The Maggid of Mezeritch used to tell his students that it is more important to be careful to bentch with kavanah than to daven with kavanah

Prayer was instituted by the Anshei Kenesses Hagedolah (Men of the Great Assembly), whereas Bikas Hamazon is a positive mitzvah of the Torah. ~ Toldos Aharon

Perhaps this shabbos, let’s try to focus a little harder on benching with proper kavanah. Have a wonderful uplifting shabbos!

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What Should You Think About When You Bow in Prayer?

When we  bow down to Hashem during the Shmonei Esreh, we must not underestimate the value of this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for the countless kindnesses that we receive from Hashem… Each time, think of one specific kindness (of thousands) and bow in deepest humility of humble gratefulness. ~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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All Heart

The importance of a prayer does not depend on the amount of words uttered to invoke Hashem, but rather on the quality of the cry of the heart thrown towards Hashem. ~ R’ Yechazkel Levenstein

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Times of Stress

Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth.  If we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity. ~ R’ Dr. Avraham J. Twerski zt”l

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How can Hashem Allow Such a Tragedy to Happen in Meron?

When someone has those kinds of questions, you don’t dare try to give any type of answer. You just put your arm around them and say, you know what, I am going to ask that question with you together. ~ Rav Shlomo Katz

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Big Day for Tefillah

It is proper for every yirei shamayim to do teshuvah on Lag b’Omer because Reb Shimon’s merit will help him purify himself. ~  R’ Yohonoson Eibshitz zt’l

Today is also an opportune time to daven for good children (to be like R’ Shimon Bar Yochai), Parnassah (as today was the day the mon started falling), Healing, that the barren should bear children, Shidduchim, Ruchniyos and Moshiach.    

Please also daven and say Tehillim for all those that were injured last night in Meron. May they have a Refuah Sheleima!

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Why Bonfires?

The Zohar states that on the final day of Reb Shimon Bar Yochai’s life, he revealed to his students the great and holy secrets of kabbalah. As long as he taught, the sun didn’t set.

The Bnei Yissaschar writes that this explains the custom to light candles and bonfires on Lag b’Omer. It is in commemoration of the sun that continued to shine on the final day of Reb Shimon’s life. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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You Count!

The best the yetzer hara can hope to do it persuade you that you don’t make a difference.

Who’s going to bring Moshiach if not for us?  We’re the last few, the glowing ember, the tiny little group that eats kosher and keeps Shabbos and comes to learn, the last ones carrying HaKadosh Baruch Hu’s Name through the world.

But the Satan tries to convince us – us! – that we don’t make a difference, that we don’t count. We’re the ones… In Shamayim, the angels cheer for us when we do something good.  We count! We’re the ones bringing Moshiach! ~ R’ Dovid Orlofsky

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How Big is Hashem?

A little boy asked his father: How Big is Hashem?

Looking up at the sky, his father saw an airplane and asked his son: “How big is that airplane?”

The boy answered: “It’s very small. I can barely see it.”

So the father took him to the airport and as they approached an airplane he asked: “And now, how big is the airplane?” 

The boy answered: “Wow daddy, this is huge!” 

Then the father told him: “This is how it is with Hashem.  His size depends on the distance between you and Him. The closer you are to Him, the greater He will be in your life!

How close are you to Him?

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Search for these Treasures!

If people realized the great reward for answering Amen, they would run about searching for opportunities to hear Berachos as though they were desperately searching for treasures. ~ The Pele Yoetz

Perhaps, let’s make an effort this week, whether in shul or eating with others, to say Amen to berachos. 

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