eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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Today 14th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Connecting With HaShem
PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR
One of the most important spiritual concepts of the Torah is Devakis, the state of connecting one’s thought to HaShem, i.e., being consciously aware of HaShem. Devakis is achieved through actively contemplating on HaShem and faithfully remembering Him as per the verse (Devarim 11:22): “Attach to HaShem.”
Our Patriarchs were masters of Devakis, i.e., they were consciously aware of HaShem in all situations of life. Even when they were engaged in a physical activity they never lost the perception that they were in the Presence of HaShem. In fact, their greatest fear was the notion of being disconnected from HaShem, even for a second! The foundation of their Divine service was making every effort to be always Devuk to Hashem. In this light, Abraham prayed to HaShem, “Please do not leave Your servant.”
Yet, how is possible forma human being to be always Devuk to HaShem, regardless of situation or location?
King David said (Tehillim 104:24): “How great are you Your works HaShem, You have made all of them in Wisdom.” Accordingly, every entity contains the Highest Wisdom. In addition, the prophet Isaiah states, “Everything that is called by My Name, and that I have formed for My glory.” Therefore, the solitary purpose of each creation is to reflect the Honor of HaShem.
As a result, the entire universe is a great “class room,” i.e., a place to discover the wisdom and glory of HaShem. The Patriarchs focused on discovering – and taking pleasure – in the wisdom, goodness, and kindness of HaShem that is manifest in all of the creations.
May we follow the holy path of our Patriarchs, setting our focus on perceiving the wonders of HaShem in all of life that surrounds us. Then we will be Devuk to HaShem – continuously attached to his loving-kindness, holiness, and splendor.
(Based on Da’as Torah of Rav Yerucham HaLevi)
TODAY: Close your eyes and attach to HaShem’s kindness for thirty seconds.
By Rabbi Zvi Miller.
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