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Section: Moadim   Category: Weekly Sefirah Diary
Week 6 Yesod: Some Have It, Some Don't

There always is in every peer group one individual who is bound for stardom. They have it all and we know they were going to be the one to make it. Brains, charm, looks, good family background. But yet they don't. What went wrong? Maybe they lack Yesod. In the first five we weeks we worked on acquiring all the important tools to be successful. Now in order to make it happen we need to put it together. It's not the one with the best tools that makes it; it's the one who has the best command of their tools. To have command of your tools you need Yesod.

Yesod literally means foundation. You can build an amazing building with a beautiful architecture, a lavish lobby, and luxury apartments but if the foundation is not strong it will all come crumbling down and become just a pile of rubble with not even a trace of its previous glory. The foundation is the groundwork upon which a building is built. The building lasts only as long as its foundation.

What is our Yesod? The best and strongest Yesod we can have will be a yesod that is long lasting. Our lives are temporary and we have no idea how long it will last. If our Yesod is an earthly one it will crumble as soon as our time on earth is over. If the foundation of our lives is to earn money and earn respect then all our efforts and all our talents will crumble the day our physical foundation dies.

As the chosen people we are given a great gift from Hashem. We received the Torah which transcends this world. It existed long before this world and will live on for eternity. Despite being creatures that appear to be 100% physical, we possess a Neshama that is eternal. We have the opportunity to make the Torah and our Neshama our Yesod. Our physical selves can hang on to our spiritual coattails and live on forever. Yisroel, V'Oraisa, V'Kudesha Brich Hu Chad Hu. The Jews, the Torah, and Hashem are all one. (Taken literally (and it should be) this statement is the most powerful statement there is!)

The Satmar Rav Zt"l was once walking with his Chasidim when he saw the legendary Mike Tress of holocaust rescue fame walking across the street. The Satmar Rav crossed the street to say hello. One of his Chasidim asked him "Rebbe, How can you cross the street to greet someone who dares shave his beard". The Satmar Rav answered him, "Indeed you are correct. When Mike Tress goes before the heavenly court they will challenge him with the complaint "Jew, Jew, where is your beard. But when you my dear Chasid come before the Heavenly throne, Hashem will ask you, "Beard, Beard, where is your Jew".

Mike Tress had an eternal Yesod, the Chasid didn't. Ask yourself what the Heavenly court ask you?

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