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Heels of Redemption

November 26, 2018
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The Torah refers to the End of Days Ikveh d’Meshicha, the heels of the Mashiach. The AriZal points out that a heel is a seemingly unimportant part of the body that does not appear to contribute to our higher spiritual or intellectual faculties. The whole body steps on it and it steps on dirt. Nevertheless, the heel is essential since all of our body relies on it and stands on it.

Past generations laid down the groundwork for the upcoming redemption. Our generation is considered to represent the heel of the Mashiach. Our job is to complete the process of preparation for redemption, tying the last loose ends together in order to usher in the Mashiach, B’H.

Feel & heal exercise of the day ~

Think about your past family generations and how much they sacrificed to keep the Jewish tradition alive.  They laid the foundation on which you and I now firmly stand.  Take a moment to thank G-d for their vital part in the redemption process.

Bolts & Nuts

November 21, 2018
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For many of us the “End of Days” represents a time of harsh Divine decrees. Heavenly prosecutors will attempt to force us to reach a point of teshuva and bring justice for transgressions committed. Many of us are currently confronting surprisingly harsh challenges and nisayonot. Though these penalties may seem cruel or unjust, we must remember that we are not privy to Divine calculations.

We do not have the ability to understand the inner workings of the Divine machine the direction that the bolts and nuts turn or the purpose behind each tiny nail and screw. Thus, it is our emuna that will buoy us to believe that there is purpose to every part, twist and turn, of the Divine machine of life and that it is all for our ultimate best.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think about a time when you looked back in hindsight at a situation and recognized that there was an aspect you weren’t able to see at the time but was able to see clearer at a later time. Let this thought uplift your emuna and infuse light into a difficult situation you are currently facing.

 

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.

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!

Geula Time

October 30, 2018
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Geula is an unfolding of events leading to the revelation of the presence of Hashem. Geula is related to the word “giluy” which means revelation. The Malbim ztk’l teaches when the redemption arrives we will all be in a state of “gila” (happiness) – a place of renewed happiness that we have never experienced before. This joy will come as a result of discovering that Hashem has always been in our lives and that His love is everlasting.

Feel & heal exercise of the day

Spend a few moments thinking about a time when you discovered a new aspect to an incident or of a person that brought you a sense of joy.

20/20 Vision

July 26, 2017
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The basic tenet of emuna is taught in Megillat Eicha (3:38), “From Shamayim does not emerge evil…” Evil does not have a hold on existence; all that comes from Hashem is either revealed or hidden good but still it is all good. Correct spiritual vision involves piercing the surface of all that we see and look beneath. Indeed this is one of life’s greatest challenges.

There is a higher truth and a greater good that we are meant to see and experience. Truthful vision is born out of emuna; trusting there is goodness hiding inside the seemingly bad. Indeed this is the pathway from exile to redemption, lifting the veil of reality and revealing the loving-kindness of Hashem’s handiwork.

So long as we are in exile, we live a broken existence. Our greatest challenge is to trust there is wholesomeness ‘behind the scenes.’ Hashem ‘left’ the world unfinished so we may co-partner in the creative process and improve the world and ourselves. If we see the world as ‘bad’ it is because we are in the middle of an existing reality not yet complete. We cannot take one element and discard the rest but should remember that we are on the way to completing the picture.

Hashem’s intentions are pure and wholesome when they leave Shamayim. He leaves a part of creation unfinished for us to uplift and repair. In doing so, we perfect our vision and bring about our own redemption.

The Process of Geula

February 24, 2016
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Rav Yechezkel Levenstein ztk’l teaches:
“If this is the era of Mashiach, a lot of effort is required since a person must prepare himself in order to be worthy to merit those days. He must acquire awe and knowledge of Hashem, a taste of spirituality, a connection to good middot. Then he may receive what is to be handed out in the days of Mashiach. Our task is to make ourselves into a proper receptacle.”
Geula is an unfolding of events leading to the revelation of the presence of Hashem. Geula is related to the word “giluy” which means revelation. The Malbim ztk’l teaches when the redemption arrives we will all be in a state of “gila” (happiness) – a place of renewed happiness that we have never experienced before. This joy will come as a result of discovering that Hashem has always been in our lives and that His love is everlasting.
Though Hashem was, is and will always be with us, the difficulty of galut is that we cannot perceive Him readily. We are never alone. Before the geula arrives, we must believe that Hashem is with us He is keeping a detailed account of reward and obligation, but He still loves us. He wants us to turn to Him and bring Him into our exile.

When we experiences challenges – such as marriage problems, illness or problems with children – we need to remind ourselves of His loving Presence. It is vital to avoid blaming others or ourselves for these challenges, since this blame drags us back into Galut. Though something may appear to be going wrong, we must have emuna that it is perfectly in sync with Hashem’s Divine calculations. We are all traveling on a path to geula. Let’s allow the realisation of the future gila we will all experience in geula fuel our current state of simcha now!

Suffering Birth Pangs

February 17, 2016
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When a Jew leaves this world and fails to repair a transgression via teshuva or yissurim (difficulties, hardships and challenges of life), their sin weighs down the whole of the Klal (community). The Klal then have to rectify the damage caused by that sin. Hashem created this world so it ‘naturally’ continues to perfect itself until the ultimate perfection of Mashiach.

The world must experience ‘birth pangs’ before the coming of Mashiach in order to lessen the burden of these unrepaired sins of the Klal. The entire nation must be cleansed of transgressions before the geula. This process of rectification perfects Jewish souls and brings us closer to Mashiach.

The Vilna HaGaon ztk’l teaches that if it were not for yissurim, we would not be able to stand in the Next World. Our merits and misdeeds are weighed. And our merits are lightened since they are often done with a lack of sincerity and joy. In contrast, our misdeeds are heavy since often they are committed with desire and excitement.

The word yissurim is derived from the word ‘mussar’ (rebuke). Discomfort, challenges and hardships are ‘wake-up’ calls to convey the message that we are currently ‘traveling down the wrong path’. Such wake-up calls are actually a Divine chesed, enabling us the opportunity to pay merely pennies on a one million dollar debt. Though each nisayon hurts, we can soften the impact by reminding ourselves that Hashem sends us these challenges to enable us to ‘pay down our debt’ and reach perfection.

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 Hashem ‘Why?’ Hashem replied, “Where were you when I created the world?” Iyov then realized the immeasurable distance between creature and the Creator.

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.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Rivka bat Chaya, a Mother of 3 little kids with stage 4 breast cancer.  Hashem Yirachem, Maleh Rachamim, please may Rivka bat Chaya among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering merit a complete healing b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

 

 

Heels of the Mashiach

February 16, 2016
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The Torah refers to the End of Days Ikveh d’Meshicha, the heels of the Mashiach. The AriZal points out that a heel is a seemingly unimportant part of the body that does not appear to contribute to our higher spiritual or intellectual faculties. The whole body steps on it and it steps on dirt. Nevertheless, the heel is essential since all of our body relies on it and stands on it.

Past generations laid down the groundwork for the upcoming redemption. Our generation is considered to represent the heel of the Mashiach. Our job is to complete the process of preparation for redemption, tying the last loose ends together in order to usher in the Mashiach, B’H.  The Shomer Emunim ztk’l teaches that this generation has the opportunity to rectify all past misdeeds of all of past lives since the beginning of time. As it is always darkest before the dawn, our generation is faced with intense nisyonot and temptations.  Yet, by overcoming such challenges we will be able to uplift all things past and welcome the redemption.

There is an entire Divine master plan which we are not privy to see. In our finiteness as humans we see only countless points and elements with no common ground. However, each separate minute element is vital to the overall picture. Picture an ant working tirelessly to move a grain of dirt in front of her so she can move forward. Her vision is blocked from what lies a foot in front of her. Her load is miniscule compared to the mound of earth piled around a tree stump just a few feet in front of her. And she cannot even fathom the fact that there lies a forest 50 feet ahead of her. She sees and focuses only that which is in front of her. Yet, overcoming her individual challenge is crucial to enabling her to reach that forest along with the other ants.

We may not see the ‘big picture’. Yet, we can be rest assured that there is something bigger and greater out there. We must focus on our individual challenges and victories, trusting that by completing our unique tikkun we are moving towards our final destination. Let’s trust the Divine process. Let’s patiently complete our own tikkun, overcoming our personal nisyonot in order to help usher the geula as it unfolds before our very own eyes.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Sarah bat Dina a soon-to-be-Kallah who was seriously injured in this weeks bus accident in Yerushalayim.  May Hashem envelop her with a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

 

 

From the Lowest Lows to the Highest Highs

January 13, 2016
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Hashem in His infinite wisdom foretells the difficulty of our generation.  The evil inclination tends to have a strong grip and we are likely to transgress and stray from our holy task. In addition our strength wanes by the day with every hardship we experience.  To this end Hashem supports us unceasingly as written in Sefer Yishayahu (50:10) “…yivtach ba’shem Hashem v’yishaein b’Elokav (…let him trust in the name of Hashem and lean on His G-d).” The Navi teaches a lesson in emuna when reality appears dim: do not despair but lean and rely only on Hashem.

Yeshayahu receives the gift of powerful emuna from his father Yehuda ben Yaakov Avinu. Therefore it is from the tribe of Yehuda that Melech HaMashiach will descend with a supernatural ability to spread ratzon Hashem to the Jewish people, in spite of the nisyonot and challenges in emuna.

It is important to understand that if we were judged with din, without taking into account the current battle we face to maintain our holiness; many of our merits would not be enough. However, when the challenges of our generation are put on the scale, the judgment is softened and we are granted compassion.  The tremendous zechut of Klal Yisrael is our unwavering emuna and steady trust in Hashem in spite of what may appear as unjust, chas v’Shalom.

Sefer Shmuel Alef makes an astounding statement describing our generation.  We are living in the times of “Mekeem m’afar dal, mai’ashpot yarim evyon (Hashem lifts the needy from the dust and raises the poor from the rubbish).” Our generation is experiencing a low point, as compared to the dust of the earth. Yet we learn here, when we recognize that it is only Hashem that can save us, we will be uplifted to the utmost spiritual levels and experience the greatest joy.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Tzipporah bat Tzirel.  May Hashem grant her with a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen

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