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In ten days from now we will standing in Shul at the pinnacle of Tefila of the year, Musaf of Rosh HaShanah. And what will we be saying with tremendous Kavana? None other than Aleinu L'Shabeiach! Yes, the tefila that ends every davening, which we usually say when we are physically or mentally halfway out the door.

Rav Hai Gaon writes that Aleinu should be said with your head covered because the praise of Aleinu to our Creator is unequalled among all other praises and is the greatest praise in the world. The Rokei'ach writes that Aleinu is the Shir HaShirim, the song of all songs and we should concentrate with our whole being when singing it to Hashem, for it is "Mifuar, uMihudar, uMiutar, uMikudash, uMirumam" glorious, beautiful, the crowning jewel, holy, and elevated. The Mishna Brura says that when we say Aleinu, Hashem stands with His entire Heavenly entourage and answer Ashrei Ha'am.." fortunate are the people!

A look into the history of each nation and each people will reveal that they were each built on corruption and immoral pursuits and ideals. Proof of this is each nation's ultimate demise. Their rotted foundation crumbled and left a pile of rubble with not enough true substance to recover and rebuild. A deeper understanding of history will make you feel truly privileged to be Jew, a servant of Hashem and an adherent to His Torah.

In Europe during the Holocaust there were Yeshivos who danced to their killing field carrying their Sefer Torah and singing Aleinu. Even as they were being marched out to their death by their bloodthirsty tormentors they felt like they were the fortunate and victorious nation.

The Ramban says our laxness in the way we say Aleihu is a prime example of what Chazal say that "Kol HaMikudash MeiChaveiro" anything that is holier than his friend, "Charev Yoseir MeiChaveiro" is destroyed more than his friend.

On Rosh HaShanah we will all daven with great Kavana and say every syllable of Aleinu with deep feeling. But what about today and what about Erev Rosh HaShanah, and even Maariv Rosh HaShanah night? If we disappoint the Malachim the entire year, three times a day, can we really expect them to show up and be impressed when we wake up on Rosh HaShanah? If we wake up a minute before it is too late, our Rosh HaShanah can be completely different.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:00:00 +0000
Nishmas Kol Chai: Sustaining Us Through a Bull Market

Shabbos morning we say the moving piece, Nishmas, where our hearts burst forth in appreciation for all Hashem does for us. Among other things, we thank Hashem for feeding us through famine, saving us from the sword, sparing us from plague and disease. Curiously we thank Hashem that "B'Sava Kikaltanu", for supporting us during times of abundance. Feeding us in times of recession is truly something to be thankful for, but how does sustaining us during boom times rival that?

A businessman was once on the way to the most important meeting of his life. The meeting was to be held in a fancy hotel in the middle of Manhattan. He knew parking would be a problem. He silently prayed during the entire drive that Hashem would help him find a parking spot and not cause him to be delayed. Just as he nervously pulled onto the block of the hotel, a parked car moved out of the spot directly opposite the hotel. As he triumphantly maneuvered his car into this premium spot, he looked up to Hashem and said thanks for Your ear, but I already found a spot myself!

Earning a living is gift from Hashem, even in times of prosperity. Each individual has his own fate and destiny, no matter how high the stock market rises. One must be thankful to Hashem for only he provides us with sustenance even in the best of times. If you don't believe me, surely you can ask the unfortunate, to whom the good times have totally passed them by.

No matter your plight and no matter the economic outlook, a Jew must always be thankful Bira'av Zantanu U'BiSava Kilkatanu!

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:00:00 +0000
Shmoneh Esrei - Choose The Way You Will Die The halacha requires us to close our eyes when davening Shmoneh Esrei. It is brought in the Seforim that if one closes their eyes during Shmoneh Esrei, when they die they will be Zocheh to see the Shechina. However if one keeps their eyes open (not looking in a siddur) when they die they will see the truly gruesome site of the Malach HaMaves. Why is this crucial moment dependent on Shmoneh Esrei?

The purpose of this world is to mask Hashem's presence and tempts us with false pleasures. Our job is to see past all this and discover Hashem's presence within the world. Only this can give a person real pleasure. Those who indulge themselves in this world never learn to recognize true pleasure. Their lives are an endless pursuit of Olam Hazeh. Yet there are those who see past the fallacy of this world and its false pleasures and instead turn their attention to discovering Hashem in this world, fostering a relationship with Him despite all the distractions. They get a taste of Olam Haba while still here.

The moment of death is a transition from a world of illusion to the world of truth where nothing exists other than the presence of Hashem. For some people death means the end. They are cruelly ripped away from the only world they know how to exist in, the world of illusion. The moment of death is their scary end. They don't see anything they recognize in their new environment and only see what they left behind and can no longer be a part of. They see the Malach HaMaves, the most horrid end of all ends, as they become prisoners in their dark grave trying to figure out how to get out.

For those who have spent their lives trying to catch a glimpse of Olam Haba, death is not death at all. It is the moment when the curtain is removed and all that they've strived to achieve their entire lives becomes a reality in their new found paradise. They find themselves in the pure presence of a Hashem.

A telltale sign of what is to come can be seen by the way a person davens Shmoneh Esrei. Shmoneh Esrei is an audience with Hashem that we are granted three times a day. Those who recognize the true pleasure of connecting with Hashem close their eyes and block out the distractions of this world and focus on the opportunity to connect to a world beyond. Those whose whole lives revolve around material pursuits cannot shut their eyes on the world they know and love. How can they when their vision sees nothing beyond their lowly earthly surroundings?

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Itzele Blazer - Praying For Help

The gemara (Succah 51) say that the Yetzer Hara is so powerful that without Hashem's help we could not overcome him. This is almost incomprehensible. If we are put in this world to fight the Yetzer Hara how could it be that without divine intervention we are destined to lose? Isn't the whole point of Bechira that we can, and must, win?

Rav Itzele Peterburger (Kochvei Ohr 9) explains that our mission in this world is to recognize Hashem in every aspect of our lives and make ourselves totally dependent on His help. When it comes to material help it is clear to us that we are powerless. After being around a little bit in this world, everyone with at least one eye in his head knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that Parnassa, health, and children are all the domain of Hashem alone, and all our effort cannot change anything.

However when it comes to Ruchniyos, spiritual survival and growth, humans are born with bechira or choice. We can choose to do the right thing or we can choose to do the wrong thing. We are like Hashem in that respect. Given this a person will naturally come to view himself as independent of Hashem regardless of whether he chooses right or wrong. This goes against everything Hashem wants for us for our own good. It creates a separation between us and Him. Therefore Hashem created a Yetzer Hara that we cannot fight on our own. In order to win we must once again turn to Hashem and connect ourselves to Him through tefila, begging for assistance in this unwinnable battle. True we have a choice but even if we choose the side of good, we still need help and we will get it if we daven.

Often times we see both in our own and in our children's lives that everything is going wrong. At every turn we are hit with bad "luck", driving either us or our children from the course we've chartered. Things seem to spiral out of control and we have no way out, a the Yetzer Hara has us bound and gagged. Left on our own devices we are doomed to falling through the abyss. Yet there is one place to turn, to Hashem. Just as Hashem set the table for our downfall, so too can he orchestrate our salvation. No situation can't be undone with a few good moves on the chessboard. We can suddenly hear the magic words of inspiration, "find" the right mentor, or catch some other "lucky" break for a change, and just like that we pull ourselves out of the mud.

What's most heartening is that while we watch others fall and we think we are powerless to help, according to Rav Itzele's words this is completely wrong. If the key is Tefila and the other person has fallen too far to even daven for himself, we can can do it for him. Don't sit back and cry tears that fall to the ground. Send them up, and with these tears Hashem can very quickly turn things MeiAfeila L'Orah from darkness to light, U'Mishibud L'Geula and from being a trapped and lost soul to being free to soar. You can set the spark that will ignite a brilliant glow thar rises from the ashes.

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Maharsha: Sending Up a Prayer Is No Miracle

We tend to look at Tefila as a request for divine intervention to solve our most difficult problems and grant us our wishes and dreams. Sadly, as people of the world, we look at tefila as a last resort when we've already done everything we can possibly do through mundane means. At that point we give up and hand the case over to Hashem begging him to perform a miracle. Aside from this being an arrogant approach, since "we" can do nothing and everything turns solely on the will of Hashem be it mundane or miraculous, moreover this signals that our understanding of tefila is fundamentally flawed.

The Maharsha (Kidushin 29b) explains that tefila is not a secret weapon that circumvents the rules of nature, rather tefila is a part and parcel of nature. Hashem created the world with natural rules of cause and effect and tefila fits very much within this framework. Just like when a seed is planted properly the natural occurrence is that a plant will grow, so too when a tefila is said properly quite naturally the request will be granted. That is the way Hashem created nature, even if it is not documented as such in science books.

The gemara tells the story of Rav Acha bar Yaakov who came to the town of Abaye. In Abaye's town no one dared enter the Shul because of a frightening extraterrestrial creature that roamed around inside. Seizing the opportunity to rid themselves of the demon, Abaye made sure all the townspeople did not offer Rav Acha a place to sleep so he would be forced to sleep in the Shul and confront the demon. Abaye was convinced that Rav Acha would be successful in destroying him. And so it was, when Rav Acha was confronted by a seven headed snake, each time he bowed in davening one head was decapitated. The Maharsha asks how did Abaye dare endanger Rav Acha and rely on a Nes? He answers that Abaye did not rely on supernatural protection for Rav Acha, but rather Rav Acha's power of tefila, which he was confident would save Rav Acha and eliminate the monster.

Why don't we see this simple direct relationship? Did you ever plant seeds as a school project? I don't know about you but mine never produced any great harvest. Planting must be done right in order to yield results, and so must tefila. Proper tefila means preparing the tools such as the mouth, heart, and mind. It took a Rav Acha to rid the town of a snake, and even the great tzaddik Abaye did not believe his own tefila was powerful enough to save the Shul.

The fact is that tefila helps in every instance. It is no less natural than bending down and lifting to pick up a rock. Some rocks are heavier and need more power to move them. Sometime we are not strong enough to move the rock all the way but only halfway. The fact is that every tefila helps in a most mundane manner. Tefila can make fluke things happen, put ideas in people's head, cure diseases, and anything else no matter how far beyond the imagination. Just ask for what you need and leave it to Hashem's discretion how to handle it.

The only question is how powerful is our tefila for the task at hand. Even so, not a single tefila goes to waste, and what doesn't yield results here and now may yield results at a later date and time. Keep davening, things are happening!

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Why Do We Daven for the Sick Using the Mother's Name?

When we say Tehilim for sick people we always ask for a refuah for the person using their name and their mother's name. Why do we not use the father's name? The Maharshal answers (Shabbos 66b) that people recognize that the mother is the true mother while with a father it is less clear.

Rav Binyomin Zilber (Az Nidbiru 14:24) explains that the establishment of paternity is only by assumption, using the rule of Rov that most children are the son of their mother's husband. One of the fundamentals of Tefila says Rav Zilber is that things must be presented with crystal clarity before Hashem. Hashem is truth and our tefilos must be based on pure truth as if we see it before our eyes and not based on a Halachic truth.

He proves this from the gemara (Yuma 69b) that says that after the Churban Yirmiya and Daniel took the words Nora and Gibor out of the description of Hashem in Shmoneh Esrei. The claim was that Hashem could not be seen as awesome and powerful in light of the suffering of His people without any response. The Anshei Knesses HaGedola only restored it after they said that if Hashem was not Nora, how could Am Yisroel survive among the seventy nations and His strength was that He kept quiet and let the Reshaim wreak havoc. The gemara then asks how could the Nevi'im change the language Moshe established. The gemara answers that since Hashem is Emes they could not daven something untruthful.

This begs the question, says Rav Zilber, did the Nevi'im think it was a lie that Hashem was Nora? He answers that since it appeared that Hashem did not have the power to protect His people, and davening must be obviously truthful to all, those words were no longer appropriate. Only after the Anshei Knesses HaGedola determined that in light of all these tragedies Hashem is clearly Gibor and Nora, only then did they agree to restore.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Naso: Rav Bentzion Bruk - A Mind Blowing Amein

The Mishna says in Brachos that the Chazan should not say Amein after Birchas Kohanim because he will become disoriented. The SHaarei Tefila beings that Rav Bentzion Bruk asked the question we all wondered about, why will answering Amein confuse the Chazan?

He answers that we see from here what Amein really is. It is not just a chant at the end of a bracha. In order for Amein to bring the bracha it must be said with such deep kavana that it will make you become disoriented when you land back in your place.

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Rebbi Eliezer HaKalir Learns A Secret From The Malach Michoel
In the first Bracha of Krias Shema in the morning we say "Kel Boruch Gidol Dei'a..." and continue with each successive word the next letter of the Aleph Bais.  In the Birchas Krias Shema we recount how the Malachim say Shira in Shamayim.  Rav Yechiel Michel Stern (Siddur Iyun Tefila) brings that when Rebbi Eliezer HaKalir wanted to compose this Piyut, he went up to Shamayim and asked the Malach Michoel to tell him how the Malachim says Shira.  Michoel told him that they says Shira using words in the order of the letters of the Aleph Bais.

After hearing this, Rebbi Eliezer HaKalir would also compose his praises of Hashem in the order of the Aleph Bais.  In the first piyut of Birchas Krias Shema he not only uses the Aleph Bais, (starting with Keil and ending with Tamid) but he also pays tribute to Michoel who shared this secret with him.  The words after Tamid are "Misaprim Kivod Kel" whose Roshei Teivos spell Michoel.

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Tzav: Stand In The North And Spare The Embarrasment The Talmud Sotah (32b) explains, that the reason the sin offering (Chatos) and the burnt offering (Olah) were slaughtered in the same place, by the northern part of the Mizbayach, was to save sinners from embarrassment. Anyone witnessing someone bringing a Chatos could assume that it was a Olah, which is brought as a donation and not necessarily as kaparah for an aveira.  Using this as a source, Chazal were Misaken that Shmoneh Esreh must be recited quietly, in order not to embarrass people who confess their aveiros during their tefilah.

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Mishpatim: Rav Itzele Volozhin - Like A Widow, Go Straight To The Boss "Kol Almana V'Yason Lo Si'anun... "Ki Im Tza'ok Yitzak Eilai Shamoa Eshma Tzaakosoi", do not pain a widow or orphan... if they will scream to me I will answer (Mishpatim 22:22-23).  Do widows and orphans get preferential treatment.  If yes, how can we get the same treatment?

Rav Itzele Volozhin says that every person in the world who experiences pain and suffering, takes their problems straight to their patron.  This could be a child to father or a wife to her husband.  In that case Hashem stands on the side and let's justice take its course, as he was not called in to the picture.

A widow or orphan has worldly address to file his grievances.  Their only recourse is to lift their eyes to their father in Shamayim and beg Him for help.  Hashem the Av HaRachaman of course takes care of his dear suffering children.  

You don't need to be an orphan or widow to get Hashem's attention.  All you need to do is to take your problems to him as you first and only real choice.  Then you too can be answered and your pleas will not be ignore.  "Ki Im Tza'ok Yitzak Eilai", if you scream to Me.  "Shamoa Eshma Tzaakosoi", I will listen to your cries.

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Ashrei: Chasam Sofer - Keep On Kvetching! "Ritzon Yireiav Yaaseh Yishma V'Yoshi'eim", the will of those who fear Him He will do, He will listen and save them.  The Chasam Sofer asks, once Hashem does the will of those who fear Him, why does it say that Hashem will listen?

He answers that the gemara says in Taanis (25b) that if Hashem does what you request of Him before you even ask, it may be a sign that He doesn't want to hear your kvetching.  Like someone who is annoyed and says, "just take it and get out of here."  Hakadosh Baruch Hu Misaveh L'Tfilasam Shel Tzadikim (Yevamos 64a).  Sometimes Hashem holds back things from a tzaddik just so that He can hear his voice in tefila.  Therefore Hashem tells us, I will do your wishes, but even then I will still listen to your tefilos that are so precious to me.

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Lessons From The Rokei'ach's Scathing Criticism Of The French We often rush through davening and are not careful about skipping words.  This is surely a mistake that rings very loud and clear when learning the Siddur HaTefila L'Rokei'ach.  In it he describes how each tefila has a set amount of words and gives the reasons.  Each letter and word is precious and has a powerful impact although we don't realize it.

One glaring example where the Rokei'ach even out does his usual self, is his scathing criticism of the French Minhag to add the pasuk in Tehilim (119:1), Ashrei Timimei Derech HaHolchim B'Soras Hashem (Fortunate are they that are upright in the way, who go in the path of Hashem's Torah), in the beginning of Ashrei after Yehi Chivod.  How horrible can that be you ask?

"Therefore everyone who fears Hashem should not listen to the French who add this pasuk", says the Rokei'ach.  "Every G-d fearing man should always daven and say, "B'Sodam Al Tova Nafshi..."  Those who make up from their own heart and add to the Tefila a number of words unnecessarily, cause exile and poverty to their children until the end of the generations.  Those who do not add the words will live peacefully in Olam HaZeh and Olam Haba.

And how does the Rokei'ach know that they are wrong?  Well, from Yehi Chivod until Hashem Elokav in Ashrei there should be 19 times Hashem's name and this extra pasuk would make 20.  He then goes on to list another 19 things that are written 19 times and says there are many more, but to explain why would take more than 8 books.  Also there should only be 152 words.  Also there should be only 3 Ashrei's not 4 just like the other couple of dozen threes that he mentions.  Yes, every word and every letter are precious.  None should be added and none should be skipped.

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 03:00:00 +0000
The Arizal To Rav Chaim Vital - Stop Looking At Me Rav Shmuel Hominer in Olas HaTamid brings the following story about the Arizal's kavanos HaTefila.  One Shabbos Rav Chaim Vital had a terrible pain in his eyes.  He went to ask his Rebbi the Arizal why this was happening.

The Arizal told him that one of the reasons is because Rav Chaim davened in the same Shul as the Arizal and always sat on to the Arizal's right side.  He would stare at the Arizal to learn all his hanhagos in great detail.  The Arizal would have Holy kavanos during his tefila which brought down on him a great light from above, which Rav Chaim Vital should not have looked at.

The Arizal told Rav Chaim Vital that he should not look at him during Shema, when he bows by Modim, and when he answers Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh by Kedusha.  These were the three most awesome kavanos.  Rav Chaim Vital followed his Rebbi's instructions and his eyes became better.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Shimon Schwab - Tefila, A Ride In The Dark Up until the time of the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah, Tefila was unregulated.  The Rambam says that it is a Mitzva Min HaTorah to daven at least once a day.  How often, for how long, and what to daven for were totally personal choices.  All the Tefilos we have today and even the Brachos, Kiddush, Havdala, Kaddish, etc. were all compiled only in the time of the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah.

Rav Shimon Schwab points out that it is no coincidence that structured tefila started right around the time that the Yetzer Hara for Avodah Zara was abolished.  Although we think of someone who worshipped idols as a fool, it is only for the very reason that the Yetzer hara is gone. In those days people yearned for all sorts of spirituality, it was their inner joy and calling.  Avodah Zara was a very spiritual exercise, albeit a very misguided one.

The abolishment of Avoda Zara, in a way, was the abolishment of yearning for spirituality.  We are not attracted to it nor do we see it and understand it.  For this reason we do not long for tefila either and we consider it a chore.  Davening is not geshmack like it used to be.  Our yearnings are focused in more mundane directions and so are our Taavos and our Yetzer Hara.  Chazal enacted a very structured set of tefilos to guide us in the darkness of today's spiritual pathways.  We are no longer capable of navigating them alone.

We may not know what we are doing or where we are going, but as Rav Shimshon Pincus says, if grab our siddur and hold it near our heart we will be taken by rocket boosters on a journey far beyond.  So hang on and enjoy.

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Mizmor LiSoida: Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach & Rav Chaim Kanievsky ybcl"c - Is It Really A Song? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 51:9) says that Mizmor LiSoida should be said "B'Negina", which literally means with a tune.  Rav Chaim Kanievsky says that this means it should be said slowly and sweetly.  Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach understood this very literally and even asked why we don't sing it in Shul just like we sing Keil Adon on Shabbos.

Rav Alexander Mandelbaum in his Sefer Aromimcha suggests that the reason we are not Noheg to sing it is because many people are not noheg to say Pisukei DZimra together with the Tzibbur.  If so, since each person will say Mizmor L'Soida at a different time, it will disturb the people around him.  Since to sing it is only L'Chatchila, it is better to say it, and not sing it and disturb other Mispalelim. 

The lesson that we can learn from here, says Rav Mandelbaum, is that no matter whether you sing it or not, Mizmor LSoida should be said slowly and with Kavana and HaKoras HaTov to Hashem for all the good which he has bestowed and continues to bestow upon us.

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas VaEs'chanan: Vilna Gaon - Which Tefilos Are Answered? "Uvekashtem Misham Es Hashem Elokehchah Umatzasa"  "From there you will seek Hashem your G-d, and you will find him".  The Vilna Gaon asks, why does the pasuk start in the plural - "Uvekashtem - you (plural) will seek", and end in the singular - "Umatzasah - you (singular) will find?

He answers, based on the gemara in Rosh Hashanah that says, there can be 2 people who daven to Hashem. One's Tfilos will be answered while the other's will not. The difference being, that one had proper Kavanah while the second just went through the motions. This is what the pasuk is saying. "Uvekashtem" there will be many who pray to Hashem, but "Umatzasa" - only individuals will pray properly are answered.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Devarim: Netziv - Even An "Unanswered" Tefila Helps

The young people of Bnei Yisroel who were about to go into Eretz Yisroel. Moshe Rabbeinu in his last address to them retold the story of their parents' mistakes in the Midbar.  When retelling the Cheit of the Meraglim, Moshe says that they were punished and routed by the Emori in their effort to go to Eretz Yisroel without permission.  After this defeat they came back to the Machaneh and began to cry.  The pasuk says (1:45) "V'Lo Shama Hashem B'Kolchem", Hashem did not listen to them.  The next pasuk says that they stayed in Kadeish many years.  Rashi says that they stayed there for 19 years without wandering around.
The Netziv says that we see from here that even when Hashem does not listen to our tefilos and does not grant our request, the tefila still helps.  While their tefilos did not repeal the gezeira of staying in the Midbar for 40 years, it helped that they settled in one place did not need to wander for 19 years.  We can't always get what we want but we always get something!

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Thu, 23 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Shmuel Hominer - Did You Say Mashlich Karcho Kefitim This Morning?

Rav Shmuel Hominer, a Yerushalmi who was niftar thirty years ago today, wrote many classic seforim on tefila, mitzvos, bitachon and other topics.  In the introduction to his sefer Olas Tamid on Tefila (See Revach Introduction: Olas Tamid By Rav Shmuel Hominer - Kindle Your Ascent) he talks about the importance of Tefila and especially Peirush HaTefila which is the topic of the sefer.

If you were writing a petition to the King, says Rav Hominer, you would go over each word carefully making sure you chose the best phrases and terminology to politely get your message across.  Why when we petition the King of all Kings do speak words that we don't even know their meaning and never bother to try to find out?

When you come to Shamayim they will ask you, "You davened thousands of Tefilos in your lifetime, tell us please what is the meaning of 'Mashlich Karcho Kefitim'.  What did you have in mind when you said, 'V'Hu Nisi U'Manos Li Minas Kosi B'YOm Ekra'?"  If you don't know the answer what will you do?  You will stand outside in shame and embarrassment.  You cannot fathom the humiliation and pain you will endure!

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Thu, 11 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
The Time Machine Is At Your Door Now Traveling through time has always been a human fantasy.  To explore the past and peek into the future.  The fact is that we all spend way too much time living in other time zones.  Our lives are about a single moment of time, the present, from which we are unfortunately often absent.

We think about, "What will be?"  Some of us have longer term vision, while some of us think more in the short term.  Some of us can focus on one future event and spend days and months living in that future moment, while some of us spread ourselves thinner thinking about an array of events, jumping from one to other depending on the time of day.

How much have we worried about things that never happened?  How many imaginary conversations never came to fruition or turned out totally different than expected?  How many months of mind share did we put in for a single night that came and went in but a few short hours and didn't really alter our lives one way or the other?

Life is a mission we are given.  Actually it is a series of millions of missions.  The Seforim HaKedoshim explain that our job is not to accomplish big things over time.  Our life is far more complex while at the same time far simpler than that.  Every moment in time is another mission that we must accomplish.  "Avrohom Zakein Ba BaYomim" (Chayei Sara 24:1).  Avrohom was one of the most accomplished men in history.  Yet it doesn't say he came with achievements.  Avrohom came with his "days".  Avrohom did not have long term plans.  He lived each moment of each day as he should and at the end came with all his days, not a single one was missing.

We want to change our future and we can.  We can do this if we live in the present.  Between now and the thing that worries you most, you can build vast worlds.  You can change yourself so that you will be a totally different person and that projected future event will have no relevance to the person you've become or to the world as you've changed it.  Don't waste your many precious audiences before the King of all kings daydreaming about how you will handle your impending crisis.  Don't spend your days worrying yourself to death and causing self paralysis.  Live for the moment.  And there are so many moments, and you must take advantage of as many as you can, not letting a single one slip through your fingers.  There are moments of Torah, Tefila and Chesed.  With a single heave of these nuclear weapons you can truly change the face of the world and the future will surely never be the same.

HaAvar Ayin, HaAsid Adayin, HaHoveh K'Heref Ayin.  The past is long gone.  The future has not yet arrived.  And the present last only the bat of an eye.  Don't let millions of moments pass you by as you are caught off guard.  Go out and change the world, one present moment at a time.

Sat, 06 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Tefila: Pupa Rov - We Can Bring The Korban Tamid Today

The Pupa Rov, Rav Yaakov Yechizkiya Greenwald said that although we have no mizbei'ach today on which we can bring a Korban Tamid, nevertheless we still have two "Temidim" that we can bring each day.  Shivisi Hashem L'Negdi "Tamid", I will place Hashem before me always and V'Chatasi Negdi "Tamid", my aveiros will be before me always.  (Mayanos HaNetzach Pirkei Avos 1:1)

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Mon, 01 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000