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Torah ideas can be therapeutic, especially thoughts that are motivating, encouraging, and empowering.

This week's parsha is nitzovim-vayelech (a double parsha).

Nitzovim means 'we stand'
Vayelech means 'and he went'

Knowing that we are standing before G-d, gives us more strength and determination to fulfill our mission.

We can then take his strength and 'vayelech' we can walk and go further than angels.
Angels are described as 'standing.' But we can go beyond standing, and achieve and go further and higher.

Knowing this helps us to prepare for rosh hashono, to stand before G-d, connect to Him, and accomplish great things.

May we all be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year.
 
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Thanks, Gad, for the Torah vort.
Often, when I feel afraid, I tell myself that we all have a chelek (part) of Hashem in us and we are empowered by that part to do the things that are hard for us. It helps.
 
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Knowing that we have a part of G-d within us gives us the ability to do the impossible.

Because G-d can do the impossible. And we have a part of G-d within us.
 
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That's beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.
 
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Rabbi Immanuel Schochet passed away a month ago. His shloshim is about now.

I once heard him tell a story about Rabbi Meir Perishlan

Rabbi Meir used to go to the mikva in all weather. The Mikva was on a hill, and in winter the hill was often a sheet of ice.
Still, he went up and down the hill, and people regarded it as miraculous.

Some teenagers scoffed at this, and they told everyone that they could also do it. They tried, but they fell and broke some bones.
As they were lying in bed recuperating, Rabbi Meir came to visit them. They asked him, how was he able to go up and down the ice without falling.
He answered, "Meir is tied to above. When one is attached to above, one doesn't fall below"
 
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The parsha is divided into seven parts. Some people study one part each day of the week, beginning sunday, so that on Shabbos they study the seventh part and thereby complete the parsha.

In the part studied Tuesday (shlishi -- the third part), G-d tells us that we don't need to go to the ends of heaven, or over the sea, to access Torah. For it is very close to us, in one's mouth and heart, to do it.

Tanya explains that the 'mouth' signifies the learning of Torah. 'To do it' means doing mitzvos.
And because every Jew has an inherited belief and connection to G-d in the heart, it is therefore very close to us; Torah and mitzvos are very close and accessible.

 
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The rebbe rashab, the fifth Lubavitcher rebbe, was actually a patient of Freud.

He seemed to have depression, and Freud analyzed the problem, and gave advice.

This was recorded in the recent rebbe's notes. It details the analysis and the advice.

Researchers analyzed freud's writings, what he wrote before he saw the rebbe rashab, and what he wrote afterwards.
They found that freud's writings after he saw the rebbe were much more sympathetic to religious beliefs.
They conclude that the rebbe rashab was probably a good influence on Freud.

Maybe this was the reason, by Divine Providence, why Freud was destined to meet the rebbe rashab.

 
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Rosh hashono is a special time, when we can get close to G-d, and to our inner selves.

On rosh hashono we accept G-d as our King.

The prayer ovinu malkeinu, (our Father, our King) refers to two relationships.

When a king has an only son, he is the king, but he also has tremendous love for his son.

And the son has respect and awe for his father, but also a strong love.

So G-d is our Father, and also our King.

And on rosh hashono, we strengthen this bond.
Ovinu malkeinu. Our Father, our King.

May we all be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year.


Edited: 8/29/13 at 6:35 PM by gad
 
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Very interesting to hear that the rebbe had a depression. Of course, I know thst Rebbes are "people". but it's still encouraging to read that they struggled with such things........
 
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Yes, it's fascinating and encouraging.

Have a good Shabbos.
 
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In this week's parsha, Moshe tells heaven and earth to hear his words.
And he connects it to acknowledging G-d's greatness.

Heaven can signify the sky. It can also mean spirituality. Spirituality in the general world, and also inside man.

Earth can refer to the physical world. And also the physicality in man.

Heaven and earth are two opposites. How do we bring harmony and unify them?
By bringing G-d into the picture.

Teshuva, return, means returning to G-d, and also returning to the G-dly soul within us.

Sometimes two people argue, and what's needed is to bring a moderator into the picture.
A moderator stands above the two arguers. He is given the authority and ability to decide and, sometimes, to find a way to make things work out, to bring harmony.

G-d is in the world, but also is above world. When we acknowledge and access Him, we bring holiness into the mundane, and we create harmony and synergy, so that the entire universe functions in an optimum and successful way, even better than before.

May all of klal yisroel be written and sealed for a good and sweet year, and a year of redemption, with "the happiness of the world on their heads."
 
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Today is the 28th (kof ches) day of Elul.

Kof ches also spells koach (strength).

Hashem gives us the strength to do what we need to do before rosh hashono.

May we all be written and sealed for a good and sweet year.
 
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This week's parsha is vizois habrocho (this is the blessing), when Moshe blessed the Jewish people.

The words of the Torah are eternal, and they apply in all times.

It is appropriate that, before Yom Kippur, we read in the Torah about Moshe blessing us.

It says 'Hashem oiz liamoi yitein, Hashem yivoreich es amoi besholom.' -- G-d gives His people strength, G-d will bless His people with peace.

It says that 'oiz' (strength) refers to the Torah.

So when we read and study Torah, especially the part where Moshe blesses us, this gives strength to bless us with peace.

And it says, 'if peace is here, then everything is here.'
And it says that peace is the vessel which holds blessing.

Vizois habrocho -- and this is the blessing.
 
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Gad,
Thanks for sharing. I like hearing that gedolim also have nisoyonos. I wish the frum world spoke about it more openly...it would destigmatize so much!
a lynn
 
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Thanks

Gemar chasima toivo
 
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It says that "every Jew will have a share in the world to come." -- a soul in a body (techiyas hameisim).
Because "even the worst Jewish sinner is full of mitzvos like a pomegranate."
And mitzvos are done with the body.

Mitzvos refine the world, making it a dwelling place for G-d.
Intrinsically, every Jew is a part of G-d, so every Jew feels G-d's desire to have a dwelling place in this world.

When the world becomes refined, we will be rejuvenated, each soul in its body.
And then everyone will see that G-d chose the Jewish body.
 
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Sometimes, we look at the world around us, whether it's nature, or people, and we learn.

The Baal Shem Tov says that everything happens by Divine Providence, and we can learn from everything that we see and hear.

When the geulah sheleima (the complete redemption) comes, then G-dliness will be revealed, we'll be 'at home' with G-d, like a marriage, and we'll be able to see Him in everything.

It's a custom to taste the Shabbos food before Shabbos. The geulah is compared to Shabbos. So we can taste the geulah even now.

When we see G-d in our everyday life, in Torah and mitzvos and all our actions, we are tasting redemption.

May we merit to see the geulah sheleima today, with 'the happiness of the world on our heads,' visimchas oilom al roishom.
 
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Amein!!
 
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Happiness can be felt when we know that G-d is everywhere, together with us.

Happiness can be felt when we know that our actions, our Torah and mitzvos, create a dwelling place for G-d, and that G-d rejoices with this dwelling place, as it says, 'yismach Hashem bimaasov,' -- G-d rejoices with His creations.

 
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Yom Kippur is called 'holy'

The Jewish people are holy. G-d is holy

On Yom Kippur this becomes more revealed

We feel the holiness, and we become more in touch and aware of our essential holiness

Yom Kippur gives us the power to connect to the holiness, and to bring it into the future year.

Gemar chasima toivo for a good and sweet year
 
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It says that all Jews are worthy to sit in one sucah.
This highlights jewish unity.

The lulov, estrog, arovois and hadasim represent four types of Jews.
The lulov, estrog, arovois and hadasim need to be held together in order to fulfill the mitzva.
This highlights jewish unity, that we all are, and need to be, together.


 
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On simchas Torah, we dance with the Torah.

We are the torah's feet. We take the Torah and reveal it in the world.

And we do it by dancing.

Chag someach
 
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When the geulah (redemption) comes, then amalek (those who want to, G-d forbid, harm israel) will be wiped out.

These days we are witnessing how the world is attacking and eliminating terrorists.

And in Syria, the terrorists are killing each other.

Even egypt has now outlawed the Moslem brotherhood, and is in the process of crushing it.

Perhaps the geulah sheleima (complete redemption) is just around the corner.
 
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Welcome to hoishano rabo.

When we hit the ground with the arovois, we sweeten the severities.

May it be a good and sweet year.
 
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Hoishano is made up of two words, 'hoisha' - help, and 'no' - please.
So we are asking Hashem to please help.
(We also find that Moshe used the word 'no' - please, when he asked G-d to heal Miriam.)

'Please' is politeness (according honor), and 'please' is also entreating.
And 'rabo' means much.
So on hoishano rabo we entreat G-d a lot.

Tefilah, davening, also comes from the word 'niftalti' which means joining.
When we daven, we join, or connect to G-d.
So hoishano rabo, when we entreat G-d a lot, we connect strongly to Him.

This connection enables us to bring G-dliness more into ourselves, and more into the world.
And even though G-d is everywhere, He is not readily seen until we reveal His presence.
 
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There is a tshuva of the chasam sofer, or maybe the noda biyehuda, where, if I recall correctly, he apologizes for taking so long to respond - "I was in a matzav of atzvus" (feeling depressed).
 
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Thanx for sharing that. It helps!
 
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