It is Rosh Chodesh Elul today! And we all know what that means....the King is in the field! As the famous metaphor says: when the king is in his palace in the city, one cannot just enter and ask for favors. You need special connections. But when the king goes out to the field, to the commonTake advantage. Pray, ask for whatever you need....now is the time that He greets each one of us with a happy face and grants our wishes. So use the month wisely and pray constantly. May we all merit a ketiva vchatima tova, shana tova umetuka.
Now that we are in the time of the three weeks, mourning for the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, we must take time to feel inwardly the destruction of our own inner beit hamikdash...our own inner kedusha. We must do our utmost to rebuild our inner sanctuary and to learn about rebuilding the Beit Hamikdash (through learning the hilchos Beis Habechira of the Rambam) as Hashem says He considers it as if we rebuilt the Mikdash when we learn those laws...it is a time of reflection and inner growth and spirituality.
I for one do not have a blackberry or an I pad. I simply have no patience or
desire for such gadgets. I feel that people become slaves to these things. They
do have a purpose. I can definitely see the use for storing information and
contacting people when necessary. But I also feel that these technological
“advancements”are destroying normal human interaction. I don’t know how you
feel, but I personally feel slighted when I meet a friend, am in the middle of
conversing and she suddenly gives me that look with the eyes that means “hold on
I was watching an interview with Eva Sandler, widow of Jonathan Sandler, and her strength is incredible, may Hashem continue to give her strength and to comfort her among all the mourners of Zion and may she know only simchas from now on. But one thing she said that truly entered my heart: she said the spirit of the Jewish people can never be destroyed. And honestly she is right. I don’t know how many people could react with the dignity, fortitude and chesed of Eva.
Well, we did stamp out Haman and Amalek. We did….but obviously it
was not enough. Obviously the evil in the world is not yet gone. So now that we
did our part, we can only turn to Hakadosh Baruch Hu and beg Him to do His…..to
totally obliterate and remove from the face of the earth the evil terrorists
who murder innocent children and people. What can we say other than the
Rebbe’s famous words: Ad masai??? How long must we suffer in exile? How long
must this galus continue???
Well, Purim was great, as usual. We stamped out Haman harasha....we danced and sang and got a bit tipsy so we could get rid of the forces of impurity and all our enemies and focus on drawing down the blessings without obstacles.
So it is Chanukah again. I love Chanukah. Not because of the latkes and doughnuts...although those are definitely delicious. But it is the light that draws me. (I guess that is why it is called the festival of lights, not the festival of doughnuts or latkes). Those Chanukah candles just produce such an amazing light. Each night we add light and as we add a candle, inside me I feel that something is lit up. Each night I feel that inside me there is more light to combat the darkness of the world.
As we stood in shul listening to the Torah reading for Shavuos, to hear the aseres hadibros, I pictured in my mind the tremendous drama that unfolded at Har Sinai and how Hashem Himself spoke and we all heard him. I found myself thinking “But why did Hashem create this world? What does He gain from it?”
I know Chassidus explains that Hashem created the world because He desires a dwelling place in the lowest realms. Somehow, for some unfathomable reason, that gives Hashem
Well, many people may feel that Netanyahu stood up strong and spoke forcefully to the congress.
I beg to differ. Yes, part of his speech "sounded" nice....but he always falls short of saying the truth. What is the problem with Israeli politicians? They all get entangled trying to convince the world of our right to exist, our right to defend ourselves, why we have to make painful concessions (chasve shalom) etc. etc. But that is because they start off on the wrong foot.
Why is it that nobody says the truth?
I think our generation is living in historic times.....so much upheaval in the world, so many changes. The death of Osama Bin Laden, yemach shemo, is obviously part of the process of geulah. The day he was killed, Chaf Ches Nissan, is the day the Lubavitcher Rebbe said his famous sicha about how he has done all that he can to bring the geulah and he is now turning the matter over to us....nevertheless he is still helping "behind the scenes" so to speak. One of those behind the scenes miracles is the downfall of Bin Laden.