Archive for April, 2009

Accepting the will of Hashem

April 30, 2009

עשה רצונו כרצונך, כדי שיעשה רצונך כרצונו
בטל רצונך מפני רצונו, כדי שיבטל רצון אחרים מפני רצונך
אבות ב:ד

Even though I was fervently hoping that Moshiach will be here by now. I’m subjecting my will to Hashem’s will. I’m thanking You Hashem for not sending Moshiach as of yet. Since You know best.
Please Hashem fulfill the second part of the Mishna, and carry out the will of klal yisroel by sending Moshiach very soon.

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Compassion

April 30, 2009

ונתן לך רחמים ורחמך – כל המרחם על הבריות מרחמין עליו מן השמים
:שבת קנא

Every time we have the privilege to do a person a favor, we have to remember that we are gaining much more than them. While they get a material benefit, we get a spiritual benefit, which are immeasurable greater. Also, we merit receiving Divine compassion on us in every area of our lives.

אין עוד מלבדו

April 29, 2009

Our six year old boy asks my wife daily at bedtime to pray for his success at different areas in life.
Last night he said: “You know, we don’t have to daven for every individual item. All we have to do is think – אין עוד מלבדו”.

המעביר שנה מעיני

April 29, 2009

Hashem, please wake up klal yisroel from their slumber. Help them rouse and beg for the redemption, and than Moshiach will come.

הנותן ליעף כח

April 29, 2009

Hashem, please grant strength to klal yisroel to hold on during the last phase of the golus.

Rejoice with every mitzva

April 28, 2009

:למנצח על השמינית מזמור לדוד –  על מילה שניתנה בשמיני – מנחות מג

The Gemora says that Dovid Hamelech rejoiced for having a bris. We should learn from him and rejoice with every mitzva we’re privileged to fulfill. Because if Dovid Hamelech that was the king of Israel rejoiced for having a bris, how much more so we should appreciate every mitzva.

ואני תפלה

April 28, 2009

Dovid Hamelech says that he consists of prayer. Everything that he had and everything that he was resulted from prayer. The main means to resolve any issue is prayer.

Anniversary

April 27, 2009

Today is the anniversary of my rebirth four years ago.
After I left kollel I found that my learning was declining. I learned a short amount per day, and could not manage to extend my learning time. Beside the limited time available I was used to learn with a chavrusa, which further limited my learning capability.
I finally took stock of myself four and a half years ago, and during the Yomim Noraim prayers I begged Hashem to help me improve. I implored to Him ‘Please, I don’t want to find myself next year Yomim Noraim as I’m now’.
After Pesach of that year Hashem helped to start my current learning schedule which greatly extended my learning time and also enabled me to learn by myself. It was the same time that Hashem also helped me to initiate my diet, giving me a physical and spiritual revival.

שעשה לי כל צרכי

April 27, 2009

Thank you Hashem for providing me with everything I need.

Arrogance

April 24, 2009

אמר רב חסדא ואיתימא מר עוקבא כל אדם שיש בו גסות הרוח
(.אמר הקב”ה אין אני והוא יכולין לדור בעולם (סוטה ה

The Tanya in the sixth chapter explains the severity of arrogance. The path to holiness is by surrendering ourselves to Hashem, because all holiness stems from Hashem and Hashem bestows holiness only to those that surrender to Him. The purpose of Torah and Mitzvos is to help us achieve it. Somebody that is arrogant is severing themselves from Hashem and from holiness. In particular is detriment somebody who exploits Torah and Mitzvos for their own arrogance, in opposition of their true purpose which is to attach ourselves to Hashem.