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May 29, 2017
Orit Esther Riter

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish the community of the Daily Dose of Emuna and Klal Yisrael an amazing Chag Samaech. We will stand at Har Sinai and receive the Torah as though for the first time. May Hashem stir our hearts and flood our minds with emuna, clarity, simcha and acceptance of all life’s circumstances no matter what we currently face.

My emuna pathway is continuously paved with the teachings of our Chassidic Masters; at the forefront the Holy Ba’al Shem Tov HaKadosh ztk’l. In honor and memory of his upcoming yahrtzeit, the first day of Shavuot together with Dovid HaMelech ztk’l, today’s daily dose brings to light a most profound teaching on the elevation and repair of our thoughts.

From the Baal Shem Tov:

“Someone who engages in Torah and prayer without love and awe will not soar heavenward” (Tikkunei Zohar 10). How much more so if he has “strange” thoughts, which are called kedoshim pesulim (unusable holy things) and are handed over to the outside forces! But when he returns in teshuva, then he raises the holy sparks that have been handed over to the outside forces. So when he stands in prayer or engages in Torah study, then the strange thoughts rise up to confuse his Torah study or prayer, for these strange thoughts are his sins, and they stand before him as in war – but their true intent is that he correct them and bring them out from the depths of their profane coverings.

The Baal Shem Tov taught us extraneous thoughts are a gift. Hashem sends to some of us ‘strange’ thoughts while studying Torah or praying; He trust that they have the power to fix them. These thoughts have been waiting thousands of years to be elevated and corrected. But to the person on the receiving end it seems like a fall; as though he has spiritually drifted away.

This idea is infinitely grand and complex – beyond the scope of what can be taught here. A person is always tested in a way that attempts to break him. One thought takes hold of him, he gets entangled in it, and then it becomes his whole reality – despair. He tries to ‘run away’ and feels he cannot succeed.

הרב לסרי להסביר מה קרה לבן שלו

June 17, 2016
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HaRav Lasry explain what happen to his son. The message is in Hebrew

Remembering Matan Torah

June 14, 2016
Orit Esther Riter

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Matan Torah celebrates the greatest gift given to the Jewish People; our holy Torah. The first commandment conveys the message that Torah learning should not be based on blind faith but on firm knowledge as is written, “Ani Hashem Elokeicha”. This statement testifies first-hand there is none other than Hashem as we had personally witnessed on Har Sinai.

We are commanded to have emuna; to trust in the Torah wisdom transmitted through our Holy Sages as though we witnessed it personally. Emuna is absolute clarity and certainty that leads to loyalty; allegiance to Torah instruction. One way to reinforce our trust in Hashem and the words of Torah is through contemplating the irrational prophecies that are unfolding before our very eyes; they testify to the Divine origin of the Torah.
Even though we cannot go back in time to personally experience Matan Torah we can mend the fragments of current reality by seeking out the totality of Hashem’s providence in this world. The memory of Matan Torah was seared into every mind and heart; we can relive that experience every time we see Hashem’s intimate intervention in our lives today.

We rely on the tradition handed down from generation to generation. In order to receive the Torah we should learn Torah, establish knowledge through Torah wisdom and remain faithful to it under all circumstances. The experience of Har Sinai remains alive in each of us as a demo in order that we remain inspired to live in that Oneness again. It was from this experience that our emuna was born.

Shavuot Lectures

June 9, 2016
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Wings of Eagles

June 8, 2016
Orit Esther Riter

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In Parshat Yitro (19:4) it is written: “You have seen what I did to Egypt and that I have borne you on the wings of eagles and brought you to Me”.

Many beautiful messages are learnt from this verse among them a teaching by Rav Shmuel Tayib ztk’l. He explains the words “… brought you to Me” as meaning that we can interact with Hashem directly at all times. The Chatam Sofer ztk’l teaches a brilliant insight into the idea of the eagle in this verse. Although this bird carries all four signs of impurity, nonetheless even if Klal Yisrael acts in an impure fashion Hashem will continuously seek our closeness.

Rav Levi Yitzchok m’Berditchev ztk’l explains that although the feathers of the eagle fall off at the end of each year they are replaced by new ones. Klal Yisrael has the same ability to renew their bond with Hashem no matter where they stood or currently stand.

The RamChal ztk’l writes that on Har Sinai the Jewish People received the unique power to send shock waves to the universe. Living a life of Torah and mitzvot sends pulse waves throughout the world and has a massive effect on every facet of existence. Our choices have eternal effects. What a Jew chooses to involve herself in on one side of the world weaves harmony into the universe.

B’H may we stand proud and devoted this Shavuot and rededicate our lives to living faithfully with Hashem and stay loyal to the words of the Torah, Amen.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Bracha Perl bat Yocheved, a four year old recently diagnosed with cancer.  May Hashem shower her and everyone in need of yeshuot and nechamot b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen.


3 Fundamental Messages for Shavuot

June 1, 2016
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As well as receiving the Torah itself on Har Sinai, the Jewish people also received three fundamental messages which were implanted into Jewish consciousness:

1) We left slavery and entered a state of freedom, thereby travelling from darkness to light. Every Jew can traverse this road – leaving a place of helplessness and travelling to a state of hope. On an emotional level, helplessness occurs when we feel despairing, apathetic or hopeless in the face of our difficulties. This outlook is essentially an imprisonment of the mind. In contrast, Matan Torah lifted us out of this mode of restricted thought. Receiving the Torah represented a message of hope to the Jewish people that all is good and everything that happens is supervised personally by Hashem for our own good.

2) Hashem gave us a glimpse of His magnificent world system, Hashem’s intimate Master plan. This was the first time in history that Hashem openly revealed His love for us by honoring us to co-partner with Him. In presenting us with His instruction manual for life, Hashem was giving us a Divine gift; a peek into the Divine blueprint of cause-and-effect.

3) Hashem gifted us with genuine healing from all ailments. The gift of Torah is a happy, spiritual, emuna-filled life. Hashem is everything and everything is Hashem. The best way to reciprocate to Hashem is to use His gift of Torah with simcha, studying it and occupying our life with mitzvot. By doing so, we give Hashem back 100% of ourselves.

Yet the most amazing thing is that studying and practicing Torah unravels a chain of events which in themselves are an even greater gift. First, we receive Hashem’s wisdom. Then, we benefit from internalizing and integrating this wisdom into our lives. Finally, our love for Hashem intensifies and we are left with a strong desire to connect with Him. This connection is the greatest pleasure we can receive in this World.

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Chagit Renana bat Sara that her test results come back with a clean bill of health.  May Hashem shower her and all Klal Yisrael with health and happiness b’rachamim, b’karov, Amen.

A Shavuot love poem

June 2, 2014
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It is Sivan we are finally ready to meet our groom, HaKadosh Baruch Hu.

Our souls have ripened, they have grown wide and deep during the weeks of the Omer; we have traveled far and await the loving embrace of Hashem. The flowers are blooming, the fish are retreating to deeper waters, the birds songs envelop the air – we have finally arrived at this moment.  Our soul like a flower has opened up to receiving Hashem’s Divine law and love.

On Shavuot we go back to eating the food we ate when we emerged into this world – milk.

We were innocent then only desiring tender loving care – a Motherly and Fatherly love and hug.  Hashem – You know me better than any other, for I am made from a spark of You.  Help me break free from all that entangles me so I may once again stand closely with You. Dress me in Your light and surround me by Your roses.

I am back in the desert awaiting to step under our wedding canopy together with my brethren… Here we meet once again.  This year I have revealed more of myself to me, I have uncovered so much which has pulled me behind.  Let us renew our vows.  I stand with You.  I firmly stand ready to enter our covenant with new resolve.

You are my beloved and I give myself to You in faithfulness!

Today’s daily dose of emuna is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Asher Yekutiel ben Chana Bayla.  He is a teenage boy recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Hashem please shower Your compassion onto Asher Yekutiel ben Chana Bayla amongst all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov v’b’rachamim, Amen.


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