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Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement.
Many people have told me that they feel helpless. We feel like we aren't doing enough and we want to know how we can help.
First of all, recognize that we are not helpless. Every little act of kindness, tzedakah, and chesed adds love, light, hope, and goodness in this world. And BH there is a tremendous amount of chesed being done and Hashem sees it all.
However, there are two things we can remember that are significantly meaningful and we may not even realize their power, because they are things that are not tangible but they can be felt nonetheless. Davening and emunah.
We must not underestimate these 2 powerful components.
Shabbat is a gift because we are able to truly concentrate on our davening and our emunah. Throughout the week we are running around doing daily tasks (calling, helping, buying, giving, and shlepping) and all while trying to retain a sense of routine. We do not always have the ability to make time to daven properly or contemplate the impact that our faith can have on us, on our loved ones, and on all of klal yisrael.
So, as we enter the fifth Shabbat of this war, let us daven with all our hearts. Raise our voices in supplication to shamayim. Daven like we've never davened before. Put ourselves in other people's places. Think of the families longing for their loved ones to come home. Imagine the nightmare our neighbors are going through. Have in mind the soldiers fighting for our safety, bravely defending our people and our country. Think of the trauma endured by the people who have been relocated. Mourn the tremendous loss of life felt by all. Ponder the depth of the pain and the sorrow. Allow ourselves to feel the grief and the suffering. It is ok to cry.
And then let us take a deep breath and fill ourselves with positive images. Think of the resolve of the Jewish people. Picture the courage, determination, and drive of our soldiers. Dream of the happiness felt by families reunited. Think of all the action that has been taken and the unity that has spread far and wide among our nation. Think of all the mitzvot performed. Allow ourselves to be amazed at the chesed, kindness and compassion that has brought us together. Imagine the renewal, redemption, rejuvenation, and rebuilding that comes after.
Think of all the bracha that we have been given. Be thankful for all that we have. Reignite the flame of our faith and understand that this is all part of a bigger plan. We don't know why. We cannot have all the answers. But, as hard as it is to internalize, we know that hakol mishamayim and hakol l'tova.
This war is far from over. But we are a strong nation and we must stand together. Kol hakavod to the many who have come to help and volunteer in Israel from abroad.
With Hashem's help we can win.
Am Yisrael chai!
Besorot tovot and Shabbat shalom,
VIDEO: The Untold Story of The Rescued IDF Soldier from Hamas
This is a MUST WATCH video for anyone that wants to be happy now!
I spent the morning before guard duty watching videos of the released female IDF soldier, Ori Magidish.
I cried more from these videos than I have cried the whole war.
These are videos that NO MAINSTREAM MEDIA outlets will air. They are the personal videos of faith and trust in God that the family had while Ori was kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza. They are the behind the scenes family videos of the ecstatic celebration when she came home!
The Silence of the Holocaust Museums
The Silence of the Holocaust Museums They can mourn George Floyd but not condemn Hamas.November 3, 2023 by Daniel Greenfield
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
The Three are Rabbi Yehuda Glick, famous temple mount activist, and former Israel Mk, and then Robert Weinger, the world's greatest shofar blower and seller of Shofars, and myself after we had gone to the 12 gates of the Temple Mount in 2020 to blow the shofar to ask G-d to heal the world from the Pandemic. It was a highlight to my experience in living in Israel and I put it on my blog each day to remember.
The articles that I include each day are those that I find interesting, so I feel you will find them interesting as well. I don't always agree with all the points of each article but found them interesting or important to share with you, my readers, and friends. It is cathartic for me to share my thoughts and frustrations with you about life in general and in Israel. As a Rabbi, I try to teach and share the Torah of the G-d of Israel as a modern Orthodox Rabbi. I never intend to offend anyone but sometimes people are offended and I apologize in advance for any mistakes. The most important psychological principle I have learned is that once someone's mind is made up, they don't want to be bothered with the facts, so, like Rabbi Akiva, I drip water (Torah is compared to water) on their made-up minds and hope that some of what I have share sinks in. Love Rabbi Yehuda Lave.