1 Aug 2014 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Holydays
Our lives are filled with joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, births and deaths, creation and destruction. Most of the time, we busy ourselves with the day- to-day affairs of life. In between, we search for joy and inspiration. We seek out a few moments in the light.
The Torah states: “and you shall rejoice in your festivals…and you shall be entirely joyous.” (Deut. 16:14-15) The holydays revolve around such moments of joy and celebration. They provide us with a chance to rest in God and be at peace.
Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a different kind of holyday. Tisha B’Av is the anniversary of the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. On Tisha B’Av, we turn our minds to the pain and suffering in our history. On Tisha B’Av, we seek inspiration by contemplating the darkness in life.
It is not that we become morbid on Tisha B’Av, rather it is a question of removing the carefree veneer that we paint upon reality. On Tisha B’Av we strip away the gloss of pleasant appearances and look at the human condition with open eyes. Read more…
25 Jul 2014 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Self-Transformation
Faith is the engine that powers all our spiritual work. When we have faith, our every act is infused with spiritual livingness. With faith, we can change Heaven and earth. According to the Hasidic Master, Dov Baer of Mezeritch, a person with complete faith can raise the dead, turn silver to gold, and change the patterns of nature.
This indomitable faith does not come from indoctrination or intellectual investigation. True faith emerges out of the concrete experience of God. As we touch higher planes and forge a link with our soul, our faith is transformed into something vital and alive. It then becomes a spiritual force of awesome magnitude.
18 Jul 2014 | No Comments | written by Rabbi Yoel Glick | in Self-Transformation
“You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.” – Psalm 90:8
When we hold an object at a distance from a light source, it becomes lost in the shadow, and all its imperfections remain hidden from us. However, if we move the object closer to the light, every detail will be clearly illuminated, and all its defects will stand out.
The Hasidic Master, Nachum of Chernobyl, believes that the same principle applies to the spiritual life:
“The farther one is from God”, he says, “the more a person will seem righteous and worthy in his own eyes. And it will seem to him that he is fulfilling everything as he should be and is lacking in nothing. The closer he gets into God’s presence, the more he will feel his imperfections and lacks. And this is the sign for a true worshipper of God – the more he feels his imperfection, the more he is bound to God.” Read more…