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Gather together and I will tell you what will befall you at the end of days (Genesis 49:1).

February 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments




FROM RABBI ABRAHAM J. TWERSKY, AISH

From the mouths of babes and sucklings You established strength (Psalms 8:3).
The Talmud tells us that when Haman threatened to annihilate the Jews, Mordechai gathered the children and led them in prayer to God. Why children? Because they are likely to be more sincere, and their prayers more genuine

A Chassidic master said that one of the things we should learn from an infant is that it cries for whatever it wants. When an infant wants something, it wants it with all its being, and nothing else either interests it or distracts it from the object of its desire. The baby will cry relentlessly until it gets what it wants.

We pray for the redemption of Israel. We tell ourselves that we really want the Exile to end. We ask for redemption no less than three times a day in our prayers. But just one question: If we really wanted it as much as we say we do, why do we not cry for it?

An infant does not play intellectual games. It does not rationalize. It does not debate why it is preferable to get its way or not get it. The item of its desire may be only a brightly colored ball or a wooden block, but at that moment, it is as important to the infant as life itself, and it makes its desire well known to all with ears to hear.

Parents respond to the infant’s cry because, in their intense love for the child, they do not wish to deprive it of something it wants so desperately.

God loves us more than a parent loves a child. If we would cry for our redemption, we would certainly get it.

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FROM: CONCERNED: 2011/02/23

In Ezekiel 38:2, “Gog, of the land Magog, President . . .” The word ‘Nasi’ in Hebrew is for the word ‘President’ ends with an Alef. Count every 7th letter and you get Vav, Bais, Alef, Mem, Hay; which spells Obama.

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FROM ‘CONCERNED:   2011/02/17 at 12:25 pm

Sounds good but when all prayers and religious activities are prescribed to the exact words and actions in a group of people within a synagogue with no deviation and this in and of itself is to be used 3 times a days …… on Shabbat and on some hugim, even four times a day, then the prayer becomes automatic with no feelings, the mind starts wandering and the prayer doesn’t get answered.

One of the foundations of Rabbi Nachman’s teachings is the importance of “Hitbodedut” in serving G-d. The essence of Hitbodedut is pouring one’s heart out in personal prayer before one’s Maker. Rabbi Nachman emphasizes that this practice should be practiced in seclusion, and that it is especially effective when conducted outdoors in a field or a forest.

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  • 1 Concerned // Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Sounds good but when all prayers and religious activities are prescribed to the exact words and actions in a group of people within a synagogue with no deviation and this in and of itself is to be used 3 times a days …… on Shabbat and on some hugim, even four times a day, then the prayer becomes automatic with no feelings, the mind starts wandering and the prayer doesn’t get answered.

    One of the foundations of Rabbi Nachman’s teachings is the importance of “Hitbodedut” in serving G-d. The essence of Hitbodedut is pouring one’s heart out in personal prayer before one’s Maker. Rabbi Nachman emphasizes that this practice should be practiced in seclusion, and that it is especially effective when conducted outdoors in a field or a forest.

  • 2 Concerned // Feb 23, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Obama is GOG

    In Ezekiel 38:2, “Gog, of the land Magog, President . . .” The word ‘Nasi’ in Hebrew is for the word ‘President’ ends with an Alef. Count every 7th letter and you get Vav, Bais, Alef, Mem, Hay; which spells Obama.

    Here it is in Hebrew:

    http://yehudiyerushalmi.blogspot.com/2008/11/obama-gog-hint-in-yechezkel-38.html

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