Lchatchila arriber

  • 15 June 2018
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As we age many thoughts flash through our minds. Obviously we begin to see life differently. We begin to see the end of things….we begin to realize what is important and what is not. In other words, we prioritize. We realize how much time we wasted. 
We also wish to utilize our time in a productive fashion.

Iyar

  • 15 June 2018
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We are coming soon to the month of Iyar. Iyar is the month of healing. It is an acronym for the words Ani Hashem Refoecha. I am your healer, says Hashem. And it is particularly for healing naturally. The month of Elul is for healing through medicine. The month of Iyar through healing naturally. May every Jew merit a complete healing in anything they need spiritually, physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Iyar is also a month of light.  The light of Zohar through Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Lag Bomer.

Leaving Egypt

  • 15 June 2018
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Pesach is approaching. Freedom is in the air. Everyone is busy cleaning their house and on a spiritual level we are cleaning inside our souls, our minds and hearts, to remove any spiritual “chametz” which is the idea of ego.   That is why we eat matza: matza does not leaven. It is the idea of humility. When the Jews left Egypt our dough did not leaven. Why not? because G-d Himself appeared to us and therefore in front of holiness the dough was unable to leaven! When we eat matza we experience that humility again and that revelation of holiness .

Getting rid of doubt

  • 15 June 2018
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It’s that time of year again: getting rid of Amalek! But this year it takes on even more significance.
What is Amalek?  People who hate Jews simply because we are Jewish.
But it is more than that. Spiritually bgematria it equals the Hebrew word sofek, which means doubt.
So Amalek is that little voice that puts doubt into our minds and hearts.
That cools down our enthusiasm and happiness.

Wearing Life's masks

  • 15 June 2018
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It is Adar! Mishenichnos Adar marbim bsimcha...when Adar enters, we increase in joy.  But it is not always easy to feel happy. How should we increase in joy if we dont feel happy in life? if we have problems, worries, fears, aggravations....it is very difficult to suddenly develop a feeling of joy.  I was contemplating this idea today and then I thought of something. An actor or actress cannot always be in a happy frame of mind. Many times they could be depressed, full of sadness, frustration etc.

Harei at mikudeshat li

  • 15 June 2018
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With the words "Harei at mikudeshat li" a man and woman get married. What does that mean? the husband is saying that his wife is holy to him, separate, kadosh, special. She is exclusively his. And he of course becomes exclusively hers.
And when we do a mitzvah, the wording is similar. "Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-henu Melech haolam asher kidishanu....." we basically say to Hashem Blessed is He who has sanctified us with his commandments....

TAKE A STAND

  • 15 June 2018
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The world has become a very confusing place……a place filled with darkness. Neverthless, as we get closer to Moshiach we can see how Hashem is purifying the world….how He is exposing impurity.  

We have to take a stand against impurity . We have to stand with Hashem. Mi Kamocha B’eilim Hashem….we have to be on Hashem’s side. On the side of kedusha. We have to choose Hashem. We have to choose life and holiness. We have to be a light unto the nations. To do that we need to choose light.

EVERYBODY HAS TO BLAME SOMEBODY

  • 15 June 2018
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Everybody needs to blame somebody. It is a universal trait. Whenever something goes wrong in the political arena they start pointing the finger at someone. Someone has to be blamed for mistakes. There is always someone that is sacrificed in the blame game.  Because somebody always has to be blamed. It is easier to blame someone else than to take responsibility.

This is the problem in society today. People do not take responsibility for their actions. They search for ways to alleviate guilt by blaming others.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

  • 15 June 2018
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Recently I seem to hear that sentence everywhere. And I started thinking into it. What does that mean?? It seems obvious…it is what it is. Nothing profound. 
But somehow everyone feels they need to make that statement constantly. Why?
So I started to analyze it a bit. It is what it is….that basically is another way of saying “Accept the situation because you cant change it and you cant do much about it”. It is another way of saying “I may not like this situation but I have decided to accept it”.

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