Thursday, November 24, 2016

Why Do We Cry?

Isn't it an interesting phenomenon how when something sad or painful happens in our life we begin to cry? Even more interesting is that once we begin to cry, salty water starts to come out of our eyes. Why does that happen? Why does salty water start to come out of our eyes?

So the explination is as follows...
The sad or painful situation that we experience seems to us as something bad. But really, we must believe, that even if it seems bad, it is really good - or at least there is something good hidden in it.

Now our eyes - the things that "perceive" what is happening to us may not always be telling us the full truth. That is why when we get sad and cry, Hashem makes the salty water pour out of our eyes. Salt and water are purifying and cleansing. Water cleans and salt is a natural dissinfectant (chlorine is actually an extract from salt). 

So now we can put it all together. The eyes which falsley perceived the situation as bad are then flooded with salty water which is reminding us that maybe this is not so bad after all, but maybe this situation is really meant to cleanse and purify us.

Isn't it true that we usually feel better after a good cry, almost like we have been cleansed.

Rebbe Nachman teaches us that the more understanding we have (or emuna - that everything is really for our very best), the less we will experience the pain.

May Hashem bless us to see the good in every situation. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

My Encounter With a Hidden Tzaddik


Find out how to solve all of your problems and difficulties by learning to thank Hashem for all the good He is doing for you in your life. 

You are about to find out an amazing secret remedy that is vey easy to do which I was taught by a Hidden Tzaddik here in Yerushalayim. It works for any problems and difficulties in life. (It's free, so you can relax and read on :)

A few days ago I was walking along deep in my thoughts of some of the different worries and problems I have in life. Don't worry, I wasn't sad or depressed, just deep in thought of what does Hashem want from me, and what is the way out of these difficulties?

Just as I was asking Hashem to please send me some kind of message, to please show me some kind of sign, to please give me some kind of way out... 
I hear "Shalom, how are you (in an old Yiddish accent - but full of life)." It was Rav Brizel, a very special Tzaddik that lives here in Yerushalayim. I looked at him and said, "Yeah Baruch Hashem, I'm OK." He then gave me a blessing and I walked on. 

Just then, I thought to myself, "Hey, maybe this is the sign Hashem is sending me. Maybe he can give me some advice or direction to help me with my problems." I quickly turned around and walked right back to him and started telling him what was going on in my life. I mentioned one problem, "I don't have..." and another one, "I don't know..." and another one "I'm not able..." and then he stopped me and asked me if I sing?

I was a bit taken aback. Do I sing - I thought to myself? Yes, but not so much lately, and not as much as I probably should I answered. He then asked me to sing him a song, so I thought for a while and thought some more and finally some song of the past came to me that I have used to help me out af a few tough times, "Say don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be allright..." I wasn't singing it with full enthusiasm - I was a bit embarrassed as well. Then he said, "Another one." I was a bit relieved, and I thought again, I said come on Hashem help me find a good one. Then it hit me, this was a song I really liked and it has really helped me tremendously out of several downs - it was a real winner, 

"Uman Rosh Hashana sheli oleh al hakol, Mah omar lachem - ein davar gadol mizeh, lihyot etzli al Rosh Hashana. Umi shehaya etzli, etzli al Rosh Hashana, rauy lismoach - lismoach kol hashana." (Translation: My Uman Rosh Hashana is greater than everything. What shall I say to you, there is nothing greater than to be by me on Rosh Hashana. And one who was by me - by me on Rosh Hashana, it is fitting for him to rejoice - to rejoice the entire year.) Since I made it to Uman this past Rosh Hashana, B"H, I remind myself by singing this song that inspite of anything, I should be happy all year long just because of that.

OK, so back to our story. Rav Brizel picked up on the song and started humming along the tune while I was singing it. He then jumped into the tune with different words. He sang "Hodu l'A-donai ki tov, ki leolam chasdo" (Translation: Acknowledge / thank Hashem for He is good, forever is His kindness.) He went on singing it for a while, and then he explained the following.

He said that this above verse contained the winning formula that can solve any and all problems and difficulties in life. It works like this. 

Hodu l'A-donai: (Acknowledge  / thank Hashem) - He explained that we must always be thanking Hashem. If we truly believe that everything Hashem does is for the good, so we need to be thanking Him all the time for everything. He then stressed the importance of saying the Name of Hashem A'D-onai when singing the song and not substituting it with the word Hashem. He explained that when you want to call someone you see in the street you need to use their name, otherwise they will not know you are calling them. So too with Hashem, if we want to call Him to our assistance, we must use His Name. When Hashem hears us call His Name, He right away pays attention - so to speak and listens to what we have to say to Him.

He then stopped to tell me a story:
In a certain town there was a barber who did not believe in G-d. When asked why, he responded, "Look at all the sick people, look at all the problems people have, how can there be a G-d if such things exist in the world!?" Upon hearing this, the man he was speaking to turned around and began to shout out in the street, "I do not believe that there is a barber in this town, there is no barber in this town!" The barber then stopped him and said with surprise, "But I am a barber, I am standing right in front of you. How can you say that you do not believe there is a barber here?" To this the man responded, "I look around and see people with long hair, with messy hair, with dirty hair, since all these people have problems with their hair, it must mean that there is no barber in this town. To this the barber responded, "But what can I do, I can only help these people if they come to me." The man said, "Hashem too can only help those who come to Him!"

Now back to explaining our song:
Ki Tov, Ki Leolam Chasdo: (for He is good, forever is His kindness) - Aha, says Hashem, he is calling Me good and kind. My child below is calling Me and praising Me for my goodness and My kindness. This draws Hashems' attention to us and invokes His mercy on us and all our problems begin to dissappear. He explained it like this, when you acknowledge someone for their goodness and kindness, then you make them want to bestow more goodness and kindness. Same thing with Hashem, if He hears us singing to Him and saying that He is good and kind, then He will automatically start sending us more goodness and kindness, and making sure that we can see His goodness and kindness, so we can thank Him and acknowledge Him more.

(This by the way is a big secret in any relationship, especially in a marriage and as parents. The more we acknowledge the good in our spouse and in our children - the more good we will keep bringing out of them.)

That is the secret of the above verse and the Rav said I should sing it all the time. When I am walking, when I am sitting, at home, on the road, just keep singing "Hodu l'A-donai ki tov, ki leolam chasdo," and he said I would see miracles.

We sang it a bit more and he then explained to me the other approach. What happens if we say all day long, "I have this problem," "I have this difficulty," "I have no strength," "I have no money," "My child always makes trouble." He said that we should train ourselves not to speak like this because our words make a decree on ourselves. When you say, "I have no money," you have just decreed upon yourself with your own words that you have no money. If you say, "My child always makes trouble," you have just decreed upon yourself to have a child who always makes trouble. 

You see how it works. It's scary when we actually begin to think about how many times we make such horrible negative decrees upon ourselves with our very own mouth. Insted we need to just sing all the time "Hodu l'A-donai ki tov, ki leolam chasdo." In this way we are decreeing upon ourselves that our lives are filled with nothing but good and kindness. We are thanking Hashem for filling our lives with only good and kindness and this is the secret to positive thinking and positive speaking and this will miraculously change everthing in our lives for the good, G-d willing.

I realized myself this past Shabbat in the Mizmor LeDavid Psalm we say before the Kiddush, that near the end it says, "Only good and kindness has chased me all the days of my life." Then I thought, David Hamelech was probably the most chased and downtrodden figure we have in the whole Bible. He was an outcast from his family, Shaul Hamelech tried to kill him, his own son Avshalom tried to kill him, he suffered shame and humiliation from the incident with Batsheva, Doeg publicly cursed him, he had enemies and wars all around him, it goes on and on. Yet what does he say, "Only good and kindness has chased me all the days of my life." That is what made him great and that is why he survived it all and in the end became David Hamelech the father of the eventual Moshiach. In the merit of the greatness of his tests and the fact that he still only praised Hashem for the good and kindness and asked to dwell in the house of Hashem for all his days, that is what made him truly great and that is why he merited what he merited.

Ribbono Shel Olam, may You have mercy on Your beloved children. May we remember to call Your Name in all our times of trouble. May we never forget that everything You may put us through or send our way is nothing but good and kindness with the purpose of drawing us closer to You. In the merit of David Hamelech may we be worthy of singing to you from whatever place we may be and may Your kindess and mercy always be aroused upon us to help us out with whatever we may need.

See the video clip of Rav Brizel himself singing the song

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Notes on Purim from Rav Arush Lecture

When one hears the Megilla being read, he should be thinking of how the story applies to himself, about the Haman in himself, the Mordechai and Esther in himself. If the Megilla is read "lemafrea" - just to know what took place back in history, he has not fulfilled his obligation. One must concentrate and understand that the Megilla applies to him right now too. It is good to review the Megilla before Purim - with commentaries if possible, so that one can better understand and appreciate the great wonders that are contained within.

One should take advantage of the great holiness of the day and maximize his time in personal prayer. We are told that anyone who puts out his hand receives, this means that anyone who prays to Hashem for whatever he wants is able to attain it on the day of Purim.

Therefore, one should try his best to spend several hours the night of Purim, either right after the meal or  go to sleep early and arise at midnight, in personal prayer. It is our once in a year chance to create huge miracles. Not everyday is Purim! Pray for getting rid of all our bodily desires and lusts, pray for Torah, holiness, shalom Bayit, the success of our children, and even for material things in order to better serve Hashem.

One should not drink any alcohol whatsoever on the night of purim. We are only commanded to drink during the daytime meal. Anyone who drinks at night is making it clear that he is only drinking for his own desires to get drunk and is not at all drinking to fulfill the command of the King, who commanded us to drink only in the day.

The purpose of the drinking wine is to gain Daat. When wine goes in, the "sod" - deeper understanding comes out. The wine is supposed to get us to not know the difference between Baruch Mordechai and Arur Haman, that is, Even Haman, the seemingly bad is Baruch - blessed. That is, we want to use the wine to help us come to understand that all Hashem has ever done, is doing and will do is only good! Even if it seems bad, we can be happy about it, since if it is from Hashem, it can only be good. This is the main reason for the wine - not to become a foolish drunk, to loose our daat, rather to increase it. Therefore, one must pray before every cup he drinks that the wine should have this good effect on him, and not bring him to foolish drunkenness, Heaven forbid.

By the way, only wine is to be drunk - no other alcohols and certainly not any other substances have any other place in our Avodat Hashem on Purim.

It is also very important to sing and dance alot on Purim!

Also the Rav spoke about costumes. The costume should be an expression of what we desire to be, some desire in holiness. Purim is not some sort of costume party where we dress up as animals, pirates, policemen, firemen, spaceman or any other non holy related thing. As we all know, the clothing we wear on the outside effects the desires and feelings we have on the inside. (We all know that when we put on our super tight pants and red leather zipper jackets, it makes us feel like Michel Jackson He! He!- added by me). So therefore on Purim, we should be very careful what we chose to dress ourselves and our children as and remember that we want to desire and yearn for holiness and true service of Hashem on this very holy day.

Lastly the Rav warned against the use of any fire or loud popping explosive things. These things should not be touched at all - they are not at all in the spirit of the day and they scare people.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Prophet Isaiah on The End of Days

In Chapter 3 and 4, the Prophet Isaiah tells us what to expect in the End of Days.
He lets us know who will be worthy of being around to see it and who will have to be sifted out before the Moshiach will arrive.
Better to know this sooner than later...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

When all the Banks Fall

Message from Menachem, Tammuz 5770
I want to speak about The Golden Calf, and tell you that its end is very close. I want to tell you that it will all collapse and there will not remain any money or any coin that anyone can call money. The whole banking world will disappear for it is all built upon complete falsehood.
Once upon a time a person was able to make a purchase with a gold coin or a silver coin or some item of value, but now we almost don't see anything like this at all, just paper notes, credit cards and checks. All of a person's wealth is registered in some computer in the bank, and even if he is a millionaire, all he has to show for it is some large house, fancy car, etc. plus all of his credit cards and some large number written on his bank statement. But one day soon it will all disappear, the computers will stop working and there won't be any paper money left. Not only this, but the person himself will undergo a big "shock", because he has a car that needs gas – but the credit cards won't work, and he has a house that needs electricity – but this will also stop working. So then how is he a millionaire, with what?
The whole world of finance will fall because Hashem wants it to fall. The people who set it up have a lot of desire for money, for power and for honor and they built up a dream world. But it is really a dream world because it only exists in your dreams. The whole banking system is one big giant falsehood, and those who are involved in it are so deep into this falsehood that they actually think it is legitimate.
These deceivers are found in all different countries, including third world countries. They have all fashioned their own currencies, whether it be the Euro, the Dollar, the Sterling, it makes no difference what they call it, they are just pieces of paper that is printed at all times when they need more money. If the insurance agencies were found to have stolen too much money from their customers – no problem, just print more money to cover the deficit. And all the heads of state, the Parliament, the Congress, the Knesset, and anywhere else you may run to, they are all a part of this great big lie.
And who suffers? The simple people, who are not part of this club.

 All the money will have the value of toilet paper, and this is no joke. When all the banks fall, the shock that will accompany it will be stronger than if a nuclear bomb would drop. For what would be if a nuclear bomb drops? A person would simply die. But when a person will enter into the reality that there is simply no money, no banks, no electricity, no doctors, no medical clinics, no markets – all the things that the person felt gave his life security – he will enter into complete shock. And what will a person like this do? He can easily loose his life, for he will not know what to do, how to live, who to go to for help… for he will not think of turning to Hashem! But we have said this time and time again, that the Jews who are genuinely trying to get closer to Hashem, they will be saved G-d willing and merit to see the days of Moshiach and have eternal life.