Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Which is Real?

compiled thoughts of Rabbi Nati @ Mystical Paths

Get involved politically!

Use wise financial planning!!

Defend ourselves with our military might!!!

Do we really think politics, military might or financial savvy can cure a spiritual illness?  At best these only work on the symptoms.  We have to cure the disease!

Only Hashem runs the world and He sets up who He wishes and takes down who He pleases! All the news… the president did (fill in the blank), the Prime Minister is (fill in the blank), the disaster is (fill in the blank), it’s all just a show to distract us from the real, from Him!

There are solutions…

- Take an emunah moment!  Pause and think of Hashem in your day, or enhance your day with some emunah building material.  In a time of constant in-your-face attacks on emunah we must intentionally build emunah.  ‘A few minutes a day keeps the Yeitzer away.’

- Do not despair!  There is always hope and there is always something we can do.  Despair is the worst danger of all, for it paralyzes one into doing NOTHING.

- Prayer is the answer to the hard questions we face!  Turn to Hashem and ask the hard questions, pray for understanding.  Our Father can open the gates of wisdom for His children, or at least settle the neshomah (soul).

A quick remedy for the spiritual and physical challenges of RIGHT NOW…

Read tehillim (psalms) every day.  Just 5 a day and you will finish the Sefer of Moshiach each month.  Complete this by learning one pasuk from Mishlei (Proverbs) each day.  This bring understanding to the mind and calmness to the soul.

This should begin on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the month of redemption.  On the first of Nissan read psalms 1-5 and Proverbs 1, the next day 6-11 & 2, etc. 

Peace by itself is not enough, a small dose of understanding of Torah wisdom is a key to having peace.

6 comments:

Yonatan said...

Lean some Chassidus- ask Hashem to show you the truth in all things - take time to touch base and talk to Hashem thoughout the day and your worries will melt away!

Gibbo said...

Brilliant Akiva just what me and my family needed, a practical solution. I will endeavour to do as you say and encourage all my children to do so as well. THANKS!!

Peace, Quiet, Joy said...

Please pray for the wounded of the terror and missile attacks last week - excuse me for posting here but it is quite urgent. Take a moment to reflect with love and compassion on these children and elders in Israel -

The following information is based on updates from OneFamily case workers who are visiting the victims wounded in the most recent attacks, in hospitals and at their homes. Please credit OneFamily when forwarding this information.

Please pray for the following civilians injured in the Jerusalem bombing on March 23:
Natan Daniel ben Shulamit - a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition. He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed. He also suffered serious injuries to the neck and shoulder and will be in hospital for a while.
Leah Bracha bat Shoshana Batya - is a 19-year-old seminary student. She suffered burns to her legs and arms as well as serious shock.
Odelia Nechama bat Michal - suffered serious head injuries and is in intensive care. Odelia had more surgery performed on March 29, and was put on a respirator. Her family is asking for increased prayers for her recovery.
David ben Janette - David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded. He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body. He is recovering in the hospital.
Sasson ben Shulamit - This is the second time Sasson has been injured in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. He suffered lower body injuries and serious post-traumatic symptoms. He was released from the hospital the day after the attack and is slowly recovering at home.
Ad Shapira - Ad is 18 years old and just about to complete high school. She suffered light orthopedic injuries and is in good condition in hospital.
Shilo ben Zehava Ofra - Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen. He is sedated in intensive care.
Daniel Yehuda ben Rachel Nurit - Daniel is 13 years old, and suffered lacerations and shrapnel injuries to his lower extremities, and was released from the hospital on Sunday morning.
Elchanan Ovadya ben Alona - Elchanan is 14 years old, and suffered serious injuries to his feet. One ankle and three of his toes were crushed. He has had one operation and will require more surgery. He will likely be in the hospital at least 2-3 weeks.
Netanel ben Shlomit - Netanel is 18 years old and works as a security guard at the bus station. He was injured in the abdomen had surgery. He is still in serious pain but was released from the hospital on Sunday and will remain under observation at home.
Yishai Chaim ben Bruriah
Reuven Chai ben Mala
Shaindel bat Raizel
Yisrael ben Dina

The following are victims wounded in rocket attacks in southern Israel:

Osnat bat Mamit She was woken by the warning siren at 5:30 in the morning, and while running from her room, she tripped over her baby's bed and sustained injuries to her legs and back.
Miriam bat Rubikhi is an 81-year-old women who was running in response to the siren, and tripped and fell, breaking her knee.
http://www.onefamilyfund.org/article.asp?ID=2138

William said...

I have recently begun a program like this. In addition, I made a schedule for myself to read the entirety of the rest of the Tanakh twice a year. On regular years I begin with Bereishit on Tishrei 1 and Nissan 1. In a leap year I begin on Tishrei 1 and II Adar 15. To divide it out, I counted in the Artscroll Tanakh, and it seems to be working out pretty well. I think getting the overview of the written Torah and the words of our prophets on a regular basis is very healthy.

Batya said...

Good ideas. Find a pleasant place to say them. Women, who read this, come to Tel Shiloh on Rosh Chodesh.

Anonymous said...

excellent, thank you!!!

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