June, 2009 Archives

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Jun

Ahavat Olam

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Someone asked me why we insert; “May You forever not remove Your love from us” in the blessing immediately preceding the evening Shema. The question implies the possibility that God would “remove His love from us”.

I answered that I believe this is not a request as much as a description of the penultimate sentence: “For they are our life and the length of our days and about them we will “meditate” (according to Artscroll) – Edit our lives and actions – (according to The Machberes Avodas Hashem – The Service of God Notebooks – day and night.” We both observe the Mitzvot/Concepts and view the world through the lens of Torah, with the awareness that God’s love will never be removed from us, or His Mitzvot/Concepts and His Torah.

The eternality of God’s love is part of the very essence of the Mitzvot we practice and the Torah we study.

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11
Jun

Notes from Tefillah Class 6-11-09: Wow!

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Relationships, Spiritual Growth

1. Just as we always begin to speak with praise for the host(s), so too we begin to pray with praise of the Host:

2. The first thing we say in the morning is: “Modeh Ani” I am a Thanker.

3. Genesis 2:5: Rashi reads this verse as, “Nothing sprouted above the earth for there was no rain, because there was no human to work the land, meaning: to recognize the need for rain and pray for it.”

3. How did Adam know that the world needed rain? How did he know it was rain that was necessary?

4. How did Adam know that all he had to do was pray?

5. How did Adam know that God would listen and respond?

6. Prayer was the first human “work”.

7. Prayer takes work and skill.

8. Adam saw the trees, flowers, grass and herbs, all, just below the surface. He opened his eyes on the world around him and immediately perceived that there was more to come.

9. That sense of future possibilities was Adam’s first experience of there being “More” to creation, which deepened his relationship with creation and its Creator.

10. The relationship empowered Adam to speak to God with the confidence that his speech mattered, and that God has the ability to respond.

11. Adam’s prayer was for God’s continued involvement: The appreciation of possibilities connected Adam with God as Creator and Sustainer.

12. Our first prayers should be a celebration of possibilities: “There’s more to come!”

13. We first pray in order to nurture a relationship with God.

14. That relationship will nurture our growth and allow us to receive what we could not before the prayer.

15. We pray with the assumption that the Creator of the Universe is listening to me!

16. We pray with the assumption that God has the power to grant the request.

17. We pray with the assumption that my request, in this Amidah, for Redemption will be the request that will trigger the response.

18. When we review the assumptions behind our prayers we experience a sense of “Wow!”

19. It is that “Wow” that empowers our prayer.

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10
Jun

Class Notes Da’at Tevunot 6/10/09

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Relationships, Spiritual Growth

The Ramchal describes “Attaching to God’s Kedusha – Sanctity” and then being able to enjoy our grasp of His Kavod – Presence. The concepts of Kedusha and Kavod are associated in the praises of the Angels that we describe in Kedusha: “Holy, holy, Holy…His Kavod – Glory – fills the earth.”

Kedusha is not the boundary, but the unique relationship that is created by its boundaries. The Kedusha of the relationship between a husband and wife develops from an appreciation of the uniqueness of what they have. When two young people marry they have only the boundaries of marriage, but not yet an appreciation of how they help each other grow and develop. As they grow together, they begin to appreciate how they are shaping each other and that they have something that reflects the deepest parts of each of them. They develop an awareness of the uniqueness of their relationship. They develop the sense of Kedusha.

As they increase the Kedusha of their marriage, they a) have a greater sense of the presence (Kavod) of the other in their lives, and b) it becomes heavier (Kavaid) or more intense.

A soul that successfully masters herself understands that she has a unique relationship with the Creator. She develops her strengths and attaches to her Source. Her relationship with God is unique, or in our terms, Kadosh. She can then experience the joy of God’s Presence (Kavod) and the relationship intensifies (Kavaid.)

We now say: “Blessed be the Name of His Glory”, because we can speak of His Kavod only with an appellation, a name. However, once we achieve D’veikut – attachment, we will not speak of “Shem kivod malchuto” but “Kivod Malchuto.”

The Soul forms a unique attachment to God.

The Soul enjoys the Intensity of God’s Presence without 1) anything holding her back, 2) anything blocking her development, and 3) any barrier between God and her.

The first verse describes “Az” as in “Az Yashir” of the Song of the Sea. It is the pleasure of the moment of realization. The Wow!

The second verse is a description of living with God’s countenance.

The third describes the creation of Satisfaction, for which we often pray: “Sabeinu”. The creation of satisfaction will be developed as he continues to define Shleimut – Perfection & Chisaron – Lacking.

We compared these ideas to the two verse the Ramchal quotes in Messilat Yesharim – Path of the Just, Chapter 1: (Psalm 73) “As for me, Closeness to God is what is good to me.” Note the stress on me; my unique experience.

2) (Psalm 27) “One thing I have asked…” The soul reaches a stage in which she realizes that there is only one good.

We compared this too to Derech Hashem – The Way of God – Section One, Chapter 2, Paragraph 13.

The Ramchal then seems to wax poetic: “Verses in every corner of the prophets and Writings, Revealed to all the nations, Search from above the Torah and Read!”

Once you understand these three verse, you will discover hints throughout the Prophets and writings, tucked away in the corners. You will have begun a process that will only expand until you realize that this concept of the Torah offering a relationship with God is revealed throughout all its words, and then you will be able to develop it more and more. It will not stop expanding. You will only have a sense of Shleimut – Perfection being more. Which is why the Sechel – Intellect said earlier that it did not want to begin with Perfection: It is impossible to be defined. In fact, this sense of constant expansion is so intense that God created a sense of satisfaction so that the person will not experience the search as an eternal quest without ever achieving any peace.

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Jun

The Paradox for Successful Prayer

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

During a lecture, the English philosopher G.E. Moore (1873-1958) once remarked on the absurdity of saying something like, “It’s raining outside, but I don’t believe that it is.”

Many people believe that a prayer of faith can heal the sick. When our prayers don’t work we are told that it is because we don’t really have faith. God won’t perform any miracles until we believe and most of us won’t believe until God performs some miracles. We will pray with faith if we witness some miracles, but they cannot happen until we have faith.

Any Ideas?

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10
Jun

This Week on The Foundation Stone

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Music of Halacha, Spiritual Growth

We are happy to update the weekly essays on The Foundation Stone:

Life Lessons: Do Miracles Matter by the Heileger Chana Chaya: Healer, Life Coach, Story Teller and Teacher.

Haftarah: Beha’alotecha: Walkers

Table Talk: Beha’alotecha

The Music of Halacha: Shabbat 27: Speech

Haftarah: Shelach: A Partnership With God

Table Talk: Shelach

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10
Jun

Da’at Tevunot Class: Wednesday 8:30PM NY Time

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Jun

Does God Love You?

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

I love asking people if they feel that God loves them. Most respond, “Yes!” I then ask the more challenging question: “How do you know?” That’s when it becomes interesting.

I invite you to join me in raising a toast to God, Who made it very clear to me, once again, that He must really love me: I met my son for coffee late last night, and in the course of our conversation he told me that he decided to randomly ask people whether they have ever experienced God in their lives. I felt that God was hugging me. One of the most important goals in my life is for my children to experience God’s Presence in their lives, and my son was speaking to me about feeling God in his life. L’Chaim, God! Thank You.

And, there’s more: My son described his experience of God in his life: He works with severely mentally and physically handicapped children. (He can’t begin to imagine the intensity of my admiration for him.) He spoke of the beauty of the souls of the severely autistic children for whom he cares. There is one young man who is terribly deformed and cannot move. My son spends an hour each day cleaning his young charge and then carefully stretching the boy’s muscles. He is exhausted, soaked with perspiration and aching from spending an hour bent over a hospital bed working with the boy. When the stretching is finished, the boy, who cannot communicate with others, moves his mouth in a tiny smile and sighs with pleasure. “When I see that smile and hear that sigh, I can see the beauty of his soul. I feel that God has given me a gift to be able to bring such joy to someone else. At that moment, I feel God’s involvement in my life.”

My reaction to hearing anyone, but especially a child, describe such an experience, is to lift my glass to God and say, “L’Chaim. Thanks.” I invite you to join me.

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