He who comes to be purified will be helped – heal our hearts

Hate

Heat

Heart

Earth

Where did that r in heart come from?

R is the first letter of respect

Where does respect come from?

Ah

Surely we “know where hate comes from, or do we?

What if we truly understood that Hashem is doing everything.  Truly understood. 

Would what we are lacking be more or less able to be tolerated?

Here is what happens.  We are lacking something, even something crucial to survival and to normal living.  And let’s say someone has done something deliberately to make sure that lack is there, out of their own desire for power or out of the exercise of strength for its own sake.

The element involved is fire.  Power and strength are aimed at a resource that we perceive as needed for survival.

Who is causing that lack?

It surely appears as though it is the one whose muscles are moving with power and strength to orchestrate the lack.

But Who is the One that moves that person’s muscles?

Yes that person has real free will.  But no, no one can touch one thing Hashem wants to send to us.

What we experience is a strong survival instinct with a person as the cause, and our inner world and imagination begin to try to figure out cause and effect, why, and what to do about it.

The more time we put into it, the more we come to think that there is something we can do, a control we have, to manage the situation and “take back” the lack.

There is an important step missing. A step that is everything.

That step is to realize that the lack is from Hashem.  He desires that we be placed in this situation, with all the negative feelings and consequences of being “victimized,” so that our divine soul is placed in a storm of emotions to make the choice to recognize Him, have compassion upon the life force with which we are ready to invest in cause and effect solutions and actions and INSTEAD, turn to Him with emunah and then flow all of the swirling forces from the matter into the world as love, light, warmth and kiddush Hashem. Not one atom in our body feels like this is a great idea, right?

Do not worry.  He knows exactly where the strength for the mitzvah was extracted from.  He then heals our hearts.  He is the healer of hearts, He Who helps those who come to be purified from where their life force is crushed and trapped in a lower brain (reptilian) survival reaction.  We don’t even realize that this is our reality. To us, it feels like regular effort to respond, to address, to negotiate, to take action.  And we may have to move our muscles but first, there is the all important step and understanding…

He is doing everything,  It is up to us to see this.

When a small child feels hatred, it is a way for the child to feel powerful.  However, it is really not so that the child is actually powerful.  It feels like power but really the child is helpless, powerless.  When we hate, we turn to that power He invests in to give us a choice, a power that wants MORE power but can only acquire it through our “donations” feeding our life force to its messages. When we hate, we bring our life force to something that simply cannot reveal Hashem, for we are investing in a power fallen from the real power, the Only Power, Hashem. 

Our true power is in the ability to make a choice according to Torah over our natural reactions,

This takes will.

When people are interested in power and strength in and of themselves, they do not want those over whom they exercise power and strength to think for themselves and realize that something that is not so moral might be happening  This is what happens when hate or self-hate comes into our mind.  Most of us just want to be taken care of, to go along to get along.

Imagine a small child whose parent screams at them, in order for the child to cooperate or obey, Now imagine the parent is so upset and begins verbally accusing and attacking the child with imagination and false fears of what the child’s “motives” were. That parent or teacher, who has real power over the child, is exercising that power towards an end without regard for the impact on the child.

The impact on a child in such a situation could be a feeling of danger.  Perhaps the child, who knows that their intent was not what is being touted, doubts herself.  Perhaps the child now believes she is not lovable and does not deserve to exist, unless the ones in power see her as good again.  Chances are, in those moments, she is feeling hatred towards them, although desperate for their love, but confused about her opinion that she is good versus theirs that she has done something heinous.

It is one thing when such a scene happens due to inexperience or distress.  It is another thing when such a scene happens out of intention to dominate and be powerful and strong in order to orchestrate events towards one’s own goals.

Honor is due only to Hashem, for He is doing everything

He gives us intellect, cause and effect thinking, the power of speech, real free will, money, the ability to move, and an entire world.

At the same time that He is giving us life force to serve Him, He is also surrounding us with physicality filled with His Concealed Love.  If we believe that we are just a creation designed to exist for a period of time in this world to see how much we can accomplish in time and space, we may be missing the key reason that we are here. That key reason is NOT to serve ourselves.  It is to recognize Hashem and bear the discomfort of having our life force naturally attached to all the natural impulses and urges we feel long enough to tell Hashem that we want only for all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our might to flow into this world as love, light, warmth, kindness, and mitzvahs and kiddush Hashem.

When we begin to see our tendencies to “feel ourselves” as a ripe fruit ready to be peeled to release the light into the world according to His Desire and not according to what “feels like our heart,” we have begun to conduct ourselves with wisdom.

We may have radioactive feelings of uncertainty, volatility, instability to hold the emunah that He is doing everything with racing thoughts of what can we do to stop this attack.  Fire.  Water. Wind.  Hashem please may I be a channel to flow fire water and wind into the world as light, love and kiddush Hashem?

We are able to use real free will to go to emunah.  Hatred is an attempt to be in control in a powerful way.  Emunah is a way of being part of the One Who has all the Power, Who IS power itself.

Imagine the stories of Eliyahu HaNavi materializing at certain times, or of holy ones being able to make themselves invisible to their enemies.  This comes from recognizing that He is the Only Power, there is no Other.

While intimidation and networking seem to be common tools to control populations, each one of us is accountable – we have real free will to recognize Hashem or not, to attach ourselves as an emanation to Him or to pursue the “pleasure” of dominating others.

It comes down to realizing that the task of being alive is to override the temptations to exercise power for the self or for one’s own goals. Our cause and effect thinking simply does not naturally drop our imagination and instincts.  The life force of a person can produce great light or it can pour itself into the darkness, all the while “paying off” the person with gratification of jealousy, lusts, desires, and honor.

The pulls towards these tendencies are deeply natural and embedded.  To uproot them takes awareness, expanded consciousness, real free will, emunah, bitachon, love for Hashem and the ability to make the most pleasant choice even when “radioactive” feelings are alive.

Here is an example.  Let’s say you see a friend and she sees you and intentionally turns and makes sure she does not speak to you or acknowledge you.  This would shake most people up, asking themselves, what is that about?  What we do next is the key.  It is no longer about what she did.  It is about how we feel inside.  Whatever that was it is from Hashem however we feel a certain reaction and that reaction is what He wants us to release back into the world in a mitzvah or a chesed or a prayer or by learning Torah. He tells us where to put our life force.  It is up to us to choose something that will bring the strength from the messages of the circumstance into the world according to His desire so that it is unified with Him and so that He is revealed.

Our “concern” and how we feel matter only to the degree that we go to emunah and extract the strength to give back to Him.  He knows where we are taking it from, make no mistake.  We are NOT neglecting the situation at all.  In fact we are addressing it in the manner that He creates us to address it.

Hate.

Heat

Heart

Earth

The R comes from respect.

And respect comes from recognizing He is doing everything and we are an emanation here to go to emunah and Torah and mitzvahs and kindness.

Each one of us can do this.  If we all do, there will be no hatred.  There will be no enemies. There will be only light and we will realize how He has designed us for greatness, power, and strength.

Suggesting a bracha towards which to direct the flow of light as we shift it to emunah and into the world

BREAKING! PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS from Rav Berland

Prayer below is suggested by Rabbi Berland

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice “There’s a terrible decree of world destruction by the Coronavirus.” The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction. And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.
Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, is attendant asked, “What should we do.” Rav Berland answered, we will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.
Here is the prayer:

PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS

Master of Universe, who can do anything! Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near. And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others). And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgements for the entire world, to all mankind, men women and children.
Please God! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says about Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.” Please God! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain. And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of God, O Merciful and Compassionate Father.
Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals. We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls, and animals, will be eliminated.
Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed.
Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face.
Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye. Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice “There’s a terrible decree of world destruction by the Coronavirus.” The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction. And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.
Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, is attendant asked, “What should we do.” Rav Berland answered, we will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.
Here is the prayer:

PRAYER TO BE SAVED FROM CORONAVIRUS

Master of Universe, who can do anything! Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near. And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others). And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgements for the entire world, to all mankind, men women and children.
Please God! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says about Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.” Please God! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain. And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of God, O Merciful and Compassionate Father.
Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals. We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls, and animals, will be eliminated.
Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed.
Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face.
Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye. Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.

More confidence available about our divine purpose from Tehillim 44

18All this has befallen us and we have not forgotten You, neither have we betrayed Your covenant. יחכָּל־זֹ֣את בָּ֖אַתְנוּ וְלֹ֣א שְׁכַֽחֲנ֑וּךָ וְלֹֽא־שִׁ֜קַּ֗רְנוּ בִּבְרִיתֶֽךָ:
19Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps turned away from Your path יטלֹֽא־נָס֣וֹג אָח֣וֹר לִבֵּ֑נוּ וַתֵּ֥ט אֲשֻׁרֵ֗ינוּ מִנִּ֥י אָרְחֶֽךָ:
20-even when You crushed us in a place of serpents, and You covered us with darkness. ככִּ֣י דִ֖כִּיתָנוּ בִּמְק֣וֹם תַּנִּ֑ים וַתְּכַ֖ס עָלֵ֣ינוּ בְצַלְמָֽוֶת:
21If we forgot the name of our God and spread out our palms to a strange god, כאאִם־שָׁ֖כַחְנוּ שֵׁ֣ם אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ וַנִּפְרֹ֥שׂ כַּ֜פֵּ֗ינוּ לְאֵ֣ל זָֽר:
22Will God not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. כבהֲלֹא־אֱלֹהִ֥ים יַֽחֲקָר־זֹ֑את כִּי־ה֥וּא יֹ֜דֵ֗עַ תַּֽעֲלֻמ֥וֹת לֵֽב:
23For it is for Your sake that we are killed all the time, [that] we are considered as sheep for the slaughter. כגכִּֽי־ עָ֖לֶיךָ הֹרַ֣גְנוּ כָל־הַיּ֑וֹם נֶ֜חְשַׁ֗בְנוּ כְּצֹ֣אן טִבְחָֽה:
24Awaken! Why should You sleep, O Lord? Arouse Yourself, forsake not forever. כדע֚וּרָה | לָ֖מָּה תִישַׁ֥ן | אֲדֹנָ֑י הָ֜קִ֗יצָה אַל־תִּזְנַ֥ח לָנֶֽצַח:
25Why do You hide Your countenance? [Why do] You forget our affliction and oppression? כהלָ֣מָּה פָנֶ֣יךָ תַסְתִּ֑יר תִּשְׁכַּ֖ח עָנְיֵ֣נוּ וְֽלַֽחֲצֵֽנוּ:
26For our soul is cast down to the dust, our belly clings to the earth. כוכִּ֚י שָׁ֣חָה לֶֽעָפָ֣ר נַפְשֵׁ֑נוּ דָּֽבְקָ֖ה לָאָ֣רֶץ בִּטְנֵֽנוּ:
27Arise to assist us and redeem us for the sake of Your kindness. כזק֣וּמָה עֶזְרָ֣תָה לָּ֑נוּ וּ֜פְדֵ֗נוּ לְמַ֣עַן חַסְדֶּֽךָ:

Rabbi Nir Menussi and Rabbi Moshe Weinberger shiurim to understand the avoda for our generation

 
Rabbi Nir Menussi on Parsha Beshalach Womanspirit Rising
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Notes starting minute 52:

…..According to the Arizal, there is Infinite light before creation. He has a desire to create the world, He creates a sphere, a circular space, and He pushes His light to the side, the light is still there but it appears empty, but it is full from His Perspective. Then He brings a line of light into the space, like a thread of light into this empty space and from that line of light all the worlds were created, each world is a circle that echoes the original surrounding light of Hashem. The surrounding light is that He is everywhere at the same time, permeating all the worlds equality, regardless on how much Torah we know. It is in the holiest and least holiest to the same degree. The line is the filling light.If it is a small vessel this is a little light. If we grow and mature, we have more filling light. Someone who is more tzaddik has more light. there is a circle and a line. On the line, we can point to where we are on the line. There are tzaddikim all the way down. The circle, the surrounding light, in that, everyone is equal. How can Moshe be more humble than anyone on earth? He assumes someone else could have done a better job if they had the same merits. That is being attuned to the surrounding lights. We need to appreciate the hierarchy, that we learn from teachers and teach others, we have a purpose and place in the hierarchy. However, we have to have the feelig of the surrounding light. We need to see that everyone is totally equal. If we have a circle of all the lines, turn the wheel, each is the top of its own hierarchy. If we see someone and we judge someone as more or less, it is not true. we can find a perspective that he does it better than anyone else. From a circle perspective, everyone is the best at something, he is the top point on that line. Thus we are all equal. there are endless ways of looking at things and each is the King of his own universe. This is the surrounding light perspective. Regardless if someone has a large vessel or a small vessel, a king or taking care of a garden, each is doing what he is supposed to be doing and in that realm he is the king of the nation or the king of the garden and in that way, regardless of the vessel size, we are all equal. there is no high or low. In the circle point of view there is no way of judging which is superior to another. Everyone is equal. From the point of view of behira, on the filling light, we see that Moshe’s song came from that linear masculine perspective where there is higher and lower. Moshe brings the Torah. In our era, we are forced to use hierarchies to see who is greater than whom. We can’t fill anything without this perspective. Women’s song is outburst in the moment. Miriam was able to embody and convey how the surrounding light was experienced at the moment, everyone equal, attuned to the correct perspective where we are all perfected. the surrounding light perspective can be adopted by the womanspirit – Miriam – and see how everything is equally good. When we do hakafot, it is gratefulness for rain and for Torah. Everyone is dancing in circles, connected to the surrounding light. When we are, in the future, connected to that light, we will see how each is connected. We are on guard against an overly hierarchical perspective that “takes away” the “right” to the surrounding lights. This is not up to us to do, to diminish anyone. We really do not know anything when it comes to understanding what each other knows. We want to bring the surrounding lights more and more into the world and letting go of the judgmental hierarchy way we see other people. The role of the feminine is to pull down light into the circles to bring it into the surrounding lights. The circle preceded the line, but it equalizes feminine and masculine spirituality. We need both at the same time.
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger – Our generation and what our avoda is (run and return) – three recent shiurim

Parshas Beshalach from Rabbi Gedalia Segal based on Rav Usher Freund

Everything is from heaven

When someone does anything, goes anywhere, or thinks anything and he thinks that he is the one doing it from his own strength that he is doing it and he doesn’t exercise that with his own strength he cannot do anything, even Torah and mitzvahs, to talk or to do, a person cannot move any limbs or his tongue unless they empower him from the One above with that ability.  If we think, in the parsha, Pharoah is the one that sent Bnei Yisrael from Egypt.  Pharoah from his own will sent Bnei Yisrael from being slaves in his land?  It was really against his will that they went out to a state of freedom, after there were ten plagues, and the country nearly destroyed.  But Pharoah thinks he freed them from their servitude. 

In the medrash there is a mashul that there was a donkey and someone was riding the donkey in the middle of a marketplace and the donkey saw that there was a baby next to its feet and it was ready to trample the baby and all of a sudden it moved to the side and the baby was safe.  Everyone was praising the donkey for not trampling the baby.  So the person riding the donkey said if I had not pulled the reigns to the other side, the baby would have been trampled.  So too Pharoah, he got all these plagues so Bnei Yisrael could leave the land and now he thinks he is the one that redeemed them.  The same thing happened with avimelech when he took Sara Imeinu and he attributed righteousness to himself and his heart, but the angel of the Creator said I am the one who withheld you from sinning I did not give you the ability.  He wanted to but the angel did not let.

When a person withholds from sin, he should not think that he withheld it.  From heaven they orchestrated something to withhold him from it. He should not be a fool and say it was his own strength that withheld him from sinning.  [editorial comment:  Chazal says if Hashem does not help us a person cannot withstand the yetzer hara.  In all my prayers that I pray, the first thing I say before I step out of Shemona esrai is the prayer in maariv motzei Shabbos that Hashem should help withhold me and my falimly and klal Yisrael that we should be free of sin and transgression and cleave to awe of Hashem. This is something we have to beg for because it is impossible to withstand without Hashem’s hand.]

We see in the parsha it says Hashem didn’t lead Bnei Yisrael in the land of Plishtin because it was close and He was afraid that if the Bnei Yisrael saw a war they would want to go to mitzrayim to slavery and servitude, that is how people are. We cannot trust ourselves when it comes to the evil inclination.  We can have emunah but a challenge can mess us up. Even all these miracles there was still a necessity for Hashem to orchestrate an event that they should be further away from MItzrayim, that they should not say afterwards that they themselves did it. It was orchestrated from Heaven and it is impossible to be successful and overcome the evil inclination without Hashem’s mercy and compassion.

Faith when it comes to Divine Providence

The Yidden were thanking Hashem for the salvation at this time of suffering and the gratitude came from the faith they had that Hashem did it and that they themselves were not the ones that could actually redeem themselves, they saw it was Hashem.  There were philosophers that did not believe in divine providence.  They think Hashem has nothing to do with running the world. The mackos showed that Hashem is in all the corners and that there is a divine providence on everything in the world.  Why did they not start with who is like You Hashem?  Miriam started singing and she said Hashem threw the horse and rider in the sea. The passuk is really talking about faith in divine providence.  Hashem who is higher than anything that is in this world has the ability to take the horse and rider and throw it into the sea. It was not the waves or the strength of Bnei Yisrael. It was the hand of Hashem that took the enemies of Israel and put them in the sea , the horse and the riders.  It is simple emunah that they came to actually believe that Hashem was throwing each horse and rider into the water .  we say this every day in our prayers to strengthen hashgacha pratis that everything is in the hands of Hashem. 

When our leaders say that our parnassa is like the splitting of the sea, or sometimes they say it is hard to find a spouse, just like the splitting of the sea. There is sometimes a lot of disappointments until a person finds his soul mate. This is what the chochomim were saying, it is not the emunah in a person’s heart and nothing is done by him, that everything in all the details is orchestrated from above, it would make all challenges a person has to go through much easier for that person to withstand emotionally.

It says the splitting of the sea  salvation came after they believed, that is when the salvation came.  If a person believes in Hashem  [editorial comment: salvation also comes when he believes the salvation comes from Hashem because then he tries to get closer to Hashem and to daven to Hashem so that he understands all his other efforts are nothing but Hashem.  Then he applies the right effort that the salvation actually materializes.]

Without any rest or sleep

When a person wonks on Torah and mitzvahs and emunah there is no resting or sleeping.  A person can work years and years and he can climb the ladder in becoming closer to Hashem, it is not an easy thing. It is step by step and sometimes it could be that to fall could happen.  That is the nature of going up, it is a slow process and going down could be a steep quick fall. Sometimes we walk in the cold snow and we get tired almost frozen and they know that if they fall asleep they won’t stay alive so they try to gather all the strength they have to overcome the sleep because they know their lives depend on it.

So too with avodas Hashem. It has many pitfalls, and it is like a slumber, a danger for the neshama. A person has to avoid the tendency to slumber in laziness, but sometimes he experiences a madrega in avodas Hashem and then he says now I can rest a little. But he always has to worry about the yetzer hara that he should not experience any slack, that he could again fall.  Here in this parsha, we see this happening. When Bnei Yisrael went out of Mitzrayim, they saw a lot of miracles and the people never saw such miracles and they had a high madrega and the nation believed.  They knew that they were free and that they were going to get the Torah and then Israel and they knew that Hashem is true and that Moshe was his faithful servant.  And then came a challenge – Pharoah running after them with an army and they were terrified and wanted to go back to Mitzrayim.what happened to all the miracles and emunah? How could it come into their minds that Moshe brought them there to die?  Emunah is something a person has to work on without rest or stops or slumber because even a slight weakness is a great danger and it could bring a slumber that a person could not awaken from, chas v’shalom. 

Emuna is something we work on throughout our whole lives.

They believed in Hashem

When Moshe raised his stick the staff with Hashem’s Name engraved on it, and when it was used by the splitting of the sea, it wasn’t just the sea that split but all the waters in the world.  They split as well.  You could think that the whole world would be totally shook up.  Everyone saw Hashem is the warrior and that the spirit of Hashem was on all the world.  We see with all the revelation He revealed in the world, did it bring a change to the nations of the world?  Did they convert and join klal Yisrael, even just a few when they saw Hashem with Bnei Yisrael taking them to Har Sinai to get the Torah? All the nations were witness to this and no one threw away their idols. They stayed with their avoda zara as they did before.

One person did have a result on him and he came and that was Yisro.  He threw away the avoda zara that he had.  Instead of us wondering what about the nations of the world, let’s see what happened amidst the Jewish nation.  One person carried the idol Micha threw the waters. Even after all the miracles, is that a way to cleave to Hashem and accept the yoke of heaven.  They believed in Hashem and had emunah and believed in Moshe. Emunah is a simple believe.  That can influence a person to have respect for Hashem and fear Him.  It is a belief, it is not enough to know there is a Creator.  To have the simple belief that there is a creator.

The song the women sang

Miriam  said let’s sing to Hashem so that Hashem threw the horse and riders into the sea. There are three questions about the song the women sang. What question did Miriam answer ?  she spoke to the women but the language is in the male grammar. Thirdly why did she pick the phrase horse with rider into the sea.

The women that went out of mitzrayim with the men also were in servitude. They were different from the men.  The exodus from mitzrayim was not an exodus in itself. The real purpose was to get the Torah. It seemed that the exodus was a hallway brimging them to the palace Har Sinai and Yisrael would be a nation of Torah and mitzvahs and that would be the foundation for their existence.

When Miriam told the women to go out with drums and thank Hashem for the miracles, the ladies asked her why, are we going for the purpose of getting the Torah, to learn the Torah , to do the main mitzvahs like tefillin lulav and succa?  Our main function is to keep the house and bring up the children. The responsibility of the Torah is not on us so why should we go out singing and dancing to celebrate if it is just a hallway to the palace of getting the Torah.  Miriam answered wisely and said go out and see – not only did the riders get thrown into the waters, but the horses as well.  The horses helped the riders pursue Bnei Yisael.  When Hashem punishes He punishes the ones that helped the ones that did the sin as well. So when it comes to good deeds, the good deeds are greater than the wrongdoings.  The reward for a good deed is more for the helpers that help people do good than the punishment for those that do evil.  You help your husbands learn and keep the Torah so that is why lachem, in the male grammar, that your reward is more just like the reward of your husband.

It says in chazal that in the merit of the women that don’t stop and help their huisbands learn Torah is very great. It is very appropriate to go out with dancing and with the drums because that is the main purpose of the exodus that you are equal to your husbands by helping them and not stopping them from learning the Torah.

To do the right thing in the eyes of Hashem

When a doctor comes to a sick person and he gives him a prescription, there is a danger that there is a poison that can hurt the person. The doctor knows how to prescribe it and how long it should be used and not to take more or less and he prescribes exactly what the sick person needs.  If the sick person does not follow the order of the doctor he is endangering his life.  That is what it says In the Torah, the Torah is a medication that the Healer gave to klal Yisrael. It is a refuah for the soul, the body.  If a person has a pain in the head, he should learn Torah. It purifies a person and their character attributes. It helps us overcome the evil inclination and gives us happiness.  It gives us a sense of calm in this world and the ability to acquire eternity in the world to come.  It is with fear of Hashem when we learn .  We learn not because we are commanded but out of love.  For people who learn it in the wrong way, they often become great sinners and uproot it. They learned it like an intellectual pursuit not because they are commanded.  It was not a pursuit of life, it was a pursuit of death and instead of ehaling their souls, the poison in the mediation destroys the foundation.  This is all hinted to us in the parsha that  you should do the right thing in Hashem’s eyes, not in your eyes.  Learn because Hashem told us to learn it, not because the wisdom in the Torah is something to pursue like an intellectual pursuiot. And not because you want to learn to do the mitzvahs. How many times do we see people who lwant to “fix” the Torah and change it because it is not “with the times”. This is like asick person telling the doctor how to take the medication.  The doctor will say take what you want?  The person would need the name of the doctor on the prescription.  This is like the people who go to the leaders of their time , they want to fix the Torah, they want freedom with the signature of the Torah but that does not work.

Midda of Bitachon

We learn the attribute of trust Hashem gave to bnei Yisrael when they became a nation that manna fell every day. They did not worry about tomorrow. They raised their hand every day and just like today they will get tomorrow. They collected what they wanted day by day.  For a person he has the merit to speak to Hashdme every day and ask for sustenance.  A wealthy person does not have this merit.  He has it and he does not feel the necessity to ask every day.  Collecting manna every day strengthened bitachon. Everyone will get what they need in a similar measure.  The tzaddikim get the manna close to their house. Those who do not have trust in Hashem go farther and less trust even further.

At the end, a person that brought more than he needed, he brought what others brought. Doing more effort for a bigger portion did not help. Hashem told Moshe to put away the manna.  The people asked, how will we get parnassa when we learn Torah?  Moshe told them, look at the manna.  Hashem provides whatever we need. That is the lesson of the manna

There are two opinions on this.  Was the manna put into a glass or was it put into a different material.  Those are the two ways we have. There are some people who see with their eyes clearly with their trust in Hashem that it is all given to them and that is like glass, you can see through it.  But other people can see it but not as clearly and they still believe in Hashem but it is not a see through material like glass.  It is solid, not transparent.  Some people don’t see it so clearly but they still believe Hashem provides for them.

The manna is put away and hidden from us right now but the lesson of trust is something revealed to us forever.  We know that Hashem could give and give to all that look and hope to Him.

Awakening in the Torah brings Amalek

Amalek fought with Yisrael when they came from Rifidim. Their hands came weak and Amalek came to fight with them.  It was hinted to Yitzchok aveinu and the voice of the Torah is Yaakov and Esav can’t touch thm. But when they weaken in Torah then Amalek gets power and comes to fight.

Was there amalek there, before matan Torah?  The reason was that they did not demand to get the Torah. Instead they demanded water. They did not have a thirst for the Torah and for that they were punished.

Someone came to the kedusha Harim that he forgets what he learns and he wanted a bracha that he should remember. So the Kedusha Harim asks do you forget to eat and drink?  If the learning of the Torah is that you feel it gives you life like food and water, how can you forget it.

That was the complaint of klal Yisrael that if they only had demanded the Torah Amalek would not have come.  So moshe called to Yehoshua to go fight with Amalek.  Yehoshua could fight Amalek because he was always studying Torah. Only he could overcome the enemy and win it over.

Remember what Amalek did. It was a weakening in the Torah that brought Amalek on us. We have to ge stronger in Torah because that is the merit to exist.

After the manna came to klal Yisrael they went back to the desert and to Rifidim and they were thirsty and they screamed to Moshe that they were dying of thirst.  What could klal Yisrael do, they were in the dsert and worked hard for a dwelling place for wells of water. How should they act?  The Ohr HaChaim says that Hashem wanted to show them they were safe.  We should turn our eyes to our father in Heaven, and then salvation comes. Why didn’t they daven to Hashem right away, that was their mistake they thought Hashem was in their midst so there would not be any necessity to pray, He would give them.  When what they desired was not given to them, they thought Hashem was not with them and they started screaming to Moshe.  The people were testing to see if Hashem is in their midst. But He wants the humility and the prayer. We are not reliant on nature, we need Hashem every minute.  We don’t rely on wellsprings that are natural.  When Hashem answers their prayers He sends Moshe to speak to the rock not in a natural way.  He wanted to show them to turn to Him always, their eyes to their Father in heaven and to pray to Him.

So how do we come to this feeling that we can only come to this feeling through learning the Torah, it purifies our thoughts to understand Hashem is there in everything that happens in our lives and if we listen to his statutes, meaning to learn Torah, then He gives the rain in the time and we will have water and sustenance.  Because when we are learning Torah we are connected to HIm,. Then we connect in prayer He sends the salvation.

Bnei Yisrael in Rifidim weakened in Torah and that is how they came to this challenge.

Five videos to touch our hearts – shift our strength from our cause and effect messages to emunah so that we may reveal the elements as He desires them to be revealed

It is important for us to come to the realization that we are given a physical ego and body with cause and effect thinking, as a creation, in order that, from that place of deficiencies and disconnection, we can intentionally bring our life force to strengthen emunah and in so doing, choose our identity as made in His Image over what otherwise feels like our heart. The key insight we can have is that, although it feels like fiery coals and as hardened as a cedar, our bond with the messages from cause and effect thinking that we think is US, that we rely on as adults, is overlooking something we need to know.

What do we need to know?

All there is in the world is Hashem. He flows everything into the world as solid, liquid, gas or radioactive elements, solid/earth, liquid/water/nurture/love/kindness, gas/wind/honor/speech/ and radioactive/fire/strength/fear/hate. The elements, just like the chart of the elements, combine to make everything in the world. Including thoughts and emotions. Yet they are filled with a force that is Hashem alone, concealed within it.

We can recognize that He is the only Power, and that the force is attached to a deficiency and that we can choose to intentionally ask Him to shift the strength to emunah in order that we be zocheh to reveal the water, fire and wind in the world according to His Desires and not according to our deficient messages.

Making this choice in hisbodedus to shift our life force to emunah so that we may reveal the elements as He desires, and confessing our deficiencies that are given to us in order that we HAVE choice, is the intention and creative effort we make that creates our tzelem elokim as our identity and not our natural existence.

We go to emunah as a mitzvah – the first commandment is to Know there is Hashem – in order to be a channel across which His Light can shine into the world through our mitzvahs and kindnesses and Torah learning. We can have confidence that when we return the trapped force enlivening deficiencies in water fire and wind – that we feel as our challenges – and go with that strength to strengthen emunah to flow those elements into the world as He desires to be revealed, Hashem knows what wants and pains we took that strength from. He is fully aware of our struggle and sees our choice.. And He is doing everything. We can have confidence that the water and fire and wind that we genuinely reveal through the performance of mitzvahs and emulating Him heal the place from where we took that life force from. Why? That is the precise reason Hashem designs us, to perform that function. See the Shema for the divine promise…Love Hashem with all your heart, and all your soul and all your might and there will be rain…etc.

Emunah Day 5780

https://www.torahanytime.com/#/list?ids=101325+101324+101326+101322+101327+101323+101336

Emunah day 2020 https://www.torahanytime.com/#/post?id=40214

releasing fear with consciousness is what heals clip Rabbi Doniel Katz clip from emunah day

Rav Moshe Weinberger

Rabbi Yitzchok Berkowitz
Rabbi Itamar Schwartz
The focus is on the source in our soul for understanding the nature of the oneness of Hashem. Chazal say for this reason a person was created individually that he should know that for him the world is created. Hashem created the universe alone. He was alone when creation occurred.
 
Our avoda is explained in this is my Gd and I will glorify Him by emulating Him, just as He is compassionate and merciful, so too shall I be.  I shall be similar to my Creator.
We have mentioned the character traits of Hashem, compassionate and merciful but there is another aspect, and that is we should be similar to Him in terms of our oneness.  Just as He is one, so too are we to be one.
There are two aspects to a person, a social aspect. Relationship  within klal yisrael, we see every person has to be part of minyan of ten, we speak of ahava of man to man. But there is a second aspect to a person, a solitary aspect. Just as Hashem is one unto Himself, so too we have a penimius that is one unto ourselves.
There are two different aspects of the inner essence of a person, an outside, a peripheral characterized by egoism, one’s thoughts about oneself.  This is not good. On the other hand there is the inside, the pure inside, the reason for which adom was made.
The outer aspect of a person’s inner being, the outer essence hides the penimi.  The negative is ready to ensare us if we don’t work hard to relate to the penimius.
The inner essence of the human being that is pure is something unique only to a human being. That is the true essence of a human being.
Our job is to recognize that inner essence to realize it is there and it is our job to use our pure inner essence to serve Hashem.
Regarding the outer peel we have to identify it and our job is to peel it off. How do we peel it off, how do we get rid of the outer essence of ourselves which is egoistic sand thinks only of ourselves/  every day consciously think of someone else, do an action, even a small action, such an approach will slowly peel away the peel from our inner essence and help us relate more and more to our social environment and to others.
 
We mentioned that there is a social aspect to the inner essence where one relates to others, but there is another aspect, that solitary aspect, that has to be developed.  Find time every day to really relate the ultimate purpose of our lives to be detached from technology or anything else and hopefully thereby be able to relate to the Creator.
We have a day that is scheduled in terms of the times we eat and sleep and relate to our children and we have to find that time for solitary mode, when we can focus on the Creator.  Just as when a person in the day has these set times, even if it is full of many activities, he sees he eats and sleeps, he will do Iti so too it is necessary to find time to be alone with the creator.
During this time when we are alone with Hashem – chovos halevovos says about the pious person that he makes sure he has time to be alone.  Rabbi Hutner said, and he had a strong connection with students and colleagues, but if he did not spend the morning with Hashem he felt like he had wasted his time.
Perhaps a person enables himself to relate to his inner essence and solitude by listening to music or notes, but gradually he has to adapt himself to be in touch with his inner essence and thereby to Hashem. This is the ultimate tachlis of a person.
 
Our actions, whether good or not, take a person away from an attempt to focus on our inner essence.  If we succeed, we will be able to focus on our positive aspects, solitude and quiet.
From that point in our inner essence where we are quiet to ourselves, he can speak to Hashem as like to a father and He hears us.
When a person comes to a new neighborhood, people,sites, so too a person who turns to his inner essence from this point of depth and can achieve a quiet, he can think and focus on how his inner essence is built, what is he composed of, and from that using the teachings we are taught, he can go further and figure out who he is, why is he here, what is his tafkid.
When a person achieves this connection with his inner essence he realizes his ultimate uniqueness, he is gifted with a very unique essence and from this he is able to relate with the Creator.
The short period of time for this talk is not enough to handle the topic in a fitting fashion, however, a little focus enables us to think about our uniquenesss, our inner essence and that will be our reward.
The Rav hopes the day will be fruitful and all the speakers should have a profound effect on all and it should help us grow.

Miriam Adahan
Orit Riter

Intimidation and blame that shame and hurt when viewed as the elements and with emunah that Hashem is doing everything give us the chance to bring light into the world

Ingredients of intimidation…fire, strength and wind, words that crush.

When we know He is doing everything and we trust that it is all good, we have the opportunity to accept as the mission to be the riverbed to flow fire as light and wind as gentle breeze into the world.

How?

Focus on the compassionate power – the strength alone – concealed in the words or deeds of both the oncoming source as well as on the wind, hurt image and lack of water, pleasure, and retaliatory response fire that is natural in our reactions. Really have faith and trust that the Source power is Hashem, that there is No Other Power.

Ask Hashem “May we have fire and water and wind as He desires these to be in the world without the deficiencies in our nature from having eaten from the tree of knowledge?:

Fire water wind.. Hashem i ask to flow Your light into the world as kindness and warmth and enlightenment to honor Your Name.

Please have mercy on Your Creation that my moving forward with patience in recognition of emulating You and being an emanation of You be blessed with success

Here is an example..

Something goes against what my will is…i experience a lack of pleasure, that is the element of water…and that triggers a fear, fire which wind then blows to anger, fear of rejection, a deflated of ego image Swirling.

Deep seething waters. Three points make a plane – the plane of existence is now the seething waters. How do we make it back to the plane of existence of Torah avoda and chesed?

Hashem is doing everything.

Water fire wind – water fire wind correspond to chesed gevurah tiferes, which are all channels of Infinite light awaiting to be inter-included into a vessel of tikun -Torah, prayer, mitzvahs, kindness.

Our “like a” heart (see Rabbi Nir Menussi on Parsha Bo silence of a peaceful heart) wants to think thoughts that exacerbate the pain and then run to act them out…doesn’t sound fun…

Our true heart only wants Hashem..and He is here, awaIting my free will to choose to intentionally flow water and fire.and wind and all the light into the world.

That pain that cries out?

It is the voice of the “like a” heart that takes us into the dark. It is not our inner peace, our silent awareness of Hashem the King.

See and feel the distinguishment for yourself..this crying out in pain for what it wants..is it from the place we feel when we hear Hashem Hu Elokim?

Not even close.

Recognize He is hidden in that “like a” heart response, concealed in our nature awaiting us to recognize Him and flow the strength into the world through a new garment.

Remember Hashem Hu Elokim and be the channel!!