|For kids fighting||For couples fighting|
|We are not allowed to hit
And we are not allowed to bite
We are not allowed to kick and
we are not allowed to fight
We are not allowed to hurt, you want to know why?
Cause you don’t like it and neither do I.
|I see that you want something from me
But I want from you first – just give to me
If you don’t give me first you don’t love me you see
And so I will not give to you anything for free
|So what do I do when I am mad of course.
What do I do with that power and force.
What do I do when my smile is a frown?
How do I keep myself from pushing you down!
|You don’t respect me or you’d give it to me
I say I am in charge and you ignore me
How can you say that I don’t love you
How can I show love when you insult me through and through
|The first thing to know is Hashem made me out of love
The second thing to know is that He wants me to love.
Hashem is always here so there is nothing to fear
My power and force are up to me to steer!
|That is just your ego, thick as a rock
Don’t you have emotions, Mr Spock
I need to be loved and adored
How can I respect you when I am feeling ignored!
|Because Hashem made me there is love for me
Because Hashem made you He loves you too
If Hashem made you and me
Then He loves us both you see
Let’s be loving like Him cause we’re family.
|What are we fighting about you and me
We both know we are family
Not only that we are precious souls
Loved by Hashem and part of one mold
|How can I get my happy feelings back
How can I feel better after getting a smack
What will help if I don’t hit back
Hmm, I can say “ please its not okay to wack!”
|Let’s think about that for a moment you and I
Imagine that Hashem is with us, no need to cry
Because He is really here and our hearts we can steer
Let’s not misuse His strength- there is nothing to fear
|Then I can steer myself to jump up and down
I can steer myself to color with red and brown
I can run it off with a game of tag
Or we can have a tug of war with a rag.
|Open up our hearts and let our souls bloom
Set aside our egos let Hashem fill the room
He is the sole source of love and respect
Take a breath and re-connect!
|Would you like to jump with me up and down
Would you like to color with me red and brown
Would you like to have a good running game of tag?
Or would you like to play tug of war with a rag?
|The feelings that we have are for a faulty goal
What stirs inside us can make us whole
One with you and me and with Hashem you see
Release the “me” and let flow our vitality
|I bet you just want to play with me
I guess you didn’t know cause we are only two or three
That instead of giving a smack on my head to see
If I want to play, you can just ask me!
|Then we have invested in eternity
Then we have bliss after mortality
The process of fixing goes on temporarily
What it can bring us is bliss eternally
|Hashem makes us both nice, both you and me
He knows that we really are just two and three.
We don’t yet know how to control hands and feet
So let’s do what He wants and love each other when we meet.
|So yes I will give to you what you ask,
Whether or not you take on my task.
I do it for you because the love I show
Is a revelation of Hashem, you know.
|Patience is a way to steer power and force
I can understand when you loose it of course
It happens to me so I understand
Just say you’re sorry and let’s try again.
|And that is my motive and that is my why
Yes I can smile and I am not being coy.
I truly feel His love when I give to you
It heals something in me through and through.
What if we open our eyes and see a basic truth to human nature? We have all been children, toddlers, and babies. Some of us have children, toddlers, and babies. Understanding this age bracket can be very stressful. And many things can happen during our early years that we are formed by for a lifetime.
What do all of us have in common when it comes to being babies, toddlers, and young children?
When a toddler does not receive what the toddler desires, very often the toddler will have what we call a temper tantrum. If we look at what is happening, though, we can learn a great deal about the layers of human nature that Hashem gives us to shape.
A child desires, is told “no”, experiences a stressful frustration, and has a survival instinct to defend oneself and fight back with aggression. There is a split second between telling a child “no” and a cry, or the throwing of a toy, or a hit. We teach the child to tell us the feeling rather than act it out, but really, let’s make a mental note that even as adults, the built in reaction to frustration is stress that can lead to blaming and damaging actions.
We want something. Wanting would fall into the category of “water,” of a desire for something that we believe will nurture, provide love or sustenance or happiness. When we are unsuccessful, the “need” has now turned us into thinking that its lack is a threat to our survival. Now we feel fire/anger/fear, or air/lack of honor/urge to speak hurtfully, or earth/sadness/laziness.
What if instead of identifying with the suggestions of our natural “life coach” the yetzer hara, who is really seeking to leech off our soul, from our life force, its holiness and divert holiness to the vanities of the world? What if we saw the opportunity to calm ourselves down from the stress reaction and bring the elements of water, fire, wind and earth to a place that could reveal Hashem’s hidden love within it?
We are actually created to do just that by choosing relationship with Hashem, being the “moon” in relation to the “Sun,” realizing that by nullifying our subjectivity and moving to selflessness, we actually build eternal identity. We start by grasping how empowered we are to affect the world by drawing upon Hashem’s love to be frevealed by our hearts.
By remembering that Hashem loves us and is the Creator of all, and that He, Elokim, is really love that is concealed within all, we have the opportunity to break off the covering concealing His Love and revealing His Mercy through our speech and deeds. We do this when we act according to Torah, believing that we are spiritual beings in bodies capable to bring His Love into our hearts, affecting and calming our stress reactions and removing the obstructions to seeing Hashem’s presence.
Where do we each have our unique obstructions? It is in these areas that soon the counting of the omer will give us opportunity to reharness our natural energies and decorate the darkness that obscures His Presence with love for Hashem that enlightens the world through our choosing words and deeds that reveal Hashem.
We have real free will.
We can, in our own lives, through our choices, affect the very real elements, the nature of the world for the better. Are you IN?
|Subjec||Will||Outcome||natural reaction||natural Influence on elements||free will||spiritual reality||spiritual influence of spiritual reality|
|Hashem||His thoughts||Immediately appears as Elokim||Justice, truth||Elokim concealing mercy, love||mercy, love||nurture, relationship with Man|
|Man||thoughts and heart||not immediate||frustration, survival instinct||remain natural – anger, fear, shame, blame||OR||to see that it is mercy love||water, fire, wind and/or earth can reveal Hashem’s love|
|actions come to fruition||self-conscious, powerful,||remain natural -ego, dominion, spiritual potential falls to vanity||to see that it is from Hashem, self-less, gratitude||humility, relationship, strengthen vessel from the natural to holy, elements reveal Hashem’s love, eternal life|
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The more we understand our thinking and what it is for,
the more choices we have regarding our speech and deeds.
The more emunah we have in Hashem,
the more we can steady ourselves in choosing to live spiritual truth over natural response.
The farther we get from the moment of Adom’s creation,
the more intermingled are true thoughts from our holy neshama regarding survival being up to Hashem with natural thoughts about the best way to survive based on our own efforts.
The more we see that we are, indeed, spiritual beings who are given physical existence in order that we may have a participatory role in revealing Torah and Hashem as the King,
the more courage we have in the moment to be mesiras nefesh whatever self-consciousness may otherwise motivate us.
The more we desire to see the King,
the more will power we have to recognize and not identify with the competing desires that are natural.
The more successes we have choosing our spiritual goals as our essence,
the more recognition we have into competing natural messages that previously would have been the motivation for our conduct and the more self-control we have in the moment.
The more love we feel for Hashem,
the more we are able to quiet our inner stressful emotions by remembering that He is with us right here and now.
The more we understand how Hashem has made our neurology – to want, to feel stressed and frustrated when we do not receive, and to experience an urge for aggression when we do not see or feel His Love,
the more we understand that the calmness we feel when we love Hashem in that moment reveals His Love for us, built into our design.
The more we realize His Love for us,
the more we see how He desires for us to participate in revealing Him.
The more we want to reveal Him, even though our thinking after so many generations of galus has many darkened layers over His Hiddenness,
the more our simple wanting is effective because of the simple emunah it takes to want to reveal Him.
We cry out to You in hisbodidus, we try to figure out how to unmix up all the thinking in the world today. We don’t want all the self-conscious thinking that further conceals You.
Hashem, sincerely, we just want You Hashem, we just want to see the King.
Hashem’s so beautiful,
A piece of the Eternal
With mind we see
Our hearts yearn to be
Your Will is everything
We hope for,
Your mercy is everything
We ask to become free
We wish to serve and see
From Rabbi Menachem Azoulay on Parshas Teruma
Based on R’ Menachem Azoulay’s “Ohr Ha’Emunah”
What is the “hk”? Hashem said to the Jewish people: volunteer, donate and make the Mishkan and do not say that you are giving anything from your own pockets, because everything is mine, as it says: (j’c hdj) “,Itcm v¬u«vh ot1b c·vZv* h´k u ;xFv* h¬k ” – The silver is mine and the gold is mine, says Hashem. Hashem reminded the Jewish people you are donating what is already mine, do not be stingy, do not hold back I gave it to you and now you give it back.
It is such a powerful and amazing thing to cling to Hashem. That is what the soul wants. The soul needs nothing aside from attachment to Hashem. That is the essence of holiness.
Holiness is attachment to Hashem, to constantly long for Hashem. All of our davening and meditating is longing for our Father. It is not sufficient to long for Hashem one hour a day (the prescribed minimum amount of Hisbodedus in Breslev tradition), we must long for our Father all day. The one hour Hisbodedus (customarily in the fields) is for crying over the fact that we are so distant from our Father, but longing and craving for closeness to Him must occupy us all day long.
Our primary focus must be desire and longing. A person must accustom himself to yearn for, desire and long for Hashem at all times. We must strive always to have good strong holy desires. As Rebbe Nachman taught, this world is nothing, the main task in serving Hashem is the desire. As far as serving Hashem, it is unlikely that anyone can say that they served Hashem. Even an angel cannot boast that he is able to serve Hashem. The primary focus must be on the desire for Hashem. The important question is do we truly want Hashem.
Desire is attachment, connection and that is the highest level a person can reach. “Hashem, I want you. Hashem, I cannot do anything without you. Hashem, bring me close to you.” If we have that, we are not missing anything.
Our entire purpose in life is to build a sanctuary in our hearts for Hashem’s presence. At moments that the honor of Hashem rests on a person, the soul is filled with life and beautiful song and it understands that the world was created for this very purpose. From this feeling, a person draws strength and courage to work and toil in the service of Hashem. From this, he draws the ability to withstand the passions and the impulses, weakness and fatigue.
In this week’s Parsha, Hashem asks us to participate in building the Mishkan, a place for His presence to rest. How can we participate? By giving! And what does Hashem want us to give? Gold, silver, copper, blue wool, purple wool, etc. Gold, silver and copper refer to the good points in every single Jew. For each and every one of us, even the least worthy, even the lowest of the low, there is no such thing as a “Jew” who does not have, at least, one good trait. If it is not a “golden” trait, then it is a “silver” one, and if not “silver,” it is, at least, “copper” – but something good can be found in each and every Jew.
In this merit, the Mishkan was built. During the course of the day for each of us there can be found sparks of light – good thoughts, thoughts of teshuva, overcoming the evil inclination. Each of these sparks is a wonderful contribution to the building of the Mishkan. Every good spark in our lives is another contribution to building the Beis Hamikdash – whether the communal one or the private one within each of us. Hashem said, build a Mikdash and I will dwell in them. Hashem did not say that I will dwell in “it,” rather He said “them.” The reference is not to the Mishkan or the Beis Hamikdash only but that Hashem will rest within each and every one of us. Each Jew, according to the purity and the merit of his heart, according to his contribution, he prepares a place for Hashem’s presence. In similar measure, he feels the grace of Hashem. The final letters of each word of the pasuk oav ogubc ,uzjk” ” spell the word t-r-u-m-ah.
Holiness means to learn to submit. Three are said to have all of their sins forgiven: a bridegroom, a convert and someone who achieves prominence. The bridegroom receives forgiveness because he submits to his wife, a convert because he submits himself to the Jewish people and the one who achieves prominence because he submits himself to the public, the community.
Rus gave up everything to follow Naomi and she was rewarded with being the grandmother of Moshiach. Rochel gave up everything (in what is probably the greatest act of submission ever) and she was rewarded with being the mother of the Jewish people.
A person who desires holiness must attach himself to eternal matters. He must remember, at every moment, that everything is nonsense, only Hashem is truth. The body pulls us down. The body tells us, “there is time, Hashem is not going anywhere, what does it really mean to long for Hashem. Right now, what you need is a piece of cake, you need to taste something sweet, you need a little more sleep, five more minutes, otherwise you won’t be able to get out of bed at all.” The evil inclination seduces us and convinces us to see evil as good, pretending that he is good for us.
We can use the same tactic for good. Rebbe Nachman taught us that when a person is far from joy or excitement in tefilla, he should pretend to be happy and enthusiastic. He should imitate enthusiasm and joy until he will slowly be zoche to be inspired. When a person imagines himself a certain way and even tries to imitate tzaddikim and real G-d-fearing Jews, he becomes attached to holiness. He will see that imitation and imagination can be a powerful force to draw one close to good and to triumph in the monumental war with the yetzer hora.
When we are with Hashem, with the soul, everything is amazing and we are happy. When we are with the body, we are also happy, but only temporarily, the happiness dissipates. The war for holiness never ceases. If a person is not moving forward, he is moving backwards. He gets dragged after the temptations of this world. A person must infuse holiness into his home. A child must see his father things other than eat. A home is not a bar, the children must see their father learning Torah every day.
Holiness comes only when we act for the sake of Hashem. On the pasuk “” – Rashi says, “for my name.” While all mitzvos, must be done lshem shamayim, tzedakah has a stronger inclination towards ulterior motives, to gain personal honor. Therefore, the Torah specifically stresses the need to proper intentions here. Mitzvos done with the proper intent are far greater and more powerful than those very same acts performed with ulterior motives. The reward for a mitzvah done lshem shamayim is many times the reward for the same mitzvah done otherwise. The gemara in Pesachim (50:) says that a person should engage in Torah and mitzvos even with improper intent because by engaging with improper intent, he will come to proper intent (“”). This statement is only
true for one who earnestly attempts and wants to do the will Hashem perfectly but for the moment it is difficult for him and he feels seriously tested and cannot, at this time, overcome. But, he knows the truth and he is working towards it – then we can say “” But, for the person that acts exclusively for his own honor and glory, this chazal does not apply.
We have come to this world to serve our Creator, not for Hashem to serve us, G-d forbid. Our purpose is to seek what Hashem wants from us right now, not what we want from Hashem. For this reason there were chassidim that had the custom, after finishing their hisbodedus and their tefillos, to say to Hashem, “until now I made many requests from You, from here on out do as you please and I accept everything that you choose for me with love.”
Another element of holiness is self-discipline. To set tasks and goals and adhere to them. A person who maintains self-discipline receives a lot of siyata dishmaya. When a person is busy, he feels alive and this gives him joy. He handles things diligently, not trying to force his own schedule, but with tefillos and supplication. He knows that ultimately, everything is in Hashem’s hands.
Through all of these good traits, we build our Mishkan. With love, with generosity. It was purposely after the sin of the Golden Calf that they built the Mishkan. After the great sin, they had to seek good points within every Jew. I am darkened by the sin – but I am beautified by the building of the Mishkan.
The Mishkan still exists today, it is just hidden. It is impossible to destroy something that was built with generosity, good and pure desires and with purity of the heart. Those ingredients create an everlasting reality that cannot be interrupted.
Each week, Gittie Illes translates from the Derech of Rabbi Asher Freund (see http://beyondanydoubts.com/2016/05/05/the-derech-of-rabbi-usher-freund-readings/) \
This week, there was a segment that explained how darkness can be transformed into light by Hashem, through our broken hearted regret after recognizing our mistakes. Having this in mind while doing hisbodidus gives each of us a chance to really do our tikun, to repair what we uniquely are given to fix, to redirect the forces within our lives by decorating them with love for Hashem and then choosing a positive expression of Hashem’s Will. Please listen
For the full translation from which this segment is extracted, please listen below.
Here is an exercise I believe is an act of kavod shemayim:
When we are in the throws of a negative experience, grab hold of love for Hashem with emunah. Somehow what I am experiencing is a manifestation of slipping into a subjective explanation and projection of unconscious programming that I am not lovable or valuable.. ( see http://beyondanydoubts.com/2018/03/01/purim-emunah-vsimcha/ There are two true lackings that our soul understands but are hidden from our consciousness. These two lacks project into our subjective realities but, because the solutions are spiritual and not circumstantial, pursuing the resolution in time and space circumstances becomes despair and futility. However there is a solution to both of these true lackings on a spiritual level, as is discussed below. )
Say out loud that Hashem is here, right now. Feel love for Hashem and, in that bath of love for Hashem, sense and feel His Love. This takes emunah and practice, and recognition of Hashem’s loving presence. This experience can be built every day in hisbodidus and personal prayer, where we pour our hearts out to Hashem, describing everything in detail in His Presence and then “hear” the Torah, our higher soul, speak back to us and feel clarity.
While loving Hashem and feeling Hashem’s love, hold the hurtful messages about love and value that are coming as a result of our having focused on some source in time and space as the cause of these lacks, but the holding is not for the purpose of despair. Rather the purpose of listening to the false messages that come from the yetzer hara’s imagery and our ego-involvement is for confirmation of what the mind knows based on Torah – the purpose is an investigation only for the heart to experience clarity that this is the yetzer hara’s impact on the ego, and not the real self, that is experiencing lack of love and value. The goal is for the heart to see and choose to come along with the mind. We have real free will.
A healthy ego is one that is willing at this point to go to shifless/ lowliness, recognizing its lowly short-sighted perspective and the wisdom of clinging instead to the true Source of value. Choosing lowliness re-invests our life force for eternal identity as having remembered Hashem while alive in a body where He is concealed from our perceptions.
The love we arouse for Hashem acts in a mixing bowl in the heart, gently folding back into love of Hashem the forces within us that otherwise would follow the yetzer hara’s imagery and become dominated by subjective focus. The forces that would otherwise fall into the frustration and despair and futility of seeking love and value from this-worldly sources are really forces in contact with and clinging to natural unrectified elements that conceal Hashem’s loving presence, a contact that may be further distorted by painful experience or trauma as well..
It is our opportunity to infuse these forces that are in contact with natural elements with an injection of love of Hashem that elevates them in a way that affects the speech and deeds that will follow. As these love-of-Hashem-improved-forces come through in our speech and deeds when action is taken within the circumstances, the force of Hashem’s lovingkindness comes into the world rather than our subjective survival instincts that might otherwise cause damage.
The more we use the wisdom of the mind regarding ever-present real love of Hashem, and the more we recognize that He is the only Being with Value, the more we re-take our hearts. In so doing, we each can play a part in making obsolete Hashem’s Will to be concealed because we are revealing Him, taking off the unrectified elements that mask His Presence.
When we do this inner work and overcome the yetzer hara as is the purpose of Hashem’s creating a yetzer hara, the more we move toward a world where Hashem’s love can be revealed through us without a need for the yetzer hara’s tests. May we be inspired to begin making these eternal-life-building-efforts and see a new light in the world, from all the love that pours in.
We will have acted out of love and respect for Hashem, with Him in the center. We will have recognized truth that all there is in the world is Hashem and praised Him. And we will create for ourselves meaningful lives as well as an identity as spiritual beings of lasting value based on demonstrated clarity of our being connected to Him, and that will be a benefit for all eternity.
Listen to Chaya Hinda Allen speak on the topic of yetzer hara and despair http://chaiyil.com/audio/Chaiyil%2014.03%20Pulling%20Out%20the%20Rug.mp3?utm_source=Chaiyil++-+Your+Daily+Drop+of+Strength&utm_campaign=159074dc99-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5312890964-159074dc99-139327109
Emunah is a force within the soul that is intrinsically there. It is for us to develop that force and use it in every moment of every day to stay connected to the truth. Just like any muscle, the force of emunah is built through consistent effort over time.
The truth that we are to connect with is that we are a manifestation of Hashem’s Will, in a constant flow of His Love. That is where all our value comes from. Being a creation with consciousness that we are having an experience called life is purposeful. Hashem places something of Himself into a bodily creation of His and gives us consciousness and free will. What does Hashem want from us?
Hashem wants us to recognize Him. He wants a relationship with us. He is willingly giving us life and opportunity to choose connection and eternal life.
What obstructs our doing so is our free will to latch on instead to the images of the yetzer hara. Hashem places all of the natural world into the hands of the yetzer hara, an angel of Hashem. Everything from inanimate object to people to thoughts and emotions and impulses is run by a force, an angel, that is part of the natural way Hashem has designed the world. All of this is hidden from our perceptions. And there are two very important realities that are hidden in our unconsciousness that lead us to make poor choices. These two important realities are true but hidden, and because they are true, the yetzer hara can lead us astray with its images built on these two true lackings, thereby testing us through the apparent lacks in perceived reality and giving us the opportunity to exercise emunah and prayer, thereby telling Hashem that we choose connection and Simcha over disconnection and despair. With the love from our hearts for Hashem, we infuse the forces with His Love and in so doing, the natural forces within us, which extend in ways we cannot calculate to the created world, are transformed with the infusion of Hashem’s lovingkindness.
We do not comprehend how pervasively the lacks and the tests for our emunah affect our lives. Our orientation is self-consciousness from birth. For this reason, it may be helpful to call out the two important realities that are true but hidden so that they move from the unconscious closer to consciousness and thereby come into our free will point, helping us utilize our self-conscious rational mind for Torah and G-dconsciousness and fulfillment of our spiritual mission.
The two important realities that are true but hidden deeply in our unconscious are:
- We are lacking in the awareness that Hashem’s love is surrounding us and filling us at all times, that we are beloved creations in a constant flow of love and protection
- We are lacking the ability to be as lovingkind and creative as Hashem Himself, in that Hashem wills something and it comes into existence immediately. Not so for us, obviously, and this difference causes us to feel a lack of value, a subordination.
When we will something, it may or may not happen, and when that wanting is frustrated, we have a neurology that produces a stress hormone called cortisol which shakes us up and throws us into our survival instincts so that we have aggressive thoughts. In that moment of stress, we are being given access to the forces of nature, the very same forces that flow through the actual Creation as objects – solid, liquid, gas or radioactive elements. Here comes the moment where we exercise emunah. Our rational mind in that moment of stress is building on how we are going to restore the object of our desire that we believe will restore the perceived lack of love or value. But what if we remember that we never really lost love or value?
Remember? We are in a constant flow from Hashem’s will, formed from love and filled with love as a result. His Will that we exist IS value, the ultimate value, of being connected to eternal value, lasting Eternity. He alone determines our mortal survival, nothing else.
But we do not remember that. Instead the two important realities that are true but hidden in our unconscious about the lack of awareness of Hashem’s love and our subordinate value give access to the yetzer hara, who now flashes images to us that project the pursuit of restoration of love and value onto the people and circumstances in our lives and we run after our eyes and hearts with the best of intentions, listening to cultivated rational thinking that has already been scammed by the yetzer hara, who tells us to look externally for the solutions.
What if instead we realize this? What if instead we are able to see the two categories, love and value, as constant, and that our survival is in Hashem’s hands alone since He is willing everything into existence?
What does Hashem want from us in that moment? We are empowered through emunah to cry out to Hashem and describe everything to Him as well as our love for Him and for this moment of life – thank you! For in this moment, we can turn the tables. Yes our soul has come into contact with powerful forces of nature – anger, fear, sadness, lusts, desire for honor – but not so that we fall into despair following after the yetzer hara’s images that lead us into the darkness. Rather we, in that moment, can make a request of the King to please draw His love through our prayer into the forces at play, mitigating them, balancing them, harmonizing them, and making it possible for The King to be seen in the natural world.
Just as the Jewish people who lived at the time of Purim had Simcha and joy because Hashem’s hand was revealed, so too we are empowered to have the emunah to, in our own unique ways, bring that love into the forces of nature that blow through all of us. Whatever the moment, be it fear, anger, desire or craving for honor, instead of going toward subjectivity, instead lean into Hashem’s loving embrace and ask Him to please let us draw His Love deeply into the forces we are experiencing, and act from lovingkindness.
When we do, we are literally wiping out the memory of Amalek, whose whole goal is to destroy the connection we have with Hashem by striking us and drawing natural survival instincts into play to compete with our awareness that our survival is up to Hashem – not naturally felt – so that we falter in our national mission to function with emunah and serve Him in prayer, becoming vessels to bring visibility of His Love into the world. Let us strengthen emunah and self-knowledge so that we can avoid self-consciousness as our inspiration and replace it with consciousness of Hashem’s love and will.
Here is a playlist of vitalizing Purim information helpful in recognizing the King, in why we long for Him, and helpful in our battle to overcome the obstacles to experiencing simchas hachaim in every moment.
Before Purim, we read Parshas Zachor where we are reminded to wipe out the memory of Amalek, who, out of hatred for Hashem, came to “throw cold water” on the Jewish people being redeemed from MItzrayim. They did this not because they thought they could be victorious in killing the Jews but only to express hate for Hashem and His people. Amalek’s hatred overrode the rational mind.
Rabbi Moshe Wolfson sent around three emails on why Amalek is so bad. In the third email, it says “Amalek denies that which the mind understands to be true; a Jew, with his Emunah, rises above the mind to bond with Hashem. On Purim, we want to stay in this state of connection so we become drunk (on either wine or just on the joy of the day itself.) Let’s put our minds on the side for one day and revel in the joy of emunah”. The Ohr HaChodesh comments on the megilla that when the King gave Esther Haman’s estate, really Esther got one third, one third went to rebuilding the Bais HaMikdosh and the third third to Torah scholars.
When we overcome “the memory” of Amalek (that which self-consciously denies what the mind understands as true) within us, imagine what good could come from that “wealth” of force if we choose connection!! When we cling to the truth of Hashem’s constant love for us and the truth that we have value merely because we are connected to His Will, we can pierce the images the yetzer hara shows us when we naturally have reason to feel lack of love or value, and we can infuse love of Hashem into those very forces of nature, transforming them. May our efforts alone tip the scales for Hashem’s revealed love to fill the world! And may we be counted as having chosen for our life force to make that happen!!
|Rabbi Gedale Fenster||Purim – The Fight for Strength||https://soundcloud.com/breslov-power-classes/purim-the-fight-for-strength|
|Rebbetzin Slovie Jungreiss Wolff||Profound Messages from Queen Esther||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-98QMaF9tYM&feature=youtu.be|
|Rabbi Aryeh Nivin||Inspiration for Purim||https://www.dropbox.com/s/xxb5vn0rbbco5x6/Rabbi%20Nivin%202%20min%20clip.mp4?dl=0|
|Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky||Purim Hidden Miracles – from Rabbi Dessler||http://becomingdivine.com/holidays/|
Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwartz Pray on Purim https://www.dropbox.com/home/jewish%20women%20unite%202018/purim
Rebbetzin Devorah Yaffa Singer Tu BShevat and On https://www.dropbox.com/s/u27g0se1z0guf06/aish%20tubshevat.mp3?dl=0
please see www.G-ddirecttorah.com, Devorah Yaffa’s site, and find her Lights of Emunah series (not free)…it is a terrific guide for people through this work.
Please see this amazing and important shiur on Purim by Rabbi Itamar Schwartz
It just one of the several wonderful Purim shiurim and drashas taken from his mailing on Purim to be found here
Please fast forward to the starting point of the program at one hour and twenty minutes …the video before captured the preprogram testing and preparation
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Concluding Program for the Forty Days of Gratitude
Ladies we are creating a forum to reveal the Unity of our unique missions, and we want as many as possible to connect together for this purpose.
We hope that through this sharing, each of us feels more confident in what we gained. By hearing the sharing of other participants and seeing that place where we each expanded, we hope to make tangible for each participant a confidence to bring us simcha for Purim and help us clean with zeal for Pesach, and to motivate us stretch to the next level as we go toward Shavuous.
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