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Behar-Bechukosai

Thursday, 2 May, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Behar

Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, is a day of great joy and celebration. It is the birthday of Jewish Mysticism., for on this day many years ago, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed the deepest secrets of the Torah before passing away.

One of the ways which Lag BaOmer is celebrated is by taking the children to the fields to play, and  there is a time old tradition of using bows and arrows. The Rebbe explains the symbolism of the bows and arrows to represent the power of inwardness. When facing a challenge, the first step in overcoming it is to turn inside to our essence. The inventor of this device first had to grasp the paradox that the deadly arrow must be pulled back toward one's own heart in order to strike the heart of the opponent, and that the more it is drawn toward oneself, the more distant an adversary it can reach.

This Shabbos, look back at your week and at the opportunities you wished you would have taken to spend more time with your children and spiritual growth. Plan ahead for the coming week to invest a few more minutes in your foundational priorities and pray to Hashem that you will see the success with time that will come. In order to make this happen, discuss your plans with your children—they will remind you! “I was thinking of riding our bikes together after school on Monday to visit Grandma…”

May we experience the ultimate promise of Hashem’s brachos with the coming of Moshiach Now!

Bechukosai

And if you will say… what will we eat in the seventh year?... Hashem will command His blessings and there will be plenty (Vayikra)

The mitzvah of Shemittah is given to us in this week’s parsha—the mitzvah to rest the land every Seventh year and to occupy our days with only Torah and good deeds, as the Sabbatical. Hashem reassures us clearly not to fret about having enough to eat, although logically there does not seem to be a natural way of having enough.

We learn a very basic tenet of belief from the above encouragement and command. When we set ourselves to fulfill the will of Hashem with joy, we are promised that everything will be taken care of in a tangible manner. At times, it is hard to stay focused on important priorities when it seems that there is “hardly enough time for anything!” Yet, ultimately, Hashem is the one who grants us true success with our time!

This Shabbos, look back at your week and at the opportunities you wished you would have taken to spend more time with your children and spiritual growth. Plan ahead for the coming week to invest a few more minutes in your foundational priorities and pray to Hashem that you will see the success with time that will come. In order to make this happen, discuss your plans with your children—they will remind you! “I was thinking of riding our bikes together after school on Monday to visit Grandma…”

May we experience the ultimate promise of Hashem’s brachos with the coming of Moshiach Now!

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