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Ask yourself two things as you go through your daily moments.
1. Do you really want a Gd whose ways you can understand?
2. Are you pausing to see what really lies beneathe the surface of all that is around you?
Important:Please add Refael Yoel ozer Ben Chaya Malka to your tefilos
- Didn't the first five mitzvos make sure we wouldn't do the sixth?
- Lo Sasuru is a practical mitzvah only. (235)By the time we reach this mitzvah we already know Hashem exists, no other force has power, Hashem is one, we love Him, and fear Him.But what if we are overcome by temptation because we got distracted.
- Lo Sasuru “makes sure we stay one step ahead of our eyes and heart and cause them to emote and perceive in accordance with the truths we internalized in the first five mitzvos” (239)= program our heart and eyes to energize us for spiritual growth.
Hashem sends us a thought or ratzon, any that come to us we can say out loud, i know this is from You (if its a thought that disconnects us from Him, ask Him to take it back!)
Chazal teach that a persons yetzer intensifies each day, without Hashem intervening we would not be able to overcome it.
Pasuk: Devarim 6:5; "you shall love Hashem your Gd, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources." (ahava= echad=13)
all your heart: all your thoughts should be one with Hashem- know that Hashem sends us each thought and it is up to us to return it and reconnect it with Hashem.
all your soul: (berachos 54a)even if He takes our life back to Him; the soul is bound to the Creator naturally. So each day we need to consciously reconnect soul in a state of unity to Hashem.
all your resources: even the sparks of holiness that are hidded in your possessions, "harness and use for love and unity with Hashem".
It seems difficult to thank Hashem for the terrible things that are causing extreme pain-illogical!
Yet, if we know all that Hashem does is for the best, we can use emunah as the bridge that enables us to feel at peace.
There is no despair: every cloud has a silver lining, Rebbe Nachman teaches. As we learned, a person who falls and returns is even greater than a tzadik who never has fallen. When we do teshuva out of love rather than fear, then our misdeeds turn into credits.
The ultimate purpose:
Yehudi: lehodot: give thanks:"A Jew is one who gives thanks, for without giving thanks, there can be no emunah"