endurance of harmony


March 27, 2020

netzach shebbe tiferes

(endurance within harmony)

The center will not hold, unless our center is not predicated strictly upon a sense of self; rather, only a central focus on G-d, will support a sense of balance, by way of transcending ourselves. The ego thrives on pride, and a sense of accomplishment attributed to the efforts made by oneself. Yet, because we are limited beings, this kind of image, focused on self will not endure. True harmony within may only endure through help from Above; otherwise, the weight of our own world will drag us down. “Cast your burdens upon H’Shem (the L-RD), and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:23).

daily contemplation: Shifting Values


February 16, 2020

“I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.”

– Exodus 6:6, JPS 1917 Tanach

There is a saying, concerning the departure from Egypt, that B’nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) had a much more challenging task ahead of them: removing Egypt from their hearts. They were brought out through the strength of G-d, Who redeemed them “with an out stretched arm.” Yet, the greater effort on their part, was incumbent upon themselves to make the changes in their new approach to life, effectively, leaving their past ways behind.

Although help from Above, through G-d’s intervention, may serve as a catalyst to change, our response is required, with the upmost discipline, to heed the call to freedom on a daily basis. Although B’nei Yisrael was freed from slavery, they became servants of G-d through matan Torah (the giving of the Commandments). True freedom is embracing the yoke of Heaven, so that we may be free from the burden of chet (sin).