Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dealing with Question Number 1


We asked how can we find G-d in our lives... stop what you are doing right now and feel the wonder of life, the mobility in your limbs, the depth of your breath, and notice the infinite gifts you are gifted with daily.  Then, say thank You. 


"In the nineteenth century, many scientists had no use for G‑d. Instead, they worshipped a tight chain of cause and effect that left no room for miracles, providence or prophecy.
But then the scientist looked into the atom, and the wonder of the universe opened before him. The iron chain of cause and effect was loosened, and Determinism deposed from its throne.
Today, once again there is room for G‑d in the minds of human beings."

By Tzvi Freeman 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Work...Leading Into ELUL


Sometimes we have to go back to the basics when life seems out of control.  At least, that's what I have to do in those moments.

I heard a shiur by Rabbi Sonnenshein called Connecting to Hashem about the work of Shavuous, but I think he's teaching the basics that will help us now - help us slice through the murky thoughts and hone in on practical possibilities.

Here are some questions to ask ourselves before Elul and just notice if any answers pop into your head (could be your intuition-bina:):
1.  How can I notice Hashem in my life?
2. How do I find out what He wants from me?
3. What is a midah (emotion) that keeps coming up for me that I can work on?
4. My life is meaningful because... another way to phrase this is: How am I a shaliach (messenger) for Hashem? 

I hope to tackle these one at a time in the coming weeks.

Stay Tuned...
Aviva

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lag Ba'omer!

lag ba'omer hod sheb'hod (repost)


Lag Ba'omer Segulos by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi:

1. Tehillim 67 (7 times) - It's a psalm of Hod and gratitude

2. It's a day of joy and happiness (always falls out on the same day as Purim)- you cannot be sad today!

3. Ask for children "who will be exactly like Rabbi Shimon"

4. Ask for a home.

5.  Chida: Light 17 candles (gematria tov/good) - from Lag Ba'omer to Shavuous there are 17 days and we ask Hashem for good days, days during which we earn receiving the Torah."

6. Rabbi Yehonasan Eybeschutz : Lag Ba'omer is when you should repent from the biggest transgression of your life, and Rabbi Shimon will intercede on your behalf in heaven.


From Rav Schwartz: see Bilvavi.net:


There is a minhag on this day to light bonfires. We don’t just light small fires like for Shabbos and Yom Tov. We light big fires – bonfires, which are called lehavah.

This shows us that we need to have a big “fire”, a lehavah, in our hearts for Hashem. If a person has this inner fire, he is connected to Lag Ba’Omer. If a person is just lighting physical bonfires but his soul is cold inside, he has nothing to do with Lag Ba’Omer.

“The house of Yaakov will be a fire, and the house of Yosef will be a big flame.” This is the inner layer of a Jew’s soul, the burning desire for Hashem. At first there is a small fire, and then it becomes a huge flame, a lehavah. When a person’s inner fire for Hashem gets big, it is then that he can integrate with Hashem.

In other words, bonfires on this day are not just superficial actions we do. It really reminds us of our innermost point of the soul, which is a great fiery desire for Hashem......

The yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai falls out within “seven days of Pesach Sheini” (just like there are seven days of the first Pesach, so is there a concept that there are seven days of the second Pesach), and it reveals a heavenly light: that Hashem is found even amidst our state of impurity. When a person is aware that Hashem is found even in the lowest place where he has fallen, he doesn’t need his “hands” to lift himself up.


If a person thinks that Hashem is Heaven while he is only on earth, and that he must ascend to Heaven – he needs his “hands” to lift himself upwards. But when a person is clear that Hashem is found in any place, even when he has fallen low, he arrives at a point of clarity in which he sees how Hashem is there at any place, time or situation. No impurity will be able to get him to have any doubts.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Exactly what we just learned for the past 40 days....

No Limits

By Tzvi Freeman

The people never got used to Egypt. They never felt they belonged there. 
They never said, “They are the masters and we are the slaves and that’s the way it is.”
So when Moses came and told them that they were going to leave, they believed him.
Everyone has their Egypt. You’ve got to know who you are and what are your limitations. But heaven forbid to make peace with them. 
The soul within you knows no limits.

Wishing you a spectacular uplifting Pesach- aviva


last year: repost: Chag Kasher v'Sameach!

sent from Tzipora Harris- what to have in mind when eating at the seder...



  1. Matza-  Matza is just flour and water. Nothing else mixed in. It represents your soul which wants nothing other than to do the right thing and live out G-d’s incredible plan for your life. When you eat the matza, you can have this in mind:
More than anything, I yearn to live as a soul, I want to do what’s right, I want to make the greatest contribution I possibly can, live the vision You have for me, G-d and draw close to You! and I know I don’t need to know how- You have infinite ways to get me there! I’m just YEARNING TO BE SOUL DRIVEN in my life from this point on!

2. Maror- (bitter herbs)-  Maror is a reminder that even though it’s easy to get pulled by your lower drives, like beating yourself up, losing your temper, letting feelings of anxiety or despair about your circumstances overtake you; or that ice cream at 12am, you end up feeling horrible afterwards. Letting yourself be driven by lower forces is bitter. When you eat the maror, you can have this in mind:

I recognize that in some ways I let my lower self run my life at times in the past and I see that living as a lower self is BITTER. I don’t want it. Please help me rise above it, again and again. I don’t know exactly how- I trust You will guide me.

3.        Korech- (sandwich)-  The Matza-Maror-Matza sandwich focuses you on the goal of channeling your lower drives (maror) to help fulfill G-d’s amazing vision for your soul (matza) and thereby drawing closer to Him, which is our ultimate purpose in this world.

Help me remember that in Your eyes I am always beloved, possessing infinite worth, I am Your exalted and precious child and You are with me forever. Every aspect of my life is exactly what I need to fulfil my unique mission. That will help me see my lower self voices and my struggles for what they really are- the perfect training and development program wired into my life by the Ultimate Coach. Help me see the blessing in my struggles. And use them as stepping stone to elevation. I don’t know how, I just know You, G-d, can help me.

The Inside Story on Passover

By Tzvi Freeman
In each one of us there is an Egypt and a Pharaoh and a Moses and Freedom in a Promised Land. And every point in time is an opportunity for another Exodus.
Egypt is a place that chains you to who you are, constraining you from growth and change. And Pharaoh is that voice inside that mocks your gambit to escape, saying, “How could you attempt being today something you were not yesterday? Aren’t you good enough just as you are? Don’t you know who you are?”
Moses is the liberator, the infinite force deep within, an impetuous and all-powerful drive to break out from any bondage, to always transcend, to connect with that which has no bounds.
But Freedom and the Promised Land are not static elements that lie in wait. They are your own achievements which you may create at any moment, in any thing that you do, simply by breaking free from whoever you were the day before.
Last Passover you may not have yet begun to light a candle. Or some other mitzvah still waits for you to fulfill its full potential. This year, defy Pharaoh and light up your world. With unbounded light.


By Tzvi Freeman 

Monday, March 18, 2019

PURIM


This Purim let's see beyond the mask...
In ourselves
In others
In the challenges that are in our lives by
seeing our Creator behind each mask.
Let's connect to Him,the Infinite, to experience the vast, untainted, world inside each of us.

Truly, can anything be more joyous than this?


Freilichen Purim, 
Aviva Rus

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Join us in this 40 day journey to clarity and unity, IyH

DAY 6⃣of4⃣0⃣DAY JOURNEY / BECOMING ONE. AVIVA ABERMAN: http://www.redemptionproject.io/aberman    Discovering and uncover who you really are-on this unique journey into your inner world. This class is based on the seforim *Da Es Atmecha-Getting to Know Yourself and Bilvavi Mishkan Evne-A Sanctuary in Your Heart, written by Rabbi Itamar Schwartz. * Join women worldwide journey.        Click to join & spread the word! https://chat.whatsapp.com/E2ZPrDLmqKhF2UeGJiWDid    Online: http://www.redemptionproject.io/40-day-journey/



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

knowing who we are...


The greater a realist you are, the greater your joy


Step one: choosing to fight the fight.

Step two: Believing that when we take the step to fight, Hashem will lift us up the rest of the way.

Step three: Understanding the whole reason the challenge came was to create this dynamic.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman/ Chabad.org :

“I lift my eyes to the mountains, from whence will come my help?” (Psalms 121:1)
People believe that only fools are optimists. But the opposite is true.
Precisely because we understand how desperate the situation really is, how helpless we are and how impossible the challenge, that itself tells us how great a G‑d we have—a G‑d who can lift us high beyond the natural order and transform the most ominous darkness to brilliant good.
The greater a realist you are, the greater your joy."



Why do we need all these emotions anyway!!!???

"As water, face to face, so the heart of a man to his fellow."(Proverbs 27:19)
Does G‑d then laugh? Does the Infinite Light cry over failure and rejoice in success? Does He that brings time and space into existence truly love with the passion of a frail human being or feel remorse as a creature trapped within the tunnel of time?
But G‑d desired the human soul with all its struggles. And the proof: We are here. 
And when G‑d conceived this being, He looked down from His lofty realm beyond love and laughter, passion and remorse, and He said, "Shall she then be alone in his place and I in mine? Is this oneness?"
So He arranged a meeting place. He determined that the boundless emotions that are the fabric of the human soul would glimmer as well within the purity of the Infinite Light. 
So that in love and laughter and compassion and awe and beauty, This human creature and G‑d could find one another, and neither would be alone.
Maamar B’Sha’ah She’alah 5725.


By Tzvi Freeman 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Mazal Tov!!

Today- we finished our sefer, Reaching Your Essence.

We have delved into to the five layers of our soul and put in the effort to experience each layer.

49 classes later- we have achieved insights, clarity, and results-  each with Hashem's help.

Thank you Shira for being the chief of administrations.

I've been hearing rumblings that the geulah is approaching quickly.  In fact, I think each of you showing up week after week to grow your relationship with your inner world, with others, and with Hashem is a major factor in bringing the geulah.

Can't wait to greet moshiach with you- IYH today!