Friday, October 31, 2008

Ve'amar Bayom Hahu

וְאָמַר בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, הִנֵּה אֶלֺקֵינוּ זֶה, קִוִּינוּ לוֹ וְיוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ, זֶה ה' קִוִּינוּ לוֹ, נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בִּישׁוּעָתוֹ
"And [His nation]will say on that day:Behold, this is our G-d; we have hoped for Him, that He would save us. This is Hashem; we have hoped for Him; we shall rejoice and be gladdened at His salvation." (Yeshaya 25:9)

We speak about the times of Mashicah where Hashem will make Himself known to the entire world and everyone will have absolute clarity as to what is the truth. But R' Tzadok Hakohen speaks of a person having his own personal Geulah. The real Geulah that each one of us can have is to come to the realization on our own that Hashem is in complete control over every single little detail of the universe and that everything has a purpose, everything. Once we come to that realization we reach this unbelievable simcha and a state of euphoria of having absolute clarity and closeness with Hashem. But how do we accomplish this? We look at a blade of grass blowing in the wind. Seemingly there is no significance to this, how can we really get to the point where we truly believe and know the emes-that this little blade of grass is being controlled by Hashem and that there is a purpose for it swaying back and forth exactly the way it is? The reason why we aren't in tune with this recognition is because in our own lives we don't recognize the importance of each and every moment we have and action we take. If we can't recognize this within ourselves, then how would be sensitive to recognize it in everything around us?! The only way to have that awareness of Hashem's constant involvement in this world is for us to work on our own lives; work on calculating all of our actions and how we spend our time throughout the day. Once we become a baal (owner/controller) over our own lives, then and only then will we be able to recognize the significance of every little detail of the world around us. Once we reach that point we can really bring Hashem into our lives and feel his presence constantly.
(Pic courtesy of GreenView)

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