Thursday, August 1, 2013


It's been 16 + months of treatment for Benny (Binyamin Chaim Ben Faigie Sarah), months filled with tears,  takanos,  and tefilos.

Hashem has answered.  


The gift of a yes.


Yet, in the same way pain and worry could not be expressed in words properly, so too, gratitude.  Only tefilos and actions seem to open up the world between speech and spiritual connection to one another and to Hashem.

In the first pasuk of this week's parsha, Re'eh, "See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse"(11-26)

Sforno states that Moshe Rabbeinu is pointing out that we are not like any other nations.  The blessings that Hashem promises us are so extraordinary that they appear miraculous, so too, the ordeals, if we ignore our spiritual calling, will appear on the opposite end of the spectrum.

There is no mediocrity in this picture.  Striving to achieve; yields miraculous blessing.  

We are approaching Elul.

Last year, at this time, we had inspiring plans floating through our mind, ideas of who we wanted to be when Rosh Hashana arrived.

Let's reflect and remember that vision.

Now, let's take the gratitude we feel, and live that vision (even just a small part of it).

This is the power of gratitude; choice to make that intense and lasting change to be who we really are, so that more miraculous blessing can rain down on Binyamin Chaim and his family, and on all of Klal Yisrael. 

Good Shabbos,


aviva rus 

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