Now we have entered the month of Elul, the month of rachamim, mercy. The time when the mercy of Hashem wakes up and we are very close to Hashem in this month. It is a time to pray for everything we need and to do teshuvah in preparation for the upcoming high holiday season. It says in this month Hashem Himself is in the field, so to speak. Usually the King is in His palace, not as easily accessible. But in Elul there is a metaphor describing Hashem as the King in the field. He leaves His palace and comes to the field to greet all His subjects.
What is it about difficult situations in life that cause people to feel so depressed and to lose their chayus or their positivity?
So it is that time of year again, the three weeks. (starting from the 17th of Tamuz until Tisha B’av, where we mourn the destruction of the two Batei Mikdash and we long for the rebuilding of the third Beit Hamikdash)
What should be on our minds at this time? (no, not the elections! BELIEVE ME, THERE ARE NO POLITICAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS….THE ONLY SOLUTION IS MOSHIACH)
And yes, that is what should be on our minds. Bringing Moshiach. Bringing the redemption of the Jewish people.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe once wrote in a letter the following:
The latest “fashion” seems to be anxiety. Everyone seems to be suffering from some sort of anxiety disorder. Why is it that so many people experience so much anxiety these days? What is anxiety? Where does it stem from?
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.