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Hoda’ah and Hallel

December 14, 2015
Orit Esther Riter

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Today’s daily dose of emuna is for the complete healing of Moshe ben Itta Leah. May Hashem grant him a clean bill of health and may he continue to enjoy years of health and happiness, Amen. 

The eighth day of Chanukah makes reference to the sefirah of Netzach (endurance).  Seven symbolizes this world; a finite world which is limited. Yet the number eight represents the next world; of limitless time and space. This day encompasses all of the past seven days of Hoda’ah and Hallel.

One of the reasons Hashem brings revealed miracles is to sharpen our awareness that He runs the biggest and smallest of events. The everyday hum-drum activities are also from Hashem and personally supervised by Him.  Often we forget and need reminders through open miracles that ‘wow’ us.   If we fail to recognize Hashem’s hand in every minute detail of life, how can we say Hoda’ah and Hallel?

Hoda’ah means to acknowledge; admit that everything is from Hashem and appreciate the ultimate good in it. Only after we clearly internalize this can we properly sing Hallel. Hallel originates from the soul as written in Tehillim, ‘Kol HaNeshama T’Hallel Ka’.  The soul sings a song of praise and glory to Hashem since it undoubtedly acknowledges that everything is guided by the Divine hand, whether it is seen by the open eye or not.

The one lesson we should take from Chanukah is to find every possible reason to admit, acknowledge and thank Hashem for what He does for us daily.   We should regularly find ourselves saying, “Thank You Hashem for…”

Self-Sacrifice, Part II

December 9, 2015
Orit Esther Riter
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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Chaya bat Baya who is suffering for over 8 years with the machala (cancer). She is one of the driving forces behind the 40 day modesty campaign beginning this coming Sunday, Dec. 13th.  Please take the time to sign up and share it with others.  Your participation is so important.  CLICK HERE for more information. May Hashem shower Chaya bat Baya with a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering, b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

EXCITING NEWS~

This coming Sunday, Dec. 13th I will present our first ever FREE LIVE EMUNA teleconference

TOPIC:  Emuna & Geula 101

I have received so many emails asking questions about the current situation and how to keep our emuna strong.  B’H we will address this and much more during the 45 minute teleconference, leaving room for Q & A at the end.

Start time:  9:00 pm, Israel time
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Yesterday we learned the importance of keeping our emuna strong in the face of gloom. A tough battle, it is one which cannot be won under natural circumstances. The Jewish people cannot fight physical wars without the help of Hashem. What leads us to triumph?

The Jewish people triumph when we are spiritually strong. Victory begins where ego ends! Whether we are fighting personal battles or national conflicts, we need to recognize that the impossible is possible so long as we acknowledge that all results come from the Divine will. Hashem controls everything! Chanukah teaches that no matter how dark and gloomy our situation, anything is possible as long as we take the first step for Hashem’s sake. For instance, we stand a great chance of meriting revealed siyatta d’shmaya (G-dly assistance) if we undertake a genuine act of mesirut nefesh (self-sacrifice) – an act which seems too difficult or defies human logic. But in order to receive this Divine Assistance, we must take that first step outside our comfort zone!

If we have invested normal measures of hishtadlut (effort) but the way is still blocked and there still appears no relief, we must try to completely give ourselves over to ratzon (the will of) Hashem. Practically speaking, this may include letting go of our worries and uplifting our bitachon, increasing our connection to Hashem by growing in another area of Yiddishkeit, or continuing to live life as though the solution has already materialized.

At the time of Channukah, the Maccabbim recognized that Ahm Yisrael was in great spiritual danger. Logically, it seemed like a war they could not possibly win. And so they undertook the illogical instead. The Maccabbim let go of their worries, stepping out into the battlefield and placing their bitachon in Hashem’s hands. Their act of courage demonstrated their internal trust in Hashem to fight the war against the Greeks. In return for surrendering their limited human strength, they received G-dly supernatural powers to win an impossible war.

Time and again, when a person finds himself in danger or being tested to go outside his natural habitat, he is given super powers that he knows are not his or humanly possible. So too when we let go and let in G-d, we receive strength to cope, hope and survive under the most difficult of circumstances.

Hashem is waiting to pour down miracles for those who have the emuna to surrender their nefesh (self-sacrifice). Knowing that there is no one to rely on but HaKadosh Baruch Hu was and is the miracle of Chanukah!

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Self-Sacrifice, Part I

December 8, 2015
Orit Esther Riter

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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to ther refuah shleimah of Ginadi Chaim Notah Ben Raayah Rachel…. a gardener in Hebron, who yesterday was viciously stabbed by a Jihad terrorist in the heart, lungs, and stomach, as he was beautifying the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. He is fighting for his life right now. Please Hashem send Ginadi Chaim Notah ben Raayeh Rachel a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering, b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

 

EXCITING NEWS~

This coming Sunday, Dec. 13th I will present our first ever FREE LIVE EMUNA teleconference

TOPIC:  Emuna & Geula 101

I have received so many emails asking questions about the current situation and how to keep our emuna strong.  B’H we will address this and much more during the 45 minute teleconference, leaving room for Q & A at the end.

Start time:  9:00 pm, Israel time
Share with others.

When prompted enter
Participant Access Code: 202566

followed by the # key.

Local phone numbers to dial from your country ~
Israel: 
 076-599-0060
USA:  (641) 715-3836
Canada:  (605) 781-0006
South Africa: +27 (0) 87 825 0150
France:  +33 (0) 7 55 50 01 51
England:  +44 (0) 330 606 0520

For other countries write me OritRiter@gmail.com.

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Chanukah falls at the end of the month, a time where the moon decreases in size until it reaches its smallest towards the last day. Additionally, we light from left to right, adding a new candle to the left of the previous one lit.  Both demonstrate a time of increased darkness and judgment.

Much of Jewish history is filled with miracles and open Divine providence; what makes this festival different?  Chazal answer it is the backdrop on which the Chag occurs. Chanukah’s miracles are compared to rays of G-dly light shining at a time of remarkable darkness; much like the upcoming geula, b’karov, B’H. A candle is not cherished during the day; yet is most powerful when lit in darkness.  Chanukah brings incredible light and hope for the Jews particularly when there appears to be no hope in sight.

It was in the merit of the Maccabbi’s mesirut nefesh (self-sacrifice) when they went to war against the Greeks that the Jewish people were saved.  The Greek exile caused the Jews to fall into a deep spiritual slumber; a time where the Jewish soul was fading away from consciousness. The Maccabbi’s foresaw the danger and went to battle under the most illogical circumstances.  The sum total of miracles experienced then and B’H soon to us will come in the merit of acts of self-sacrifice that we, the Jewish people do in order to stay loyal to the Holy Torah.

Often we must go against the flow of worldly thought in order to maintain our loyalty to Hashem.  Yet just as then the Maccabbi’s acted with bitachon in order to save the Jewish soul, so too must we do the same and B’H we too shall merit the incredible redemption, in the form of open miracles and Divine providence, Amen.

A Little Light

December 7, 2015
Orit Esther Riter

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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Chana bas Dina Frimit, a newborn baby, who is recovering from heart surgery. May Hashem send her a complete healing among all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering, b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.

The main avodah during the festival of Chanukah is to light a candle; to dispel the immense darkness with a flicker of light.  During the eight days of Chanukah a tremendous G-dly light pours onto this world through a small act done here below, whether one deserves it or not. In fact we see this through the spinning of the dreidel.  The dreidel needs to be twisted on top in order for the bottom to twirl around.  The flow of blessings during the next eight days is from Heaven to Earth initiated by a small act we do in this world.

The Ba’al Shem Tov HaKadosh ztk’l based his teachings on this particular concept; a little light removes a lot of darkness.  The Jewish people are not meant to battle with the darkness, but instead to strike a match of light thus dispersing the impact of negativity and confusion.

Practically speaking let’s take for example the state of sadness; symbolic of darkness.  Instead of fighting the gloom we need to inject light, also known as joy, into our current state.  That means turning on the music, going for a walk to enjoy nature’s scenery, doing a mitzvah which automatically fills the soul with light, dialing 1-800-ALMIGHTY picking up the ‘phone and speaking to Hashem’ or reading Tehillim, to name some suggestions.  We should not try to convince ourselves why we shouldn’t be sad rather light up our lives and disperse the glum.

When we light the Chanukah candles, a seemingly ‘small act’, we open the gateways for an incredible radiant light to shine forth.  The reason being the mitzvah of lighting the Chanukah candles professes our emuna in Hashem; a sign of Jewish hope and G-dly clarity, a trust in G-dly justice and the ultimate fulfillment of Hashem’s promises to the Jewish People.

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