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March 3rd, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Salant Center

Discover Your Goodness

Human beings are hopeful by nature. For instance, we go into business with little more than a dream that “somehow we will succeed.” Likewise, we should be optimistic that HaShem will help us, for He promises “My salvation is imminent.”
Yet, for some reason, our hope in HaShem that all will be good is uncertain. The following passage sheds light on the challenge of faith. 
 The People of Israel asked Balaam, “When will our redemption take place?” Balaam responded, “I see that it will not occur for a long, long time.”
HaShem then said to Israel, “Why are you relying on his opinion? Don’t you realize that he is totally immersed in the negative impulse? He doesn’t want the redemption to take place!
Rather than asking him, you should emulate your ancestor Yaacov, who said, “I hope for Your deliverance, HaShem!” Hope for salvation – for it is close at hand!” (Shemos Raba 30:24)
Balaam did not hope for the redemption
because he was enmeshed in the darkness and despair of the yetzer hora, i.e., the negative impulse. Consequently, we see that a person’s level of trust in HaShem’s deliverance is proportional to his life orientation. The more he is ensnared in the negative impulse, the less hopeful he is.
We have to be like Houdini
, i.e., slip off the imaginary shackles! There is nothing holding us back from hope except a perception. Once we disconnect from the false mantra of the negative impulse, we free our souls to trust in HaShem – and His eternal kindness.
The Chofetz Chaim used a clever strategy to instill dynamic belief. He bought a special suit to wear when the me’shi’ach would arrive. He kept this suit ever ready in his closet – and his fiery hope alive in his heart.
Yaacov Avinu met every crisis with the maxim, “I hope for Your deliverance, HaShem!” So too, we have the opportunity torevitalize our hope in HaShem so that it will be vibrant and robust.
May we all be hopeful for an immediate redemption, a time of light, peace, and joy!       [Based on Mictav M'Eliyahu, 5]

TODAY: Awaken your hope that HaShem is there for you – now and forever.

TODAY: Awaken your hope that HaShem is there for you – now and forever.


Tags: Commentary & Opinion · JEWISH LOVE · Jewish World & History · Parasha & Religion

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DACON9 // Mar 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    You do not have to leave your email or name
    just your online nic is OK

  • 2 To_Tell_The_Truth // Mar 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

    All the more reason why you have this blog so that this story can be read so that we can build more faith in HaShem.

    Kol HaKavod!!

  • 3 BEN // Mar 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The Torah states:

    “G-d said to Cain, ‘Why are you so furious? Why are you depressed? If you do good, will there not be special privilege? And if you do not do good, sin is crouching at the door. It lusts after you but you can dominate it.’”

    And the Talmud tells us how:

    “So said the Holy One, blessed be he, to Israel: ‘My son I created the Yetzer Hara and I created for it the Torah as an antidote. If you toil in Torah you will not be handed over into his hands…’”

  • 4 BEN // Mar 8, 2011 at 11:50 am


    I stand with you in agreement with your comment.

  • 5 BEN // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    There is a strange Halacha regarding Tzoraas: If tzoraas partially covers ones body they are tamei. But if the Nega has spread and now covers their entire body they are Tahor. What’s the reason for this seemingly strange Halacha? A person who is covered from head to toe with tzoraas should be the most tamei. No? The meforshim explain that Hashem created Tumah to challenge a person to greater heights. It is the weapon of the Yetzer Hora who seeks to suck the good out of a person. A nega is a spiritual blemish. When the Yetzer Hora sees this, he sees a weak victim and he sees great opportunity to further the damage. He wants to take what is left of this person’s good and turn it into bad. Therefore this person becomes tamei from the attachment of the forces of evil and impurity to his body. However if a person has a Nega covering his entire body, this means that he is completely bad and bereft of any goodness within him. In this case the forces of tumah have no work and no role to play in this person. He therefore is Tahor. This could be why people who hit rock bottom are capable of suddenly making a change for the good. The battle is over and the Yetzer Hora has gone. From there the only way is up.

  • 6 BEN // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Thank You Dacon for accepting my posts.
    I like your blog, keep up the hard work.

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