eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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Todays eMussar Lesson – The Joy of Spirituality – 27th Tammuz, 5769
FAITH AND TRUST
One of the fundamental truths of the Torah is that HaShem grants us eternal reward for the Mitzvoth that we perform in Gan Eden. The pleasure and happiness of Gan Eden is beyond human comprehension: “One momentary glimpse of the spiritual bliss of the Next World is better than the entire life of this world.”
Imagine they compressed into one moment all of the pleasure that a person enjoyed into the course of his life, as well as all of the pleasure that all his friends had during their lifetime, and then gave that “moment of pleasure” to one individual person to enjoy. Would it be possible to imagine that level of joy?
In addition, they add to that one moment all of the joy that all the inhabitants of his city had during their lifetime. And then they add, all the pleasure that every inhabitant of his country had during the course of their life. Finally, they add to that moment all the pleasure that everyone whoever lived from the beginning of time until the end time – and give that supreme moment to one individual.
This unfathomable moment of earthly pleasure is “the entire life of this world.” Nevertheless, one moment of the spiritual bliss of Gan Eden FAR EXCEEDS this moment of earthly pleasure!
Even more, we said that even “a glimpse of Gan Eden is greater than all of the life of this world.” For instance, imagine a king made a royal banquet in his palace. As a poor man walked by the palace, he savored the aroma wafting from the king’s feast. This is the meaning of a “glimpse of Gan Eden.” The most minimal level of joy of Gan Eden is greater than that one moment of “the entire life of this world.”
[Based on Michtav M’Eliyahu, Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler]
TODAY: Reflect on the amazing opportunity of every Mitzvah – and FULLY REJOICE in every Mitzvah that you do.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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