Thursday, May 04, 2017

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Spiritual Life Can Seem Frustrating

​   by Reb Gutman Locks


     Sometimes it seems that we are getting nowhere. It's like we are doing the same things over and over again… starting from the same place and ending up in the same place. It can feel like we are pulling on own socks trying to lift ourselves off the ground.

     Not only that, but every generation gets lower than the previous generation… all the way back to Adam the First Man. So then, if we are so low compared to the generations that went before us, and they couldn't do it… they couldn't bring the world to peace and bring the Redemption, what possible hope is there for us? We are like midgets and they were like giants.

     If a midget is smart he can see further than a giant. All he has to do is to stand on the giant's shoulders. This means when we follow the good advice of the previous generations we will benefit from all of their good deeds, and then by adding in our small contributions we will be able to see even further than they could.

     Although each generation is lower than the previous generation, the later generation is closer to the Redemption. This is especially true now in this generation when we see the Redemption actually beginning. This means that we can see things that they could not see.   

     This week's Prophet reading says; "Behold the days are coming says Hashem…. I will bring back the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cites, they will return and plant vineyards and drink their wine. They will make gardens and eat their fruit. I shall implant them upon their Land; they will not be uprooted again from upon their Land that I have given them, says Hashem, your G-d."[i]

     For thousands of years Jews read these prophecies of the Land again being filled, but they saw the Land was destroyed, desolate. It was hard for those many generations to believe these Prophecies. But we are not like that. We look and see with our very eyes how much of this is happening right now. We are living in those rebuilt cities. Today we are drinking the wine from those vineyards and eating the fruit from those gardens. Thank G-d. Thank G-d, really.


[i] Amos 9:13

1 comment:

  1. AMEN! May the Geulah come speedily b'rachamim where every Jew will be living that beautiful & perfect reality in our holy Eretz Yisrael!


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