Following are some excerpts from the essay “Growing Pains“, which I strongly recommend you read, it’s a must. This essay is written by Rabbi Nosson Weisz, of AISH.com, who writes in his section Mayanot, Wellsprings.
We Jews subscribe to the belief that the world is run by Divine Providence. God obligated Himself under the terms of the Covenant that He signed with us, the Jewish people, at Mt. Sinai, to treat us as the most beloved treasure of all peoples (Exodus 19:5). The very undertaking to provide Jews with special treatment assumes a world subject to Divine direction. Since it is quite unthinkable to suspect God of deliberately violating His agreements, we are forced to conclude that the events of Jewish history constitute an exact demonstration of God’s interpretation of this obligation to treat us as His most beloved treasure. Needless to say, in light of the horrors that the Jewish people have endured over the centuries, especially the most recent horror of the Holocaust, the perception of our ‘treasured’ status is problematic to say the least.
With an eye to discharging this Jewish civic obligation, this essay focuses on the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. We are totally demoralized by daily acts of senseless terror perpetrated by people who enthusiastically sacrifice their lives to create havoc and murder against innocent civilians. No matter what solution we attempt, we seem quite helpless to stop the carnage. To add to our national frustration, a large part of the ‘civilized’ world regards us Jews as the perpetrators of the very violence of which we are the victims. Why is this happening to us? Why can’t we reach a peaceful accommodation with our Palestinian neighbors no matter what concessions we offer?
I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where HaRav Arush, shlita, makes a special request of the world. Hebrew w/English subtitles.
It’s a blessing to hear HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, in hitbodedut (personal prayer).
This video, placed with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
Due the last news, which are quite disturbing, I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where he gives a powerful example of hitbodedut (personal prayer), showing how to express one’s emunah (faith) in the Creator of the world. Rabbi Arush, shlita, is the author of The Garden of Emunah and the Rosh Yeshiva of Chut Shel Chesed in Jerusalem.
This video, placed with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
When I read this post in November last year, it made my eyes watery.
This post had a very special impact on me, in that, I always keep remembering it, and I said this I must share with my beloved.
If you delve into it, you will find it has a profund message for all of us.
Posted by nava, Wednesday, November 07, 2007.
By Anonymous at Mystical Paths.
A man’s daughter had asked the local Rabbi to come and pray with her father. When the Rabbi arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The Rabbi assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.
“I guess you were expecting me”, he said.
“No, who are you?” said the father. The Rabbi told him his name and then remarked, “I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.”
“Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bedridden man. “Would you mind closing the door?.” Puzzled, the Rabbi shut the door. “I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man. “But all of my life I have never known how to pray. In Shul I used to hear the Rabbi talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,” The old man continued, “Until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, “Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with HASHEM.
Here is what I suggest. “Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see HASHEM on the chair. It’s not spooky because He promised us, “I will be with you always”.
“Then just speak to Him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.”
“So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.”
The Rabbi was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him and returned to the Shul.
Two nights later the daughter called to tell the Rabbi that her daddy had died that afternoon. “Did he die in peace?,” he asked.
“Yes, when I left the house about two o’clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, he was no longer breathing. …But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?”
The Rabbi wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I wish we could all go like that.”
I asked HASHEM for water, He gave us oceans.
I asked HASHEM for a flower, He gave us gardens.
I asked HASHEM for a friend, He gave me all of YOU…
If HASHEM brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise HASHEM.
Difficult moments, seek HASHEM.
Quiet moments, worship HASHEM.
Painful moments, trust in HASHEM.
Every living moment, thank HASHEM.
Daddy’s Empty Chair, reprinted with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
Here you have it beloved brethren, the only weapon that will defeat Eretz Ysrael’s enemies, is PRAYER, not weapons, or any person or army but simple sincere PRAYER from way deep within our heart.
We have to get hold of our sword (Emunah) and start praying (Tefillah) to Hashem, in order to clean the path so that Mosiach can come and deliver Klal Ysrael from our enemies.
Rabbi Lazer Brody from Lazer Beams has a wonderful spiritual explanation about the threat against Israel and how to deal with it.
Kindly click here to listen.
Rama, Shulchan Oruch, Orach Chaim 481:2 – “This night is protected from the forces of evil.”
The Torah describes Seder night as a “night of protection” (Exodus 12:42), when Hashem personally took His beloved children of Israel out of Egypt. The original Hebrew lail shimorim is interpreted two different ways in the Midrash: First, it is a “reserved” night, since Hashem redeemed Israel from bondage on the night of the 15th of Nisan, he reserves this same night to redeem his children Israel in the future (Yalkut Shimoni, Bo, 210). Second, it’s a “protected” night (ibid), since Hashem’s divine presence repels all mazikim, the dark-side forces of evil.
“Night of protection” is no mere homiletic catchphrase; it’s anchored in religious law! The Abridged Code of Jewish Law (119:9), in explaining how to perform the latter part of the Seder, writes: “After grace following the meal, we pour the fourth cup. According to custom, we open the door in remembrance that tonight is a protected night and we fear nothing.”
A person can turn any night into a “night of protection” by simply pouring his or her heart out in personal prayer. Rebbe Nachman teaches that when a Jew desires to speak to Hashem, Hashem moves everything aside to listen. By virtue of our speaking to Hashem, we hasten the day of the ingathering of the exiles and the final redemption of our people, amen.
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By Rabbi Shalom Arush
Translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Tale of the Lost Princess
Part 22 from The Garden of Yearning
Rabbi Zev “Velvel” Cheshin of blessed memory, one of the prominent Breslover Chassidim of the previous generation, would say in the name of the Zohar that the Yetzer Hara is not allowed to enter a person except through the eyes. In our tale, we see this principle clearly. Had the viceroy guarded his eyes – and that means closing them, especially to temptation – he wouldn’t have suffered a setback and he’d have rescued the princess then and there.
The very first sin in the world – Adam’s – began with the eyes, for it is written (see Bereishit, chapter 3), “And the woman saw that the tree is good for eating, for it was irresistible in her eyes and pleasingly enlightening so she took from its fruit and gave it also to her man with her and he ate.”
All the blemishes imaginable – lust for women, lust for food, lust for money, coveting, jealousy, and many more – all begin with the eyes. Rashi teaches us (see his commentary of Parshat Shlach), that “what the eye sees, the heart covets.”
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The Slonomer Rebbe on the opening verses of Parshas Vayakel.
The Gemorah Avoda Zara says the only reason Israel sinned by the golden calf is to teach the reality of tshuva to the masses and Moshe is telling Israel that the good path to tshuva is with the power of Shabbos.
As it says in Gemorah Shabbos, “All who keep Shabbos, according to its laws, will be forgiven, even if they had worshiped idols like the generation of Enosh.”
The worst sinners, the Gemorah Shabbos tells us, even the likes of the generation of Enosh, would have an atonement with the observance of a single Shabbos. Not surprising, says the Slonomer Rebbe, since Shabbos is at the core of love and closeness to Hashem.
Giving up on Shabbos, is giving up on life. Or rather its gaining the 7 day work schedule of a Canaanite.
Let us all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem.
May Hashem strengthen the mourners and revenge the enemies of the Jewish People.
A very instructive Article regarding the Sefirah of Malchut, from the book “138 Openings of Wisdom” by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum.
From and through Malchut, it is possible to gain knowledge of the levels above it, these being the actual powers and attributes of Hashem’s government.
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