Sunday, March 20, 2016

I forgot to record our chaburah last night

I am so sorry!

Here's a summary of what we did:

Experiencing the Divine: Chapter 11: Strengthening Holy Feeling

- Teach ourselves to look for Hashem everywhere- in ourselves and in everything around us
(exactly what Esther Hamalka did so we can achieve this on Purim for 24 hours straight!)

- Rav Shapiro describes the beauty of Shalosh Seudos (please read it) and this ties into the feeling one can have on Purim the entire day!

Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh: Part four, sections 119-126: Belief in Divine Providence

We are trying to look beyond the person or thing that is before us and see them as something Hashem is sending our way in order to pull us closer to Him ("when Esther said 'May the king come' she had in mind the King of the world.  That was how she lived- seeing Hashem in everything- and her entire focus and communication was only with Him" pg 129)

Getting to Know Your Feellings: Healing Past Emotional Scars, pg 304-314

We may have feeling and emotional scars from past experiences or even from past lives (gilgulim).  (Rav Wallerstein states that on Purim we can do teshuva even on gilgulim of the past)- In order to deal with these emotional scars, Rav Schwartz recommends tapping into the renewal within- Hashem is renewing us and giving us life every second, if you bring your awareness to that space inside- you can touch the place in the soul where there are no imprints.  (First you have to understand that there is this type of place inside you, where you can start anew any time.  Then 'quiet your soul, either by listening to a nigun, eating something tasty, or by relaxing in comfortable position' (pg 312).  Finally, in that place of quiet repeat - a dozen times- 'I am being renewed.  Hashem is in my heart, and is renewing me every moment... then realize Hashem infuses in me a new koach everyday- to achieve what I could not achieve in the I can succeed in them.')"

This week we will meet at 6:30 am Monday to review this avoda and review Purim plans- I will iYH record it.

Please sign up for Tehillim so that we can complete it on Purim as a group.

Love, aviva rus

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Additional reading for our chaburah this Motzai Shabbos

Looking forward!

There is no greater freedom than ignoring the entire world while you converse with its Creator. (Rabbi freeman)

Monday, March 14, 2016

The mazal of Adar: Dagim (fish)

In our chaburah, we are working on sensing, feeling, thinking, 
seeing Hashem behind everything that is happening 
around us- emulating Esther and Mordechai.
We are learning what the
 steps are 
to join our intellect with emotion 
(mind with heart).   
Below is Torah that shows us how powerful 
this month of Adar is- how we can 
"swim in Divine consciousness"!

The five types of animals that could be brought as sacrifices were cattle, goats, 
sheep, pigeons, and doves. 
Fish are not brought as sacrifices.

Spiritual Walking, Flying, and Swimming

וְאִם מִן הָעוֹף עֹלָה קָרְבָּנוֹ לַה' וגו': (ויקרא א:יד)

[G-d told Moses,] “If someone’s sacrifice to G-d is an ascent-offering of fowl.” 
Leviticus 1:14
Mammals allude to those among us whose 
animal nature is relatively pronounced. 
Fowl, because they can fly, allude to those of us who are less 
“earth-bound,” i.e., who live a more intellectual life and can therefore
 “fly” above a purely animal existence. 
Nonetheless, just as fowl need to periodically rest from flight, 
human intellect is limited by nature. 

Therefore, fowl, like mammals, are used as sacrifices, 
since both our animal natures and our intellects 
need to be spiritually refined and uplifted.

In contrast, fish, which must remain constantly in water, 
allude to those of us who have so refined themselves 
that they remain always connected to G‑d, “swimming” 
constantly in Divine consciousness. 

Since the Divine side of our personality 
does not need the elevation that our animal side does, 
fish are not used for sacrifices.1

Igrot Kodesh, vol. 1, pp. 46–47, 130–131. 

Translated and Adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky    More articles...  |