Hidden

There are times when God hides His face.  But then there are times when God hides His face and we don’t even realize that His face is hidden; we dwell in darkness, and think it is light.  This is a double galut, a concealment within concealment. ~The Baal Shem Tov

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Purim >Pesach & Shavuos

Purim is a very great day. It is greater than Shavuos, because they were forced to accept the Torah on Shavuos.  Har Sinai was raised above their heads, thus requiring them and forcing them to receive the Torah. On Purim, the Jewish nation accepted the Torah from love (see Shabbos 88.). So in that aspect Purim is greater than Shavuos.

Purim is also greater than Pesach, because Pesach we celebrate liberation from slavery to freedom, while on Purim we celebrate salvation from death to life. Thus, Purim is greater and holier than Pesach and Shavuos. ~ The Chasam Sofer zt’l (Drushim p.156:) as quoted by R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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Set Aside Some Time Tonight

I received from Reb Mendele Lilig zt’l the Rav of Frankfort who received the tradition from the Shev Yaakov that whoever studies Torah between the megillah reading at night and the megillah of the morning, it is certain that he will merit Olam haBa. ~ Chasam Sofer (Drushim p.245)

Happy Purim!

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Tehillim 22 Today!

For this day [Taanis Esther] is very auspicious for our prayers to be heard in the name of Mordechai and Esther. Whoever is in need of mercy regarding any matter requiring prayer should set aside time for it on the day of the Fast of Esther. Let him begin by reciting Tehillim 22, “To the Chief Musician, upon ayeles hashachar.” The Sages interpret the words Ayeles HaShachar as a reference to Esther (Yoma 29aShocher TovTehillim 22). Afterwards let him pour out his heart before Hashem and make his request. And let him invoke the names of Mordechai and Esther, in whose merit he is beseeching the Holy One Blessed is He. Then Hashem will open for him the Gates of Mercy and his prayer will be accepted with favor. ~ Kav Hayashar 97, Yesod Veshoresh Ho’avodah Sha’ar Hamifkad pg. 263

Here is the text of Tehillim 22:

1

לַ֭מְנַצֵּחַ עַל־אַיֶּ֥לֶת הַשַּׁ֗חַר מִזְמ֥וֹר לְדָוִֽד׃

For the leader; on ayyeleth ha-shaḥar. A psalm of David.

2

אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק מִֽ֝ישׁוּעָתִ֗י דִּבְרֵ֥י שַׁאֲגָתִֽי׃

My God, my God, why have You abandoned me; why so far from delivering me and from my anguished roaring?

3

אֱ‍ֽלֹהַ֗י אֶקְרָ֣א י֭וֹמָם וְלֹ֣א תַעֲנֶ֑ה וְ֝לַ֗יְלָה וְֽלֹא־דֽוּמִיָּ֥ה לִֽי׃

My God, I cry by day—You answer not; by night, and have no respite.

4

וְאַתָּ֥ה קָד֑וֹשׁ י֝וֹשֵׁ֗ב תְּהִלּ֥וֹת יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

But You are the Holy One, enthroned, the Praise of Israel.

5

בְּ֭ךָ בָּטְח֣וּ אֲבֹתֵ֑ינוּ בָּ֝טְח֗וּ וַֽתְּפַלְּטֵֽמוֹ׃

In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You rescued them.

6

אֵלֶ֣יךָ זָעֲק֣וּ וְנִמְלָ֑טוּ בְּךָ֖ בָטְח֣וּ וְלֹא־בֽוֹשׁוּ׃

To You they cried out and they escaped; in You they trusted and were not disappointed.

7

וְאָנֹכִ֣י תוֹלַ֣עַת וְלֹא־אִ֑ישׁ חֶרְפַּ֥ת אָ֝דָ֗ם וּבְז֥וּי עָֽם׃

But I am a worm, less than human; scorned by men, despised by people.

8

כָּל־רֹ֭אַי יַלְעִ֣גוּ לִ֑י יַפְטִ֥ירוּ בְ֝שָׂפָ֗ה יָנִ֥יעוּ רֹֽאשׁ׃

All who see me mock me; they curl their lips, they shake their heads.

9

גֹּ֣ל אֶל־יְהוָ֣ה יְפַלְּטֵ֑הוּ יַ֝צִּילֵ֗הוּ כִּ֘י חָ֥פֵֽץ בּֽוֹ׃

“Let him commit himself to the LORD; let Him rescue him, let Him save him, for He is pleased with him.”

10

כִּֽי־אַתָּ֣ה גֹחִ֣י מִבָּ֑טֶן מַ֝בְטִיחִ֗י עַל־שְׁדֵ֥י אִמִּֽי׃

You drew me from the womb, made me secure at my mother’s breast.

11

עָ֭לֶיךָ הָשְׁלַ֣כְתִּי מֵרָ֑חֶם מִבֶּ֥טֶן אִ֝מִּ֗י אֵ֣לִי אָֽתָּה׃

I became Your charge at birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.

12

אַל־תִּרְחַ֣ק מִ֭מֶּנִּי כִּי־צָרָ֣ה קְרוֹבָ֑ה כִּי־אֵ֥ין עוֹזֵֽר׃

Do not be far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.

13

סְ֭בָבוּנִי פָּרִ֣ים רַבִּ֑ים אַבִּירֵ֖י בָשָׁ֣ן כִּתְּרֽוּנִי׃

Many bulls surround me, mighty ones of Bashan encircle me.

14

פָּצ֣וּ עָלַ֣י פִּיהֶ֑ם אַ֝רְיֵ֗ה טֹרֵ֥ף וְשֹׁאֵֽג׃

They open their mouths at me like tearing, roaring lions.

15

כַּמַּ֥יִם נִשְׁפַּכְתִּי֮ וְהִתְפָּֽרְד֗וּ כָּֽל־עַצְמ֫וֹתָ֥י הָיָ֣ה לִ֭בִּי כַּדּוֹנָ֑ג נָ֝מֵ֗ס בְּת֣וֹךְ מֵעָֽי׃

My life ebbs away: all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me;

16

יָ֘בֵ֤שׁ כַּחֶ֨רֶשׂ ׀ כֹּחִ֗י וּ֭לְשׁוֹנִי מֻדְבָּ֣ק מַלְקוֹחָ֑י וְֽלַעֲפַר־מָ֥וֶת תִּשְׁפְּתֵֽנִי׃

my vigor dries up like a shard; my tongue cleaves to my palate; You commit me to the dust of death.

17

כִּ֥י סְבָב֗וּנִי כְּלָ֫בִ֥ים עֲדַ֣ת מְ֭רֵעִים הִקִּיפ֑וּנִי כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י יָדַ֥י וְרַגְלָֽי׃

Dogs surround me; a pack of evil ones closes in on me, like lions [they maul] my hands and feet.

18

אֲסַפֵּ֥ר כָּל־עַצְמוֹתָ֑י הֵ֥מָּה יַ֝בִּ֗יטוּ יִרְאוּ־בִֽי׃

I take the count of all my bones while they look on and gloat.

19

יְחַלְּק֣וּ בְגָדַ֣י לָהֶ֑ם וְעַל־לְ֝בוּשִׁ֗י יַפִּ֥ילוּ גוֹרָֽל׃

They divide my clothes among themselves, casting lots for my garments.

20

וְאַתָּ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אַל־תִּרְחָ֑ק אֱ֝יָלוּתִ֗י לְעֶזְרָ֥תִי חֽוּשָׁה׃

But You, O LORD, be not far off; my strength, hasten to my aid.

21

הַצִּ֣ילָה מֵחֶ֣רֶב נַפְשִׁ֑י מִיַּד־כֶּ֝֗לֶב יְחִידָתִֽי׃

Save my life from the sword, my precious life from the clutches of a dog.

22

ה֭וֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִפִּ֣י אַרְיֵ֑ה וּמִקַּרְנֵ֖י רֵמִ֣ים עֲנִיתָֽנִי׃

Deliver me from a lion’s mouth; from the horns of wild oxen rescue me.

23

אֲסַפְּרָ֣ה שִׁמְךָ֣ לְאֶחָ֑י בְּת֖וֹךְ קָהָ֣ל אֲהַלְלֶֽךָּ׃

Then will I proclaim Your fame to my brethren, praise You in the congregation.

24

יִרְאֵ֤י יְהוָ֨ה ׀ הַֽלְל֗וּהוּ כָּל־זֶ֣רַע יַעֲקֹ֣ב כַּבְּד֑וּהוּ וְג֥וּרוּ מִ֝מֶּ֗נּוּ כָּל־זֶ֥רַע יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you offspring of Jacob, honor Him! Be in dread of Him, all you offspring of Israel!

25

כִּ֤י לֹֽא־בָזָ֨ה וְלֹ֪א שִׁקַּ֡ץ עֱנ֬וּת עָנִ֗י וְלֹא־הִסְתִּ֣יר פָּנָ֣יו מִמֶּ֑נּוּ וּֽבְשַׁוְּע֖וֹ אֵלָ֣יו שָׁמֵֽעַ׃

For He did not scorn, He did not spurn the plea of the lowly; He did not hide His face from him; when he cried out to Him, He listened.

26

מֵ֥אִתְּךָ֗ תְֽהִלָּ֫תִ֥י בְּקָהָ֥ל רָ֑ב נְדָרַ֥י אֲ֝שַׁלֵּ֗ם נֶ֣גֶד יְרֵאָֽיו׃

Because of You I offer praise in the great congregation; I pay my vows in the presence of His worshipers.

27

יֹאכְל֬וּ עֲנָוִ֨ים ׀ וְיִשְׂבָּ֗עוּ יְהַֽלְל֣וּ יְ֭הוָה דֹּ֣רְשָׁ֑יו יְחִ֖י לְבַבְכֶ֣ם לָעַֽד׃

Let the lowly eat and be satisfied; let all who seek the LORD praise Him. Always be of good cheer!

28

יִזְכְּר֤וּ ׀ וְיָשֻׁ֣בוּ אֶל־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־אַפְסֵי־אָ֑רֶץ וְיִֽשְׁתַּחֲו֥וּ לְ֝פָנֶ֗יךָ כָּֽל־מִשְׁפְּח֥וֹת גּוֹיִֽם׃

Let all the ends of the earth pay heed and turn to the LORD, and the peoples of all nations prostrate themselves before You;

29

כִּ֣י לַ֭יהוָה הַמְּלוּכָ֑ה וּ֝מֹשֵׁ֗ל בַּגּוֹיִֽם׃

for kingship is the LORD’s and He rules the nations.

30

אָכְל֬וּ וַיִּֽשְׁתַּחֲוּ֨וּ ׀ כָּֽל־דִּשְׁנֵי־אֶ֗רֶץ לְפָנָ֣יו יִ֭כְרְעוּ כָּל־יוֹרְדֵ֣י עָפָ֑ר וְ֝נַפְשׁ֗וֹ לֹ֣א חִיָּֽה׃

All those in full vigor shall eat and prostrate themselves; all those at death’s door, whose spirits flag, shall bend the knee before Him.

31

זֶ֥רַע יַֽעַבְדֶ֑נּוּ יְסֻפַּ֖ר לַֽאדֹנָ֣י לַדּֽוֹר׃

Offspring shall serve Him; the Lord’s fame shall be proclaimed to the generation

32

יָ֭בֹאוּ וְיַגִּ֣ידוּ צִדְקָת֑וֹ לְעַ֥ם נ֝וֹלָ֗ד כִּ֣י עָשָֽׂה׃

to come; they shall tell of His beneficence to people yet to be born, for He has acted.

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Achashverosh – Fool

Achashverosh was a fool: first he killed his wife at the urging of his friend, and then he killed his friend at the urging of his wife. ~ Yalkut Shimoni

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Fooling Yourself

The hardest thing in the world is to change yourself. The easiest, is to fool yourself.

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Parnasa – Not your problem

You are needed to illuminate your environment with Torah and service of the heart (prayer). Livelihood and what you need – that, God must provide for you.  You do what you must, and God will do what He must.

~ R’ Schneur Zalman of Liady to a chassid who complained about his difficulty in earning a livelihood.

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