A persons biological make up can change in the blink of an eye. New cells form as other die; every seven years man’s cellular system is created anew. This comes to teach the importance of trusting in renewal; no matter how far we have strayed teshuva is our road back.
In fact teshuva was created before the world was formed. In the words of the RamBam HaKadosh ztk’l in Hilchot Teshuva 87 “Teshuvah serves to draw near to Hashem those who have become distant. Prior to his repentance, the sinful person had been considered despicable before Hashem. And now, when he repents, he is beloved, precious, near to Hashem, a friend.”
The concept of renewal in Torah is vital to Jewish life. We get caught up in everyday problems and forget who we are and why we are here. Believing in the idea that today is not tomorrow and tomorrow is not yesterday drives us to continue forward and feel empowered by what can be and not get stuck in what was.
The mentality of Eisav aka the modern Western world highlights only the ‘top winner’, the richest and most famous. What happened to second place, third place and a good fighting team spirit? Mankind is on the road to perfection – not perfect. What makes humans tick are our strengths and weakness; ups and downs.
We are born with potential which gives each of us a fighting chance to be the best we can be. We invest ourselves and beseech Rachamei Shamayim; Hashem then showers His bracha on all our endeavors.
Reb Yisrael Salanter ztk’l says when it comes to communal work, a person should not expect or even want to win — he just has to try! Putting forth the effort is the only thing that truly matters – the intensity and sincerity of the effort invested.
The meaning of Chazal’s words: “A person thought to do a mitzvah and didn’t do it — it’s considered as if he did it” – If Hashem commands you to do something and you wanted and tried to do so, to Him, your service is perfect. Let us not get frustrated with our ‘failed’ efforts and thoughts that we seemingly ‘fell’. Hashem wants our continued efforts without giving up. At the end that’s all that counts.
What is halacha? Undoubtedly it is more than a list of guidelines. Halacha brings balance and creates a flow to life. By adhering to the halachot of Torah our personalities are trained to desire ethical conduct; human nature is disciplined and emotions willingly embrace moral action. Our soul is naturally drawn to moral behavior; however the body is coarse and does not willingly sing to the souls tune.
The body should enjoy life and feel satisfied yet in a refined manner. Today’s educational system has fallen short of teaching halacha in a way that feeds mind, body and soul to work together in harmony. The ‘inner purpose’ of mitzvot and benefit of tefillah and Torah study is so that our nefesh develops and illuminates G-dliness in the world.
With no doubt halachot were given as a means of conformity yet there is much more depth to them which unfortunately is not emphasized enough. Hashem chose to reveal Himself to us through halachot; we embrace Hashem’s presence by keeping to a life of Torah and mitzvot. Knowing the halachot is vital; however knowing how we personally and the world collectively benefits from them are of no less importance to learn and should be part of our daily curriculum studies.
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“Harofeh l’shvurei lev, u’michabesh l’atzvotam (He Who is the Healer to the brokenhearted will also bind up their wounds”) Tehillim 147:3.
The Ba’al Shem Tov HaKadosh ztk”l teaches that tefilla eventually leads to an elevation of spirit. Tefilla should begin with a lev neeshbar (a broken heart); not a voice of despair but from a voice of hope. A broken heart is in need of mending and dependent on Hashem for fixing.
Tefilla should give us hope as written in Yirmiyahu 14:8; “Mikveh Yisrael Moshiyo be’et Tzara… (O’Mikveh Yisrael, the redeemer thereof in time of difficulties…).” The passuk should be read as m’kaveh (hope Yisrael for you will be redeemed in your time of difficulties).A broken heart anticipates redemption knowing it was, is and will be good. Hashem attends to our wounds of sadness; He showers us with love and care. Let our tefillot be the avenue through which we strengthen our emuna and await for the yeshuot, Amen.
Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Faiga Miriam bas Devora who is undergoing hand surgery today. May Hashem send a complete healing b’mheira among all of Klal Yisrael who are in need of yeshuot v’nechamot, Amen.
The solutions to our problems usuallycome ‘out of nowhere’; most often without our intervention. It comes to teach that we control very little of life’s outcome. Rebbe Akiva ztk’l was known to say: “Kol de’avid Rachmana l’tav avid (All that Hashem does is for the best). Difficult events work themselves out at their own pace and are in sync with Hashem’s master plan. Our challenge is to take hold of our emuna and trust that it is good and will reveal its good in due time.
We cannot judge a single occurrence and stamp it as being ‘bad’ until the entire picture is clearly laid out before us. An analogy to this – think of a tailor who receives beautiful silk to sew a royal gown. The tailor must first draw the appropriate lines over the material to outline the necessary cuts. From an outsider perspective we might want to scream ‘stop’ and question how he dare ‘ruin’ the expensive material. Yet the wise one understands this is a necessary step in creating a splendid garment that will far outweigh the beauty of a roll of material.
Hashem is ‘sewing’ beautiful garments for each of us – tailor made for our ultimate good.
“Habaim le’taheir m’sayim lo m’Shamayim (The one who sanctifies himself below, is sanctified by above (by Hashem).” Chazal teach of the greatness and power of a person’s will and desire in their avodat Hashem. It is incumbent upon us to stir our hearts with a desire to spiritually elevate. One practical way is to find a shiur in your community and commit to attend it on a regular basis excluding unforeseen circumstances. This initiative creates a vessel for Hashem to pour His blessings into and will draw you closer to Him.
Learning Torah is compared to reading a personal letter addressed to you from Avinu She’b’Shamayim. Torah speaks individually to each of us as though sending us guiding words together with a warm hug.
Humans beings are called b’nei adam. The word adam is derived from the Hebrew word adameh (to resemble, emulate). The Gemara in Shabbat states one should emulate Hashem; just as He is compassionate and merciful so should we. We must walk in His ways, walk in His footsteps; “Ma Hu Rachum, af atah rachum, Ma Hu Chanun, af atah chanun”.
The word mitzvah is directly linked to the word tzavta (companionship). Performing mitzvot unites and creates companionship with Hashem. Happy is the one who performs mitzvot with great intent and desire to connect to one’s unlimited G-dliness.
Our Sages teach about the tzaddikim; “le’bam be’rishutom/they are in full control over their hearts”. Additionally written in Pirkei Avot; “who is strong, the one who conquers his inclination (his heart, desire, passion, natural tendencies)”. A strong person is one who is in full control of his emotions.
Actions require intellect; we cannot rely on emotion alone. It is of great importance to think before we act and ask the questions: What am I about to do? Is it worth it? What will I gain or chas v’Shalom lose from it?
For example while experiencing marital challenges it is wise not to inquire about others and their marital experiences at that time as this may stir unconscious feelings of jealousy and resentment towards them. Rather, hold onto positive thoughts and reserve your energy to constructively move forward. Should you need to seek advice use it to rebuild; stay away from self-pity, jealousy or other negative emotions.
Cheshbonot Shamayim (heavenly calculations)are just. The particular struggles we go through are directly designed to assist our souls to grow. They are based on our eternal needs which may not be comfortable to deal with in this world but are for our ultimate good.
Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the complete healing of the mother of one of our daily dose of emuna readers Teresa daughter of Rose. May Hashem send her a complete healing in mind, body and soul soon, Amen.
Prayers for Shalom bayit should be included in all of our daily tefillot and ‘talks’ with Hashem. Undoubtedly marriages experience ups and downs however a vital key to peace is when the wife and husband individually invest time and effort on refining their personal middot.
Feeling fulfilled as an individual enables us to unite with our spouse in a more positive way. The AriZal teaches that our spouse is our tikkun; the way to repair a spiritual fault we hold within our own self.
As Rav Ezriel Tauber shlit”a so eloquently describes marriage, ‘You can’t find peace with your other half if you do not have peace with your first half (meaning within you)’. Hashem knows what is best and sets before us that which we need for our eternal benefit. We are here to spiritually grow and mend our aching nefesh.
Trust Hashem’s plan and rely on His infinite wisdom; we are working for our soul’s eternal good. However we cannot achieve anything on our own and should beseech Hashem’s guidance each and every day for ultimate success in marriage and all of our endeavors.
Every word of tefillah affects the entire world. The kavannah behind the words are:
* Hashem exists
* He hears us
* He is interested in what is happening to us
* He has the power to help us
* He intends for our good
* He acts for our benefit
* And we affirm all of these essential tenets of Jewish faith…with every single word of prayer (R’ Yehudis Goleshevsky)
We are Hashem’s eternal nation. Our covenant is sealed in His holy Torah; this is our eternal connection.
Tefillah helps us recognize that we are totally dependent on Hashem for everything. Tefillah is not just words. Tefillah is emuna!
Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Mordechai Menashe ben Henya Ruchama a father of 5 who was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia r’l. May Hashem shine His healing light onto him and all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.