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Our plan this week is to finish reading chapter four in Da es Atzmecha and sections 38-45 in Bilvavi book one.
The avodah is to take a few minutes a day to ask Hashem (cry and beg) for geulah in our lives- use two minutes a day to connect to who you really are, a pure neshama and speak it out with Hashem even if it feels odd in the beginning...
Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh: Book one (sorry for the odd numbers, I will explain on the call iyH)
Must toil to merit to recognize Hashem, not through intellectual knowledge, but a perception of the soul- not through abstract definition.
- (yaakov and yosef- strongest attachment was short lived) However, with Hashem we can be in state of always attached and bound with Him=this is the “soul's inner bond with Hashem. This is the condition of a Jew who is in touch with his true inner self.”36:
- Even when on cel phone be in state of attached to Hashem. This is the “only unseverable bond” that a person can have in this world and next one. A true friend is Hashem, take Him everywhere, He will never abandon you even for a moment.37:
- The greater the soul's closeness with Hashem, the more he will sense Hashem next to Him.38:
- First decide if you want to feel attached at all times, if not, daven to Hashem that you should.39:
- Ramchal: “Man is created solely to delight in Hashem and enjoy the radiance of His shechinah.”- whatever attached to in this world is mirrored in the World to Come40:
- Take as much time as you need to recognize your life is solely for deveikus to Hashem.41:
- Many err and think if I learn Torah and keep mitzvos closeness will come automatically
41.Many err and think if I learn Torah and keep mitzvos closeness will come automatically
- 42.(pomegranate seeds) deeds are empty from each other with nothing unifying them” “What is this inner element? Deveikus to Hashem! Torah and mitzvos have one inner goal, which is closeness and deveikus to Hashem.”
- 43.What will we do if at the end of our life we wake up and see we haven't experienced closeness to Hashem? Therefore, “examine oneself well and be very skeptical, whether his way is genuine or not...ultimately each person must choose a definite path that will bring him deveikus to Hashem, and ask Hashem to constantly help him find the correct path that is suited for his needs.”