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Daily Emunah: Master the Skill
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When the Jews were being pursued by the Egyptians at the Yam Suf (sea of reeds), the Pasuk says, “ויצעקו בני ישראל אל ה‘”-they cried out to Hashem in prayer. Rashi, quoting Chazal, says, “תפסו אומנות אבותם“-they used the skill of their forefathers. As we know, the אבות-forefathers constantly prayed. Rabbi Lugasi points out that […]
Daily Emunah: Difficult People
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Many people experience problems in the area of shalom bayit – their relationship with their spouses.  Sometimes one spouse wants to invest effort to improve the marriage, but the other spouse is not interested.  There are other people who are at odds with each other; they used to be close friends, but something happened and […]
58. Getting Close to God
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Working towards his conclusion, the Rambam presents an analogy [III, 51]: Imagine, if you will, a king in his palace. Some of his subjects are at home in their own land, while others are abroad. Of those who are in their own kingdom, some happen to be facing the palace, while others are facing away […]
Daily Emunah: Hashem’s Right Arm
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The Hafetz Haim writes (Sha’ar Ha’tvunah, chapter 10) that our world is like a drop in the bucket compared to the upper worlds.  The Gemara in Masechet Avodah Zarah (3) tells that the heavenly realm consists of 18,000 worlds, and there are millions upon millions of angels singing Hashem’s praises.  Tanna De’beh Eliyahu teaches that […]
Daily Emunah: Our Main Job
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The pasuk says, “עם זו יצרתי תהילתי יספרו“-our main jobs in this world is to praise and thank Hashem. We should always see the good, because there is nothing else besides good. Sometimes the good is obvious, when a person has everything he needs and life is smooth. Other times, when there is hardship and […]
Daily Emunah: Get Perspective
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Chazal tell us, “העולם הזה דומה לפרוזדור בפני עולם הבא“- this world is a vestibule in comparison to the next world. We are to fix ourselves here so that we can enjoy an eternal life of bliss over there. Life can be hard sometimes. People suffering from illness, financial problems and family issues often feel […]
Daily Emunah: How to Get Close to Hashem?
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Nothing is better for a person than to be close to Hashem. The highest level of closeness is achieved through prayer. Chazal tell us that our אמהות (Matriarchs) were barren because Hashem desired their prayers. Some would ask, is it fair that the אמהות should suffer because Hashem wanted their prayers? That question stems from […]
Daily Emunah: Emergency Landing
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Chazal tell us, “כל המקיים נפש אחת מישראל, כאילו קיים עולם מלא“”, saving one Jewish life is like saving the entire world. They are not only talking about a physical life. “נפש אחת“, “one life,” refers also to the spiritual life of one Jewish soul. To bring one Jew back to Hashem is tantamount to […]
Daily Emunah: Why Me?
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When a person faces a problem, the natural reaction might be to look at others who don’t have that problem and think, “Why me? Why did I have to be the one stuck with this?” I once heard a woman speaking about her trials and tribulations raising an autistic child. One day, she was waiting […]
Daily Emunah: We Are Not Alone
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One of the most difficult parts of any hardship is feeling that we are going through it alone. We often think that nobody understands what we are experiencing. However, there is a remedy. We would have so much comfort if we internalized the fact that we are never alone. Hashem knows exactly what we are […]