Posts Tagged ‘Jewish Philosophy’

4
Jun

Adon Olam

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Master of the Universe

The Midrash describes an interesting question and answer between a student and his rabbi on the topic of prayer: “Why are so many prayers unsuccessful?” asked the student. The rabbi answered; “Because people do not know to Whom they pray.”

It makes sense to say that we must know to Whom we pray in order for our prayer to succeed. Who is God? What is God? Isn’t God unknowable?

Adon Olam is a review of basic ideas about God, principles that are necessary to keep in mind when we pray.

Abraham was the first to describe God as Master of the Universe. He was the first to understand that God’s rule was not limited to the mysterious heavens, unreachable for those on earth. Abraham understood that when we acknowledge God we actually coronate Him as King of this world. We play a significant role in establishing God’s rule, here, on earth. It is those who develop a real relationship with God who bring His Presence to this world.

Abraham introduced the idea of a reciprocal relationship with the Creator. The phrase “Adon Olam” reminds us of Abraham’s accomplishment. It reminds us that we must pray as one half of a two-way relationship.

The Name of God, YHVH, represents; “He was, He is and He will be.” God is eternal, beyond time. God is Being. God is existence. We desire to attach to true existence and being. Our prayers are an expression of that desire.

This prayer states that we exist as expressions of God’s Will. That will is expressed in love as God provided all the needs of human beings before creating them. He cares for us. Our prayers are effective because of that love and care.

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God “desires” that we exist.

We should never hesitate to ask God to help. Simply asking acknowledges that He has the power to respond, and that He listens!

God provided all the needs of a human being before creating the primal human.

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3
Jun

Daat Tevunot Class Notes

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

We began with the Intellect’s statement on the bottom of pages 18 -19 in The Knowing Heart:

1) A person achieves Dveikut – Attachment as he or she achieves greater self-mastery.

2) Dveikut – Attachment is to God’s Kedusha – Sanctity.

3) Dveikut allows one to enjoy his or her perceptions of God’s Glory.

4) That enjoyment will not be limited by any of the three major barriers: 1. Hindrance – Someone or something holding you back from moving forward, 2. Barrier, and 3. Impediment.

5) The Ramchal quotes three verses to explain and define each of the three limitations to enjoyment.

6) Whenever the Ramchal quotes more than one proof-text, he intends to prove more than one point.

7) The three limitations are discussed in prayer: Amidah: Avot: “Melech ozer, u’Moshia, U’magain – The King Who Helps, saves and shields.

8) Hindrance refers to ego interfering with attachment: Jacob holding on to Esau’s heel (where the Serpent of Eden attacks) is holding Esau back from asserting power – a positive hindrance. Serving God without integrity – with self-serving motivation – is ego. The attacks of others in word and deed create barriers. Our inability to accept that God uses His abundant blessings to guide us toward the fulfillment of our purpose in life is the impediment.

9) This too is in the Amidah: Gevurot: Mechakail Chaim – God sustains us in order to help us achieve Techiat Hameitim – World to Come – which is our ultimate purpose.

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26
May

Just posted Spiritual exercise…

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Just posted Spiritual exercises for Shavuot http://bit.ly/AzJrW

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26
May

Hope to post Exercises for Sha…

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Hope to post Exercises for Shavuot later today: http://bit.ly/M7Fhq

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26
May

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by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

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25
May

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by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Shavuot in Aish LA All night: Hallel Fri night: David & Batsheva Sat morn Samson

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25
May

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by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

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25
May

What can I do each day before …

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

What can I do each day before Shavuot to prepare? Today: Review Yitro Ten Statements, study one chapter of Mikvaot for purity

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25
May

Wondering what I would do to p…

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Wondering what I would do to prepare .if I had arrived yesterday at Mt Sinai

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22
May

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by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

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