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Breaking down the Walls

June 26, 2018
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The walls of Jerusalem were breached on the 17th of Tammuz which led to a series of horrific events. One of which was that the Kohanim were unable to continue to bring the offering “Tamid” due to the shortage of sheep. Another that the Roman general Apostomos burned a Torah scroll setting a precedent of burning more Jewish books for centuries to come. In addition, an idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple. All of this led to the ultimate destruction of the Second Temple three weeks later on the 9th of Av.  It is brought down by our wise Sages, that for every year the Third Temple isn’t rebuilt it is as if the Temple was destroyed during that generation.

The Temple is described as the meeting place of Heaven on earth; literally a place where every human being could walk into and just ‘know’ with every fiber of their being that there is no other existence but G-d.  In current times we need to break down many of the walls that separate us from G-d and look through the cracks of the broken concrete to find a glimmer of His presence. How much we have lost and how much we need to yearn and pray for the Heavenly chambers to be rebuilt here on earth once again. We must break down the borders that separate one Jew from another and reside in the same place in one another’s heart.

May we all merit to utilize the 17th of Tammuz to do a personal and thorough soul seach and pray with all of our hearts that G-d redeem us speedily and with abundant mercy.

Was, Is & Will Always Be

June 6, 2018
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Suffering is more unbearable when it feels meaningless or accidental. Viewing suffering in this way may make us feel alone, isolated or unfairly treated. However, when we toil and begin peeling away the layers of emotional pain, we are able to reach our core being and the point of truth connecting us to Borei Olam.

This awareness elevates us to a new dimension – a higher consciousness and understanding of the hand of G-d and Divine Providence behind everything that happened to us in the past. There bitterness can slowly change to sweetness. From weakness we are gradually strengthened.

This increased awareness of Hashem’s presence and love represents our coming out of the darkness of exile (galut hada’at). Finally, we realize we were never alone or abandoned. HaKadosh Baruch Hu was, is and will always be with us. However, it is only now, after we endure this often slow and painful therapeutic process that we are able to accept this truth intellectually and subsequently feel His Presence in our hearts.

From Weakness to Strength

December 9, 2014
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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Devorah Nomi bas Raizel.  May Hashem shower her with complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

One of the difficulties of experiencing emotional pain during childhood is that we experience the trauma before the onset of da’at. Da’at is mental and emotional clarity which generally develops with maturity. Thus, the pain sets in before we develop the necessary tools to maturely and rationally process and deal with the hardship.

Children are often not able to absorb and process their pain as easily as mature adults. Most young children (and adults who have not achieved da’at) do not know how to react to such pain and may either repress their feelings or inappropriately lash out. Suppressed feelings may thus emerge at various points in their lives. They may become more aware of the agony inside, but not necessarily where it is coming from or why they are suffering.

Suffering is more unbearable when it feels meaningless or accidental. Viewing suffering in this way may make us feel alone, isolated or unfairly treated. However, when we toil and begin peeling away the layers of emotional pain, we are able to reach our core being and the point of truth connecting us to Borei Olam. This awareness elevates us to a new dimension – a higher consciousness and understanding of the hand of G-d and Divine Providence behind everything that happened to us in the past. The bitterness can slowly change to sweetness. From weakness we are gradually strengthened.

This increased awareness of Hashem’s presence and love represents our coming out of the darkness of exile (galut hada’at). Finally, we realize were never alone or abandoned. HaKadosh Baruch Hu was, is and will always be with us. However, it is only now, after we endure this often slow and painful therapeutic process that we are able to accept this truth intellectually and subsequently feel His Presence in our hearts.

Hashem Will Answer Us!

December 4, 2014
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Today’s Daily Dose of Emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Moshe ben Shoshana Rochel a beautiful six year old in remission. Please Hashem may he continue to heal and live a long healthy life filled with Torah, mitzvot and Ma’asim Tovim among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering, Amen.

“Ya’ancha Hashem b’yom tzara yesa’gevcha shem Elokei Yaakov (Hashem will answer you in the day of trouble; the Name of the G-d of Yaakov will raise you on high)” (Tehillim 20:2)

“In the day of trouble” – reflects a time of dire need when all the circumstances point to inevitable disaster. Why Yaakov? He was the Patriarch that suffered more than our other Forefathers, according to the Me’am Loez commentary.

Whoever answered him when he was in need, will answer us as well. The recognition, awareness of and trust in Elokei Yaakov will give us the inner strength that we must have to persevere until help will come at last.

Why does the Torah use the name Yaakov as opposed to Yisrael? The Malbim ztk’l teaches that whenever the name Yaakov is mentioned it refers to the common folk. It also applies to the physical aspect of Yaakov’s personality. Yet when the name Yisrael is used it refers to the Torah scholars and righteous among the Jewish people. Essentially Yisrael represents the spiritual aspect; the eternal existence of the Jewish nation.

This fascinating insight into this passuk in Tehillim comes to highlight that Hashem is embracing every Jew at their time of need. He is with each of us, guiding and caring the ‘average’ person, who stumbles and attempts to improve time and time again. Hashem intimately supervises us in this lowly world no matter how low we might have fallen.

A Viewpoint on Suffering

November 20, 2014
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We all experience different challenges throughout our lives…

Some challenges are easy to overcome.

BUT

There are some obstacles that seem impossible to beat…

What is the one big secret that will allow us to overcome every single challenge in life?

In this video below, I will share with you my very personal story of victory

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Orit

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Today’s Daily Dose of Emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of the beautiful neshamot who were injured in yesterday’s horrific terror attack.  May we uplift this time of unity and bring merits to Klal Yisrael by praying for their complete recovery and safety of all Jews around the world, Amen.

Chaim Yechiel ben Malka

Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila

Eitan ben Sarah

Ari ben Bracha

Avraham ben Cherna

Ron ben Ruth

Our lives are a reflection of the lives of our Avot and Imahot.   This week’s parsha Toldot discusses the difficulty of Rivka Imeinu in conceiving.  It is written in the Gemara Tanchuma, “Hashem desires to hear the prayers of the righteous.”

Rationale tells us that it cannot be – how is it that Hashem ‘yearns’ for us to cry out in Tefillah, out of pain and suffering? Yet, when delving further into the words of our holy Sages we come to learn that Hashem ‘longs’ for the greatness and wholesomeness of the righteous which comes as a result of their heartfelt prayers.

Our perception of life is distorted.  Our belief is that Hashem loves us only if we are gifted with all that we need. But our needs are not necessarily beneficial for us in the long term.  Here is the time once again to reiterate that our vision is limited. We are finite beings and can only see the here of this world.  As parents we know that the future is always at the forefront when we guide and care for our children.  We are always relating the impact of what we are doing today to the effect it will have on tomorrow.

Hashem ‘knows’ that we are here on a mission; to partner with our Creator and strive to reveal perfection and G-dliness in everything.  He ‘knows’ that we do not want to leave this world the same way we entered, but in an elevated more perfected state. The challenges of life bring us to look for Hashem and bond with the Only One who is truly able to help; shower us with compassion and embrace us with strength.

Thus it is this place that Hashem awaits us to arrive; to the recognition of Ein od Milvado, there is No One Else But Hashem!!  That is perfection. That is wholeness.  That is the pathway to righteousness.  That is the road every Jew must travel.  Please Hashem may it be b’rachamim, Amen.

To view this week’s shiur on Parshat Toldot and insightful words of consolation on recent events please view HERE.

Lift your eyes

July 2, 2014
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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the memory and honor of our boys Yaakov Naftali ben Rochel Devorah, Eyal ben Iris Teshurah and Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim H’YD.  May they be embraced by the Shechinah HaKedosha and invoke Rachamei Shamayim for Klal Yisrael.  May we stay united in heart and soul and continue the legacy they have carved into our hearts, Amen.  May the families know of no more sorrow.

Precisely since we have such limited understanding we need emuna. We need to access a higher realm of wisdom from which we can draw vitality to live happy meaningful lives. Likutey Moharan writes, “One whose heart is completely with Hashem and his emuna is strong and he has emuna that everything is orchestrated only by Hashem’s will – is always happy, he has no worries or fear of anything.”

When we find ourselves in a corner due to emotional struggles or intellectual confusion we should turn our eyes up toward Hashem. Hashem = it is from You, You love me, it is all for the best! It is only through our emuna that we can endure the most poverty stricken circumstances, not just financially but physically and emotionally.

By continuously implanting into one’s thoughts and eventually melting it into one’s heart that Hashem is with us and guiding us along the path out of His eternal love, is enough to strengthen us through the roughest times. No happenstance – Yes Hashem’s infinite plan for our ultimate best. The pace is preset; all to happen and be revealed in due time.

To view last nights short talk on how to cope with the loss of our boys, click on the link:

It’s Hard to See…

July 1, 2014
Orit Esther Riter

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How can we infuse light into the tragic events of what happened to our boys? Suffering; a word we never wish to explore. We are all faced with a choice particularly these days: reject Hashem c’v or search within the decree itself and find Hashem there.

Even if we cannot come up with clear answers – the fact that we are searching for Hashem amidst the suffering testifies that we believe that the suffering is from Hashem. Consequently, we can delve deeper into our souls and remember that Hashem is our Father, He loves us, and everything somehow, someway serves a higher purpose. There simply is no other way to get through such tragic events. No other way.

Rebbe Nachman ztk’l teaches us that all suffering comes due to our lack of da’at (knowledge of the soul – our ability to sense Hashem’s continuous presence and guidance). Our da’at went into exile together with our physical bodies. We are unable to see that every single event that happens is sent directly by Hashem and for the best.

Our task is to increase our da’at; inject light, clarity and truth where darkness, confusion and injustice appear to be. Without this keen awareness, this heartfelt feeling, we can easily be swayed into believing that Hashem is c’v unjust and faulty in His ways, G-d forbid. Unfortunately this only intensifies the suffering.

The only way to escape this trap of confusion and doubt is through prayer. Through crying out to Hashem, begging Him to reveal His love for the Jewish people, we can return to the belief that everything is from Him and rebuild our da’at, understanding. This carves the path for us to begin to accept everything that happens, even if our minds cannot logically grasp the rationale behind the events.

May we only know of good tidings and revealed good, Amen.

Please share your comments and thoughts.  This is a time to speak out, express and unite.

Don’t weep alone…

June 24, 2014
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Today, 26th of Nissan, is the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel ztk’l and Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma ztk’l.  R’ Yonatan ben Uziel was one of the 80 students who studied in the house of Hillel Hazaken ztk’l. In the Talmud Masechet Sukkah it is written that when birds flew over his head they burned due to the presence of the angels who came to hear Yonason Ben Uziel study Torah. He is best known for his translation of the Prophets, the “Targum, into Aramaic”.  

Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma was a Jewish Tanna in the third generation.  He lived and spread Torah in Caesarea. Once he rejected great wealth, preferring instead to remain in a city of sages. Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma was well respected by the Roman Government and was one of the Sages that ruled against any Jewish rebellion. When he passed away, his funeral was attended by many leading Roman officials. May the tzaddikim serve as holy advocates for Klal Yisrael, Amen.

A Jew who is tormented by his afflictions thinks that he suffers alone as if all his personal afflictions and those of all of B’nei Yisrael do not affect Hashem,c”v. Yeshaya the prophet said, ‘In all their troubles He was troubled,’ and Chazal tell us, ‘When a person suffers, what does the Shechina say? “My head is too heavy for Me, My arm is too heavy for Me.”  When a Yid is afflicted Hashem suffers, as it were, much more than the person does. The reason being that since Hashem is not subject to any limitation, therefore His suffering from Israel’s troubles is also boundless.

Precisely because Hashem is infinite, ‘His suffering’ is infinite and beyond human conception.  The rivers of tears shed by Ahm Yisrael who are in pain are like a mere trickle compared to the ocean that is Hashem’s suffering. He stands with us at every street crossing and knows our fears. There is a reason, and the questions do have answers. Hashem, so to speak, is in His inner chambers weeping, so that one who pushes in and comes close to Him by means of living in a Torah way weeps together with Him and lives Torah with Him. Only this makes the difference, for the weeping and pain a person undergoes by himself, alone, may have the effect of breaking him and bringing him down so that he becomes incapable of doing anything.

But the weeping a person does together with Hashem strengthens him. He weeps, and is strengthened; he is broken, but finds courage to study and teach. It is hard to raise one’s self up, time and again, from the tribulations, but when one is determined, stretching his mind to connect with Hashem, then he enters the inner chambers where the blessed Holy One is to be found; he weeps and wails together with Him, as it were, and finds the strength to study and serve Him.

Today’s Daily Dose of Emuna is dedicated to Tinok ben Nechama a 10 day old baby born with cancer who is now undergoing chemo treatment.  Our hearts are tormented over the difficulties that our brethren and us are coping with.  Please Hashem shine Your revealed goodness onto us and help us come close to You without tragedies, suffering and pain. May Hashem send a complete healing to Tinok ben Nechama amongst all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering in Klal Yisrael, b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

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