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By Maariv in the Bracha of Hashkiveinu we ask Hashem, "V'Haser Satan Milfaneinu U'Mei Achoreinu", the remove the Yetzer Hara from in front of us and from behind us. What does this mean?

The seforim answer that when we want to do something good the Satan tells us there is no rush, start "tomorrow". Yet tomorrow never comes because there is always another tomorrow. But if we are ready, anxious, and willing to star immediately the Satan employs a different strategy. He tells us it is too late. Had we done it yesterday it would have been great, but not anymore.

We ask Hashem to remove both these obstacles to our good deeds and self improvement. We ask Hashem to remove the Satan standing before us blocking us from taking action today. We also ask Hashem to remove the Satan from our rear-view mirror telling us to look back and see we missed our chance. This is the Kotzker saying, "It is always late but never too late".

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Tachanun - The Little That Remains

In tachanun we ask Hashem three time to watch over Am Yisroel. First time we refer to those who say Shema Yisroel, the second time Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad, and the third time those who say Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh and we refer to ourselves as a Goy Kadosh. In the next paragraph we say that we ask for mercy since we have no good deeds on our account. So which one is it, are we worthy or not?

Maybe we can offer B'Derech Drush as follows. Rav Chatzkel Levenstein in quoting the Chofetz Chaim that World War III will make the first two wars pale in comparison explained that he meant the lack of emuna and bitachon that will engulf the world. While on one had we see today many Baalei Tshuva, still we see good old fashioned Yiras Shamayim disappearing rapidly.

As we watch the erosion of Yiddishkeit we ask Hashem to save our nation. We ask Hashem to save those Jews that are living on the precipice of assimilation and their only thing that remains of their Yiddishkeit is their ability to say Shema Yisroel. We ask Hashem to move them back safely from the edge and build on the dying embers that remain.

Then their is the frum Jew who knows Hashem controls the world. He knows Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. This is the bulk of the frum community. We ask Hashem to strengthen this core and not let it erode. Lastly comrs the upper echelons. Those who know from Kedusha. Those who live a life of nitzchiyus. Those who daven Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh and lead the rest of us. We ask Hashem give them the koach to blaze a trail for the rest of us and keep our standards high.

Why do we ask for all this? Because "Ein Banu Maasim" we are weary from a long Galus and need Hashem to protect the remnant of honest old fashioned Yiddishkeit that remain.

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Kedusha: Magid MiPlotzk - If The Malachim Knew They'd Kill Us

In Kedusha we daven to Hashem (Nusach Ashkenaz), Nikadesh Es Shimcha BaOlam K'Shem Shamkdishim Oisoi Bishmei Marom", we should be Mikadesh Hashem's name in this world like they do in the Heavens above. How do they do it above? What are we aspiring to, and why don't we do it now?

The Magid Tzedek of Plotzk in his Siddur Shaar HaRachamim says as follows. We say Kaddish in Aramaic instead of Lashon Kodesh. The reason for this, says the Avudraham, is because Kaddish is a tefila that Hashem's name should be complete in this world. Right now because of our aveiros Hashem's name is not complete. We say "Yehei Shmei Rabba", Shmei is also "Shem Yud - Hey." Our Tefila is that the Shem that is only right now Yud - Hey in this world should be complete with its missing two letters. We don't want the Malachim to hear that through our aveiros we caused a Chilul HaShem, or else they may destroy us in anger. Therefore we say Kaddish in Aramaic which the Malachim do not understand.

Because the Malachim do not know that Hashem's name is incomplete in this world, they daven with the full Shem Hashem pronouncing it the way it is written. Our Tefila in Kedusha is that we too should be zocheh to say Hashem's name the way the Malachim do and be zocheh to see the final geula bb"a.

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Modim: Only You Can Do It

Throughout Chazaras Hashatz we are content to stand silently and listen to the Chazan petition Hashem on our behalf.  Suddenly by Modim we chime in and say Modim by ourselves.  Why?

The answer is that for all our requests from Hashem for health, sustenance, redemption, forgivenes, etc. it is always beneficial to send a single representative to speak to the King on behalf of the public in order to have a better chance of having our requests granted.  But when it come to thank you we must say it personally never through an agent.

Thank you must be from the heart and from your mouth for it to be worth anything.  Sending someone on your behalf while you stand idly on the sidelines, shows how thankful you really aren't.

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Steipler Gaon - It Takes A Hard Day To Appreciate A Night And A Hard Night To Appreciate The Day

By Shacharis we say Yotzer Ohr U'Borei Choshech.  We thank Hashem for creating the light and the darkness.  Also at night by Ma'ariv we say Borei Yom VaLeila, thanking Hashem for both day and night.  This is based on the gemara (Brachos 11b) that says that we must mention both day and night both in the morning and at night.  Why?

The Talilei Oros brings from the Steipler Gaon that if day were to continue on forever we wouldn't appreciate it.  Only after the world becomes dark and closes for the night and is then reborn in the morning, do our senses properly feel the miracle of the Hischadshus the renewal and rejuvenation of the Bria through the Chesed of Hashem.

Similarly if night were to be endless, we would not appreciate the underlying kindness of Hashem in providing this quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the day.  Only after a hard day's work can we thank Hashem for turning down the lights and enabling us to catch our breath and rest ourselves to prepare for the next day.



Mon, 11 Oct 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Yaakov Kopel Chosid - Money Could Grow On A Tree But It Can't
The Medrash Tanchuma (Mishpatim 9) says that Dovid HaMelech asked Hashem to give everyone equal wealth. "Yeishev Olam Lifnei Elokim", all people should be equal (Tehilim 61:8).  Hashem answered, "Chesed VeEmes Man Yintziruhu", then how will people do Chesed with one another?

If so why do we ask Hashem this very same thing in Birchas HaMazon, "Lo Lidei Matnas Basar VaDam... Ki Im LiYadicha", let me not rely on another human being, only Your hand that is full, open, holy, and generous.  Hashem wants us to help and support each other not live off miracles so why do we ask otherwise?

Rav Yaakov Kopel Chosid was the patriarch of the Vizhnitz dynasty and a beloved talmid of the Baal Shem Tov.  He did not leave any writings but the answer to this question is brought in his name in his son's Sefer, Ahavas Sholom.  He answers that even when one person helps another, the money that came to him comes straight from Hashem.  Hashem decreed it and sent messengers to carry out His wishes and make sure the money comes to you.  In Birchas HaMazon we daven to Hashem for the ability to clearly recognize that no matter how we received our sustenance, we should not be deceived.  Neither we or the giver should be fooled into believing anything other than that it came straight from the Holy and loving hand of Hashem. (Zichronam Livracha)

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Asher Yatzar: Magid MiPlutzk - Is There Anything More Embarrassing?
Is there any physical activity that is more humbling then going to the bathroom?  Unlike other animalistic needs, there is absolutely no physical or emotional pleasure attached to this unpleasant activity.  It is the great equalizer among humans and animals.  No person no matter how great, has any edge whatsoever when it comes to this unique activity.  It is so humiliating that we lock ourselves in seclusion during the duration, as if we don't want anyone to know the truth about us.

The Magid Tzedek MiPlotzk says that this is the meaning of the Bracha Asher Yatzar Es HaAdam BiChochma.  Hashem created us cleverly, in way that we will always recognize our shortcomings and not become too haughty.  The Yalkut (Yechezkel 28) says that Hashem told the great King Chiram, who held himself to be G-d, I looked at you and created man with the need to relieve himself.

The Bracha ends "Rofei Chol Basar", Hashem heals all flesh.  The Magid Tzedek tells us the secret to healing.  He brings the gemara (Sotah 5a), that says Hashem heals Basar.  This refers to man when he is humble and realizes that he is flesh and blood.  Hashem does not heal "Adam", a person who thinks highly of himself.

Akavya ben Mahalalel says (Pirkei Avos 3:1) that to avoid aveira we should remember that we emanated from a Tipa Srucha and we will one day return to Afar V'Tolei'a.  For those of us who don't remember our earliest beginning, and for those of us who feel death will never catch up with us, use your frequent moments of shame to remind yourself of the same lesson.  And if you are so great that you don't need to use a bathroom, then I guess you are truly special, at least as much as Paroh! 

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Emes V'Yatziv - The Vilna Gaon Says It's Certainly True
After Shema we say Emes V'Yatziv which starts with the word Emes and then 15 consecutive words beginning with the letter Vuv.  The word Emes itself is Vuv because Hashem's seal is Emes and His seal is the letter Vuv. 

The Magid Tzedek of Plutzk says that these 16 Vuvs correspond to the 16 pasukim in the first two parshiyos of Krias Shema which all start with the letter Vuv.  Shema and Boruch Shem do not but they each have 6 words in it.  (Two other pasukim also do not and he says there are secrets surrounding this.)

The second word V'yatziv is Aramaic and the reason for this says the Magid Tzedek is because the pasuk Boruch Shem was stolen from the Malachim by Moshe Rabbeinu when he went to Shamayim to take the Torah.  Since Boruch Shem is the second pasuk we say its corresponding word V'Yatziv in Aramaic since the Malachim do not understand Aramaic.

The Siddur HaGra B'Nigla U'BiNistar brings down that the Vilna Gaon said on this pshat that this was the intention of the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah when they instituted this Tefila. 

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Modeh Ani: Chasam Sofer - Because Hashem Believes In You! Day after day we struggle through our challenges.  A bracha here, a favor there, making time for Torah, a kind word, restraining from Lashon Hara, and on and on with and all the daily challenges we face.  Some days are better than others but we are far from angels.  Night after night our tarnished Neshamos go up to Shamayim showing off our daily mitzvos but also in need of a good cleansing from the dirt that accumulated that day.

Our bodies lie lifeless in our beds each morning waiting for Hashem to return our refreshed and clean Neshama to us and give us a new day of life.  But why should He?  Are we so fantastic that Hashem owes it to us for what we have done for Him?  No.  Did we do something in the past that proves that we are up to today's challenges and will do Hashem proud without causing Him any anguish?  Probably not.

Well, Hashem see things otherwise.  The last two words of Modeh Ani are Rabba Emunasecha.  This is normally translated to mean that our faith in Hashem is great and we are confident that He will give us another day of life, regardless of the score.  However points out the Chasam Sofer, Emunasecha may not be the correct word for that context.  Instead he offers a mind boggling and encouraging thought that should give us the Chizzuk and strength to truly make this day a great one.  Rabba Emunasecha means "Your faith" is great.  We are granted another extension on our visa in this world because Hashem believes in us.  He knows we can come through today and He is willing to bet another day of life to prove it.  If Hashem believes it, it must be true.  No more excuses, our days can all be perfect!

Tue, 04 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Ashrei: Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz - Yosef Meshisa Makes A Startling Turnaround The Medrash (Bireishis Rabba 65:22) says that when the Yevanim wanted to plunder the Bais HaMikdash they were scared, so they sent in a traitorous Jew named Yosef Meshisa to do it for them.  They promised him that the first thing he brings out he can keep for himself.

He went in and brought out the Menora.  When they saw its splendor and brilliant shine they said that it was not for a simple man and the Menora needed to be taken back for the king.  They then instructed him to go in and take something else for himself.  To this he replied, "Is it not enough that I angered my Creator once, must I do it again?"  They tried persuading him and then threatening him but he wouldn't budge.  They brought a chopping block and started to cut him up alive. He started to scream, "Woe is unto me, Woe is unto me for I have angered my Creator!"

Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz asks how did this traitor turn to a tzaddik so quickly that he suddenly displayed incredible Mesiras Nefesh?  He answers that even a short time spent in the house of Hashem can cause a dramatic change in a person.  It can change a person from a Rasha into a Tzaddik willing to sacrifice himself Al Kiddush Hashem.

This, says Rav Shealtiel Meir HaKohen in his Sefer Achas Shoalti, is the meaning of the pasuk Ashrei Yoshvei Veisecha.  Every shul is a Mikdash Me'at, and Hashem's home in the galus.  Even spending a few short moments in shul, pondering the presence of Hashem, has the power to change a person.  Ashrei Yoshvei Veisecha, fortunate is the one who sits briefly in Hashem's home.  Od Yehalelucha Sela, no matter who you are when you come in, you can become a new person and will sing Hashem's on the highest level.  

Every moment in Shul, every single Tefila B'Tzibbur is a tremendous growth opportunity if you just tune in to where you are.  When its time to go to Shul, seize the opportunity and savor the moments!

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Biurei Tefila: Shemona Esrei - A Jewish Adventure Mobile! Rav Tuvia Goldstein Zt"l once said, when a Goy wants to go on trip he must tend to all the tedious details and make travel arrangements, arrange a hotel, get in his car and go. Not so a Jew. All we must do is take three steps back for Shemona Esrei and away we go! Our mind often takes us on the greatest adventures without ever leaving our place. We can dream about vacation and a whirlwind of other events and still make it back on time for Kedusha.

That is how he explains the Pasuk "Eileh Va'Rechev V'Eileh Ba'Susim", the goyim need their chariot and horse to get anywhere. "Va'Anachnu" but us Jews, "B'Shem Hashem Elokeinu Nazkir" we only need to mention Hashem's name (Shemona Esrei) to get to the same places.

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Kitores: Mabit - The Secret Of The Eleventh Man The Mabit in Bais Elokim writes that we say Pitum HaKitores twice a day, in the morning and afternoon because it has the power to nullify evil.  The gemara Shabbos (89a) tells us that when Moshe went to Shamayim to get the Torah, each and every Malach gave him a present.  What could the Malach HaMaves give him that would be worth keeping?  The Mach HaMaves told Moshe the secret that could stop thim during a Mageifa, a deadly plague.  This was the secret of the Kitores.  Later we find that Moshe used the Kitores to stop a Mageifa that broke out when Bnei Yisroel acted with indiscretion, upon Bilam's advice to Balak.

So what is the big secret in the Kitores that gives it this awesome power?  The Mabit says that the Kitores is a mixture of eleven fragrances.  All of them fine smelling except for the foul smelling Chelbana.  yet the Chelbana does ruin the smell of the others.  On the contrary, the Chelbana takes on the good smell of the others.

The Mabit says that Chelbana represents the Malach HaMaves or Yetzer Hara (they are one and the same).  If we have a group of ten good Yidden, the Malach HaMaves loses his powers to cause harm.  In this minyan, the Malach HaMaves, the foul smelling Chelbana, is forced to answer Amein to our Brachos!

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Shimon Schwab - Haliluka, The Duel Between Dovid & The Frog The last pasuk in Sefer Tehilim is the fifth and final Haliluka in Pesukei D'zimra, "Kol Haneshama Tihallel Kah", all the neshamos will praise Hashem.  Rav Shimon Schwab asks after writing all of Sefer Tehilim and reaching the grand finale, why does Dovid HaMelech choose to praise Hashem with the Shem "Kah".  We know that the name Kah with the letter Yud and Hey implies that Hashem's name is not complete.

He answers that when Dovid finished Tehilim the frog told him that his praise is not as great as the frog's.  Why not?  A human always has a Yetzer Hara during his whole life on earth.  Even when doing mitzvos, man must contend with this evil enemy who manages to scar each and every mitzva.  A frog has no Yetzer Hara and his devotion to Hashem is complete.  Proof of this is that the frog readily makes himself available to his predator for dinner.  Why?  Because the frog is totally devoted to the will of Hashem without any self interest.  

Unlike a frog who has crystal clear vision of his creator, a human does not.  "Ki Lo Yirani HaAdam VaChai", as long as man is alive he cannot fully comprehend Hashem because of this evil inclination that will not let go.

However this is the greatness of a human.  Although he struggles with the beast within him, yet he elevates himself and manages to serve Hashem, overcoming his human side.  The greatest praise man can say is "Kol Haneshama Tihallel "Kah".  Even though we don't fully recognize Hashem and his name is not complete in our mind, nevertheless we devote ourselves to his praise.

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Maggid Tzedek Of Plutzk: Hodu Lashem - Call Me By My Name The Rambam writes that a person has two names, his given name at birth and the titles he earns based on his accomplishments, be it Mr. Mayor, Your Honor, His Majesty, etc.  The latter is much more honorable for him, and for someone who has earned a great measure of respect it is considered a disgrace to call him by his given name.  To the point where Chazal tell us that if you call your Rebbi by his name you are Chayav Misa.

Rav Pinchos MiPlutzk in the Maggid Tzedek on Tefila says that this is all by a Basar V'Dam.  By Hashem it is the opposite.  The Shem Hashem includes with in it all the praises possible and reaches deeper than the human mind can fathom.  "K'Shimcha Elokim Kein Tehilasecha", Hashem's name encompasses his praise (Tehilim 48:11).  No other praise can come close to describe Hashem's praise.  Names such as mighty and awesome King and the like are all terms used for mere mortals. 

"Lvad Bicha Nazkir Shimecha" (Yeshaya 26:13).  Unlike mankind, to properly praise Hashem we must say His name alone.  This is the meaning of the opening pasuk of Hodu, "Hodu Lashem Kiru B'Shmo."  If you want to praise Hashem, call out his name.

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Ezras Avoseinu - Where Are The Mighty Falling To? In Ezras Avoseinu after Shema of Shacharis we say "Mashpil Gei'im Adei Aretz UMagbia Shefalim Adei Marom", Hashem lowers the haughty all the way to the ground and lifts the humble to the heavens.  Looking around you don't really notice this.  It always seems that the wicked and the haughty just keep climbing higher and the downtrodden seem to be stuck in their plight best case scenario or even worse they keep sinking.  Why is this?

The Ksav Sofer tells us the Chazal that says that Hashem give the Reshaim their reward in Olam HaZeh in order to settle their accounts so that they can be excluded Olam Haba.  Is this fair, he asks?  Yes it is he says, because Hashem is rewarding them the way they want.  They are only interested in Olam HaZeh and do not care about Olam Haba so it is only fair that if they deserve a reward they should be able to choose where they get it.

Similarly maybe we can use this to explain the davening.  Mashpil Gei'im Adei Aretz, Hashem lowers the haughty to the ground.  In this case maybe ground means Olam Hazeh as opposed to Olam Haba.  If you are haughty about your worldly possessions, the honor you receive here, you like to indulge in all the world's delights, Hashem will give you all of that.  He will lower you so that you are part and parcel of this world and everything it has to offer bar none.

However if you are Shafeil, you are not a player on this earth, Hashem will not necessarily lift your level of earthly comfort.  That is not important. Hashem will lift you to the Heavens, to the place where the real action takes place!

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Birchas HaShachar - Why Does The Rooster Come First? Waking up in the morning is a huge bracha from Hashem.  Our Neshamos are returned to our listless bodies, refreshed and ready to take on a new day.  Yet what is the first bracha that we say to Hashem?  Thanks for giving seichel to the rooster!  Why exactly are we thanking Hashem on behalf of the rooster?

The Talilei Oros brings from the Kehilas Yaakov that really we are supposed to start our day with Krias Shema and Tefila.  These are mitzvos that are dependent on time, specifically they happen at daybreak.  Time is of the essence for if we don't say it on time, the mitzva is lost.

The problem is that it is hard for us to know exactly when the morning is. Depending on where you live time is all relative.   It also depends on weather conditions.  The only absolute proof of time is from the rooster.  He need not see the sky nor read the map.  The rooster can be locked up in a dark room yet he will cock-a-doodle do right on time.  The rooster is our starting gun for the day to begin so that we can perform our most crucial mitzvos.  Before we start we say thank you, Hashem!

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Anger And Life All Mixed Together The gemara tells us (Brachos 7a) that Hashem gets angry kviyachol, everyday for a single moment.  We know that Hashem sustains the world every second, and if He stopped for even a fraction of a section, the entire world would cease to exist.  So how does the world survive this daily moment of anger?

The Achas Shoalti explains that Hashem is not like a Basar V'Dam.  A mere mortal when angry cannot focus on anything else.  His anger is complete and he cannot bestow any good during that moment on the subject of his anger.  Not so Hashem Yisborach.  Hashem can be angry yet at the same time continue to sustain the entire world.

This is what we say in davening (Tehilim 30), "Ki Rega B'Apo Chaim Birtzono", even when Hashem has a moment of anger, still His will is to give the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Will Moshiach Come Before Or After The Building Of The Bais HaMikdash?

"ViLirushalayim Ircha BiRachamim Tashuv"  In Shmoneh Esrei we say a special Bracha davening for Hashem to rebuild Yerushalayim.  In this bracha we ask Hashem "ViChisei Dovid Miheira Lisocha Tachin"  that Hashem should restore the throne of Dovid in Yerushalayim.  Why do we ask for this in the bracha for Yerushalayim and then right after we daven for this in its very own bracha of Es Tzemach Dovid?

The Talilei Oros brings from the Ein Eliyahu that there are two ways the future Geula will unfold.  If we are not worthy then first we will rebuild Yerushalayim and the Bais HaMikdash and only after that will the Malchus Bais Dovid return.  If however we are worthy then Moshiach Ben Dovid will come even before the rebuilding of Yerushalayim and the Bais HaMikdash.

In the bracha of Yerushalayim we ask Hashem to rebuild it and then restore the kingdom of Bais Dovid.  In the next bracha of Es Tzemach Dovid we ask Hashem to bring Dovid right away even if the Bais HaMikdash is not yet rebuilt.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
The Third Bais HaMikdash In Musaf of Rosh Chodesh we say, "Mizbeiach Chadash B'Tzion Tachin U'BiAvodas Bais HaMikdash Nismach Kulanu", a new Mizbei'ach should be built in Tzion and we will all rejoice in the avodah of the Bais HaMikdash.  Why does it need to say we will "all" rejoice, of course we will all rejoice?

Rav Michel Stern in Iyun Tefila brings that at the dedication of the second Bias HaMikdash the young people rejoiced, while the old Kohanim cried.  The young ones were delighted with their Bais HaMikdash but the older ones who remembered the first Bais HaMikdash cried over what this new Bais HaMikdash lacked that the first one had.  

In our tefila during Musaf we say that we will all rejoice because the third Bais HaMikdash will lack nothing and will bring joy to all of Klal Yisroel whose celebration and simcha will know no bounds Bimheira BiYameinu Amein.

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Please Save Us From Our Tefilos! What we ask for from Hashem is not always what is good for us. The pasuk in Koheles (5:1) says, "Do not rush to speak before Hashem, because Hashem is in the Heaven and you are on the earth therefore your words should be few." Only Hashem who knows our purpose on this world and the master plan can decide what is good for us physically and materially.

The old chasiddishe vort explains the pasuk in Ashrei. "Retzon Yerei'av Ya'aseh; The will of his feared ones He does" and when they realize how bad it was for them to have their wishes fulfilled, even then "V'Es Shvasam Yishma V'Yoshi'eim; Hashem heeds their cries and saves them."  Be careful what you ask for because you may get it!

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Eitzos And Machshavos - Just Leave The Game Plan To Hashem

In the closing Tefila of Shmoneh Esrei we ask Hashem that all those who stand up against us and think of evil things to do to us, "Hafer Atzasam V'Kalkel Machshavtam", nullify their plans and ruin their thoughts. What is the meaning of this double language?

Maybe we can suggest as follows. Eitza is the game plan or tactics how to reach our specific goal. Machshava is the underlying goal itself. When someone plots against us, our first request is to stop his plan. Even if Hashem accepts our pleas, the person may try again using different means to carry out their evil plan. Even if they themselves do not do so, once the idea is in the air others may pick up on it. After Hashem has put a halt to the immediate danger, we then ask Hashem to ruin the whole idea behind the plan, laying this trouble to rest once and for all.

Similarly we say in Yehi Chivod, "Rabos Machshavos B'Lev Ish", a person has many needs that he requests from Hashem, and surely Hashem who loves us will give it to us. We also have a specific way that we think it will happen. However "Atzas Hashem Hi Sakum", not everything will be given to you the way you envisioned it. Hashem has His own way of doing things, but if you have Emunah and Bitachon and leave it to Him, He will deliver.

Just a thought.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Hallel: A Poor Excuse For A Godless Life In the first perek of Hallel we praise the greatness of Hashem and say, "Ram Al Kol Goyim", Hashem is high above all the nations.  Is this such great praise?  Also what is the connection to the second half of the pasuk "Al HaShamayim Kvodo", on the Heavens is His honor?

The Toldos Aharon answers that there is an opinion among the nations that while Hashem did in fact create the world, He does not watch over it and He leaves it to others as He is too exalted to deal with this lowly world and the needs of each creation.

Dovid HaMelech tells us "Ram Al Kol Goyim Al HaShamayim Kvodo", that which the Goyim say that Hashem is too high and His place is above the Heavens and not interested in the dealings of the world is not true.  "Mi KaHashem Elokeinu HaMagbihi Lasheves HaMashpili Liros BaShamayim UVaAretz", who is like Hashem who sits way above the world yet lowers himself to take care of the needs of every single one of the billions of people He created, as well as the needs of every single creature from the smallest and most insignificant to the most important and vital.  Hashem watches all of us.  He knows every one of us by name and he takes care of all our needs.  That is the greatness of Hashem!

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Birchos HaShachar: HaNosen LaSechvi Bina - What The Rooster Knows That You Don't In the brachos we say each morning we thank Hashem for many wonderful gifts such as our eyesight, clothing, ability to walk, and much more.  The first Bracha however seems a bit odd.   In it we thank Hashem for giving understanding to the rooster.  What is that all about?

I once read in a sefer that the uniqueness of the rooster is that it starts to crow before the light of dawn.  Night is a time of darkness and bleakness.  It represents despair and a lack of hope.  Only in the morning light do we see that all is not bad as the sun shines once again.  The rooster teaches us the valuable lesson that even in the darkest time of night, in the darkness before the dawn, you can see the light if you use your Sechel.  The rooster crows of delight in the knowledge that daylight is just around the corner, even as all the rest of the animals have given up on ever seeing light again.

We thank Hashem for giving us this understanding that the darkness we face has an end, a very happy ending in fact.  So in the darkness of our galus let us all sing together out of delight, or at the very least say the bracha of the rooster with kavana and joy!  

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Eliyahu Lopian: Do You Talk In Your Sleep? In Birchos HaShachar we thank Hashem each morning for opening our eyes and letting us see, "Pokei'ach Ivrim".  Why do we not thank Hashem for opening our ears and letting us hear "Pokeiach Charashim", or our mouth and so that we can speak, "MeiSi'ach Ilmim"?

The Achas Sho'alti says that Rav Eliyahu Lopian says that the only faculty totally shut down during a person's sleep is their sight.  Even while half sleeping we can hear what people say and even offer a response.  Therefore in the morning we offer a special bracha for opening our eyes which have been shut  and totally out of service for the past few hours.

Sun, 31 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000