This Week’s Article – Which World?

 

This Week’s Article

Which World?

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

We live in three worlds, the world of things, the world of people, and the world of concepts.

The world of things is made of buildings, homes, gardens, furniture, cars, clothing, food and drink, etc. The world of people is composed of family, friends, neighbors, workmates, teachers, people who buy from us or sell to us, people we see, people we meet, etc. The world of concepts is the most complex of the three. At one level, it is made of research, exploration, scientific discovery; at another, of social justice, truth and peace; at yet another, of love, awe, joy, etc.

We all live in all three worlds. The question is though, which for us is our main world? In other words, in which of our worlds do we invest our main thrust?

  … or Life

That which is material dies — if not today, then tomorrow. That which is spiritual lives beyond this world; it is eternal, timeless.

Every element in this world is composed of the material and the spiritual. The spiritual is the soul, the life-force of the material being. When we use the elements of this world for a higher cause, we attach ourselves to its spirit and make it a part of our higher selves. We gain for ourselves a share in its life-force.

If however, we use this world purely for physical gratification, we embed our own spirituality into that which is material. This damages us, as well as our world.

  A Hidden Hunger

We each have a hidden hunger. We may try to suppress it, but this doesn’t make the hunger disappear. The only way is to try to satisfy it.

Material riches cannot satisfy this hunger. On the contrary, they irritate it, much like the thirsty person who drinks seawater. We have to turn to — link ourselves with — the Source of life. Only then can we begin to satisfy this need.

A 10-yr old has no wish again to be the age of five. An adult has no interest in returning to his childhood. Similarly, one who connects and tastes life in a higher realm will never view his life in the same way again.

  The Formula

We come into this world as guests. This world is not our own. As such, we need to behave ourselves. The hotel, which we so enjoy, has rules. The management may keep a low profile, but they enforce their rules strictly and with precision. They reward us when we behave as we should. They punish us for misbehaving.

To improve our lives, to promote our self-growth, we need to learn and know these rules. Then we will avoid doing what we shouldn’t be doing, and instead, do what we need to do. We will stay away from the words that shouldn’t be said, and instead say what we need to say. We will stop thinking thoughts that harm us, and instead generate thoughts that bring goodness into our lives.

To sweeten our lives we must learn the formula; then, do our best to keep to it.

Author, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz.

All rights reserved (c) Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 8th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 8th Sivan, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

Only Now

Focus, do your best; smile and enjoy your life. See your dreams coming true and be the person you want to be. Be in love with your world, amazed by its beauty. For, now — and only now — your are alive.

By: Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz of “Self-Growth.

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Daily Kabbalah Portion – 8th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily Kabbalah Portion – 8th Sivan, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Exile and Redemption – The Difference Between a Secular Ideal and a Religious Ideal

A secular ideal stems from humanness and hence cannot raise itself above humanness, whereas a religious idea, which stems from the Creator, can raise itself above humanity, because the basis for a secular ideal is equalization, and the prize of glory in the eyes of man, and he acts in order to boast in the eyes of people. And although one is sometimes disgraced in the eyes of one’s generation, one still relies on other generations and it is still a precious thing for him, like a gem that fuels its owner though no one knows of it or cherishes it. A religious idea, however, is based on glory in the eyes of G-d. Hence he who follows a religious idea can raise himself above humanity.

And so it stands among the nations of our Diaspora. As long as we followed the path of Torah we remained safe, for it is known to all the nations that we are a highly developed nation, and wanted our cooperation and to exploit us, according to their own selfish desires. Yet we still had great power among the nations, for after all the exploitation, there still remained a handsome portion left for us, greater than for most civilians of the land.

But because people rebelled against the Torah, in their aspiration to execute their selfish device, they lost the purpose of life, meaning the work of G-d. And because the sublime goal was switched with the selfish goals for the pleasures of life, anyone who attained fortune raised his own goal with glory and beauty. And where the religious scattered his monetary surplus on righteousness and good deeds and other such collective needs, the selfish ones scattered their surplus on the joys of life: on food and drink, clothing and jewels, and were equalized with the distinguished in every nation.

By these words I only mean to show that the Torah, as a natural law of development, even when accompanied by blind faith, goes hand in hand in wonderful unity, in a way that the bad incidences in the Diaspora, that we have much to tell of from the days of our exile, were all for the reason that we embezzled the Torah. If we had kept the commandments of the Torah, no harm would come to us.

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, Exile and Redemption

Source: kabbalah.info

Today 8th Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

 

Today 8th Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

Little Mitzvos Org

You may think, how does one little Mitzvo help . . .

Our times are calling out to us to do Teshuva, but it’s too hard for us to change our lives. Even when we try, we end up reverting back to nothing, everything as was. We MUST show HaShem that we are seeing the signs and that it means something to us.

In this way, when HaShem asks what did we did, we can reply “I took this on…”

You must not consider this “Little Mitzvos” as a replacement for the Shulchan Oruch – you must continue learning Halochos via mainstream Seforim and with Shiurim.

Kedushas Shabbos

Be Makpid to eat Melava Malka.

Source: Little Mitzvos Org

Teachings of the Sages – 8th Sivan, 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 8th Sivan, 5769

Two Tzadiks

ON THE IMMANENCE OF G-D

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him” (Proverbs 3:6). “The following remark is attributed to Rabbi Pinhas of Koretz: ‘How then is it possible to know G-d in all ways? It is, because when G-d gave the Torah, the whole world was filled with the Torah. Thus there is nothing which did not contain Torah, and this is the meaning of the verse. Whoever says that the Torah is one thing and the profane sphere another is a heretic’”.*

*Martin Buber’s interpretation of Hasidism, by Gershom G. Scholem, in The Jewish Expression, edited by Judah Goldin, p. 407 (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

Source: Two Tzaddiks

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – 8th Sivan, 5769

 

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings

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THE PURPOSE OF LIFE – Make a profit from this world

The profit you can gain from this world is indescribable. You don’t even need to lay out money to make a profit from this world. All you need to do is reach out and take advantage of the many opportunities G-d constantly provides for you to make a very great profit.

Likutey Moharan II, 55

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
“It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”

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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)

“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Daily Kabbalah Dose – 8th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily Kabbalah Dose – 8th Sivan, 5769

Daily Kabbalistic Wisdom

Where’s the Change?

By Yehuda Berg

Kabbalah reveals that when a person who has avoided spirituality comes before the Creator and is asked why he didn’t change, he will take out his bag of excuses: I was too busy trying to survive, I gave to charity, it’s not like I ever killed somebody, I didn’t know you really existed.

G-d will then tell him, “you have all the excuses, but you did not accomplish anything in this lifetime. Now you must return to the world and do something!”

Change something today. It can be the slightest thing like committing to not say a certain negative word or behaving a certain way. Fill your bag with shining examples of effort and personal growth.