Archive for August, 2009

Extending

August 31, 2009

כדי שיהא המזבח שבע ומהודר בקרבנו של עני

Hashem sometimes extends our Mitzvos. I gave somebody a ride which was supposed to take an extra 5 minutes. I ran into a traffic congestion and it ended up taking an extra 30 minutes. Hashem in His great compassion extended the mitzvah.

Entrance

August 31, 2009

בואו שעריו בתודה

By thanking Hashem for everything we’ll merit to enter His gates.

Our responsibility

August 28, 2009

דאמר ר’ חנינא הכל בידי שמים חוץ מיראת שמים שנאמר
`ועתה ישראל מה ה` אלוקיך שואל מעמך, כי אם ליראה את ה

Hashem is in control of everything; our sole responsibility is to serve Hashem. Hashem provides the solution for every issue; people just have to provide the trust in Hashem.

Belong to Hashem

August 27, 2009

הוא עשנו ולו אנחנו

Hashem created us and we belong to Him. Everything that we have; ourselves, family, possessions, time etc. all belongs to Hashem. Our responsibility is to utilize them according to His will.

Blessings

August 27, 2009

אמר ר’ אלעזר אמר ר’ חנינא לעולם אל תהי ברכת הדיוט קלה בעיניך
.מגילה טו

Every Yid has a tremendous power to give blessings. We need to develop the habit of always giving blessings, since it is unlimited the amount of good we could award. We will also merit being included with ‘ואברכה מברכך’.
So thereby, I’m blessing you all to have a year of physical and spiritual abundance, to have all your heart wishes fulfilled for good, to get ever closer to Hashem and we should all merit greeting Moshiach very soon. Amen.

Either Torah or Chesed

August 26, 2009

כי באור פניך נתת לנו ה’ אלקינו, תורת חיים ואהבת חסד

Torah and Chesed are the two main paths to achieve Hashem’s illumination.
Most mornings I manage to learn at shul in the morning before davening. Today I had to drive very early to pick up my daughter, so I was only able to listen to Torah CDs as my means of learning. Hashem in His great compassion gave me the opportunity to do Chesed by giving a fellow traveler a much needed lift.

זוכר חסדי אבות

August 25, 2009

I looked around for the meaning of those words and this is what I found בס”ד:

1. The Darchei Chaim writes that according to the R”I in Tosfos Shabbos 55A that the righteous still have Zechus Ovos it is referring to righteous people. But according to Rabbeinu Tam that Zechus Ovos is finished, it is referring that Hashem remembers that the Ovos spread Emuna in the world and they merited Hashem’s compassion as it says: ‘כי ידעתיו למען אשר יצוה’. Therefore, if we continue in their path we will also be deserving of Hashem’s compassion.
2. The Ben Ish Chai in Beshalach writes that Hashem remembers the compassion that He promised the Ovos to bestow on their descendants as it says:
‘וְשָׁמַר ה’ אֱלֹקיךָ לְךָ אֶת הַבְּרִית וְאֶת הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ’.
3. The Maase Rokeach writes that Hashem continually has in mind there should be the holy Ovos. It is a continuation of ‘וקונה הכל’, Hashem created, sustains and bestows His compassion to the world in the merit of the Ovos.
4. The Meshech Chochma in Bechokosai writes that in order for goodness to be real, it has to be everlasting, otherwise it is lost. Therefore, we say that Hashem remembers the compassion and goodness He did for the Ovos, and He’ll continue to do goodness for us and redeem us, in order it should be real goodness.

Torah power

August 24, 2009

ולא תתורו אחרי לבבכם ואחרי עיניכם

R’ Elimelech of Liszensk writes that if a person is in situation that he’s tempted to look at something forbidden, he should recite this verse over and over.
The words of the Torah not only guide us what to do, they also have the power to help us follow the guidance.

Yetzer Horah

August 21, 2009

The Kotzker says that a person should view the Yetzer Horah as a murderer standing with an ax ready to chop off their head. If a person has difficulty viewing the Yetzer Horah as such, it’s an indication that their head was already severed.

Set out your goals

August 21, 2009

Now that we’re in the month of Elul, we should stock up on our spiritual shopping cart for the coming year. Decide in which areas we’ll commit ourselves to improve, and beg Hashem to help us achieve our goals. Remember that for spiritual requests you can think big. Ask all you want, if you’re ready to sincerely commit yourself, Hashem is happy to assist you. As the Gemora Berochs 50A says that the posuk (Tehilim 81, 11) ‘open your mouth wide, and I shall fill it.’ is referring to spiritual requests.