Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Chaya bat Baya who is suffering for over 8 years with the machala (cancer). She is one of the driving forces behind the 40 day modesty campaign beginning this coming Sunday, Dec. 13th. Please take the time to sign up and share it with others. Your participation is so important. CLICK HERE for more information. May Hashem shower Chaya bat Baya with a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering, b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.
This coming Sunday, Dec. 13th I will present our first ever FREE LIVE EMUNA teleconference
TOPIC: Emuna & Geula 101
I have received so many emails asking questions about the current situation and how to keep our emuna strong. B’H we will address this and much more during the 45 minute teleconference, leaving room for Q & A at the end.
Start time: 9:00 pm, Israel time
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Yesterday we learned the importance of keeping our emuna strong in the face of gloom. A tough battle, it is one which cannot be won under natural circumstances. The Jewish people cannot fight physical wars without the help of Hashem. What leads us to triumph?
The Jewish people triumph when we are spiritually strong. Victory begins where ego ends! Whether we are fighting personal battles or national conflicts, we need to recognize that the impossible is possible so long as we acknowledge that all results come from the Divine will. Hashem controls everything! Chanukah teaches that no matter how dark and gloomy our situation, anything is possible as long as we take the first step for Hashem’s sake. For instance, we stand a great chance of meriting revealed siyatta d’shmaya (G-dly assistance) if we undertake a genuine act of mesirut nefesh (self-sacrifice) – an act which seems too difficult or defies human logic. But in order to receive this Divine Assistance, we must take that first step outside our comfort zone!
If we have invested normal measures of hishtadlut (effort) but the way is still blocked and there still appears no relief, we must try to completely give ourselves over to ratzon (the will of) Hashem. Practically speaking, this may include letting go of our worries and uplifting our bitachon, increasing our connection to Hashem by growing in another area of Yiddishkeit, or continuing to live life as though the solution has already materialized.
At the time of Channukah, the Maccabbim recognized that Ahm Yisrael was in great spiritual danger. Logically, it seemed like a war they could not possibly win. And so they undertook the illogical instead. The Maccabbim let go of their worries, stepping out into the battlefield and placing their bitachon in Hashem’s hands. Their act of courage demonstrated their internal trust in Hashem to fight the war against the Greeks. In return for surrendering their limited human strength, they received G-dly supernatural powers to win an impossible war.
Time and again, when a person finds himself in danger or being tested to go outside his natural habitat, he is given super powers that he knows are not his or humanly possible. So too when we let go and let in G-d, we receive strength to cope, hope and survive under the most difficult of circumstances.
Hashem is waiting to pour down miracles for those who have the emuna to surrender their nefesh (self-sacrifice). Knowing that there is no one to rely on but HaKadosh Baruch Hu was and is the miracle of Chanukah!
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