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אשרי אדם בוטח בך

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 16, 2017 3:23 pm

Which Thoughts Create Happiness?

"Asheri adam boteach bach....." (Praiseworthy is the man who trusts in You).

Mental happiness is not possible for one who trusts in anyone other than Hashem, for there is no thing which does not have some flaw or weakness... but Hashem... he therefore is happy in the knowledge that his trust is fully justified. Such a man gains actual happiness.

-- Praise, My Soul
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ולקטו דבר יום ביומו

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 16, 2017 4:36 pm

What Did We Learn from the Manna?

The Manna fell daily, instead of once a month or once a year in great amount, in order to keep men aware of G-d's power and kindliness. This was the training in full and constant trust in G-d. Thus they learned that G-d alone supplies all the needs of men, and no one can ever become independent of Him.

-- Behold, A People
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אין לך בן חורין אלא מי שעוסק בתורה; א איד האט זיך געשפירט גליקליך און צופרידען אין דער געטא

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 5:33 pm

What Is The Purpose Of Life?

When the Jew was in his ghetto and took out his Gemara or Tehillim and spoke to Hashem, he felt that was the purpose of living: he felt he was drinking the true wine of genuine enjoyment of life. The purpose of life is to be close to Hashem.

-- Most Beautiful Nation
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זאגען א המוציא, קען אויך זיין א נסיון

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 5:46 pm

Saying Hamotzi: A Reward for Our Efforts

From Test of Emunah (#557) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

Baking bread requires a lot of hard work. Plowing and planting are not easy jobs, and then the farmer must wait for the wheat to grow. In the meantime he has to pull out the weeds, and in some countries water the field.

Finally the time comes to reap the grain, which is also heavy work. Then he has to thresh the grain — also strenuous. Next comes winnowing, and then grinding and sifting the grain, all involving heavy labor. After baking, Mr. Farmer finally has a loaf of bread on his table. If his neighbor doesn’t have any bread on his table, he must be lazy; he didn’t want to plow, didn’t want to plant.

Food is a result of living properly. According to the laws of nature, we have food. If you’re the one who produced the food, that’s your reward. But what does the Jewish farmer do? He doesn’t sit down at the table and say, “I thank myself, Mr. Farmer, for all the labor I put in, the wisdom that I invested in order to get the bread.” He says, “Baruch Atah Hashem Elokeinu Melech ha’olam, hamotzi…”: Hashem, You’re the one who brings forth bread from the ground.

His wife might say to him, “What do you mean, Hashem brings forth bread from the ground? Where were you all the time? Weren’t you laboring the whole year for it?” And the farmer will reply, “Don’t be foolish. My labor was nothing. I had to work hard. Hashem rewarded my efforts in a natural way with the bread, and I have to thank Him. The good deed of making a berachah —that’s why I deserved the bread.” Therefore we learn that there are two different, separate ways that Hashem conducts the world, and they both have a common purpose—to test mankind.
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קנאת סופרים תרבה חכמה - קנאה קען ווערען געניצט אויף א גוטע וועג

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 5:53 pm

Envy is Good!

From Improving the World (#792) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

Envy is for all good people to have. When you see people doing good things, you should be envious of them. Not that you should sit by while somebody else learning Torah and it should burn in you. (…)

Envy is a wonderful middah (trait) if it’s used for good things. If somebody is accomplishing — I want to accomplish! Therefore we have to activate the quality of envy. When you see people who are doing good things, you should ask why shouldn’t I do the same thing? Here’s a man who davens a long Shemoneh Esrei; why shouldn’t I do it? (...)

In order to achieve, it’s necessary to be jealous. And when Kayin saw that his brother Hevel was succeeding in the virtue of bringing a better offering to Hashem, Kayin became very jealous. That was very good; the trouble is, he was jealous in the wrong way.

If you're jealous and you want to outdo your fellow man in righteous, to become better than your fellow man, that jealousy is good. Hashem approves of that. If the jealousy is to stop him from what he is doing, to prevent him from increasing his righteousness, that jealousy is a sin. Kayin chose the wrong kind of jealousy.

But for the rest of us, we have to learn that Hashem does want us to emulate people who are doing good things
When you see people who are doing good things, you should ask, why shouldn’t I do the same thing?
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זארגסטו זיך גענוג פאר דיין ווייב און קינדער?

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 5:55 pm

Do You Worry Enough About Your Family's Happiness?

“For they (the wife and the children) depend on him, and he depends on the One Who spoke and caused the world to be" (Hullin 84).

Just as a man is dependent on the Creator to manage his affairs, so should a man consider himself responsible for the happiness and success of his wife and children, as if his house were the Universe and he (so to speak) were the Creator. That is the immense opportunity for achievement which a home offers, and that is the enormous responsibility which rests on the parent to make his home successful.

— Awake, My Glory
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וואס באדערט דיר; פארוואס ביזטו נישט רואיג

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 5:58 pm

What's Bothering You?

Tranquility is one of the great elements in happiness. If we can get this peace of mind that comes from knowing that everything is tov meod (very good) because it’s all under control of Hashem who is compassionate, then life is going to assume entirely different view. We’ll see everything in rosy colors, and we’ll see that most of our worries are self-induced, are false winds that blow and deceive us into thinking that we’re unhappy. In the great majority of cases it’s nothing at all.

— Serene Mind (#301)
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ווילסט זיין העפי; קוק אויף דיינע הענט און ענדזוי זיי

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 6:06 pm

Bechina: Learn to Enjoy Your Hands

From Learning to Love Hashem (#657) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

The Chovos Halevavos teaches in Shaar Habechina that we have to study the benefits that we get in life. It’s important for us to spend time on that. He starts from the benefits of having hands; it’s fun to have a hand. The man on the street, I see him frequently, he has an empty sleeve. Baruch Hashem your sleeves are full, and out of your sleeve comes a derrick, with little derricks attached to it. You can bend it any way you want. Ah, a pleasure, a privilege.

We’re missing the fun of life. We don’t really enjoy life.
When you move some joints, do you hear any noise, any creaking, as the bones rub against each other? No, it’s lubricated beautifully. It doesn’t hurt even. That’s a wonderful arrangement. That’s how Shaar Habechina starts, and it goes on and on and on. That’s a career of studying; it’s a pity our lives our wasted. Every day we borrow the body again (“hamachzir neshamos lifgarim meisim — He returns souls to lifeless bodies” [morning blessings]), He gives back the body to us, and we’re not aware of the obligation of being grateful and loving Him for it.

And I’ll tell you something else that we’re missing in addition to the mitzvah of bechina: We’re missing the fun of life. We don’t really enjoy life. It’s only when you appreciate what you’re getting and you’re grateful to Hashem, that’s when you have enjoyment from it. A man should enjoy his hand. If a man learns that, he’ll have simcha (happiness) all his life. It’s fun to have a hand. If you came here just for that, it’s not wasted. Life becomes happy when you study it in that way.
We’re missing the fun of life. We don’t really enjoy life.
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וויאזוי צו זיין צופרידען און העפי

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 6:11 pm

What Fills Your World With Happiness?

When a man lives in This World in expectation [of the World to Come], everything is happy.

A man has a nagging wife, but he's able to take it because of Olam Haba (the World to Come). (A wife can bring him to Olam Haba quickly. She shouldn’t have that purpose in mind, however; she should try to give him Olam Hazeh [This World].) When people live for the next world, for them this life is one endless happiness.

— Foundation and Root (#228)
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טוה זיך אליין א גמילת חסד - זינדיג נישט קעגען זיך אליין

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוקטובער 18, 2017 6:15 pm

The Kindness You Do to Yourself

From Sinning Against Yourself (#661) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

The gemara explains how important it is to pray with kavana: “eilu devarim she’adam ochel peiroseihem ba’olam hazeh” (Peah 1:1), for the following things a person is rewarded even in This World. Not the principle; “hakeren kayemes la’olam habah — the main reward is in the World to Come,” but the peiros, like interest on the principle, is given even in This World for certain things, such as doing kindly things to people, doing acts of kindnesses. Also among them it says, “v’iyun tefila”: “looking into” the davening. This means praying with thought.

The gemara asks a question. If a man is rewarded with peiros ba’olom hazeh (the reward in This World) only for gemilas chasadim, for acts of kindliness, so how does iyun tefila turn into kindliness? Where is the kindliness in praying with kavana?

The gemara answers, “hani nami behani mishoshaychi” (Shabbas 127b): praying with kavana is a very great kindliness to yourself. We have to understand that... When you are praying, you are doing a gemilas chesed to yourself (see Rashi there).

You say, “refaeinu Hashem v’neirofeh — Heal us and we will be healed” (Shemoneh Esreh), you pray for yourself. The gemara is telling us that it is very important to pray because it helps. It’ll help you remain healthy.

Of course, if you pray for good health, but you yourself are ruining your health, so your prayer is not sincere, it is not a true tefillah. A true tefillah is only when it is backed by your own actions to show that you really want it. If a person eats nasherai (junk food) all the time, things that are only good for the pallet but not good for his health, so Hashem says, “look, you are not praying for health, because you see your actions contradict your words.”

“Karov Hashem l’chal korav — Hashem is close to all those who call out to Him, “l’chal asher yikra’uhu be’emes — to all those who call out to Him in truth” (Ashrei). You have to call out in truth. But, when a person tries to be healthy and he asks Hashem for good health, it is going to help. It is a very important principle.
True tefillah is only when it is backed by your own actions to show that you really want it
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הַלְלוּ אֶת ה' כָּל גּוֹיִם - האסטו געוויסט טייטש?

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » דאנארשטאג אוקטובער 19, 2017 3:37 pm

What's (Supposed To Be) on Your Mind?

"Hallelu es Hashem kol goyim -- all nations have to praise Hashem."

Everybody in the world has to praise Hashem. Black people have to spend time praising Hashem. Eskimos must get together and praise Hashem. South Sea Islanders, Chinese must praise Hashem. If not, they are guilty. But it's enough. We especially We, "ki gavar aleinu chasdo -- His kindness has overcome us," we are chosen especially. The Jew has to be busy all day long thinking about Hashem. It's not an exaggeration.

-- Asking for life/Erev Yom Kippur (#803)
Everybody in the world has to praise Hashem. Black people have to spend time praising Hashem. Eskimos must get together and praise Hashem. South Sea Islanders, Chinese must praise Hashem. If not, they are guilty.
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אלעס וואס די זעהסט (יעדער מענטש און בעל חי) דארף דיר דערמאנען פון נח, וואס "את אלקים התהלך נח"

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » פרייטאג אוקטובער 20, 2017 2:17 pm

What Do All Creatures Attest To?

FROM ALL THE LIVING, FROM ALL FLESH, TWO OF EACH YOU SHALL BRING INTO THE ARK. (6:19)

When we today see an ox or a bird, we know that it is derived from an inhabitant of the Ark; and all men today are descendants of those who were preserved in the Ark that Noach built. Thereby, all the living today testify to the fundamental principle that the man that "walked with G-d" (6;9) was the cause of the rebirth of the world --

The Beginning
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פארוואס קען נישט זיין רואיג (מנוחה ושלוה, מבואו ועד צאתו)

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » פרייטאג אוקטובער 20, 2017 2:24 pm

Why Was There So Much Turbulence in Yaakov’s Life?

And the answer is, Why is there so much turbulence inside a washing machine? If there wasn’t turbulence, then your clothes would come out the same color as when you put them in. It’s because of the turbulence that the clothes come out white. They have to be tumbled. And that’s what’s good for us: we are tumbled in life in order to make us better.

— Serene Mind (#301)
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על כל נשימה ונשימה תהלל קה - דער נס פון אטעמען

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » פרייטאג אוקטובער 20, 2017 2:32 pm

Bechina: The Complex Machinery of Breathing

From Inviting Guests into the World (#295) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

It pays from time to time to gain some understanding, even superficially, of what takes place in your body. We begin with the air. Even the purest air in the world is not fit to enter the interior of your body. It has to be prepared for entrance into your lung. First of all, it must be cleansed. Secondly, it must be moistened. And thirdly, it must be warm.

When you breathe in the air, first it goes into your nasal passages. You have hairs in your nose, and the hairs filter out coarser pieces of dust. They keep out the flies and mosquitoes too. The nasal passages are wet all the time (that's why your nose runs: to keep it wet all the time!). The fly paper action of these surfaces catches dust.

As you draw the air in further, it reaches the sinuses. Why do you have sinuses? They only seem to cause us trouble. But if we wouldn't have sinuses, there wouldn't be places where the germs could lodge. The sinuses twist, and as the air goes in and out of the twisting passages, it sticks against the wall (it has a sticky mucus on it).

As the air proceeds in, it's being warmed, because you have a lot of blood vessels in the nose passages. That's why your nose bleeds frequently; there are more blood vessels in the surface of the nasal passages than most other places. These blood vessels warm the air as it comes in. And because the naval passages are well watered, the air becomes moist and clean and it's warm.

And in case anything does come past all these guards, all these barriers, it irritates the mucus lining of the nose passages and this irritation causes you to expel it. But you don't expel things so simply. In order to expel something that's lodged in the air passages, you sneeze. But sneezing is a miraculous and complicated system. First you breathe deeply, and then you give a violent sneeze and it dislodges. A baby just born does it perfectly, so you see he's born with that wisdom in him.
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חָכָם עָצֵל בְּעֵינָיו מִשִּׁבְעָה מְשִׁיבֵי טָעַם (משלי כ"ו, ט"ז)

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » פרייטאג אוקטובער 20, 2017 2:42 pm

A Secret of the Soul

From The Complainer (#379) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

It says in Mishlei, “Chacham atzel b’einav mishivam mishivei taam — A lazy man is wiser in his own opinion than seven who speak to him with logic.” Let’s say in a certain yeshiva, it’s in the morning time, it’s already past 9:30, and the mashgiach sees that one of the talmidim is missing.

He inquires so he is told he’s still in the dormitory. He goes upstairs and he finds that party lying in bed, and he speaks to him about the necessity of coming down to the seder. So this young man lying in bed begins speaking logic. And he gives excellent arguments why it’s not necessary to get out of bed now.

The mashgiach may feel that he has come up short, he needs assistance, so let’s imagine he calls up the mashgichim of six more yeshivas. Brooklyn, Manhattan — and they all come down quickly with car service and seven of them are standing around his bed and each one is explaining to him the necessity of getting out of bed. So Shlomo Hamelech says, chacham atzel b’einav, the lazy man is in his own eyes wiser, mishivam mishivei taam, than seven people who speak with taam, with wisdom to him.

Now they’re going to speak to him not only with emotion, they’re going to tell him reasons why he should get out of bed. But he is able to refute everything they say. It doesn’t mean they’ll agree with his reputation, but he is satisfied that he is speaking logically enough to refute their words.

Now we’re learning the secrets of human nature. And Shlomo Hamelech is divulging this secret to us, and it’s a secret that all of us have to know is true about every one of us. Laziness is a middah, it’s a quality of character. It’s a trait, and the laziness influences his way of thinking. He is so bribed by that middah; it seems to him that he is talking logic and they are all silly people. That’s how the traits of character operate. They cause a person to think that he is right and everybody else is wrong.

If we’ll examine all the different facets of human activity, why certain people do certain things even after being told that they ought to change their ways, we’re going to discover that the secret of their logic, all their good arguments, all their scholarship: they’re going to cite pesukim and maamarei chazal to support themselves. But in truth, the basis of everything is the quality of character that is motivating them.
Bad middos cause a person to think that he is right and everybody else is wrong

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Climb the Ladder: Think of the last time you were in a position to defend your behavior (perhaps something you said). Reflect, is your defense was perhaps insincere and was motivated by a bad middah
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תְּהִלָּה לְכָל חֲסִידָיו

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 4:53 pm

Who Do You Get Excited About?

G-d causes "Praise (Tehillah) to all His devoted ones" (Tehillim 148;14), and we should follow His example and praise His servants and all who are devoted to the Torah-ways. We demonstrate what we really are, according to the degree of our enthusiasm over those who love Him; the Forefathers, the prophets, the Torah-teachers, the Torah-leaders of our own time, and the genuine people of Israel who are devoted to G-d and His Torah today.

-- Awake, My Glory
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זֶרַע אַבְרָהָם אֹהֲבִי (ישעי' מ"א, ח')

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 4:56 pm

In What Merit Does Hashem Love The Seed of Abraham?

Hashem promised the world to come to all the children who came from our father Avraham. Hashem said, "Zera Avraham ohavi - the seed of Avraham who loves me." In return for his great love, I love his children in this world and in the World to Come.

-- Reward of Emunah (#207)
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וואס איז דארט?

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:12 pm

What’s Beyond the Horizon?

"Every man without being told knows that there is something beyond what he sees, beyond his camp, beyond his little world. He knows it. The truth of this can be demonstrated by the fact that people are always traveling.

What are they seeking?... Within themselves there’s a knowledge that there’s something beyond what they have and what they see. This is the native understanding, the native instinct of seeking Hashem.

— Adam's Ordeal (#28)
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ותהי לרצון תמיד עבודת ישראל עמך

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:25 pm

What Can You Offer Hashem?

What is our purpose when we come to pray and learn Torah? We are trying to achieve something for ourselves and find favor in the eyes of Hashem. We should view our service as if we are bringing a gift to Hashem, like we say: "Be favorable Hashem our G-d to your people and to their prayer" (Shemona Esrei). All of our service is like giving gifts to Hashem.

— Shiurim on Mesilas Yesharim
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תַּנְחוּמֶיךָ יְשַׁעַשְׁעוּ נַפְשִׁי (תהלים צ"ד, י"ט)

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:34 pm

Consoled by Hashem

From Reward of Emunah (#207) by Rabbi Avigdor Miller

There is one consolation in life. No matter how many dark days some people have in life (and everybody eventually is disappointed, because you never forget what you want: “Ain adam meis v’chatzi taavaso b’yado — nobody dies having attained even half of his desires”), life is full of fun, full of joy, that’s what life is.

When they die they’re disappointed. It has to come to an end? It’s a great disappointment. But then comes the great consolation. When I am beset by sorrows and by concern, I am worried. “Tanchumecha hayu shaashu nafshi — Your consolations, they are the happiness of my soul."

Now what are the consolations? “Zechor davar l’avdecha al asher yichaltani — remember the word that You spoke to Your servant concerning that which You gave me hope." You, Hashem, remember the word that You promised us, that You gave us hope. You know what that hope is?

It’s the hope that Bilaam expressed. He said, “Tamus nafshi mos yesharim — Let my soul die the death of the just." He looked at the Jewish people and he envied them. He said oh that my soul should die like they do! “U’sehi acharisi kamohu — And my end should be like his.” What was Bilaam hoping for? To be buried in the Yeraim chapel? He should have a Jewish funeral? What’s so good about it? If that’s the end, there’s nothing to look forward to. You might as well have a dog’s grave.

But Bilaam understood what he was talking about. He knew it was coming, he knew that the great principle was “Kol Yisrael yesh lahem chelek l’olam haba”: If you’re a Jew, you have been promised the World to Come. It’s not promised to everybody, it’s promised to Yisrael. Whether you like the idea or not, whether you’re Democratic and you don’t like chauvinism, it can’t be helped. We didn’t manufacture this. Bilaam recognized that truth: Hashem promised the world to come to all the children who came from our father Avraham.

Because of the zechus (merit) of our first father — “Avraham ohavi — Avraham who loved Me” — in return for his great love, I love his children in this world and in the World to Come. Bilaam longed to join them, but of course he couldn’t do it. But that’s the great consolation of life.

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אין מיין סידור אינעם קעפל איבער קפיטל צ"ד אין תהלים שטייט: תפלה נוראה לכל יחיד על הגאולה ומוסר גדול.
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וואס איז דיין מטרה אין לעבען

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:37 pm

What's the Purpose of Life?

There remains as our main purpose in life the great issue of making something out of ourselves, of making progress in life. It’s not enough for a man to be a shomer Shabbos and a shomer kol hamitzvos ... It’s not enough to avoid all the sins. You must accomplish something positive in life.

— Adam's Ordeal (#28)
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פעיק ניוז!

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:42 pm

From Prayer in Prosperity (#60):

I’m not going to press anybody when it comes to reading material. But since the subject came up: if people don’t have a radio, you don’t know how lucky you are. You are bnei Olam Haba. You don’t need the news, because all the news is made to order. You think that the radio and the newspapers and the television are reporting the news? That’s a great error. They are making the news. You don’t realize that. The news is not what they report. They take certain items and they magnify them, they emphasize them, and they make them prominent, and that becomes the day’s news. But other things pass by, either they’re on the back pages or they’re no pages at all…

You don’t sell newspapers on decent things. Newspapers are built on lies, on exaggerations, and blowing up things. And the foolish public think they’re getting the news. They’re getting falsehood, distortions. So why should you be a sucker and pay money and read their ads and patronize the liars who are exploiting you for money? It’s only for money. And you think you’re getting the news.
You think the newspapers are reporting the news? They are making the news.
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לפום צערא אגרא

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 5:55 pm

Why Does Hashem Challenge You?

It’s a plan of Hashem to cause confusion in order to put men to the test, in order to make a certain difficulty to achieve your purpose in life. The nisayon (test) is lefum tzaara agra — the reward depends on the difficulty. We must expect barriers, stumbling blocks that cause it to be difficult for people to realize the truth. That’s why most people walk all their lives in darkness.

— True Happiness (#685)
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ויטע אשל, וואס איז דער מטרה פון א בוים?

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מאנטאג אוקטובער 23, 2017 6:01 pm

What’s the Purpose of a Tree?

From Adam’s Ordeal (#28) By Rabbi Avigdor Miller

What’s the purpose of a tree? You could say, “What was the purpose when Avraham Avinu welcomed visitors and gave them refuge from the sun?” He gave them food and he gave them rest, and so on. And you see that a tree is for the same purpose. A tree is an institution, not merely something of beauty that lines the streets.

A tree is a planted institution, and it’s a very economical one. When you build a building for wayfarers, the walls take up a lot of space. On a tree, the foundation takes up the least possible space. The trunk of the tree is in the middle, so you can sit under the foliage on the ground in the shade of the tree. You see here the hachnasas orchim institution.

Every tree has a sign on it, “Wayfarers Welcome.” It’s a hostel for wayfarers: rest in my shade, sit down underneath, your back leaning against the trunk of the tree, in case you want to make a soft bed pull down some of my leaves, make a soft bed. In case you want to make a fire to cook supper break off some of my branches. And in some cases I have even fruits, food hanging on the tree for you. And so, in case you like a little music too there’s birds singing there. It has all accommodations.

Now we wouldn’t know that’s the purpose of a tree. You know who saw that purpose? Avraham Avinu. He had a great mind. “Vayita eishel — he planted a tree”… From Hashem’s tree, Avraham saw the principle of hospitality. When we see a tree, we might see nothing at all. But now that we have Torah, now we take a look at a tree and learn that a tree is an institution.

What’s the purpose of a tree? To provide wayfarers with shelter, children should have a place to play in, you can hang swings in a tree, you can hang hammocks in a tree, you can put up baseball, basketball baskets on a tree. There’s no end of good times. You can make a tree house for children. There’s no end of fun in a tree. And that’s the purpose of a tree.

You can chop it down when it’s old. You can make chairs out of it, you can make houses out of it, and you can make fires out of it. There’s no end of good things that a tree means, besides all the chestnuts the tree supplies, all the apples it supplies. Hashem is doing to us what Avraham did to the wayfarers. That’s why you need the Torah to explain nature.
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כי גבר עלינו חסדו

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » דינסטאג אוקטובער 24, 2017 12:59 pm

זעה דא קודם אויף הללו את ה' כל גוים.
Why Are You Forever Grateful?

The nation of Yisrael has been favored by Hashem. It is true that all nations should serve Hashem, as it says, "Praise Hashem, all nations: (Tehillim 117:1). Every nation has to recognize its good fortune and show its gratitude commensurate with its good fortune. As for us, however, we are the most fortunate and our service has to be much greater, as it says, "For HIs kindness has overwhelmed us" (Tehillim 117;2)

-- Ohr Avigdor Shaar Avodas Elokim
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