Friday, November 23, 2007

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Just Today

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

In our opening podcast, A Day with Trouble, R. Nati taught a lesson about dealing with our troubles. That is, we have our troubles today that we have to get through. We can sit and worry about the future, about the scope of what we have to deal with, about this big mountain of troubles that we have to overcome or, G-d forbid, fall down from and be crushed by.

But that's a mistake. What we have to do is, get through today. Just today. A lesson of emunah is that we have faith in G-d for tomorrow. For now, we just have to live through...today.

This entry in HaYom Yom, from the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, reinforces this...

(HaYom Yom for 6th of Kislev)

My father said that the reciting of Sh'ma before retiring at night is, in miniature form, like the Confession before death. But then one leaves the marketplace permanently, and the commerce of "Today to perform them" [1] is finished.

With the Bedside Sh'ma every night, however, one is still in the middle of the "market" and can still accomplish and achieve.

1. I.e. the mitzvot. See Devarim 7:11, Eiruvin 22a.


TODAY perform them, all we have to do is do our avodas Hashem, Torah and mitzvot, today.

That, just maybe, I think I might be able to do, to get through ... today.

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