Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: HANHAGOS Category:KULAM TZADIKIM Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Avraham's 10 Tests, an Approach to Life

Avraham was the father of our nation and Chazal teach us, "Maaseh Avos Siman LaBanim", what happened to our forefathers foretells what will happen to us. We put a lot of stock into every detail of Avraham's life as portrayed in the Torah, and we see how it is played out over and over again in our history. On an individual level Avraham instilled in our genes many wonderful traits. Most common among them is the Middah of Chesed and the ability to give our lives for our faith.

There is another aspect of Avraham's life that can give us the strength to pull through our darkest hours and biggest challenges in life. Avraham was given ten difficult tests and when he passed them all, Hashem declared that He now knows that Avraham is a Yirei Elokim. This was an amazing honor for Avraham to achieve.

Although I haven't seen it brought down anywhere, maybe as children of Avraham, in life we have ten tests we need to pass. When we pass those tests, Hashem will declare for all the Heavens and earth to hear that we, yes plain simple us, is a Yirei Elokim. While we are not Avraham Avinu, each one of on our own level faces many challenges in life. If we clear the hurdles, we made it!

We can't know what those ten tests are, and there are certainly many things we must do in between, but if we look at each big challenge we face in life as one of those opportunities to move to the next level, it will harden our determination as we don't want the opportunity to slip away.

We should all be zoche to answer Chazal's challenge to us, to ask ourselves, "Masai Higiu Maasai L'Maasei Avosai", when will my deeds reach the level of the deeds of my forefathers. When will we be confirmed as a Yirei Elokim?

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Adding The Personal Touch There is a minhag to give tzedaka when entering Shul and saying the pasuk from Tehilim (17) “Ani B’Tzedek Echezeh Panecha”, I with Tzedek (or in the case Tzedoka) will see Your face.  The reason we say this pasuk is because we do everything possible to make our Tefilos successful, so we take Dovid HaMelech’s advice and give some tzedoka, as a way to be zocheh to achieve the ultimate through our tefilos.

The deeper point of saying this pasuk is because we do mitzvos through action, words, and thoughts.  Each Mitzva should if possible contain all three elements and not just remain an action on the surface without penetrating deeper inside of us.  The words make us think and hopefully internalize our actions.

In my shul there are 4 pushkos at the door and one of them is for Matan B’Seser.  Giving anonymously without knowing to whom it is going is a very high Madreiga of tzedoka because it doesn't embarrass the recipient and it also doesn’t allow you to feel haughty about giving because you don’t know to whom it goes.  Although I haven’t seen it brought down anywhere, I see that when one of the Mispalilim puts money into this Pushka, he add the words from the Pasuk in Mishlei (21:14) “Matan B’Seser Yichpeh Af”; giving anonymously covers over Hashem’s anger.  Seems appropriate for our trouble times, when Hashem’s anger seems to be brewing, k’viyachol.

Yesterday I saw a person come into Shul put money into the Pushka and say the Pasuk in Yeshaya (1:27) “Tzion BiMishpat Tipadeh, V’Shaveha B’Tzdaka”, Tzion will be redeemed with justice and will return with Tzedoka.  Seems appropriate for the three weeks.

Why do I tell you all this?  The point is that while there are minhagim that you can follow and should, a person should do what he can to add life to his mitzvos.  Saying a pasuk while doing a mitzva can supercharge the mitzva and make it have far more impact than just going through the motions.

Next time you do a mitzva take a moment to think about it and make it personal (obviously within the confines of halacha).  Add a little heart from deep within.  There is nothing Hashem loves more than the personal touch.

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 03:00:00 +0000