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Hashem’s Beloved

March 18, 2019
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“For B’nei Yisrael, the nation close to Him” written in Shir HaShirim refers to Hashem’s great love and closeness with us. We are called Hashem’s ‘twin’ which expresses how Hashem shares the pain we might suffer. 

We are even referred to as Hashem’s inheritance She’ereet Nachalato, an extension of His place and a sense of kingship with Him. Our pain is His pain and in many places in the Torah our pain is described as unbearable for Him to beset.

Yet, in order to hasten the redemption and enable the end of the exile, each of us must also feel the collective pain of the other and the pain of Hashem at the forefront of it all. In doing so, we come closer to Him and enable Him, so to speak, to put an end to it.

Feel and heal exercise:

Hashem wants us to unite as one, as we were and know we should be. Let’s make an effort to empathize with our fellow Jew. 

Five Powers

March 13, 2019
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The Vilna Gaon ztk’l teaches in his commentary on Berachot that man posseses five powers
1) pulling power – when the food reaches his throat to pull it into the body
2) power to hold – hold the food so that it does not exit immediately and leave us unsatiated
3) power to digest 
4) power to distribute – through which the body is nourished
5) power to reject – discard waste

Each one of these powers is contradictory yet they all work together in a coordinated fashion – for this we praise G-d’s wisdom for fashioning man so perfectly in the prayer Asher Yatzar.

Feel and heal exercise:

Let us contemplate the wonders of the body’s physical functioning at least once a day.

THE Healer

March 12, 2019
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Why does the end of the bracha Asher Yatzar call Hashem “Healer of all flesh” – healing is referred to a state of malfunction when something has to be repaired? Instead should it not just continue to theme of praising Hashem for the wondrous wisdom of the body He created?

Essentially, the wording of the bracha speaks of the malfunctioning and problems that the body takes care of on its own. We praise Hashem for creating a body with systems that can detect and treat them directly. The immune system goes to work and the body goes into self-protection mechanism naturally. How wonderful Hashem our Healer is!

Feel and heal exercise:

Meditate over the fact that the body heals itself naturally. At the very moment a person gets a cut, the body begins to send healing to the wound, without any outside intervention.

Pure Soul

March 11, 2019
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Our soul emanates from the purest source, from the Holy Throne itself. 

Therefore when we refer to the soul, we are speaking of that part itself that came down directly from Hashem in its purity – it was created, fashioned and breathed into each of us. In addition, it is preserved within us while sojourning in this world, will be taken after the body dies and restored in the future.

For that and so much more we should be grateful and recite our blessings with even more intent and focus.

Feel and heal exercise:

When a person feels alone and afraid the words “I’ve got your back” really calms him. Hashem ‘has our back” always!

One in the same!

March 6, 2019
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What is the deeper meaning behind showing compassion towards another?  We need to first remind ourselves of the deep spiritual connection all Jews have with one another. We are one, literally one being, made from the same G-dly ‘stuff’ -> a singular entity, one soul. Ya’akovs household is referred to in singular in contrast to Eisav’s family in plural (nefesh vs. nafshos, parshat Vayigash).

Even if we are not conscious of this special union of souls in Heaven we are all intertwined. Every Jew has within himself a portion of every other Jew for which he is responsible. In showing compassion towards another Jew we are in effect showering it upon ourselves.  We are all one in the same!

Feel & heal exercise of the day:

Consider how one part of your body interacts with another and is dependent on the other. It is exactly the same when it comes to interacting with another Jew. 

Life on Auto-Pilot

March 5, 2019
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Do you feel as though you sometimes pray on auto-pilot? You actually find yourself in the middle of your prayer not knowing how you got there? If so, who moved your lips – what conscious aspect of you was speaking?

It is though there is a split between higher and lower consciousness – the mouth knows what to say without the conscious mind recognizing that it is coming from you.

Essentially, this confirms how it is only Hashem who opens our mouth and enables us to speak.  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that Hashem empowers every ability and guides us through life, many times without us even noticing it. 


Feel & heal exercise of the day:

Pay attention to your ‘auto pilot’ mode today and let out a heartfelt thank you to Hashem in recognition that He was the one driving you wherever you needed to go!

Before we begin…

March 4, 2019
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Before we begin our Amidah we say “Hashem, open my lips…” Our intent is that we stand before our G-d with our desire to come close and attach ourselves to His presence. However, we recognize our limitations and know that whatever we do is a partnership between us.

We form our will, ideas and even the feelings out of what Hashem has already given us; essentially we take the raw potential and shape it into prayer energy (or any energy for that matter).

The highest form we can shape is called praise. How do we glorify Him? We take what Hashem gives us and become a living manifestation of His essence.

Feel and heal exercise:

Concentrate on the exalted idea of praising Hashem through your own will, thoughts, speech, feelings and action and how you can implement any of that in your daily life.

Think, feel & do

February 27, 2019
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The Sfat Emet explains the three terms of “And if you will walk in My statures and keep my mitzvot and do them” (Vayikra 26:3) as corresponding to thought, speech and deed. These three allude to the three worlds of which each Jew has a portion and each is rectified by means of the mitzvot. When we think, speak and act upon the mitzvot with all of our mind, heart and soul we repair the physical and spiritual limbs of our being.

This gives great pleasure to Hashem particularly because we are commanded to do so and we accepted it as an obligation. As at Mount Sinai when the Jewish Nation accepted the Torah Hashem gave us two crowns for accepting the mitzvot whatever they may be – we shall do and we shall listen.

Feel and heal exercise:

Put your right hand over your forehead and your left hand over your heart and feel your thoughts move to your heart through your hand with the intention to move the knowledge of Hashem’s everlasting presence into your heart (move that which you know into your heart).

 

 

Just mentioning His Name

February 26, 2019
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The Yesod V’Shoresh HaAvoda writes that Hashem’s 4 letter name is the basis of all the other Names; all of the Names, spheres, worlds and chariots on every plane of existence; they are held, arranged and carried by It. When His name is merely mentioned  there is a shaking throughout the Heavens and Earth literally throughout the universe.

According to the Vilna Gaon ztk’l we should take precaution when we mention His awesome name since Hashem considers Himself hidden and is revealed through His creation. We must be fully conscious of the revelation of His presence as much as possible and therefore pay extra attention when mentioning His name.

Feel and heal exercise:

Pay attention, even if just once a day, to the fact that Hashem is with you, right now, right here just by you mentioning His name in a bracha you recite.

Great is Your faithfulness…

February 25, 2019
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How wonderful it is that Hashem gives our souls back to us every morning although we have tainted it since the morning before. G-d keeps offering us chance after chance to repair the previous damage.

In Yaarot Dvash, R’ Yonatan Eibeshutz teaches that we learn how much our hearts must fill with gratitude to G-d when we thank Him every morning for compassionately returning our souls to us. Everyday there are a new set of decrees and yet we proclaim that we trust in G-d that the new decrees will be for the very best.

Feel and heal exercise:

Think about the idea that everyday we get a chance to renew our spirits mentally, emotionally and spiritually … what compassion G-d has for us in enabling a sense of renewal to enter into our lives every morning!

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