I don’t like to get into politics but when something is wrong it hurts and I cannot remain silent. The young soldier who killed the terrorist who was supposedly “neutralized” is sitting in prison on manslaughter charges! A total injustice. I cannot believe this is actually happening in Israel. Any terrorist who rises up to even try to kill a Jew has to be killed first. This is self defense. And even if a soldier killed a terrorist who was “neutralized” that is not a reason to imprison the soldier! There is nothing immoral about killing a terrorist, neutralized or not.
One of the universal questions of mankind is why is there suffering? How do we relate to suffering and to our relationship with G-d?
Well, anybody who has experienced suffering (may nobody know from such things), be it physical suffering, emotional suffering, or any type of suffering, knows that although friends and family and even strangers may have compassion and pity on the person suffering, they generally do not FEEL YOUR PAIN. They feel pity, they feel sad, they feel uncomfortable around you. But they don’t feel your pain.
Why is that?
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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....
So many people are frustrated with their lives. They want things to be different. People make many assumptions. People expect things to happen at certain times, in certain ways. When those expectations are disappointed, people become frustrated, fall into despair, depression or bad moods.
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.