Todays eMussar Lesson 8th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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A Prescrption for Spiritual Survival


The prophet, Habakkuk, condensed the entire Torah into one principle, “The righteous live by virtue of their faith in HaShem.”

Yet, how can the entire Torah – the Chumash, Talmud, Midrash, etc. – be represented by one simple axiom?

Shimon was onboard a ship that was caught in a great storm. As powerful winds and crashing waves pounded the ship, Shimon was thrown overboard into the churning sea. As he fought for his life, he noticed a tree growing far away from him. Shimon swam with all of his strength towards the tree. Finally, he grasped a branch of the tree and held on for dear life.

The people of our generation are challenged by great spiritual tests and trials. “Winds” of unimaginable force and “tremendous waves” bombard us from every side. Yet, HaShem has sent us a lifesaving message, through Habakkuk, “The righteous live by the virtue of their faith in HaShem.”

The tree in the parable represents the Torah – the Tree of Life. Trust in HaShem is the very root of the Torah. Just as Shimon grasped the branch in order to survive, so too, if we grasp the branch of TRUST IN HASHEM we will survive the great tests of life.

When we grasp the branch of Trust in HaShem, we connect to HaShem and Torah – the true lifeline of our souls!
[Based on the writings of the Chofetz Chaim]

TODAY: Grasp the branch of trust in HaShem, and connect to eternal life!

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.


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