HaGaon Kanievsky Shlita – being mechazeik in one’s emunah

HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita calls on the tzibur to be mispallel for IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge as well as increasing limud Torah as the IDF counter-terrorism operation in Gaza continues. Rav Kanievsky quotes Rav Wasserman HY”D in the name of the Gra ZT”L, that a Heavenly decree (kitrug) is extinguished with Torah. In addition, when seeing so many miracles one must be mechazeik in one’s emunah and bitachon in HKBH for our lives are truly miraculous.

To accomplish this Rav Kanievsky explains we must study the appropriate seforim, such as חיי עולם, the beginning of the second chapter, where the Steipler ZT”L wrote a list of seforim that address being mechazeik in one’s emunah.from yeshivaworld

 

If you would like to be included in the distribution for the twice-daily teleconference we are doing during the Three Weeks to do teshuva  in prayer, please send an email to shulikleinman@beyondanydoubts.com .


July 22, 2014 night  https://www.dropbox.com/s/pwg37jl0iya6m5s/july222014pm.mp3

July 23, 2014 morning https://www.dropbox.com/s/clqf4etdgxqot8z/july232014am.mp3  I want to thank everyone for participating on these calls…today’s call is an hour long but the participation and interchange speak for themselves.

May our efforts be the arousal from below in prayer and teshuva that Hashem is waiting for to bestow the arousal from above with all the blessings intended for the Jewish People as stated in Torah.

May our efforts to clean off our individual impurities benefit klal yisrael because are all one Nishmas Am Yisrael

 

May our increasing awareness of the empowerment that Hashem gives to Nishmas Am Yisrael through speech and davening help us have a new relationship with our suffering and challenges based on an expanded understanding of our identity as well as our esteem as effort to use tefilla and speech in this way

 

May the tremendous awareness we are gaining to bend and glue happiness and pleasure to emulating Hashem’s Attributes of Mercy, tolerating insult, overlooking faults, bearing the burden of confusion of mind, forgiving, and casting sins into the sea, become a merit for all klal yisrael as triumphing tzelem elokim over the animal soul and growing in the ability to see happines and pleasure in our consciousness as stemming from tzelem elokim in lieu of worldly concerns.

 

Love your fellow Jew as yourself – bearing the burden of confusion of mind for being alive with free will?

When we are two years old, we learn the word NO and enter into a development of what appears to be autonomous existence. The word No is our first experience with power. We have a choice, or so it seems, regarding what happens. And if we don’t want something or if we do, we can take actions toward our goals.

 

Is there an end to the imaginings of what we desire? What boundaries are there in what we can or can’t do to see that our vision is achieved in reality?

 

All of these skills and executive functioning activities necessary for life need a very important context.   That context is to know how to submit to the reality that the Source for everything is Hashem, not our imagination, not our own doings.  There is a necessary cushion of emunah that is crucial through which intellect and imagination must be grounded.

 

But we forget. Probably more often than we remember Hashem we forget He is in the picture. And this causes us to blame others, stripping them of divine dignity with our reducing their value. And then we shame them, getting angry, speaking badly of them,virtually annihilating them.  This causes so much pain, negativity, resentment and darkness.

 

When we do this, when we forget Hashem is the Source of all Vitality and that happiness and pleasure come from learning Torah, emulating Hashem’s attributes of mercy, giving love and value knowing our survival is in Hashem’s Hands, WE are suffering from confusion of mind. We believe the amazing illusion that free will is designed to create, and that illusion is that the “me” is autonomous from Hashem. Thinking we are autonomous from Hashem is often caused by cynicism, a doubt regarding Hashem’s reality in every moment, Gd forbid.   Most of us realize we fall into that trap repeatedly throughout the day. Consciousness of Hashem and having Hashem before our eyes is something we have to train ourselves in, and it still fades when emotions are high, when the world of action is providing stimulation and challenge.  Spiritual training is all towards learning to keep Hashem in the center of our consciousness throughout the day.

 

How do we handle the confusion of other people when THEY fall into this?

 

Perhaps this gives new insight into the idea of love your fellow Jew as yourself. Just as we enjoy Hashem’s compassion when we fall into confusion of mind and act without full consciousness of Hashem’s presence with us in the moment, so too those around us fall into the same human frailty, by Hashem’s design. Thus emulating Hashem’s mercy in bearing the discomfort of the confusion of mind of those who insult us, hurt our feelings, don’t properly recognize our value and more, becomes an action reflective of our understanding of our own vulnerability to that matter. And when we are able to forgive it in others, it is because we love ourselves the same way, and appreciate so much that Hashem tolerates our confusion until we see our mistake and correct it.  Thank you Hashem!

Loving our fellow Jew means understanding that we are all confused by Hashem’s design of human nature.  Even if we believe we sometimes transcend and someone else does not, bearing confusion of mind creates positive influence because we are emulating Hashem’s mercy, and being aligned with His Mercy places us in a calm inner space glued to His Attributes. From there, we can interact revealing Hashem’s glory.  Having the certainty that whatever happens is from Hashem, is good, and our happiness and pleasure come from THERE rather than the resolution or complication of the circumstance takes emunah but gives us access to true happiness and pleasure, no matter how illogical that may seem to the natural part of our mind. Hashem takes our positive influence and creates the next moment. This is important to understand.

 

Love your fellow Jew as yourself is the whole of Torah because Hashem bears the burden of OUR confusion of mind and when we do so, we  emulate Him and treat our fellow Jew with awareness of their divine dignity, albeit they might be confused in the moment. Welcome to the club! Treating each other with divine dignity creates positive influence for all. Effort in emulating Hashem to create positive influence is the real basis for esteem, happiness and pleasure.

 

Let’s break the blame, shame cycle of kidnapped pleasure and happiness. And may the koach from the natural reactions we make an effort to transcend become the concrete walls and new wiring of neuropathways delivering into our hearts and into our speech and deeds revelation of Hashem’s Glory.

 

May the light we are able to reflect like the moon reflecting the sun be a merit for all Klal Yisrael.

Erupting divine dignity into our neurocircuitry as the natural order – come do teshuva with us!

We are doing teshuva to create positive influence and protection for our people. The process of our teshuva is to effortfully seek to identify as tzelem elokim and cling to the root Source of happiness and pleasure – learning Torah, emulating Hashem, living with emunah and bitachon, giving love and value with knowledge that our survival is in Hashem’s Hands alone. We are trying to stop basing esteem, happiness and pleasure on the ego and animal-self goals. We are submitting with emunah to the reality that there is Hashem Who is the Source for all Vitality.

 

When we release happiness and pleasure from the grips of the animal soul’s self-referencing with love in our heart to understand that happiness and pleasure are the result of learning Torah, doing mitzvahs, emulating Hashem’s attributes of mercy  [Tomer Devorah explains the Attributes of Mercy as tolerating insults, overlooking faults, bearing the burden of confusion of mind, forgiving, casting sins into the sea] ,we free the Shechina from the darkness that traps it – the mask of nature over the koach of His Light. By free willed choice, we can ask Hashem to move that koach and leave behind our futile attempts to connect to happiness and pleasure based on ego, time and space in favor of using the koach to strengthen our mind, the vessel, in order that we are able to receive and reveal true good into time and space.

 

Our survival instincts, when triggered, often presents itself in our consciousness as a valid emotional basis for responding with anger and judgment, saying and doing things that we may justify as good and well-meaning but that are indeed quite hurtful and damaging. Someone said their young five year old was in school and the Morah did not allow them to go to the bathroom without permission. The little girl asked her father who told her that if she has to go to the bathroom, she should go. One day the girl had to go and raised her hand and the teacher told her no, that she should have gone before. The girl tried to wait but had to go and got up to go, following her father’s instruction. She tripped and fell and as she was making on the floor the teacher was giving her a lesson, that she was being taught midda keneged midda for disobeying the teacher. Outrageous as this may seem, it happens to us all the time. When we are young, we want to please the people around in order to receive love and value. This need gives so much power to the adults around us and many believe unknowingly that their agenda for what is good for us is the truth of what is good for us. Their words hurt, their labels stick, the imprint on our minds is planted, and we are challenged to conform to their blaming and shaming rather than to follow Torah or emulate Hashem. After all, we don’t want anyone to be upset with us!!!!

 

Happiness, pleasure and survival are in Hashem’s Hands. When we learn and follow Torah, emulate Hashem, live with emunah and bitachon giving love and value, no matter what we experience the highest levels of pleasure. Threats of abandonment and annihilation by powerful appearing enemies [ we experience this in our daily lives as feelings of anxiety, judgment, anger and more when something triggers us]  must be remembered as having its Source in Hashem albeit coming to us through a painful or challenging experience. Hashem is the only power. It is upon us to follow the Torah, to return to halacha, to emulate Hashem. Specifically, we are taught to be humble, to remove arrogance, to bitul our ego. Otherwise, when we feel we have power to say and do what WE think may be right in the moment, we might be making a mistake. Our efforts to look at circumstances with intelligence MUST be buffered with emunah in Hashem and awareness that we are made in His Image to reveal His Atrributes of Mercy. In this way, we will be connected to Him. In this way His Glory wlll be revealed. There is no better Homeland Security than that.

 

No matter what the challenge, the only good is what the Torah tells us. Returning happiness and pleasure to its proper roots will not only bring us happiness, pleasure, survival and good, but it will also reveal to the world Hashem’s Good. For as it says

 

Yermiyahu 1:18-19:

 

For I have today made you as a fortified city, as an iron pillar, and as walls of brass against the whole land, the kings of Judah, its nobles, priests, and the people of the land. And they shall fight you but they willnot prevail, for I am with you to ave you, says the Lord.

 

Yermiyahu 2:2-3

Go and cry out in the ears of Jerusalem saying, Thus says the Lord: I remember yuour favor, the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, when you went ofter Me into the desert, into a land that was not sown.

Israel is holy to the Lord, the first fruits of His produce; all that devour him shall be held guilty, and evil shall come down upon them, says the Lord.

 

Meam Loez comments that:

Rashi interprets Hashem’s statement as a declaration of His great mercy, and His willingness to accept Israel should they repent. That desire to accept them is founded on His retaining the memory of the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, and the willingness demonstrated then to forgo the comforts of civilation to follow Him into the barren desert.

 

The teshuva that we are doing is designed for us to rediscover the immense pleasure of revealing divine dignity in every moment. The teshuva we are doing strengthens a relationship with Hashem that is necessary in order for us to do the work of tikun he desires from us. That tikun is the constant effort we make to behave with free will as if we are one with Hashem’s Will, knowing that is the only real good. It is a constant avoda as long as we are alive. Having the challenges MEANS we are alive, in bodies, with egos, and subconscious and unconscious AND with a tzelem elokim including a level of surrounding light that connects us at all times to the real Source of all vitality, a surrounding light that we ask Hashem to lovingly and gently erupt into our neurocircuitry so that it naturally is what flows through our hearts.  During the Three Weeks, we are trying to connect with Hashem internally, to the pleasure and happiness of feeling His Presence, as it was in the Temple of Shlomo HaMelech.

 

The only good is Torah. There is No Other Power. We are made in Hashem’s image. He is the source of all Vitality. When we trust in Torah, following the halachos, emulating His attributes, doing mitzvahs, loving Hashem, giving love and value to others and trusting our survival to Hashem alone, there is nothing to fear at all.

 

May the teshuvas that we do in our personal examples of this create positive influence and be merits for Klal Yisrael. May the eruption into our consciousness of tzelem elokim and the pleasure of that experience help us understand most deeply what we lost when we lost Shlomo’s Temple. May our building into our minds His Presence conclude once and for all the grief of all these years of living without the Temple, internalizing our connection to Him, and making it so natural as to flow through our hearts in order that His Glory once again is seen in time and space.

May Hashem protect us and cause our enemies to stop being enemies.

 

Women are invited to join our teshuva during the three weeks.  please visit www.brachagemach.com for more information.

 

Teshuva does not mean guilt – teshuva means return to functioning as Nishmas Am Yisrael

Being alive is a constant source of opportunity to reveal divine dignity. Inherent in life are the necessary concealments of what divine dignity is, for covering our divine dignity is a body, with an ego and subconscious and unconscious mind. What we experience in our natural responses is tangible and experiential. That “delivery system” for stimulus, thought and emotion is one that we can bend into service for revealing divine dignity. It is a lifelong journey. But our effort to do so creates positive influence.

 

Imagine all the benefits we get from a tree – wood for building, shade, fruit, home for birds and animals and ultimately, its waste product, oxygen, which is formed through photosynthesis. A tree takes in carbon dioxide and produces so much benefit for us and its waste product is necessary for our very lives. If we were to ask which is the most noticeable of a tree’s function, we would say most likely shade, home for animals, or even wood. It takes scientific understanding to know it is also producing oxygen.

 

Thus can we understand what a return to functioning as Nishmas Am Yisrael is like. When the Jewish people do mitzvahs, when we rise above our natural tendencies with love in our heart to put aside our self-referencing in favor of emulating Hashem’s Attributes of Mercy thereby revealing divine dignity, we are expressing a higher understanding of the spiritual science of the universe and of our functioning. It is empowering to understand that what we go through is not the basis of our esteem, either here or in the heavens. What we go through here is the playing field upon which our free choice is given so that we can do the functioning of Nishmas Am Yisrael. The functioning of Nishmas Am Yisrael is to generate positive influence that Hashem can then fold into the elements and His utterances in creating and re-creating the world each moment.

 

With love in our hearts and emunah as the place from which we view our intellectual understanding of circumstance, may we cry out to Hashem that we understand that He is the place of all, that His is the only Glory, and to please help us to access the koach of what is natural with expression of divine dignity so that divine dignity is what naturally flows through us, rather than self-referencing. We do this by refining our unrectified attributes. This is teshuva, but it is not to feel guilt. It is teshuva to produce positive influence we are created to produce and to build our being into one that can hold and reveal His Glory.

 

May our effort to do so be a merit for klal yisrael that we should be deemed to be the generation meritorious for redemption and may the koach of our past mistakes now having taught us be brought to the side of merit as they teach us and impress upon the natural delivery system within us an expanded ability to hold and choose to reveal divine dignity over lower responses.

Rav Moshe Weinberger on the Three Weeks – 8 Part Series

8 Shiurim found in Davening During The Three Weeks Entering into 9 B’Av in the proper way. Based on a Kuntres of Rav Tzvi Meir Zilberberg (Sichos Hischaskus, Cheilek D’varim, Erev Shabbos Chason, 5759), Rav Weinberger teaches us that we must work on a practical level to improve our davening (prayer) especially during the 3 weeks between 17 Tamuz and 9 B’Av. What is it that we need to think about, and how we can empathize with other Jews during their times of tzarah (trouble and sorrow).

A PDF copy of the kuntres (we have permission to reproduce) can be found with each shiur.

http://www.ravmosheweinberger.com/ProductList/Lecture_Series/Tefillah/Davening_During_The_Three_Weeks.html

Mitzvos We Can Fulfill as the Sirens Wail – reposted from The Yeshiva World News

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/248477/mitzvos-we-can-fulfill-as-the-sirens-wail.html

The following was forwarded by Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein ​Shlita ​the head Rabbi of the council in Ramat Elchanan in B’nai Brak.

There are five mitzvos d’Or​y​sa that we can perform upon hearing the siren blast in Israel:

1) Implant in our heart​s​ Ein Od Milvado – It is all from Hashem Yisborach. Every rocket has an address – trust in Hashem. Rabbeinu Yonah ztk’l writes in his sefer Shaare Teshuvah that when ​we experience distress or sorrow – ​we should implant trust in ​our hear ​​t​s​ that yeshuat Hashem can come at any moment, as is ​also written time and time again throughout perkei Tehillim.

2) At the moment the siren sounds recite perkei Tehillim and pray that it does not harm any Jew. By doing so we are mekayem the mitzvah d’Orysa: when a person experiences troubles we should pray to HKBH that He save us ​ from our sorrows​.

3) During these moments we should experience heerhurei teshuvah, thoughts of teshuvah, as taught by the Rambam when a person find himself in times of trouble, and more so when the ​entire ​Jewish nation is experiencing collective sorrow we should plead with Hashem​ and do teshuvah.

It is a special time to recite the​ verse ​, “Atah ​Tzaddik ​al kol habah ahlay ki Emes Asseesa v’Ani hershatee ( ​You are just in all that happens, as ​Your ways are Emess but I am the one who s​trayed).​”​ This is a segulah to nullify all harsh judgments.

4) After the rocket has been fired ​and/​or fallen onto open fields and B”H no one has been harmed​,​ there is another positive mitzvah: “To praise Hillulim and Tishbachot (songs of praise and appreciation) to Hashem Yisborach”. Rav Zilberstein Shlita added that the pasuk in Tehillim ​(35:18​)​ is especially appropriate “Odcha b’kahal rav, b’ahm atzoom a’Hallelecha ( ​I will publicly acknowledge You in a great congregation, I will praise You in a mighty throng)”

The gematria​a​ of this pasuk is 5774.

5) Open your doors to those in need of shield and shelter from the rockets. If a person finds herself in the streets during a rocket siren and is looking for cover inside a building structure, open your doors to another Jew ​(verify this first) ​who is in danger. ​If you can, i​nvite other families who reside in the South to stay with you in quieter neighborhoods. ​ With that you are fulfilling the positive mitzvah of “Lo sa’amod ol dam re’iecha (​You shall not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor )” and also the mitzvah of hachnasas orchim.

​There is reason, there is purpose. Let’s sweeten the judgments and hasten the geula​ by striving to fulfill these mitzvos. B”H, May we only hear good news and be dancing in the Beit HaMikdash soon, b’rachamim, b’karov, Amen

 

 

 

The following was forwarded by Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein ​Shlita ​the head Rabbi of the council in Ramat Elchanan in B’nai Brak.

There are five mitzvos d’Or​y​sa that we can perform upon hearing the siren blast in Israel:

1) Implant in our heart​s​ Ein Od Milvado – It is all from Hashem Yisborach. Every rocket has an address – trust in Hashem. Rabbeinu Yonah ztk’l writes in his sefer Shaare Teshuvah that when ​we experience distress or sorrow – ​we should implant trust in ​our hear ​​t​s​ that yeshuat Hashem can come at any moment, as is ​also written time and time again throughout perkei Tehillim.

2) At the moment the siren sounds recite perkei Tehillim and pray that it does not harm any Jew. By doing so we are mekayem the mitzvah d’Orysa: when a person experiences troubles we should pray to HKBH that He save us ​ from our sorrows​.

3) During these moments we should experience heerhurei teshuvah, thoughts of teshuvah, as taught by the Rambam when a person find himself in times of trouble, and more so when the ​entire ​Jewish nation is experiencing collective sorrow we should plead with Hashem​ and do teshuvah.

It is a special time to recite the​ verse ​, “Atah ​Tzaddik ​al kol habah ahlay ki Emes Asseesa v’Ani hershatee ( ​You are just in all that happens, as ​Your ways are Emess but I am the one who s​trayed).​”​ This is a segulah to nullify all harsh judgments.

4) After the rocket has been fired ​and/​or fallen onto open fields and B”H no one has been harmed​,​ there is another positive mitzvah: “To praise Hillulim and Tishbachot (songs of praise and appreciation) to Hashem Yisborach”. Rav Zilberstein Shlita added that the pasuk in Tehillim ​(35:18​)​ is especially appropriate “Odcha b’kahal rav, b’ahm atzoom a’Hallelecha ( ​I will publicly acknowledge You in a great congregation, I will praise You in a mighty throng)”

The gematria​a​ of this pasuk is 5774.

5) Open your doors to those in need of shield and shelter from the rockets. If a person finds herself in the streets during a rocket siren and is looking for cover inside a building structure, open your doors to another Jew ​(verify this first) ​who is in danger. ​If you can, i​nvite other families who reside in the South to stay with you in quieter neighborhoods. ​ With that you are fulfilling the positive mitzvah of “Lo sa’amod ol dam re’iecha (​You shall not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor )” and also the mitzvah of hachnasas orchim.

​There is reason, there is purpose. Let’s sweeten the judgments and hasten the geula​ by striving to fulfill these mitzvos. B”H, May we only hear good news and be dancing in the Beit HaMikdash soon, b’rachamim, b’karov, Amen.

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/248477/mitzvos-we-can-fulfill-as-the-sirens-wail.html#sthash.zekScltx.dpuf

The following was forwarded by Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein ​Shlita ​the head Rabbi of the council in Ramat Elchanan in B’nai Brak.

There are five mitzvos d’Or​y​sa that we can perform upon hearing the siren blast in Israel:

1) Implant in our heart​s​ Ein Od Milvado – It is all from Hashem Yisborach. Every rocket has an address – trust in Hashem. Rabbeinu Yonah ztk’l writes in his sefer Shaare Teshuvah that when ​we experience distress or sorrow – ​we should implant trust in ​our hear ​​t​s​ that yeshuat Hashem can come at any moment, as is ​also written time and time again throughout perkei Tehillim.

2) At the moment the siren sounds recite perkei Tehillim and pray that it does not harm any Jew. By doing so we are mekayem the mitzvah d’Orysa: when a person experiences troubles we should pray to HKBH that He save us ​ from our sorrows​.

3) During these moments we should experience heerhurei teshuvah, thoughts of teshuvah, as taught by the Rambam when a person find himself in times of trouble, and more so when the ​entire ​Jewish nation is experiencing collective sorrow we should plead with Hashem​ and do teshuvah.

It is a special time to recite the​ verse ​, “Atah ​Tzaddik ​al kol habah ahlay ki Emes Asseesa v’Ani hershatee ( ​You are just in all that happens, as ​Your ways are Emess but I am the one who s​trayed).​”​ This is a segulah to nullify all harsh judgments.

4) After the rocket has been fired ​and/​or fallen onto open fields and B”H no one has been harmed​,​ there is another positive mitzvah: “To praise Hillulim and Tishbachot (songs of praise and appreciation) to Hashem Yisborach”. Rav Zilberstein Shlita added that the pasuk in Tehillim ​(35:18​)​ is especially appropriate “Odcha b’kahal rav, b’ahm atzoom a’Hallelecha ( ​I will publicly acknowledge You in a great congregation, I will praise You in a mighty throng)”

The gematria​a​ of this pasuk is 5774.

5) Open your doors to those in need of shield and shelter from the rockets. If a person finds herself in the streets during a rocket siren and is looking for cover inside a building structure, open your doors to another Jew ​(verify this first) ​who is in danger. ​If you can, i​nvite other families who reside in the South to stay with you in quieter neighborhoods. ​ With that you are fulfilling the positive mitzvah of “Lo sa’amod ol dam re’iecha (​You shall not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor )” and also the mitzvah of hachnasas orchim.

​There is reason, there is purpose. Let’s sweeten the judgments and hasten the geula​ by striving to fulfill these mitzvos. B”H, May we only hear good news and be dancing in the Beit HaMikdash soon, b’rachamim, b’karov, Amen.

– See more at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/248477/mitzvos-we-can-fulfill-as-the-sirens-wail.html#sthash.zekScltx.dpuf

Weaning ourselves from ego to eternity – finding the happiness and pleasure that Hashem designs for us

An important parable to empower us to let go of holding onto ego goals as the source of happiness and pleasure.

 

The parable is that a mountain climber loses footing in the dark night and his gear holds him dangling he cannot see anything because there is no light and he turns to Hashem for help. Hashem answers him cut the rope. The climber, holding onto the rope, tells Hashem I cant do that.

 

Three days later the rescue team finds him frozen, dangling three feet above a ledge that could have caught him.

 

Our ego feels to us like it is who we are. Every emotion and desire goes through our brain and passes through the tests that our naturally developed selves set for it to determine if something is good or bad, relative to us. what if the tests we set for ourselves to determine good or bad become relative to Torah, and what if our naturally developed selves could feel that as pleasure to an even greater degree than we experience ego victories, would we “cut the rope?”

 

There is no cutting the rope. The process is a gradual one, day by day, choice by choice. It is not overnight, or a one year or ten year process. It is a lifetime process on an infinite path. Imagine a journey with a known destination that takes infinity to reach. That is what we are on. The purpose is not to reach the destination. The purpose is to generate the positive influence upon the world we do while on the journey.

 

This is a nice thing to do, right? NO! the only good there is in the world is Torah. If we are not on this journey, then the influence we are creating in the world falls into a different category, creating negative influences for which we are accountable.

 

Hashem is very patient with us. He has totally protected Israel from 1300 missiles. He wants to give us the pleasure He designs us for. But can we hold it? Have we made any impressions within the ego to reduce it, to bittel it, in order to form ourselves into a vessel that can receive the pleasure Hashem desires to give us? Unbounded water is a flood and not good in anyone’s eyes.

 

To begin, please see http://beyondanydoubts.com/2014/07/17/teshuva-within-format-submission-separation-sweetening-example-toolbox/ and www.brachagemach.com

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen -Notes from shiur after the ground invasion into Gaza on Kol HaLashon

1. Essential to Listen to Today: An approximately 30-minute Shiur given last night by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, Shlita, after the ground invasion into Gaza began. It is available on Kol HaLashon 718-906-6400, with the following prompts: 1-4-6-1.  Once again, if at all possible–listen today!

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen – Notes from shiur after the ground invasion into Gaza on Kol HaLashon – mp3 recording of the Kol HaLashon phone call – 140718_001

 

Imagine it is your son or daughter fighting in the war…would you go to the mountains? We are not to separate ourselves from the community.

 

In Switzerland there was a threat against the Jews and the rabbis told them to stay home.

 

We are going out to dinner, to get our favorite restaurant foods. We eat out, why? What is wrong with the house. We have no one telling us what is normal and what is not normal. The truth will have to be found in corners, who can tell us the truth.

 

Only 1300 missiles hit a country and nothing happened and Hashem helped them so I don’t have to change my life style? The angels come down and say when the salvation comes down we will not benefit. When we fast we are to learn teshuva.

 

Now is the three weeks. If we mourn Yerushalayim, we merit to see it rebuilt. Here is moshel. Imagine someone has ALS. Very debilitating disease. Imagne there is a pill that can cure it and one can get it and the other cannot get it. a complete cure. The one who cant get it will feel terrible. If we are not mourning yerushalayim, that is how it will be. Even if Israel is not at war, Hashem is trying to get our attention to get our galus.

 

We can have the best kids, but why visiting day when Israel is at war? The shuls should have been full of learning and crying. So let’s see what we do with the ground war.

 

We are shomre mitzvahs. Forget restaurants. We go home and eat and drink. The gemara says regarding yeshaya…people said to each other eat drink and tomorrow we die, they ignored the troubles of the people, I am in Laewood, Brooklyn, I am comfortable. On him the gemara says the words are revealed to Hashem’s ears. Hashe has sworn it wont be atoned except through death. And there is additional death in the next world. We don’t get kapara in the next world either.   We have to do something now.

 

Rabbi kotler says we cant blame ourselves, iti s galus, on one side it is soft, but to change we are hard as a stone. That is how it is before Moshiach.

 

Imagine we have our sons in gaza. If it is your son, are you going to the restaurant? No. if the son is getting a tumor out of his head do you go to a restaurant, do we understand what we are going through?

 

It is a chilul Hashem. Gemara in taanis, what do you want from me, to bash me over the head. I am trying to saving you from an onesh that heavenly courts cant help you. We cant function today. What does Hashem want from me, what can I do better? We are on a low madrega. Our lives are in danger. We have to fight the enemy. We have a wife waiting at home. We are to have a suffering guf for the tzibur. Clinging to the middos of Hashem. We don’t know hashem’s cheshbonos. The Chofetz chaim didn’t sleep in a bed to suffer with Israel.

 

Ponevitcher rav says he came to the Chofetz Chaim’s house and his rebbetzin opened the door it is a little hut and I hear crying. Who is crying? It was getting stronger and stronger. Someone is going through a difficult time and the Chofetz chaim is crying. We have to motivate ourselves to not be so comfortable. We cant just let it pass.

 

We also have to have a fright that something might happen to us too. Middos hadin. He quotes the Rambam, we have to awaken from sleep. Hasehm has put us in a situation, the whole middos hadin, my beloved brothers, you see middos hadin is getting stronger and stronger. A plane going down – it is all for me. Hashem downs the plane – what can we do now? Hashem loves us. whatever He does is for the benefit but He is helping us out in the three weeks, 21 ways, He is helping us out. We have to learn more, daven longer. We have to answer. We are going on with daily life. Should we take off work to learn? It doesn’t enter our mnd. But to take off to go away on vacation. It is a rachmanas on us, at least tell Hashem I am so simple that I cant do anything. Just saying it doesn’t mean anything, it is on our mind.

 

Chofetz chaim says two reasons. It is known Moshiach will come and take all the enemies of the Jewish people and the nonJews will say what we did, going to the movies.etc. Hashem is cleansing us, He takes care of our sins already. But to the rest of the world, they didn’t have difficulties.

 

It is hester panim today, what people are doing what they never did 50 years ago. Last week I was in austraila and there they allow a brother and a sister to get married. And you can live with a child. We are holding in hester panim. The world doesn’t make sense. It makes it harder for us to have emunah in Hashem. Hashem wants our emunah to be high. The hester panim is so great there will only be a few people who totally believe in Him. That is what He wants. Hashem did tremendous things, 1300 missiles fell and no one was killed by them, save one.

 

Whatever madrega you are when Moshiach comes, that is what you are. When Moshiach comes it is done. Hashem is making it difficult. Do teshuva I want you to be on a higher madrega. So he sainds us suffering. But don’t fall into the rut. The alter from Kelm says the three weeks was planned in the summer to see who will mourn during vacaton time. Hashem did it, who will pass the test, sorry to ruin your vacaton. Do yourself a favor.

 

Plenty of parents were not sleeping. Their sons went into Gaza. If only three died? You have to be makebel a little bit. Everyone can figure eout something but it isn’t regular basis. There is so much going on, finding our places. Take it seriously , take something on to do.

 

Someone called me from the mountains, to go out in a rowboat. He called to see if he should go in a boat. I told him go 20 minutes..he asked himself . we should feel this. we have to not fall into the habit of not waking up. Let’s hope it ends tomorrow.

 

Reb chaim did to the brisker rav. He didn’t sleep in a bed the brisker rav, he gave it to others. Reb chaim would stay up the whole night and go to the brisker rav at 2 in the morning, he would ask him a kasha. He would not let him go to sleep until he told him the answer. His father never let him sleep. Under the most strenuous circumstances he could think and learn. On his wedding his father told him to do a chesed two hours away. Just because he is getting married he is not putar from mitzvahs.

 

Don’t fall into the rut of America.

 

 

As we cry for the tragic loss of Malaysia Flight 17 -Seeing the Hashkacha Pratis in today’s situation – Where is Divine Dignity?

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We cry out feeling the tragedy, the incredible loss to mankind and the eternal pain of the families involved.

Where is our divine dignity as mankind? How do we lift ourselves and the world from a level where shooting a plane out of the sky based on self-referencing fears or judgments can seem like a good idea to anyone?

 

Happiness and pleasure inherent in learning Torah, emulating Hashem’s attributes of mercy, and living with emunah and bitachon as the only real pleasure that there is and that the fact we don’t feel it is the problem. Happiness and pleasure for non-Jews is included because Torah gives the seven Noahide Laws for non-Jewish people. Happiness and pleasure come only from Torah. There is no other good, for the Jews, as well as for the non-Jews. Torah is for all humanity because it is through Torah that we access the way to reveal the divine dignity with which our life force is created to reveal, Jew and non-Jew alike. When we experientially touch the pleasure of doing so, no other pleasure can compete.  None.

 

We need to return divine dignity to Hashem and break the cynicism, shame, blame culture. Whether we call it western values, materialism, ego, narcissism, evil, whatever you want – but happiness and pleasure as the result of divine dignity has been trumped by money, power, friendships and the ability to assert boundaries in a way that causes others to feel blamed and shamed.  We have fallen to the lowest depths. But it is from Hashem Who gives us the Torah to lift us out.  The ropeline is what is built into the soul of every person, the potential to gain experiential understanding that the soul experiences pleasure when involved on a constant basis with revealing divine dignity, that we are inseparable from Hashem and are built to reveal Hashem’s Glory and experience the immense pleasure of doing so.

 

Divine dignity exists regardless of income. Divine dignity exists regardless of previous mistakes. All cynicism on this point, no matter how slight,  is what traps us. Where do we really hold our esteem from?

 

 

The subconscious and unconscious cover over with the realities of our human lives and sensations and pursuit of happiness the experience of pleasure felt by our soul each time we serve Hashem according to the Torah, Jew and non-Jew. It will be this way until the redemption in order to give people free willed choice until then. But we can do battle with it by bringing our sabotaging desires and urges more and more into consciousness and then making clear choices to follow Torah, Jew and non-Jews through the Noahide Laws. The image that man is created is in the image of Hashem’s Attributes of Mercy. It is the highest and deepest in the world. When we improve consciousness of this, we gain choice in what we will, we improve thought, and then speech and deeds.

 

Especially as we enter the first Shabbos of the Three weeks, it is fitting to seek out in ourselves this deepest truth, that we are made in the image of Hashem’s Attributes of Mercy, the highest knowable understanding we can have of Hashem. If we don’t feel it – at least desire to seek it out. Know His Attributes of Mercy that we will call out on Rosh Hashana many times. Simply put, Hashem tolerates our insults and mistakes, He overlooks them, He bears the burden and sadness of our confusion of mind permitting Himself to be involved in the pain just to give us the opportunity to choose to recognize His Attributes and to choose to emulate Him, He forgives us, and He casts our sins into the sea.

 

Understanding what Hashem is doing with us means that we can glue our imagination to ways for us to emulate that in every moment. If we glue ourselves to tolerating insults, overlooking faults, bearing the burden of the confusion of mind of our fellow man, forgiving and casting sins into the sea, we awaken that deep place of divine dignity with us. When we feel relief from the confusion in a moment of clarity and calmness, we know we have moved ourselves into our true identity. Once there, once we realize that the goals we believe could bring us esteem and pleasure are inferior, we begin to be able to extricate ourselves and bring us back to the only good, Torah.

 

May we soon see a new light in the world just for considering the possibility and even just thinking about trying to do battle with the barrier of cynicism that even with only a microscopic level of effort can be pierced for an experience of pleasure that could help.

 

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Doing battle with the subconscious and unconscious to reveal His Glory as the most pleasant and desirable experience to choose with our free will.

The extremes of heat and light of summer bring out desires and a sense of independence to a degree that tests us in our ability to recognize and choose against acting upon them.

 

For the three weeks before Passover, we clean to get rid of Chometz, where has our ego gone beyond what is permissible in Torah? We find behaviors that we wish to corral and we ask Hashem to bring us from being enslaved to freedom. We then spend seven weeks expanding what we need to in order to bring that freed inclination into service of Hashem and contracting what we need to stop doing in order to bring that freed inclination into service of Hashem. In the seventh week, malchus, we live with our re-trained inclinations, and stand at Har Sinai to receive the Torah.

 

When we sinned with the Golden Calf, the work we did to bring ourselves to the level of Adom before the sin got covered over again. In one second, the keser, chochma and bina, the higher three attributes of the animal soul, dominated the heart of the Jewish people. The three weeks that could have been a joyous time of receiving the commandments have become a time of danger.

 

Nishmas Am Yisrael, Torah and Hashem’s Name yud k vav k are inseparable. That means our higher soul, the tzelem elokim that is made in the image of Hashem’s attributes of mercy, emulating His Keser is taught Torah in utero. When we understand that all of Torah is available at all times within us, we can approach the work of cleaning off the influence of the animal soul that is covering our awareness of Torah with its arousal of subconscious and unconscious desires, fears, defensive survival reactions and unrectified characteristics inherent in being alive.

 

During the three weeks, we seem more and more comfortable with the logic and guidelines of fulfilling natural desires based on worldly considerations and comfort. Yet we worked all year to improve our unrectified characteristics – how do we keep from losing them in this time of expanded light and heat that seemingly bring out wisdom in pursuing desires based on worldly rather than Torah considerations?

 

Parshas Matos tells us that the Leviim fought in the war with Midian because no one is exempt from the need to do battle with the subconscious and unconscious, which are the wisdom and understanding coming from the animal soul. Just as during the three weeks before Passover we cleaned for Chometz to reduce our ego, our gains in retraining our inclination now have to take their next step. During these three weeks, we have to ingrain into our thoughts by overcoming the animal soul’s influence that happiness and pleasure come from learning Torah, emulating Hashem’s Attributes of mercy, and living with faith and belief. The tzelem elokim, the soul that is made in Hashem’s image, has not forgotten this. The battle we do to impress upon the animal soul’s chochma and bina that happiness and pleasure do not come to us as it suggests builds into our brain boundaries that will eventually help us to contain the happiness and pleasure that Hashem desires to give us.

 

May we understand that love and value come from connection to Hashem’s Torah and attributes and that pleasure comes from the experience of revealing His Glory without impurities. May we speak out to Hashem when we feel a bitterness and tell Him with simple words that we know it is all from Him and that it is our choice to connect happiness and pleasure to the degree we merit to reveal His Glory and to please help us clean off the impurities so as to infuse His Glory into nature.

 

Until Moshiach comes we will continue to have a subconscious and an unconscious, provided by the animal soul directing us towards the fulfillment of perceived worldly pleasures and comfort. Yet we can do battle with it on an individual level and to the degree we make an effort with free will to reveal His Glory, we establish our name in the heavens and our capacity to draw His Glory into the world.

 

May we soon see a new light.