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The Chesed Fund

October 20, 2016
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“Tzedakah is more than giving money ~ When done properly it shows empathy and compassion toward the person or cause you give to.”

Thousands worldwide have experienced what the Daily Dose of Emuna has done ~ 
Torah learning, care and emotional personal support, chesed support & activities and kiruv to name a few.  

With Hashem’s guidance the Daily Dose of Emuna began it’s Emuna teaching 6 years ago,  a year after my family and I made Aliyah.  I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006 while pregnant with my last child.   I am a trained chef by profession and could no longer work due to the physical pain.   Our home went into foreclosure and savings gone towards everyday living expenses. We made Aliyah with the last bit of money we had.

At first I tried to work but couldn’t physically with my ongoing MS relapses.   My husband does the catering now and learns. We go more into debt everyday.

I asked myself where does Hashem want me to go with this? I knew Hashem wanted me to grow in other ways and began to learn and write Emuna posts.  Before I knew it thousands of women were signing up and still do ’til today.  We were always the givers,  now we are the receivers.  This too is a great lesson in growth and avodah. I get calls and requests for emotional, spiritual and financial support everyday.

B’H I have the privilege to teach emuna, author Emuna emails and latest book ‘Turnaround – 180 degrees in 180 days’ and personally mentor everyday.   With your help the important work will continue.

Your donations are very much needed and truly appreciated.

Donations of $5, $10, $20 or anything is vital for the Daily Dose of Emuna to keep doing its work.

Every bit helps. Tizku l’mitzvot. Thank you. 


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Come Back …

October 10, 2016
Orit Esther Riter
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The daily dose of emuna will be taking a break until the beginning of Cheshvan. Wishing everyone inspiration throughout the chagim and continuous emuna, strength, clarity and happiness, Amen.

In a quiet voice we tell Hashem, “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I do not want to fall again.” The mitzvah of teshuva enable us to cleave to Hashem in the most profound way.

Everyday a voice cries out from Har Chorev pleading with us to ‘Come Back’.  The Besht ztk’l teaches that we hear that voice within our hearts; it appears as thoughts of remorse and drives us to repent. Oy, if we heard that voice; we wouldn’t bear the pain. However there is shell of insensitivity that surrounds us and we often may not even feel the loss.  Yom Kippur places us ‘face to face’ standing before Hashem; in that merit our hearts are stirred with emotion and we hear the cry from Har Sinai.

On Yom Kippur, during the days of the Beit HaMikdash we were filled with da’at, an intimate knowledge of the value of cleaving to Hashem. We felt anguish and an intense yearning to bond once again with Hashem; this brought us to genuinely repent.

Although we have yet to merit the building of our Beit HaMikdash we should be consoled by the knowledge that Hashem ‘cherishes’ our teshuva so much, that our transgressions turn into merits.  We must grow strong in our resolve to do teshuva and desire a closer more meaningful relationship with Hashem.

The daily dose of emuna will be taking a break until the beginning of Cheshvan. Wishing everyone inspiration throughout the chagim and continuous emuna, strength, clarity and happiness, Amen.


The Everlasting Bond

October 9, 2016
Orit Esther Riter
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A Jewish King shares the heart and mind of the Jewish people.  In that vein as servants the Jewish people should feel connected to their king and ‘naturally’ desire to do what the king asks.   The Jewish King always has his people’s best interest in mind.

Being that Hashem is our King our minds should ‘think alike’ and our hearts should ‘feel’ the same.  This perfect alignment draws down abundant blessings onto us and the Klal.  In fact this is the concept of living with Mashiach; bringing into line our will with Hashem’s will. When the King rules His subjects must surrender to His governing. The collective soul-energy of one nation with one desire draws down immense Divine light into the world.

On Rosh Hashanah we surrender our soul to Hashem and accept Him as our King. During the ten days of teshuva we offer heartfelt prayers of regret over our sins; thereby giving our hearts to Hashem.  On Yom Kippur we surrender our body by giving up food, drink and bodily pleasure.

As a result of the avodah we did in Elul, over Rosh Hashanah and B’H will do during the ten days, we completely surrender all three levels of our soul and merit to break down all barriers that might have separated us from bonding with Hashem.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated L’iluy nishmat Chava bat Chana a’h. May her soul bask in the Divine radiance among all the righteous who have departed from this world, Amen.


Break Down the Barriers

September 28, 2016
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As we remove the negative traits we make room for Hashem’s love to enter and our desire to bond to Him increases.  The reason being self-discipline is the tool which breaks the yetzer hara and breaks down the barriers that block Hashem’s presence.

The call of the teruah is not only the call of Hashem to us but also our call to Hashem.  The tekiah is a long unbroken blast, the shevarim are three blows and the teruah is nine blasts.  The tekiah represents a sigh of love, the shevarim symbolizes a sort of groan that comes before the tears and the teruah is similar to uncontrollable sobbing.

The teruah is seen as a fusion of love and awe which brings Klal Yisrael to sigh over the lack of revealed Kingship in this world.

The shevarim are felt in the form of Hashem great fiery love for us to which we let out groans and tears.

The teruah injects us with Hashem’s great love which causes us to love Hashem even more leading to a greater love between us.

The powerful sounds of the Shofar should fill us with awe mixed with great longing to return to Gan Eden where we felt Hashem’s closeness and love and never doubted His continuous presence.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Rav Yaakov ben Chaya Fradl Esther.  May Hashem bless him with a complete healing b’riut hanefesh v’b’iut haguf among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.


The Shofar from a Different Angle

September 27, 2016
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There is a special feeling during the month of Elul and subsequent ten days of repentance. This atmosphere makes it easier for us to awaken the inner longing for attachment to Hashem. We should strive to feel “There is only You Hashem in this world.” This love is in concealment at this time, but it still exists.

The sounds of the shofar allude to love. This sound is meant to cause us to call out to Hashem and not chas v’Shalom to bring judgment on us. In fact the teruah expresses joy as it is closely related to the word hari’u, to shout for joy. The mystical books teach that although the sound of the Shofar reminisces a lament it causes Ahm Yisrael to draw Hashem’s love to them. Joy can also be released by shedding tears.

Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday which the moon is hidden. This hints to the idea that Hashem’s love is constricted. In spite of that our love for Hashem burns strong in our heart. In fact due to the experience of Hashem’s awe we become more aware of His presence.

The essence of Rosh Hashanah is not judgment but to awaken our desire to bond to Hashem. This can be learned by seeing the word teruah as related to the word reut, friendship and bonding. Through hearing the Shofar we merit uniting with Hashem in the most profound way.


4 Elements of Judgment

September 26, 2016
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Judgment is perceived in a negative form; however there are great benefits to it.  The Malbim ztk’l brings down that when Klal Yisrael does teshuva in recognition of the possibility of harsh decrees; Hashem annuls the difficulties.

There are countless other benefits to why there is judgement:

  • Judgment was given to Klal Yisrael out of love. Judgment filters falsehood from our midst and enables us to properly do cheshbon hanefesh. As a result we can come closer to our truth; Hashem’s monogram.
  • Judgment enables us to more readily accept Hashem’s decrees. When we fail to properly asses our spiritual standing we are not conscious of our faults.  There we run the risk of feeling we were treated unfairly and unjustly.
  • Self-judgment: when a person judges herself in this world, the higher court does not judge her. Each transgression is judged and ruled upon once. For certain, our ruling will be softer than the heavenly tribune.
  • The Alter of Kelm ztk’l explains that our tefillot of Rosh Hashanah begin with the words “Avinu Malkeinu” – first Avinu Our Father and then Malkeinu Our King. We see Hashem as a warm loving Father yet are also accountable for our wrongdoings.  Judgment takes place by a Father who ‘desires’ the best for His children.

Judgment may be uncomfortable, but it comes from a place of Infinite love.  The message of judgment, “I care enough about you to look deeply into your lives and see where you are holding.”

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Esther Hadassah bat Chana. May Hashem bless her with a complete healing b’riut hanefesh v’b’iut haguf among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.


Teshuva & Elul ~ Part III

September 21, 2016
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We may begin this month of Elul with our backs turned away from Hashem, wondering whether Hashem has ‘turned His back’ on us as well. Yet, if we turn around, we will see that Hashem is still facing us, with endless compassion, patience and grace.

Healthy relationships are built on unconditional giving, treating others’ needs as equivalent to our own. Unfortunately, our yetzer hara often puts the ‘me’ in front of the ‘you’, leading us to become frustrated or disappointed in life and how we are treated. Elul is the month to minimize our egos, this part of us that likes to ‘play G-d.’ Instead, we can strive to place Hashem’s needs before our own.

Hashem created teshuva before He created existence. He knows we are not perfect and that we need a method to ‘return’ to Him. The Zohar teaches that there are 3 powerful tefillot (all in Tehillim): tefilla l’Dovid, tefilla ;l’Moshe and tefilla l’Ani. Yet, even more exalted than the tefillah of Dovid HaMelech or Moshe Rabbeinu are the prayers of the “ish ani”, the downtrodden and broken-hearted man. Hashem considers a person who prays heartfelt words of desire to come back to Him and repair the damage he caused via his transgressions as the most beloved of all!


Teshuva & Elul – Part 2

September 20, 2016
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Despite the daunting nature of facing our sins and the spiritual work we may need to do during the days of Elul, embedded in this month is also a remarkable opportunity for closeness to Hashem. The energy of this month is represented by the words “Ani l’Dodi v’Dodi li” (I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me).

But why don’t we always feel and intense love and closeness to Hashem? Hashem is always yearning to be close to us. It is only our sins that block us from this closeness. During the year our egos blocks our hearts or souls and therefore we struggle to feel Hashem’s love for us and our love for Him. However, in Elul when we manage to confront our sins and admit our mistakes, we are humbling our egos and admitting “We need You Hashem in our lives. We can’t live without You anymore!” This ego-busting, humbling process of repentance serves as the most powerful force to clear the block between our hearts and Hashem.

Rav Kook ztk’l teaches that there is a flow of life force that emanates from the soul’s longing to purify the world. Our souls desire to do teshuva even while we transgress, since our soul knows the truth that constantly cleaving and connecting to Hashem is our greatest true desire. We want to trust in Hashem, yet we are in conflict when we feel we ‘need’ certain things that Hashem does not ‘give to us’. We think to ourselves, “Surely we know ourselves and our needs best?”

Actually, deep inside our neshamot know that Hashem knows best. Though our souls know what we need, we are blinded by our body. Hashem knows our needs better than we do. His restrictions are His way of protecting us. Hashem has infinite wisdom and is the Source of creation. As we increase our emuna, we repair our relationship with Hashem and learn to trust that He sees everything and knows what is in our bests better than we do.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Chaya Raizel bat Dina. May Hashem bless her with a complete healing b’riut hanefesh v’b’iut haguf among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.


Teshuva & Elul ~ Part I

September 19, 2016
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We are all in need of tremendous rachamei Shamayim, both individually and collectively as a Jewish nation. It is a mitzvah to respond to every crisis which we face by crying out to Hashem in tefilla.

All our emptiness and feeling of lack originally stems from a lack of spirituality. Our neshamot are crying to be heard and paid attention. Teshuva is a gift which is the antidote to this spiritual sickness. “For I am Hashem who heals you” (Exodus 15:26). As we come to understand ourselves and strive to fulfil ourselves spiritually, we bring comfort to our soul.

Elul represents 29 days of fixing and restoring our broken marriage with Borei Olam. Repairing our relationship with Hashem starts with 3 simple words, “I’m sorry”. We have 29 days to explore our true state, our misdemeanors, and to outline the reasons why we are sorry.

Elul represents a spiritual turning point of the year. It is a time of self-accounting and contemplation reflected through prayers and the blowing of the shofar. We seek refuge in Hashem and hope that He will hear our heartfelt prayers and accept our true regret.

During Elul, we can ask ourselves deep and honest questions such as:

  • Am I upset with Hashem, chas v’Shalom?
  • Do I have complaints?
  • Do I need to ‘forgive’ Hashem before He forgives me?
  • In what areas do I continue to make mistakes?
  • What can I do to improve?

The AriZal teaches that the true Elul experience is the fleeing of one’s sins in fear and desperation and the search for Divine protection. Rav Soloveitchik ztk’l teaches that the selichot we daven during Elul are different than everyday tefillot. They are a tza’aka (a deep cry). Selichot are more intense and compulsive. They are encapsulated by the words, “Aneinu Hashem Aneinu!” a plea for Hashem to answer us.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Eliyah ben Yeshua. May Hashem bless him with a complete healing b’riut hanefesh v’b’iut haguf among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

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