Archive for October, 2009

How do we accuire blessings?

October 30, 2009

,אמר ר’ חלבו: לעולם יהא אדם זהיר בכבוד אשתו
,שאין ברכה מצויה בתוך ביתו של אדם אלא בשביל אשתו
‘שנאמר ‘ולאברם היטיב בעבורה
.בבא מציעא נט

Central point

October 29, 2009

,תרי״ג מצות ניתנו לישראל, בא חבקוק והעמידן על אחת
.שנאמר: וצדיק באמונתו יחיה. – מכות כד

This means, it is as if all the mitzvot consisted of this one mitzvah of Emuna alone, for through Emuna alone one will come to fulfill all the 613 mitzvot.
Because, when his heart will rejoice and be glad with his faith in Hashem’s unity, in perfect joy, as though he were obligated by just this one mitzvah, and it alone were the purpose for which he and all the worlds were created, by the power and vitality of his soul generated from this great joy, his soul will soar far above all obstacles hindering his fulfillment of all the 613 mitzvot; both from within, and from without.

(Lessons in Tanya Chapter 33)

Emuna = Joy

October 28, 2009

Now when one contemplates deeply and at length on this matter of Hashem’s true unity, his heart will rejoice with this Emuna that there is nothing besides Hashem; his soul will be gladdened by it to the point of rejoicing and singing with all his heart, soul and might. For this Emuna is tremendous — when it fills one’s mind it actually constitutes the closeness of Hashem. This in fact is the whole purpose of man, and the purpose for which he, and all the worlds, both upper and lower, were created: That Hashem should have such a dwelling-place here below, as will be explained further at length — how this earthly abode for Hashem is the purpose of all creation. Man’s Emuna in the unity of Hashem fulfills this goal. For when Hashem’s unity is revealed in the mind and heart of men, this world becomes an abode for Hashem; He is revealed there just as one reveals himself completely in his own home. How great is the joy of a common and lowly person when he is brought close to a king of flesh and blood who furthermore lodges and greater still dwells together with him — not in the king’s palace, but in the commoner’s home. How much more, infinitely more, ought one to rejoice in the nearness of the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, and in His dwelling together with man in this physical world, man’s “home.”

(Lessons in Tanya Chapter 33)

Happy always

October 27, 2009

– אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי: כל השמח ביסורין שבאין עליו
.מביא ישועה לעולם, שנאמר בהם עולם ונושע
.תענית ח

The Chovos Halevavos writes in the eight chapter that Avrohom Ovinu would have not been successful in his tests had he not accepted them with happiness.

Love your fellow as yourself

October 26, 2009

By viewing one’s body with scorn and contempt, and finding joy in the joy of the soul alone is a direct and easy path toward fulfilling the mitzvah, “You shall love your fellow as yourself,” with regard to every Yid both great and small — in spiritual stature. Since his body is despised and loathsome he will not love himself on account of his body more than he loves his fellow; and as for the soul and spirit, the differences between his own soul and that of his fellow surely will not diminish the love between them, for who can know the soul and spirit’s greatness and excellence in their source and root — the living Hashem?
How, then, can one claim that his soul is superior to his fellow’s? Furthermore, they are actually all equal; and not only equal yet separate, but, furthermore, they all have one father — one source, and within their source they all comprise one entity.
It is on account of this common root in the One Hashem that all of Yiden are called “brothers” — in the full sense of the word, only the bodies are distinct from each other.

(Lessons in Tanya Chapter 32)

Covenant

October 23, 2009

התהלך לפני והיה תמים ואתנה בריתי ביני ובינך
.רש”י – והיה תמים: אף זה צווי אחר צווי, היה שלם בכל נסיונותי

By accepting happily everything that happens we can have a true covenant with Hashem.

Planting charity

October 22, 2009

זורע צדקות מצמיח ישועות

Hashem gives the person an opportunity to do charitable deeds and through them he brings forth salvations upon himself.
Hashem gave the opportunity to do a charitable deed at the beginning of the whole chain of miracles that led to the birth of my son. Thank You Hashem for giving me the opportunity and for giving me the knowledge and strength to perform the deed.
However, recently someone requested of me to give $100 to charity and in my stupidity I refused.  I wrecked my car and it ended up costing me $900 as the famous Midrash that Tosfos bring down in Ta’anis 9A that if someone refuses to give a tithe he ends up with only the tithe. Thank You Hashem for teaching me a valuable lesson. Please Hashem help me never to forget it and always give all I can.

Security

October 21, 2009

…טוב לחסות בה’. מבטח בנדיבים
.סבוני כדבורים. דעכו כאש קוצים. בשם ה’ כי אמילם

If we put our full trust in Hashem we eradicate the power of those that come to hurt us.

Only ruler

October 20, 2009

ומלוך עלינו אתה ה’ לבדך בחסד וברחמים

We beg Hashem that He should be the only ruler over us. We should not fear or trust anyone else and give them power over us. If we achieve that level of Emuna our lives we be full of kindness and compassion.

Mazel Tov!

October 19, 2009

We had a baby boy on Thursday night (10/15/09). During the delivery the baby’s heartbeat kept on dropping. The medical team did not have any means to get the baby out sooner. We prayed to Hashem and He got the baby out on time. After the delivery they saw the knot in the umbilical cord that threatened the baby’s life. B”H baby and mother are doing fine. Thank You Hashem.