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Bubble, bubbles

April 10, 2019
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Every Jew can feel G-d’s presence on Seder night and experience Heavenly delight.  What sweetness! G-d saved each of us personally from the plagues.  A special relationship began to develop since then; a unique feature of this bond remains alive in Yisrael until today.  We are a nation apart, divinely protected, distinct from the rest of the world.

Therefore the main aspect of preparing for the holiday of Pesach is to be b’Simcha; to praise G-d for all the hidden and revealed goodness and miracles in our lives. We glorify our Creator and express our profound appreciation for this once-a-year-mitzvah in which we work to remove falsehood on the inside through cleaning actions we perform on the outside. The truth be revealed – G-d wants us to clean, organize and reveal all the amazing things that have always been there -> His awesome presence!

Feel and heal exercise:

From within the bubbles and clorox spray find a moment to scrub down the real reason for the cleaning. We are working to clear away the ‘guck’ that hides the beauty beneath.

THE DAILY DOSE OF EMUNA WILL BE TAKING A BREAK FROM DAILY POSTS UNTIL MAY 6TH – THE BEGINNING OF CHODESH IYAR.

Wishing everyone a Kosher Passover filled with a taste of true freedom, joy and emuna!

What is your wish?

April 9, 2019
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You may ask, ‘What does freedom feel like?’ Freedom is a sense of empowerment; living with the mindset that the Master of Creation set no limits on who we can be, how much we can achieve and how G-dly we can become.

Upon witnessing the wondrous miracles of the exodus we were given emuna; a clear awareness that existence is filled with G-dliness and purpose and we are one with this Oneness. Our lives are continuously infused with Divine assistance that cares and guides us every step of the way of becoming the best that we can be! That is true freedom.

Feel and heal exercise:

Close your eyes and envision something you wish for yourself to become or do. You are free to visualize, dream and pray for that reality and G-d is right there now and always listening attentively to you!

It’s time to leave

April 8, 2019
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We are instructed to remember our exodus from Egypt since we are constantly in the process of ‘leaving’ Egypt. The universal message embedded in the holiday of Pesach is that we are always leaving Egypt; fighting off oppressive external forces and seeking inner freedom.

The Jewish people must live life knowing that they are not to be afraid or disturbed by life’s challenges and events; deep within they are to remember that G-d is helping to free them from their emotional instability but reminding them that He is personally involved in their lives.

Feel and heal exercise:

Being that Egypt is a state of mind we must be on alert of the signs that drag us back into slavery, ie. feeling stuck and locked down in negativity. Everyday we must remember to remove ourselves from this state of mind and see ourselves as being free to chose to think differently.

Get me out of here

April 3, 2019
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Freedom from Egypt refers to psychological freedom. In today’s world, many are still enslaved; not physically in shackles and chains but mentally imprisoned. Often people find themselves bonded to certain beliefs and values unable to feel free to realize their greatest potential.

Freedom is essentially the ability to live out one’s mission and potential clear of oppressive and dominating outside forces. Mental confusion and emotional instability are two major obstacles that keep us in our own ‘Egyptian exile’. Time and again we become confused why we are here causing frustration and negativity.

The first step out is to remember there is a place called the promised land – we are not stuck in any reality. We are free to chose to want, think, speak, feel and do differently. We hold the key to our own freedom.


Feel and heal exercise:

Make a choice today to free yourself from bondage. Take one thing you know you are enslaved by and chose not to be enslaved by it.. even for just one day.. or one moment.. but begin to walk on that pathway right now!

Smile now for the Future

April 2, 2019
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Though G-d 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 G-d 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 whatever it is we are currently facing.

When we experience 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. The state of exile means a mindset of disconnect; forgetting that we are never alone. 

Though there are times things may appear to be going wrong, we must have emuna that it is perfectly in sync with G-d’s Divine calculations. We are all traveling on a path to geula. Let’s allow the realization of the future gila (state of joy) we will all experience in geula fuel our current state of happiness now!


Feel and heal exercise:

The Sages teach we can draw from the future into the present. Think of the future redemption and how everyone will experience joy and healing. Questions will be clarified, confusion a thing of the past. Smile as you contemplate such a state!

I can see…

April 1, 2019
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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.

Feel and heal exercise:

Close your eyes and ‘see what life looks like with eyes closed’.  See what you would miss if you lived life with closed eyes. Now open them and appreciate your eyesight and the ability to see what was there even when your eyes were closed – it was always there, just hidden. So too it will be with the new vision of the redemption. 
 

Just in the middle

March 27, 2019
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Our reality is constantly changing and helping us to move forward. When you move house, your current home appears on the surface to be in utter chaos, confused and disorganized. However, we can view change as stressful, or we can view it as an exciting opportunity. We shouldn’t fall apart because of this move. Don’t worry about putting things in order or making sense out of the mess.

The apparent chaos we may find ourselves in signifies that G-d is changing the world for the better. We can view the change as positive, exciting and adventurous. We are not stagnating but growing. Essentially we collect our packed belongings (mitzvot) in this world and deposit it in the next – boxing, moving and replenishing.

Feel and heal exercise:

Remember: often before building something new the old must be removed. When looking at our life maybe you are just in the middle of construction.  

Which way>

March 26, 2019
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Emuna empowers us to hope and trust in G-d when beset with misfortune. Though we may lack understanding of why we suffer, pain is not ‘senseless’.  Emuna enables us to accept the pain and know intrinsically that somehow, in some way our pain is necessary for our spiritual repair and growth. This awareness and inner faith should help steer us away from assessing our difficulties and judging whether they are good or bad.

One reason why difficulties arise is to remind us of G-d’s presence and motivate us to change our ways. We should think of them as signposts instructing us towards detours. Emuna is a superrational soul power, an inner knowingness that nothing is random; everything is precisely calculated and designed just for me!

Feel and heal exercise:

Next time you meet a challenge think to yourself, “which direction am I being summoned to turn to?”

When in doubt…

March 25, 2019
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The Chofetz Chaim ztk’l teaches that we are brought down into this world for the sole purpose of rectifying the world through recognition and acceptance of G-d as the Creator. It is called a clarity of ’Oneness.’

Emuna is a soul power that strengthens us during rough times as it reminds us that everything that happens for a reason and for our ultimate best. We are instructed to serve G-d out of emuna and trust; a clear knowledge that we are never alone, constantly guided and safely cared for no matter what.

Doubt interrupts emuna growth and causes a person to question whether G-d can help a person reach a more wholesome place. It may even bring up the idea that one doesn’t ‘deserve better. However in both mentioned cases, doubt proves to be no less than a mind trick and test for our emuna.

Feel and heal exercise:

Free yourself from doubt and repeat the following “G-d loves me, I just know it. His eyes never leave me”

How, what & where?

March 19, 2019
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It is written in Tehillim (32:10) in the most clearest of terms, “…haboteach b’Hashem chesed yesoveveno (…but as for him who trusts in Hashem, kindness will encompass him).  Trust in G-D is so potent that it practically guarantees results.

This doesn’t mean to simply hope that G-D will help and maybe mix that hope with a bit of doubt as to whether it will in fact come to fruition.  It implies a trust that does not bring to mind any questions; an unwavering knowledge that Hashem will send the remedy to whatever challenge we are facing.

This is a difficult notion to intellectually grasp let alone implement in our daily lives.  Nevertheless, we should not lose emuna in ourselves that we can attain this lofty level since if it is commanded of us, thus we can strive to reach this level of trust.

Feel and heal exercise:

Think to yourself “G-D is sending me a solution to … (name an issue). I may not know how, when or where, but I trust that it is on its way B’H”

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