Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Growth’

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

Responding to A Request for Me to Pray

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer, Spiritual Growth

How should I respond to a complete stranger who calls me and literally weeps with desperation as he begs me to pray that he find a way to support his family? I told him I would pray for him, but wondered if he prayed for himself. Any ideas of how I should respond to such requests?

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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

Shavuot Exercises

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Torah Study:

If you are not participating in a program: Divide the night into two main parts:

1: A Celebration of your learning of the past year.

2: What you hope to learn between now and next Shavuot.

1: Make a list of the favorite things you learned this year. Spend the first half of the night reviewing and applying the practical lessons of your studies.

2. Are there books or areas of learning you would like to study? Bible, Prophets, Proverbs, Psalms, Midrash, Philosophy, Talmud or law? Choose two of the areas that most intrest you and study them for the rest of the night.

Relationships:

Preparations for Sinai included the purification of relationships between husbands and wives.

First Day: Have an honest and open evaluation of your relationship and what each can do to improve the marriage.

Second Day: Together, study the story of the Covenant of Sinai that appears at the end of Mishpatim: Exodus, Chapter 24.

Conversion:

All the laws of conversion are derived from the preparations for Sinai.

Day One: Consider and/or discuss whether, if offered the choice, you would choose to be part of the Covenant of Sinai.

Day Two: Consider and/or discuss which aspect of Torah would compel you to convert.

Teshuva

“Just as they left Rephidim in Teshuva, so they arrived at Sinai in Teshuva.” (Rashi, Exodus 19:2)

Day One: Ask two people you respect and trust to pinpoint two of your positive qualities and to suggest two areas you can improve.

Day Two: Review and discuss the Six Constant Mitzvot and how you can improve your incorporation of those commandments.

Prayer

Shavuot is more about relationship than laws.

Day One: Spend extra time reciting the blessings before Torah study.

Day Two: Spend extra time reciting “Ahavah Rabbah” the blessing immediately before the morning Shema.

Perform a Post Shavuot Evaluation, preferably with a partner, of what you gained from the Chag.

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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

Questions about Shema in last …

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Questions about Shema in last night’s Daat Tevunot shiur: Follow up Monday 9PM 218-486-1616 ID 375711 http://bit.ly/WEADg

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25
May

Haftarah: First Day – Shavuot: The Electric Relationship With God

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12: Never before had the nation been so distant from Sinai. Even when the Assryians exiled the Northern Kingdom of the Ten Tribes, the people of Judah did not believe God had forsaken them. They believed that no matter how they behaved, God would protect His city and Holy Temple.

But the Babylonians had come. King Jehoiachin and the leaders of Israel were exiled to Babylon. People sensed that it was the beginning of the end. They no longer felt safe in Jerusalem. The exiles themselves were in shock. The Revelation at Sinai was a distant memory of a Covenant that seemed dead.

Ezekiel, the only prophet to prophecy outside of Israel, must bring the Revelation at Sinai back to life. God charged him to remind the Jews that Sinai was in their blood, a part of their souls, and that the Divine Presence, which they witnessed at Sinai, was in exile with them. (Zohar W 149a) Maimonides, in his Guide For The Perplexed (3:6) quotes the Sages: This vision of Ezekiel is the same as Isaiah’s (Isaiah, Chapter 6). The two visions can be compared to two men who saw the king riding, the one, a city dweller, the other, a countryman. The former, seeing that his neighbors know well how the king rides, simply tells them that he saw the king; but the villager, wishing to tell his friends things which they do not know, relates in detail how the king was riding, describes his followers, and the officers who execute his orders and commands. Isaiah is like the city dweller and Ezekiel is like the villager. (Chagigah 13b)

Isaiah was the prophet for a generation that still experienced Sinai. Ezekiel spoke to people still wearing their chains. Sinai was dead to them.

There are differences between the prophecies of Isaiah and Ezekiel: Isaiah saw angels with six wings, Ezekiel saw angels with only four. Isaiah heard the angels sing, “His Glory fills the earth!” Ezekiel heard a watered down song, “Where is the place of His Glory!”

The Divine Presence was exiled together with the people. It was bound to them through the covenant of Sinai. The Glory of God was weakened by the exile. The Angels had their wings clipped. They searched for God’s Glory, rather than sing of its Presence everywhere.

“Don’t think that Sinai is over. Do not believe, even for a second, that the covenant has been smashed. It is still alive. God’s Glory is so intertwined with Israel that His Presence must go into exile with His people. His angels are weakened. His Glory is diluted. This is an even stronger expression of the covenant of Sinai. It does not end. It cannot end. He, Who sits on the Highest Throne, and hears the praises of the holiest angels, goes into exile with you!”

At that moment, when Ezekiel shared his vision, almost as powerful as that of the great Isaiah, despite the fact they were in exile, the people rejoiced. They understood that God had not forsaken them. Sinai was alive and well. (Zohar II 2a) God is watching you, wherever you are, even in the wicked confines of Babylon: “Their backs were full of eyes surrounding the four of them.” (Ezekiel 1:18)

You must restore My Glory! Only you, Israel, with whom I made the covenant at Sinai, can restore My Glory!

How? We have already failed You. We are weakened, humiliated, crushed. How can we restore Your Glory?

Even the holiest of Angels: “The Chayos ran to and fro like the appearance of a flash.” (1:14) They run towards God, in an electric atmosphere of clarity and passion, but, they pull back, overwhelmed by the power of their experiences.

You Israel ran towards me in the electric atmosphere of Sinai and other great moments in your history. You pulled back, and now you suffer, but you will run back towards me. You will restore the passion and fire of Sinai. The covenant will pulsate with the same life and Glory. You will restore My Presence to the world.

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25
May

Shavuot in Aish LA All night: …

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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