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A father sits in jail in disgrace, through no fault of his own but rather for something his child did.  His son came to visit him and says, "Daddy I need money please help me".  The father would no doubt be disgusted and turn away.  "How dare he come and make requests, after what he did to me.  Shouldn't he be exerting all his efforts to get me out?"

But what if the son came to his father and said, "Daddy I am so sorry for what I did and I am working tirelessly to free you from jail.  Now that we have no money, the bank wants to foreclose on our home and we will be put in the streets and the family name will be disgraced further.  Once that happens it will be that much harder for me to work towards your freedom".  In this case the father will do all that he can to help him get him the necessary funds he needs to stave off foreclosure.

The gemara in Brachos says that from the day that the Bais HaMikdash was destroyed the gates of Tefila are closed.  If Hashem does not listen why do we daven nowadays?  The answer is that the Shechina is in Galus and we are responsible because it came about through our aveiros.  When we daven, we don't have the audacity to ask about our personal needs.  We come before Hashem and cry about the Galus HaShechina.  We then beg Hashem to help us with our needs.   We need these things so that we can perform mitzvos and to give pleasure to Hashem.  Our pain is Hashem's pain and Klal Yisroel's disgrace among the Goyim is a Chilul Hashem.  We ask Hashem to help us help Him by raising us up high so that the Shechina can finally be set free.  V'Haya Hashem L'Melech Al Kol HaAretz! 

(Based on Nefesh HaChaim 2:11 and Teferes Shlomo Parshas Re'eh. See also Oros V'Nesivos 6:7)

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Ben Ish Chai - When The House Is Full Of Food

The Gemara in Brachos (10b) says that if you eat before davening Hashem asks, "after you are haughty then you are Mikabel Ol Malchus Shamayim?" What is the connection between eating before davening and Ga'ava?

The Ben ish Chai (Ben Yeho'ada) answers with a Mashal. There was person who was awarded by the king with income to last him for an entire year. Every day on his way to the market to purchase food for his family, he would pass the king's courtyard and stand there for five minutes. Only then would he proceed to the market.

His friend asked him why do you bother doing this? He answered that even though he takes the money from his pocket to go to the market, it doesn't really belong to him. It is the king's money that he gave him in the beginning of the year. But his entire family watches him take the money out of his own wallet and they are liable to think that it really belongs to them. Therefore he passes the king's courtyard on the way to the market so that he and his entire family will not forget where the money came from.

Similarly with davening. We receive all our livelihood from Hashem. However we don't actually take our money from Shamayim. It is in our wallet and our bank account and it comes from our salary or profit. We are liable to forget the true source of the money. Therefore we come to the king's courtyard, the Bais HaKneses everyday before we eat to remember the real source. If we eat first, then when we arrive in Shul, Hashem asks, after you ate and think it is his own, now you comes to daven and thank me? (Otzros HaTefila)

Sun, 28 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Chaim Volozhin: The Smuggler's Coffin Was Perfect, But The Tears Were Too Late Rav Chaim Volozhin tells a Mashal about a group of smugglers pretending to carry a dead body in a coffin, in an attempt to smuggle goods across the border.  For some reason the border guard became suspicious and asks them to open the coffin so that he can see the deceased person.  When the coffin was opened and the goods were revealed, the smuggler began to cry realizing the severe punishment awaiting them.

"Your crying is just a few moments too late", said the border guard.  "Had you cried or even shown a bit of sadness as you passed before me, I would have never suspected any foul play.  You lack of tears or remorse when carrying a dead body made me suspicious enough to doubt the validity of the contents."

"Ashrei Adam Mifached Tamid", fortunate is the person who is always scared (Mishlei 28:14).  Rav Chaim Volozhin says that we must not be complacent of all our aveiros as life rolls along.  We must be worried about the consequences and do tshuva before the moment of reckoning comes.  The gates of tears are never closed.  If we cry our tears beforehand we can avoid the punishment altogether.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000