GETTING RID OF AMALEK

In Adar we must increase in joy, as we mentioned before.  In general, serving the Almighty with joy is a Torah directive. In fact, if we are lacking happiness in our service of G-d, exile is the result, as the Torah says “As you did not serve G-d, your G-d, with joy and good heartedness”.

IS THIS THE END OF DEMOCRACY?

Is America truly a democratic country anymore?  With the rise of the leftists to power, America is now becoming, effectively, almost a communist style regime.   It is not really democractic or republican anymore.  Why do I say that? Because , although we are still a capitalistic country, capitalism is now only relevant for the wealthy.

REWARDING CHILDREN/REWARDING OURSELVES

Most parents are in the habit of rewarding children with material things like candies. Although for small children such rewards are necessary in teaching them proper behavior etc., it is still wise if we try to reward children with things of greater spiritual value. Then they learn to appreciate spiritual matters, give importance to that and not feel they need to comfort themselves or reward themselves with materialism, even as they grow older. What we see in western society is that even adults feel they deserve a treat, or chocolates, or extra cake etc.

DOUBTS AND FAITH

Every person sometimes has doubts in faith. We are only human: this is normal . 

But, there is a person who uses doubts to seek his creator and turn his eyes and heart to the heavens, and then his faith grows stronger.

And there is a man who takes advantage of doubts to justify his distance from  God and focuses on his heart's desires and personal desires, and the more time passes, the less he believes.

ON THE WAY TO REDEMPTION

Yesterday I drove by a sign that said “recycling and redemption” and I thought to myself: we are all “recycled souls” (from a previous incarnation) and we are on the way to redemption.  And truthfully that is what life is all about: correcting our past lives (tikunim) and preparing for redemption.

GIVING NACHAS

In life we learn from others. The people who shape our lives the most when we are young are our parents.  We learn in two ways from our parents, and in both cases we need to appreciate them and be grateful.

CHANUKA SAMEACH!

Chanukah, the holiday of lights.  Hidden within those Chanukah lights is the special “ohr hagenuz”, the light with which the Almighty created the world.  And it is this light which is hidden for the future, when the reasons for all the suffering of exile will become revealed.  But even now, as we watch the flickering of the Chanukah lights, we can connect to our souls: we can reveal light deep within ourselves and light up our own inner darkness.  The lights of

WAR OF GOG AND MAGOG

Before Moshiach comes, we are taught in Torah, that there is a war of Gog and Magog. There are many different facets to this and many ways the Rabbonim have interpreted this war to be.  It is not an actual physical war between nations.

ELECTION RESULTS

The elections have certainly been in tune with this year’s overall vibe….throwing everyone into chaos!  But, as the saying goes, “It’s not over til it’s over.”  For some reason, nobody that I know can accept Biden and Harris as their presidents.  We still believe Trump will win, will play his ‘trump card” and come out victorious.

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