Musing about life

As we approach Shavuot, I find myself musing on the ironies of life. 
On Pesach my daughter started feeling sick. It continued for several weeks, getting worse each week to the point that she began vomiting and having stomach pains etc. We took her to the hospital and she was diagnosed with celiac disease! 
Ironic that on the holiday when we eat mainly gluten free, on Pesach, she became sick from the only gluten containing product: the shmura matza that we eat, which is called the matza of faith and the matza of healing!

The light of Moshiach

The last days of Passover always bring to mind Moshiach. We even eat a Moshiach seuda on the eighth day towards evening: matza and four more cups of wine or grape juice. This is the meal of Moshiach and we actually internalize our connection to Moshiach.
On these last day sof Passover the light of Moshiach shines and we have the opportunity to tap into that light and connect ourselves to the true redemption and to the redeemer. 

LIBERATION FROM MENTAL SLAVERY

Most people have an almost child like mentality: if I do good deeds and do what Hashem wants, why does Hashem not give me what I want or what I ask for? 
And we tend to become angry, moody, resentful, disappointed when our expectations and wishes are not realized etc.
Pesach is the time to free ourselves from wrong mentalities. We need to open up and see life from a bigger perspective.

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

Suffering is something we humans have a hard time understanding. In fact, we cannot understand it. And may nobody have to go through any suffering!  We need to pray constantly never to be tested and never to need suffering . May any cleansing or purification be through chesed and rachamim without suffering.
But if chasve shalom a person does go through some kind of suffering, there are ways to deal with it that are perhaps helpful on some level. Nobody can minimize a person’s suffering. What one person may find easy, another person may truly find difficult. 

Chodesh tov

So we are now entering the new Jewish month of Nissan. This is what the Torah refers to as the month of redemption and the month of miracles. Just as the Jews were redeemed from Egypt in the month of NIssan, so may we all be redeemed from galus in this month of Nissan. And may it be with miracles!

HOW TO BE HAPPY

Today I woke up thinking about all the things I have to be happy about, and all the things I have to be sad about. And I thought to myself: which one will I choose to prioritize? The happy things or the sad ones? Well, being that it is the month of Adar I chose to go with the happy thoughts and put the sad ones on a back burner. (if it was the month of Av I probably would have focused more on the sad things…) In Adar we have a mitzvah , a commandment, to increase in happiness so the sad thoughts I knew were coming from an unholy place.

MISHENICHNOS ADAR MARBIM BSIMCHA!

We are now entering the Jewish month of Adar. Zman mazaltenu! It is the time of Jewish mazal. It is a month of happiness. We need to increase in joy. But how to do that? simply go through the motions.Laugh, sing, dance....even if you dont feel like it. Because everytime you laugh, things change around. That is the idea of this month. The hebrew letter governing the month of Adar is kuf, the letter associated with the monkey. A monkey constantly laughs and turns somersaults etc. And this is the idea of Adar: through  laughter, through joy, everything can turn around.

Bringing Moshiach

The Baal Shem Tov once ascended to the Heavenly realms and entered the chamber of Moshiach. He asked when Moshiach would come and he was told “When your wellsprings (the teachings of Chassidut) are spread all over the world”.

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