Friday, May 11, 2007

Step 40 -Enough Time

But what if we don't seem to have enough time to say so many prayrs ?
For that we also need to pray !
Hashem can make more time for us.
Ask Hashem , please help me manage my time more effectively.

This concept is also a great use for spare "waiting time ". It is a great opportunity to catch up with some of your planning prayers.
This can be done almost anywhere , anytime to transform & elevate every situation into a positive Mitzva.
Praying to Hashem is also helpful in clarifying to yourself - what do you really want.
You may not be praying for a parking space because deep down you may want to be late in order to miss... & Hashem may just lead you in that direction. You may even get lost ...
Ps. Don't forget to pray for good directions & for not missing any signposts -if you do want to get there on time.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Step 39- Praying Ahead

Yes. A person should pray ahead to get a parking space if that's what you need & want.
If you want to win something at an event , that also requires prayer.
It is essential in life to think & pray for the next few hours of your day in advance. That is why we pray 3 regular prayers daily - Mincha should cover for us until Maariv etc.
The Torah teaches how before Yaakov Avinu made a move he sent Yehuda ahead to set things up & make arrangements. Prayers were also included , in fact they were the main preparation to " fix things up " in advance.
As we prepare for shabos we should also be asking Hashem to help us have a pleasant day in every way , including healthwise , emotional , spiritual & growth in Torah study.
On the path one is eager to go ...
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Fw: 6 constant Mitzva Treasures

Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

-----Original Message-----
From: "Moshe Eisner" <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 09:03:03
To:"Rabbi Goldberger" <>
Subject: 6 constant Mitzva Treasures

Summary of the 6 constant

 Mitzva Treasures


Hashem Is One,

            There Is No Other,

Love Him,

            Fear Him,

                        Nothing Besides Him


Step 38 - a Joke

You may have heard of the fellow who was loooking for a parking space to the point where in desparation he started praying for one. Just then a car pulls out leaving him with a perfect space.
He turns upward & says - Hashem , never mind for now I have one already !

We need to train ourselves to ask Hashem for things we need & then to thank HIM & no other for His help.
All of our footsteps & carwheel turns are prepared by Hashem for us. On the path ...
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Step 37-Delay Benefits

On the path...
But do some things seem to take longer than others ?
Some take 3 minutes
Some 30 minutes ,
Some 3 days &
Some 30 days ??
The underlying principle is that it does not take Hashem long to do anything !
There is a well known story of a great sage who was learning the detailed Halacha of a certain type of grasshopper. A question came and he realized that it would be helpful to see a live specimen in order to determine the metzius. Just then that creature flew onto the window & waited for the sage to examine it carefully.

One catch is that it sometimes takes us a long time to decide on what we want. If we can't make up our mind , how can we complain to Hashem for not following through ? He may be waiting for us to ask Him for help on the path that we are eager to go on.
If we make a mistake & think , this is difficult it will take at least 3 months , Hashem may say - if you don't have more faith & trust in Me you may not deserve it yet.

Have you ever thought I need to speak to so & so about ... & then the person suddenly calls you ?

You may have activated this principle - on the path one is determined to go Hashem will lead him.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Step 36 - secret of Life

Mesilas Yeshorim declares
A person was created by Hashem only to have pleasure ...
Thus the more we strive to do so according to the Torahs guidelines , the more Hashem will lead him to have even more.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

step 35 -Food Focus

The Torah teaches us how to eat - you will eat & you will be satisfied Dvarim 8:10.
Thus we can better by thinking of the process of chewing our food. Consider the gifts from Hashem of the delicious food & of your mouth , tongue , teeth , saliva , cheeks , etc enabling you to enjoy the sensation of eating Hashems healthy , nutritious food.
Hashem created tasty food for you to enjoy. When you appreciate it properly , the flavor is so great & intense that you will be satisfied with eating less & enjoying it more.
Who is wealthy ?
One who rejoices with his portion. Avos 4:1.
One of the signs of a kosher animal is that it chews its cud. This is symbolic , the Gra explains of a good healthy person who eats less & chews more.
When you enjoy Hashems gifts & bless Him for it ,He will provide you with even more.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Step 34 -How to focus!

How can we utilize the formula - On the path... - for losing weight to benefit ones health ?
If you keep thinking I need to lose weight , it may be counter effective - because people resent losing things. Rather we need to think thin thoughts such as -
The more flesh , the more worms. Avos Chap 2.
Who wants worms !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Step 33 - Question of Work

Why does the Mishna Avos 1:10 say Love Work ?
We know there is a Mitzva to love Hashem & there is a Mitzva to love people , but why work ?
The answer is linked to our topic. Hashem is leading you on your path. Thus we need to ask ourselves- where do I want to go ?

We should desire most to serve Hashem ! To do what He wants us to do.
He puts us here to study His Torah , connect with prayer & to help others. He thus creates each of us with specific missions to accomplish which we need to do with love.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

To explain 6 Mitzvos

How can there be 6 Mitzvos that are equal to all of the others ?
Rav Shloma Wolbe ztl explains that each is a unique category :

Torah study is the guide to all
Shabos is the day of holiness
Charity sanctifies our money
Tzitzis elevates our clothing
Bris milah on the body
Eretz Yisroel is the Holy land
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Mitzva Quiz - 6 special

There are 6 Mitzvos each of which are equal to all of the other Mitzvos of the Torah. Which ones are they ?

- Torah Study
- giving charity
- observing Shabos
- Bris Milah
- wearing Tzitzis
- living in Eretz Yisroel
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Step 32 - Reminder Rock

Find a rock that you can use as a reminder to thank Hashem for something. The rule is when you hold you say thank You Hashem for...
You can thank for air to breathe
- light to enjoy
- the weather
- your tongue
- your nose
- your toes etc
* in one place they sold 1,000 gratitude rocks to raise money for a charity.
Rav Miller ztl said , based on Chovos Halvovos that a person should thank Hashem that he was not created as a rock !Baruch Hashem.
We have a lot to be grateful for !!
We are obligated to thank Hashem at least 100 times a day. To always develop an attitude of gratitude
If you strive to thank Hashem regularly , He will provide you with more reasons to thank Him.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Open Wide

Why does the verse in Tehillim (81:11) say - open your mouth wide & I will fill it up ?
One of the lessons is that if you truly understood how much Hashem has available for you & how eager He is to provide you with all of your needs- you would surely knock on his door more often & ask for more.
Does it make sense to ask a billionaire for 10$ its a joke.

Another point in open wide - is make room for the bounty you are asking Hashem for & expecting Him to provide.
Act as if you have it already. Hashem is saying to us ask Me for help & I will provide it !
On the path ... Hashem will make it happen.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Mitzva Quiz

Our Sages teach that the Mitzva of Tzitzis is equal to all of the other Mitzvos so why then isn't it an obligatory Mitzva ?
It is only an obligation if one has a garment with 4 corners.

R. Chaim Krauss answered that since it is equal to all the Mitzvos because it reminds us of all of them it is not obligatory in order to remind us of "all" mitzvos , even those which are not obligatory !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Imagine -step 30

If Hashem came to you in a dream tonight & said - you may ask Me for whatever you would like Me to give to you !
What would you ask for ?
Wealth ?
Power ?
Honor ?
This did happen to Shlomo Hamelech & you know what he chose to ask for- WISDOM ( Melochim chap 3 ).
Hashem went & gave him all of the above.
We learn from here a model which applies to all of us - on the path one chooses to go - & asks Hashem for assistance , Hashem will lead him.
As Tehilim teaches - Open your mouth wide & Hashem will fill it up.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

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Step 29 - Quick change

Do you realize that there is a way for you to change your mood & your feelings quickly ? The Mesilas Yeshorim in his great work , uses the term "good advice " once.
You can change your emotions by acting the way you want to feel. For example you can begin to sing & become happy.
You can focus on something good that someone has done for you , dwell on that thought , & you will start to light up.
You can shift your focus to change yourself & your frequency.
This is how we can increase our fulfillment of the Mitzva to
- love others
- love Hashem.
- love work

On the path one is determined to go Hashem will lead him, includes
If you really want to be happy & follow the Torah s guidelines Hashem will make it happen.
We say in Ashrei - Hashem is good to all ! This includes us !

Hashem wants us to have it good & He teaches us how.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Parsha Quiz - once in 50 yrs. ?

There was a unique Mitzva once in 50 years on Yovel. This Mitzva overrides even Shabos if it comes out on that Yom kippur. Which Mitzva ?

It is the shofar blowing to free all Jewish slaves. 25:9. Mitzva 331.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.