Living in historic times

  • 15 June 2018
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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.  

Pesach!!!

  • 15 June 2018
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Well, it is Pesach again! I love Pesach. Even though we spend so much time cleaning, it is such a special yom tov. I especially love matza. Matza is pure G-dliness. When you eat shmura matza (the special hand made matza) you are really eating G-dliness. How often can you partake of food that is so holy? And the idea of Pesach is bitul, humility, and really going out of our personal limitations and problems, our personal "mitzraim". And of course we focus on the complete redemption with Moshiach. So it is a very important yom tov. 

Changing Darkness to Light

  • 15 June 2018
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Rabbi Twerski gave a fascinating talk addressing the misconception of happiness in today’s society, explaining that many people look for happiness in the wrong places or believe pleasure to be the vehicle to happiness.  He explained that we can alter our approach to the “pursuit of happiness” so that instead of our human instincts dominating our personal and life interests, we can become partners in bettering the world and fulfilling G-d’s mission statement for humanity of “Let us make man.”  We must all strive to become as fully human as we can being weary of excessive and unhealthy pursui

Miracles

  • 15 June 2018
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I recently heard an amazing devar Torah about how we experience Hashem in our lives. Miracles are the way we experience Hashem. Why? Because Hashem set up the world through nature and the laws of nature. Nevertheless, those laws of nature are every bit as much G-dliness as a miracle. And through nature Hashem does miracles. Nature itself helps and is "friendly". He gave an example of how in the Beit Hamikdash rain would never put out the fire on the Altar and so on.

Collector syndrome

  • 15 June 2018
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I always seem to collect things…..and I have a difficult time getting rid of things that I collect. My children are always telling me to clean out the house, to get rid of old clothes, old trinkets, old toys…throw them away, they tell me.  It is junk.  Nobody needs them.  But something within me cannot do it. Even erev Pesach I have a hard time doing that.  
Not because I am materially oriented and cannot part with those things.  

Spiritual growth, progress

  • 15 June 2018
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It is always important to grow and progress in life. that is why a human being is called a mehalech....he goes from level to level. If one is not going forward, one moves backward. A human being does not stand still. We should not be satisfied to stay on the same level but must constantly strive to grow spiritually, refine ourselves more and more.

Darkness of Galus....Message of Rebbe...Divine providence etc.

  • 15 June 2018
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote a beautiful letter , part of which is below, explaining how even when a Jew sins, he still retains his G-dliness.
“The whole Creation and all the worlds have no reality of their own, for there is only one Reality—G-d, inasmuch as a spark of G-dliness animates and keeps everything in existence, as it is written, “By the word of G-d the heavens were created,” etc. This “word” of G-d is the essence and reality of everything.

Moving, home etc.

  • 15 June 2018
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Some time ago my husband and I started  talking about moving to a cleaner place, with fresh air, maybe near the beach. The main reason was health related.  We were seriously considering the idea, even took a few trips to see our “prospective” places. We returned very excited about moving. We even contacted a real estate agent to start looking for houses. But something started to bother me. A little inner voice was not comfortable with our decision. I tried to quiet that little voice.

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