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At the end it always makes sense

February 13, 2019
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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.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Hindsight is an exact science.  Look back at the series of events that you have undergone in life and see how you can now connect the dots with more clarity.

Wake up call

February 12, 2019
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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.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Put one hand on your forehead and one hand in the back of your head and calm your thoughts. Think about the path you are traveling towards. What can you change about it to enable more meaning into your life?

 

Everything is a process

February 11, 2019
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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.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Life is a process – everything happens in stages. Let’s appreciate the unfolding of redemption happening in due time at the right pace. However let’s always yearn for it to happen soon.

We’re all in this together…

February 6, 2019
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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.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think about one particular challenge that you currently face and how so many others are confronting the same thing. The collective power of so many people, in so many distant places accumulates and serves as a powerhouse of energy to eventually help one another overcome it.

Small Steps to a Big Picture

February 5, 2019
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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.

Feel & Heal Exercise:

Think about the small touches you add to a cake to make it look beautiful or the sauce you baste the chicken with to make it taste better and realize that each small thing you do in life adds so much more than the effort invested into it.

The Heels of Mashiach

February 4, 2019
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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:

Think about the ‘last minute jobs’ needed to be complete just before Shabbat enters. These are the finishing touches that make the Shabbat experience all the more unique. This resembles the time we currently live in.

No One Else …

January 30, 2019
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There is a simple yet proven practice brought down by Rav Chaim m’Volozhin ztk’l that empowers us to live with strong emuna and acceptance. It is founded on the principle that nothing controls our destiny but G-d. Thus Rav Chaim taught that by repeating the words Ein od Milvado (there is none other than Him) and implanting in our heart there is no other force but G-d; we can break free of any encounter that manipulates our connection with Him.

Thus is the power of emuna and bitachon. Fundamentally, emuna is the constant practice of reminding ourselves how much G-d loves and cares for us even if life is not exactly what we hoped for. Talk to G-d, air out your concerns, you may not be granted your requests but you will certainly gain a tremendous feeling of closeness and feel His loving embrace.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Remind yourself today how much G-d loves and cares for you; in fact He loves you like no other!

It’s All Love

January 29, 2019
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Think about it – G-d is watching, caring, protecting, safeguarding and waiting to hear from you at every moment. Rav Tzaddok HaCohen of Lublin ztk’l teaches that a fundamental part of having emuna in G-d is the belief that He is looking out for our ultimate best. It might come out in the form of tough love, but “tough love is also love.”

It is all in the attitude. As we infuse our mind and heart with the understanding that our Creator loves us to no limit, we equip ourselves with the necessary tools to accept all challenges as being for our best. Difficulties should be seen as ‘repairing kits’ that shift our mode of thinking; not as measures to cause us anguish. From here we learn the importance of a positive approach; it is all good, a blessing in disguise.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think about a time when you needed to say ‘no’ in order for the other to experience a ‘yes’ in their life (a better outcome would come by telling them ‘no’). That is the meaning of tough love, for a better result to arise in its place.

What’s Missing

January 28, 2019
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Often we get disappointed when our requests go unanswered. When a person is left with an unsatisfied desire, they naturally fall into a state of worry, frustration and protest. However, what is really causing this negativity to creep into one’s life? A sense of lacking; ‘There’s something missing.’ When we feel a void we erroneously believe that things are not going ‘as they should.’

An important thing to remember is that G-d fulfills all of our desires, all of our true desires, to the degree that is perfectly fit for us. He knows our size and our fit and gives us what we need according to the ‘size’ of our neshama. A person’s real ratzon and desire is directly linked to that which he really needs; what his soul needs.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think to yourself: could it be that what you currently want is not good for you or can ultimately lead to a greater challenge?

Desires, desires…

January 23, 2019
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‘Ein k’Ahmcha Yisrael’ – Ahm Yisrael is holy. On the tip of most Jewish tongues, regardless of their Torah observance, or how difficult one’s situation is, the words ‘Baruch Hashem’ is found, words that profess gratitude and emuna. In this merit, Ahm Yisrael experiences bitachon and happiness and are able to cope with life’s challenges.

Emuna refers to trusting in Hashem’s ability to help and guide us through every circumstance; it does not mean that G-d will deliver what we desire. It is important to understand this well; emuna is belief in G-d’s intimate interaction in our lives however not that G-d will fulfill our wants.

Feel and heal exercise of the day:

Think to yourself “what might be a possible ‘G-dly’ reason for not ‘receiving’ one of my desires that I have been praying for.” Allow yourself to expand your vision on seeing how this may be a positive delay.

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