Archive for the ‘Tefilah’ Category

The only way

February 2, 2015

מה יעשה אדם ויתעשר אמר להן ירבה בסחורה וישא ויתן באמונה
אמרו לו הרבה עשו כן ולא הועילו אלא יבקש רחמים ממי שהעושר שלו
שנאמר (חגי ב, ח) לי הכסף ולי הזהב מאי קמ”ל דהא בלא הא לא סגי
נדה  ע

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On Guard

November 13, 2014

וְתֵן בְּלִבֵּנוּ בִּינָה לְהָבִין וּלְהַשכִּיל. לִשְׁמעַ. לִלְמד וּלְלַמֵּד. לִשְׁמר

We need lots of wisdom on how to guard the Torah. We have to constantly safeguard not to fall into the traps of the Yetzer Horah.

The root cause

November 11, 2014

סְלַח לָנוּ אָבִינוּ כִּי חָטָאנוּ. מְחַל לָנוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ כִּי פָשָׁעְנוּ

The root cause of a sin committed b’shogeg (mistakenly) is a weakness in another area.

Tefilah a Gift

August 11, 2014

ויפתח ה׳ את פי האתון. נתן בה כח לדבר כענין ה׳ שפתי תפתח
ספורנו בלק

Just like it is unnatural for a donkey to speak, so too it is unnatural for a physical entity to Daven to Hashem. Both are a gift from Hashem Who gives us the ability to pray to Him.

The best proof

July 25, 2014

והב״ה השיבו למה זה ישאלו לשמי, אין להם צורך לראי׳ אחרת
כי אהי׳ עמהם בכל צרתם, יקראוני ואענם, והיא הראי׳ הגדולה שיש
אל׳ בישראל קרובים אלינו בכל קראנו אליו, ויש אל׳ שופטים בארץ
רמב״ן שמות

Constant Prayer

July 9, 2014

בני אהובי, כתבתי לכם כל זה בכדי שגם אתם תתנו
לבבכם הטהור לעבודה רמה זו, היינו שתהיינה רגילות בפיכם
בתמידות תפלות למקום ב׳׳ה וב״ש הן באריכות הן בקיצור

The Yesod Ve’Shoresh HaAvodah entreats his children in his will to constantly pray to Hashem. He proclaims that if they will follow this advice they will be true servants of Hashem.

 

The power of Tehilim

July 7, 2014

Twice recently I completed the whole Tehilim to daven of for a specific purpose. Both times, Hashem in His great kindness miraculously  granted my wish.

Feel Hashem’s Love

June 16, 2014

עַל זאת שִׁבְּחוּ אֲהוּבִים וְרומְמוּ לָקל. וְנָתְנוּ יְדִידִים זְמִירות שִׁירות וְתִשְׁבָּחות

Only when a person feels beloved and befriended by Hashem he could sing and praise to Him. – Rav Don Segal

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.

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.