The real good

February 25, 2014

ואני קרבת אלוקים לי טוב

The only good thing in the whole creation is to be close to Hashem. If anything else seems desirable its only an illusion. Especially something which is against Hashem Will is extremely harmful in both worlds.

Your real enemy

February 24, 2014

The Chovos Halevovos writes that the Yetzer Horah hates us extremely. R’ Yerucham quotes the AR”I Hakodosh that when the Yetzer Horah has to entice a person and give him a physical pleasure it hurts the Yetzer Horah very much.

Hand fed

December 30, 2013

כִּי אִם לְיָדְךָ הַמְּלֵאָה. הַפְּתוּחָה. הַקְּדוֹשָׁה וְהָרְחָבָה

A Yid wants to be fed only by Hashem, just like a little baby would refuse food from anyone besides the mother.

Connect to Hashem

December 26, 2013

The Rambam writes that when a person thinks of Hashem, he is connected to Hashem. The person is with Hashem and Hashem is with the person. On the other hand, when a person does not think of Hashem the connection is broken.

Déjà vu

October 24, 2013

The situation seems very familiar. Once again there is a major issue in UPS’s software system. Thousands of exceptions are thrown, messages are lost and packages cannot be processed correctly. Veterans, who are working on the system for many years cannot figure out the problem. There is no data to indicate how the system got into such a state.

A newly hired contractor is tasked to solve the glitch and 3 levels of management are monitoring the situation daily. As usual, I turned to Hashem and davened for His help. Hashem in His great compassion heard my prayers and showed me how the system was getting in a bad state. A patch was developed and deployed just before UPS’s peak season and everyone was able to relax. Thank You Hashem for always answering our prayers.

Sacrifice for Torah

August 7, 2013

My wife agreed despite entailed hardships for me to sleep away from home twice a week in order I should have more time to learn Torah.

Back at UPS

July 17, 2013

I’m back at UPS and it feels so strange to be back at a place I never expected to return. Sometimes I’m wondering if I’m just daydreaming  of people I have previously met. I know Hashem has a reason for sending me back here but I don’t know what it is.

I do know that my purpose in this world is to serve Hashem and to do His will. Hashem in His great compassion gave me another chance to serve Him under this circumstances. I hope I’ll do it right this time.

Subjugation

July 15, 2013

R’ Chazkel writes that even though in Mitzrayim the Yiden were exposed to the worst Tumah, it still prepared them to serve Hashem. Because the foremost trait a person needs to serve Hashem is subjugation.  In Mitzrayim the Yiden were treated as slaves and they got used to subjugate their will to others. Therefore, we should not feel bad if we encounter tyrant people, because it actually helps us to serve Hashem.

The Hidden Reason

July 4, 2013

During my first tenure at UPS, Hashem listened to my prayers and in His great Mercy enabled me to miraculously solve a complex problem in their software system. Shortly afterwards my relationship with UPS came to an end. Of course I thanked Hashem and appreciated His Kindness and Closeness but there was no apparent physical gain from the miracle.

Fast forward a year and a half later, I was coming again for an interview at UPS. I did not know who I would meet. Lo and behold in the room was sitting the person whose complex problem I solved a year and a half before. In a manager’s meeting he declared “We are beholden to this person and we have an obligation to hire him”. Thank You Hashem for always taking care of all our needs.

Low odds

July 2, 2013

The Chovos HaLevovos writes that there are three reasons why Hashem bestows wealth upon a person. Two of the reasons are for the person’s disadvantage and one reason is for the person’s benefit. Furthermore, reviewing the beneficial criteria is apparent that very few people qualify. Therefore, do not feel bad if you’re not wealthy. It just means that Hashem in His great Mercy did not want to punish you.


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