No matter how much you distrust
your own sincerity
or question your motives,
there is no trace of doubt
that at your core
lives a divine soul, pure and sincere.
You provide the actions and the deed
—just do what is good.
She needs no more than a
through which to break out
and fill those deeds with divine power.
Monday, December 28, 2015
from chabad.org Daily Dose
Thursday, December 24, 2015
A spark of G‑d slumbers within, as a flame hushed within the embers.
Will she awaken from ideas?
They are only more dreams to sleep by.
Will she awaken from deep thoughts?
She is smothered yet deeper within the ashes.
She will awaken when she sees her Beloved,
the One Above with whom she is one.
And where will she see Him?
Not in ideas, not in deep thoughts,
but in a G‑dly deed that she will do, in an act of infinite beauty.
Then her flame will burn bright.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"This is the advantage we human beings have over the other mammals:
Their brain and heart are on a single plane, but we stand erect,
living in two planes at once.
We have a mind above, looking up to the stars,
and from there all things begin.
We have a heart below,
pumping life into the mind’s vision and drawing it into the real world.
When their roles are lost,
mind and heart become a marriage from hell.
When they work in harmony, nothing can stand in their way."
Monday, December 21, 2015
Information about what we are doing in our Motzai Shabbos chaburah, our avodah, and some bonus shiurim
This week, we will IyH meet on our regular telephone conference line, on Tuesday and Thursday night at 930 pm NY and Wednesday and Thursday morning at 630 am NY time (in addition to the motzai Shabbos chaburah). These four calls will be a maximum of ten minutes and will not be recorded- an opportunity to do our avodah together.
In our chaburah, we are learning 'Experiencing the Divine' by Rav Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, along with 'Getting to Know Your Feelings' and 'Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh' by Rav Itamar Schwartz.
At present we are working on thoughts and how they effect our feelings- the moment of choice and how we can choose to sense Hashem in the moment by attaching our thoughts to Him and then, acting from that place of deveikus/attachment.
We are also learning more about feelings and how they are in constant movement. "Our emotions help us identify change..." They help us identify the movement (in our thoughts and in our hearts) that we are traveling (tahalich) from one moment to another. We are using this information to learn how to use the da'as of the heart in order to sense Hashem in an even deeper way (IY'H).
Below is a shiur given by Rabbi Schwartz for the women's chaburah- how to speak to Hashem every minute (we have been discussing how to do this by beginning with gratitude - even for things we don't have yet that we want, then doing teshuva, then giving it all up to Hashem- telling Him that in truth we really only want to do His will). If you would like to join his monthly women's group- please let me know.
As always, please see G-ddirecttorah.com for phenomenal shiurim about the Tenth of Tevet.
If you have any questions or would like a copy of any of our material, please email Shira at: Geulafromwithin@gmail.com
Love, aviva rus
Love, aviva rus
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel lighting ChanukiahPictures truly do speak louder than words.
How badly do we want to serve Hashem? What step are we going to take?
This Motzai Shabbos, we will IY'H speak about the miracles in our own lives that we have seen to date (this has been our homework for the past three weeks- noticing Hashem's hashgacha). That part of the chaburah will not be recorded. We will thank Hashem publicly (on the call) and then see how our learning ties into the candle lighting and the power of Chanukah.
Then, after Chanukah, IYH, we will be meeting to do our avodah 4 times a week. Each of you only have to call in to two of those 5 minutes. 2 of the times will be at night (9:30 pm NY time) and 2 of the times will be in the morning (5 am NY time). These calls will not be recorded as they are our actual avodah.
Please email me or Shira with any questions.