Sunday, September 04, 2011

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Emunah for Elul

by Rabbi Nati @ Mystical Paths

“T’Shuvah, Tefilla, Tzedaka these are Emunah…”

Emunah is our spiritual immunity…It protects us from spiritual disease. Just like a virus breaks down our immune system so does the negative mida Arrogance.

 
Arrogance leads to Emunah Deficiency Syndrome, It is our very own egocentric self reliant attitude that is a leading cause of our suffering in our world today.

We struggle against this daily.  But know this is a eternal struggle from the time of  Yaakov and Esav. And these very midot that keep us in Galus today: Arrogance, Rebellion, and Heresy.

These three negative midot are the source of the evil inclination and feed the kilpot of Esav, Yishmael and Erev Rav.

These midot are what we come to repair during the days of repentance.  But mainly the mida of Arrogance.  For we know that it was on Rosh Hashanah that Yaakov battled the angel of Esav.

“This encounter was on, the eternal days of atonement” for days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days of the great war between Yaakov and Esav.” ie. Humility vs Arrogance.

The Holy Zohar tells us that the  angel of Esav comes every year to accuse Yaakov in the eternal court case on Rosh Hashanah. He accuses us of not being brotherly. And Yaakov is an aspect of all of Am Yisrael. “He provokes the ‘Mida of Din’ – the attribute of judgment against us.”

On the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Yisrael is involved in the  great war against Amalek and it is only by the strength of the Tzaddik Ha Emes, who is an aspect of Moshe Rabbenu that we can win this war.

The main aspect of T’Shuvah is in overcoming the ‘mida of Esav’ which is arrogance.  The sages teach us that it is only Esav who can  destroy us. i.e. his mida, that of arrogance, it is the most destructive of all forces and is the root to all sins.  And the main T’Shuvah is emulating the mida of humility which is an aspect of Moshe our teacher.

Moshe was the complete opposite of Esav. Esav ha Rasha and Moshe ha Tzaddik. HaShem says that “He and the arrogant one can not exist in the same world”, thus HaShem leaves. Oy!

Prayer is an aspect of T’Shuvah as it takes a breaking of one’s will to be able to pray.  And it is only through prayer and the breaking of one’s will that we are able to draw closer to  HaShem.

There exists in the world today an insanity which is produced by arrogance. For it is impossible to be arrogant and not be insane. The arrogant one say’s “I, will do it!”   He leaves out any possibility of Hashem’s involvement. FOOL!

It is as if we are saying to HaShem - move over I’m sitting down on Your Throne and running my world! “Leave me alone!”  OY! Gevalt!!

This very act is heresy… Idol worship at it’s best “I am now god!”

What a terrible situation to find ourselves in, separated from our source,  from all our blessing, our life force. OY!!!  It is most unfortunate that the majority of the world today suffers from this heresy induced insanity.  Today we live in a heresy induced dream world thinking we are in control, the sole rulers of ‘our’ worlds. What a lie! It is none other than the serpent himself who puts this vain thought into our minds.

BUT THERE IS HOPE! 

There is a cure for H.I.I. - Heresy Induced Insanity which is a symptom of E.D.S.,  Emunah Deficiency Syndrome.  It is humbling ourselves, opening up our mouths and crying out to HaShem in prayer!

This is exactly what our soul’s needs to over come E.D.S and avoid H.I.I. Only by prayer can we draw close to HaShem which in turn defeats Esav and his evil middot.

On the very day that we overcome our Arrogance we will have the Geula and the restoration of the Beis HaMikdash. Then we can be Yisrael!

What are we waiting for?

Hashem said “Return to me and I will return to you”.  What do we have to lose except for our Esaviness?

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