Emunah Emet Tikum ©
By Rebbetzin Brachah Rivkah Belk
Emunah (faith) is an innate conviction, a perception of truth that transcends, rather than evades, reason. Emunah grows and deepens when you accustom yourself to see all the phenomena of life as manifestations of the Creator's Presence and Glory.
This was in last week's Reflections.
Emunah grows and deepens when you accustom yourself
all the phenomena
as manifestations of the
Creator's Presence and Glory
Kol De'avad Rachmana letav avad
All that HaShem Does He Does for good.
R. Huna said in the name of Rab citing R. Meir, and so it was taught in the name of R. Akiba: A man should always accustom himself to say Whatever the All-Merciful does is for good, [as exemplified in] the following incident. R. Akiba was once going along the road and he came to a certain town and looked for lodgings but was everywhere refused. He said Whatever the All-Merciful does is for good, and he went and spent the night in the open field. He had with him a cock, an ass and a lamp. A gust of wind came and blew out the lamp, a weasel came and ate the cock, a lion came and ate the ass. He said: Whatever the All-Merciful does is for good. The same night some brigands came and carried off the inhabitants of the town. He said to them: Did I not say to you, Whatever the All-Merciful does is for good. Talmud - Berachoth 60b
Rabbi Akiva said...
If the lamp had been lit, the army would have seen me; if the donkey would have brayed or the rooster would have called, the army would have come and captured me.
Isaac Luria is a renowned sixteenth century Kabbalist. He used the phrase tikkun olam, usually translated as repairing the world, to encapsulate the true role of humanity in the ongoing evolution and spiritualization of the cosmos. Luria taught that G-d Created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as G-d Poured the Light into the vessels, they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter. Thus, our world consists of countless shards of the original vessels entrapping sparks of the Divine Light. Humanity's great task involves helping G-d by freeing and reuniting the scattered Light, raising the sparks back to Divinity and restoring the broken world.
Kabbalah's purpose is often misunderstood. A popular misconception is that the study of kabbalah results in one's transformation into a psychic, or perhaps a clairvoyant capable of miraculous and otherworldly abilities. In truth, the purpose in the practice of kabbalah is to perfect the self. Kabbalah offers a means of becoming a more expanded transcendent individual, attuned to the essence of one's deepest self. Thirty-Two Gates of Wisdom page 7 Rabbi DovBer Pinson.
We entered this world with a pure soul. Our souls have been exposed to some things that have dulled our sensitivity to HaShem's Presence. When I don't get my glasses washed as well as I should they look a bit cloudy. That is the way our souls get when not cleaned on a regular basis.
This prayer is from the Shacharit morning prayers. This has always meant a great deal to me and I feel closer to the Creator every time I pray it. Try it - you will find that you will also feel a new awareness of HaShem's Presence if you focus on the words and there meaning.
אֱלֹהַי נְשָׁמָׁה שֶׁנָׁתַתָׁ בִּי טְהוֹרָׁה הִּיא
אַתָׁה בְרָׁאתָׁהּ אַתָׁה יְצַרְתָׁהּ אַ תה נְפַחְתָׁהּ בִּי וְאַתָׁה מְשַמְרָׁהּ בְקִּרְבִּי
וְאַתָׁה עָׁתִּיד לִּטְלָׁהּ מִּמֶׁנִּי וּלְהַחֲזִּירָׁהּ בִּי לֶׁעָׁתִּיד לָׁבוֹא
כָׁל זְמַן שֶׁהַנְשָׁמָׁה בְקִּרְבִּי מוֹדֶׁה אֲנִּי לְפָׁנֶׁיךָ יְ ה ה אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי -
רִּבוֹן כָׁל הַמַעֲשִּים אֲדוֹן כָׁל הַנְשָׁמוֹת
בָׁרוּךְ אַתָׁה יְה וָׁה הַמַחֲזִּיר נְשָׁמוֹת לִּפְגָׁרִּים מֵתִּים
E-lo-hai ne-sha-mah she-na-ta-ta bi te-ho-rah hi.
G-d my soul which You place within me (is) pure,
A-tah ve-ra-tah A-tah ye-tzar-tah, A-tah ne-fach-tah bi,
You created it, You fashioned it, You breathed it, into me
ve-a-tah me-sham-rah be-kir-bi ve-a-tah a-tid li-te-lah
You SafeGuard it, within me and You will eventually take it
mi-me-ni u-le-ha-cha-zi-rah bi le-a-tid la-vo.
from me and restore it to me in the Time to Come.
Kol ze-man she-ha-ne-sha-mah be-kir-bi, mo-deha-ni
All time that the soul (is) within me I give thanks
le-fa-nei-cha , HaShem, E-lo-hai ve-lo-hei a-vo-tai, Ri-bon
before You HaShem, my G-d and G-d of my forefathers
kol ha-ma-a-sim , A-don kol ha-ne-sha-mot. Ba-ruch A-tah
Master of all the works L-rd of all the souls. Blessed (are) You
Adonai, ha-ma-cha-zir ne-sha-mot lif-ga-rim me-tim.
HaShem Who Restores souls to the bodies that are dead
My G-d, the soul You have Placed within me is pure. You Created it, You Fashioned it. You Breathed it into me, You SafeGuard it within me, and eventually You will Take it from me, and Restore it to me in Time to Come. As long as the soul is within me, I gratefully thank You, HaShem, my G-d and the G-d of my forefathers, Master of all works, L-rd of all souls. Blessed are You, HaShem , who restores souls to all.
Kavanah is a clearing - a high state of focused awareness - devoid of thought and emotion, from which a prayer, meditation, or other spiritual practice may be launched. Kavanah is the ideal state for performing Mitzvot. The Kabbalah Handbook Gabriella Samuel Page 157, Beauty
Repent with joy
Have true remorse
Have certainty - to never choose to repeat this negative act
Face the opportunity for negativity again, and make a different choice.
Blessings, Beauty and Peace