Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fantastic Post from Daily Dose of Emuna re Tefillah

Thanks to my friend SLV for forwarding it to me!

Today's daily dose is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Shirel Simcha bat Brane a 14 months old girl who is in need of our tefillot.  It's all happening in order to awaken us from our very deep spiritual slumber.  Please Hashem shower Shirel Simcha bat Brane with a complete healing amongst all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b'karov, b'rachamim, Amen!
One of our dear daily dose readers suggested that we take upon ourselves a mitzvah or increase our kavannah in the bracha "Asher Yatzar" to stand as a zechut for our dear soldiers, it's certainly a wonderful idea, even if it's just once a day. 
If you still haven't called to receive the name of a soldier to daven for, you can sign up to receive a name on their website:
Dynamite!  Now that's powerful.  Rabbi Shimshon Pincus ztk"l teaches us that tefillah is compared to dynamite.  And what is it made out of?  Little particles of powder that when they hit a wall.... they crumble it to pieces.  The little letters in the siddur which make up our daily tefillot when combined together with ruach haKodesh can break down spiritual walls.
The way to release this immense power is to first realize how much koach they truly hold.  They may seem like small words to us, but they have within them the spiritual ability to move mountains (to cancel harsh decrees).  Think of tefillah as having things frozen in place and not able to move unless we release it with our words.  Our davening sets things in motion.
The sly one, the yetzer hara, works endlessly to give us the impression that our accomplishments are due to our own efforts and hard work.  No, No!  Everything is from Hashem we answer him back, but our words are weak in comparison to his devilish ways.  So what do we do?  We daven in order to place ourselves back in our rightful place, a place of humility.  Our tefillot teach us emuna and bitachon and that we just couldn't do anything without the help of HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan ztk"l in his sefer, "A Call to the Infinite" quotes a special tefillah from the Chovot Halevavot. One of the things mentioned in the tefillah is: "...You know what is best for me and how to provide for me. I do not express my needs to You to make You aware of them, but so that I be made to realize my dependence upon You, reinforcing my trust in You." 
And if that's not reason enough for us to work on our davening then think of it as a therapeutic session (for free!) with none other than the One who created the dilemma in the first place.  It brings one to achieve a tremendous peace of mind and adds to our total sense of well being.  It's a time to meet your emes, one on one with the One Who is in charge. Now that's dynamite!
We can only do our best and be our best. The rest is Hashem.
Trust Him and be willing to change your plans.
We choose our life - not our circumstances.

Emuna is knowing that there is a light at the end of tunnel, even though we don't see it and there's no indication of whether it is there.

Truly awaiting Mashiach and wishing everyone only good .... Orit Riter

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