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The Stormy Seas

October 20, 2014
Orit Esther Riter

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Today’s daily dose is dedicated l’iluy nishmat Tuvia ben Natan z’l.  May his neshama bask in the Shechina HaKedosha amongst all of the righteous souls who have departed from this world, Amen.

Our ‘natural’ inclination is to be drawn towards materialism.  Physical pleasures and possessions uplift the ‘earthly nature’ of man.  R’ Yisrael Salanter ztk’l describes it beautifully when he writes:

‘Insofar as man is a physical being – ‘dust from the ground’ – his heart inclines to the material.  Therefore, he desires to ‘eat, drink, and be merry.’  He loves wealth and fortune, and longs for honor and dominion. He is full of self-importance and seeks to delight in bodily comforts.’

However the base challenge remains the same regardless of how much we acquire; there is no end to ones desires.   Essentially our craving is insatiable. Our wise Sages have been known to say, “No one leaves this world with even half his desires fulfilled.”  A practical solution – Live a more simple life!

Let’s enclose ourselves in our personal Teiva (ark) and ask ourselves, “What do I really need in this life?”  The mighty stormy flood of Noach carries us away from our true mission in life.  The Alter Rebbe ztk’l, Ba’al HaTanya HaKadosh elucidates that the turbulent waters of Noach are worries concerning our parnassa (livelihood).  Of course we need food, shelter, clothes and the like.  But what can we live without?

Differentiate between a need to a desire.  A need is vital.  A desire is driven by emotions that results in a demand – I must have it!  That is the warning sign that the flood waters has risen to dangerously high levels.  When this occurs, we must go back into our safe haven, our ark, a life of Torah and Tefillah, and re-align ourselves back to our needs.

Hishtadlut…push the train?

January 8, 2014
Orit Esther Riter
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Visit the Tu B’ Shvat page to learn more on the seder and segulas.  Listen to last year’s insightful shiur. 

There is a parnassa segula for this coming Shabbat Shira!  Share and comment on it!  We would love to hear from you.  Thank you Zahava for creating such an artistic page for all to enjoy!

Let us see through a parable what it means when Chazal teach us that our hishtadlut, exerted effort in this world does not affect the outcome of the activity which we engage in.

Per example; a person wakes up late one morning and rushes to the train station to see the train waiting on the platform.  He is in such a hurry to get to work on time that he decides to help the train move faster by pushing it.  The effort required of him to arrive to work on time lies solely in him reaching the train station and waiting for his train to come.  Pushing the train would not serve to help nor was asked from him.  This is an example of exerting too much unnecessary effort in earning one’s parnassa.

When we involve ourselves in the everyday world; work and invest the universally ‘accepted’ amount of time at work, we rectify Adam HaRishon’s sin, elevate ourselves spiritually and implant holy sparks and Divine blessing in all of our material endeavors.

Remember:  we must take part in a certain degree of effort, since this is decreed by Hashem for us to do.  Our hishtadlut opens the pipeline for the bracha to pour forth.  However, it is crucial to recall the idea that no matter how much time, strength, intelligence or talent we put into our work or any activity for that matter, it is all in Hashem’s hands…. Always!

Please daven for Calev Avraham ben Elisheva Rut- MISSING BOY ALERT!

 Caleb Jacoby, Calev Avraham ben Elisheva Rut, 16, an 11th grader at the Maimonides School, has not been heard from since around 12:30 p.m. yesterday.
Caleb Jacoby left his home yesterday at about 12:30pm. No one has heard or received electronic communication from him since that time.
He is the son of Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.
Detectives from the Brookline, MA PD are actively engaged in searching for him. Police urge anybody with information about his whereabouts to contact them at 617-730-2222.
(YWN Headquarters – NYC)

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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Yaakov Yohonatan Levi ben Chaya, may he merit a complete recovery amongst all those in Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen!

Parnassa: I have what I need today

January 7, 2014
Orit Esther Riter
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Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Shimon ben Miriam Hendyl, may he merit a complete recovery amongst all those in Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen!

It is written in Masechet  Beitza (16:1) that all of one’s parnassa is allotted to him from Rosh Hashanah to Yom HaKippurim.  It is further taught that any efforts invested on our part to increase our livelihood will not serve to increase this amount.

If so, why is it written in the Torah in Sefer Bereishis (3:19), “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread”?  Why do we need to extend any effort if it is already decreed in advance?  The RamChal ztk’l expounds in his book Mesillat Yesharim that although one will not lack parnassah from that which was decreed upon him, and he may even lay back and not lift a finger to earn that which was already declared that he would earn that year, however there is a fine that must be paid; the curse of Adam HaRishon, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread.”

Another words, the curse enforced the act that we must exert some effort in order to bring about our livelihood, since this was the decree given to us by the Master of the Universe.  It is an inevitable ‘tax’ if you may call it that must be waged in order to ‘earn’ one’s livelihood.

Nevertheless, this effort, the deeds that we invest to earn our livelihood make absolutely no difference in the amount that we earn at the end of the day.  We are not to believe in our hishtadlut, invested effort, when interacting with this world to earn a living. It is a part of the ‘natural makeup’ to live in this material world.  One must ‘work’ in order to earn his share, however not to the point where there is no end and his mind and body works endlessly thinking that it will have an impact on how much he receives.

With that in mind, there is a well- known segula to recite Parshat HaMann (link below) today, Tuesday of parshat BeShalach, ideally in Aramaic (shnayim mikrah v’echad targum).  The idea behind reading it is not to look at it as a ‘good luck omen’ rather to pay close attention to the telling of the giving of the Mann in the desert.  Mann was given every day as needed, not more and not less than the day’s needs.

Thus it is with Klal Yisrael today, we should strive to reach the level of trusting in Hashem that if we have what we need today, we should not worry about tomorrow.  Thank you Hashem for what I have today, every moment! Just as You have taken care of me today, I trust that You shall do so tomorrow!

The Torah reading of this coming Shabbos — Parashas Beshalach — includes the chapter telling how the Jewish People in the Wilderness received manna. Many people recite the chapter daily, as a special prayer for parnassah. There is also a widespread custom to recite this chapter on the Tuesday of the week of Beshalach, which this year is January 7th.

As a public service from Artscroll, we offer the text and interlinear translation of the chapter, from the Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Siddur. Please feel free to download it.

Click on this link to download: The Chapter of Manna.pdf (PDF: 206K) 
This file is in PDF format which requires a PDF viewer such as Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.

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