through” – breath in the energy of acceptance.

 

Shabbat is Coming – Like the World to Come

November 8, 2018
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Some of the many similarities between Shabbat and the World to Come include:

• We prepare our bodies physically in a similar way as we do when we depart from this world – washed, nails trimmed and dressed in white.

• We cease to create, build or prepare on Shabbat. In the World to Come, we enjoy the fruits of the lifetime of work in this world.

• The nature of Shabbat is constant and eternal. The way things are at the onset of Shabbat remains the same throughout Shabbat, reflecting the elevated spiritual status of the soul when it has transitioned from this world to the next.

A sweet taste of the World to Come!

How can we judge?

November 7, 2018
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Emuna empowers us to hope and trust in G-d when beset with misfortune. Though we may lack understanding of why we suffer, pain is not ‘senseless’.  Emuna enables us to accept the pain and know intrinsically that somehow, in some way our pain is necessary for our spiritual repair and growth. This awareness and inner faith should help steer us away from assessing our difficulties and judging whether they are good or bad.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Infuse your thoughts with a teaching of Rebbe Nachman ztk’l -> Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.

 

Feeling Secure

November 6, 2018
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We are instructed to serve G-d out of Emuna and Bitachon – clear knowledge that G-d is always with us and steadfast trust that helps us act on that security. Doubts are insidious and often interrupt emuna growth. They may arise out of uncertainty over G-d’s ability to help, or fear of something we believe is greater and more powerful than G-d.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Gently press the indented area between top lip and nose while taking three deep breaths and say “I fully trust in G-d. I am never alone. He is always taking care of me.”

 

There is a reason

November 5, 2018
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The Chofetz Chaim ztk’l teaches that we are brought down into this world for the sole purpose of rectifying the world through recognition and acceptance of G-d as the Creator. It is called a clarity of ’Oneness.’ Emuna enables us to dismiss all doubts about G-d’s existence and the fact that everything that happens to us is for a reason and is for our best.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Give yourself an Emuna hug as you say out loud “I have emuna shleimah that all that G-d does is for the very best”

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