Monday, November 15, 2010

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Receiving Challenges

by Rabbi Nati @ The Mystical Paths Microbrewery

When one hears someone insulting them, they should keep silent and hold their peace.

This is a foundation of Teshuva, the return to Hashem. One has to know that all that occurs to him is all from Hashem. By retorting you only drive away your own holy soul by failing to believe that Hashem is in control over every aspect of creation. This person that complained about you is only a messenger from the Holy One. Everything is sent to you for your own good and to cleanse you from sin.

If now we respond with ego centered anger, we are in effect refusing to accept correction when we have to do just that. The only way to fix what we were sent here to fix is by Teshuva, and the main thing to remember is that it all comes from Hashem. Our tikun comes from returning everything to Hashem by knowing that everything comes from Him the time this is most apparent is when someone hurts us and we say nothing in return, knowing that everything is to scrub us clean and to make us pure. This comes only to teach us understanding. By this the fruit is revealed and the peel removed. The concealment is revealed leaving the inner G-dliness exposed for all to see. Our job is to understanding and know that this is the greatest of gifts from our Father in Heaven.

May we be blessed to stand silent in the face of being told to wait.

3 comments:

Shiloh said...

Question, so when a 'Jew' refers to another Jew as a swine in public because they don't wear the clothes of the polish goyim when walking in their getto, or when a 'Jew' wishes to stone a Jew because they don't dress according to the wears of polish goyim, because they don't have any other thing to judge one by, what is the purpose of that.

Ok, since all comes from haShem, therefore clothes invented by a Jew, namely Levi's comes from haShem and there should be no reason for the 'Erev Rav' to speak in such a manner, or throw stones.

Another question, when you got 'shabbaked' where you so holy as you now appear. Also, this teaching borders on what the xtian's teach to 'turn the other cheek'.

josh said...

Rav Nati, so true.
Last year, I was working on a community project and not making the timeline to collect all the money to buy some supplies. Someone chewed me out over this, but really went overboard shouting and repeating three times that I was breaking the chain. This was absurd, coming from a usually very quiet person. This was definitely disproportional but I realized later that this was a direct message from olam haba! I had taken on to say a tractate of mishnayot for a niftar, and had been slacking off.

Last week, someone at work told me that I can go to hell if I did not like something they had initiated. This was only about naming a certain file. For sure I told his manager and mine that I don't think that this is appropriate behaviour, but I'm really not sure what the real message is about and still searching.

josh said...

Rav Nati, so true.
Last year, I was working on a community project and not making the timeline to collect all the money to buy some supplies. Someone chewed me out over this, but really went overboard shouting and repeating three times that I was breaking the chain. This was absurd, coming from a usually very quiet person. This was definitely disproportional but I realized later that this was a direct message from olam haba! I had taken on to say a tractate of mishnayot for a niftar, and had been slacking off.

Last week, someone at work told me that I can go to hell if I did not like something they had initiated. This was only about naming a certain file. For sure I told his manager and mine that I don't think that this is appropriate behaviour, but I'm really not sure what the real message is about and still searching.

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