When I come to shul to daven, and in fact, everything that I do in life, I find it very helpful to keep myself in check by constantly asking myself questions in order to put things in the right perspective. I want to share just some examples of the questions I ask myself
Why am I here?
What is my purpose in life? Is it really to just go to work, come home, watch TV day in and day out?
There’s got to be a reason I am here. What is my mission? Am I doing everything I can to accomplish that mission?
When I come to daven, do I really believe that Hashem is standing right before me? Am I saying the words in a way that if someone was requesting something from me, I would listen?
When I daven, do I know what I am saying?
If I don’t know what I am saying, am I doing anything about it so that one day soon I will know everything I am saying?
When I have the urge to speak to a friend during davening, I ask myself is it worth saying these few words to my friend or will I possibly look back at this moment after 120 years IYH, and regret for all eternity that I sinned. That goes for any sin.
When I am in middle of a great seifer and bring it to shul to read, but don’t just learn it between aliyas, but I learn it during the actual laining, I ask myself is this really what Hashem wants me to be doing during laining? Or is this the Yeitzer Hara convincing me that it’s okay to ignore the laining since after all, I am learning?
When I learn or daven, am I just going through the motions or am I actually trying to get closer to Hashem?
Am I setting aside enough time to learn halacha so I know How to serve Hashem?
I think more important than the answers to these questions are the questions themselves. If you constantly ask yourself questions like this, not only will you put yourself in the right frame of mind, but you will find that Hashem will immediately answer your questions.
I once again want to bring to your attention that we are at the very beginning of a 6 year cycle to learn a page of Mishna Brurah a day, 5 days a week. Each shiur is just 15 minutes per day and I can’t think of anyone better to be giving the shiur than Rabbi Dr. Aaaron Glatt. Today is day 2, but here is a link to day 1 and 2 in case you choose to start today.
Here is a link to the first shiur (Daf 4a, the first page in the Mishnah Brurah):
And here is a link to today’s shiur:
The gemara (Talmud Niddah 73a) states that one who studies Halachos daily is guaranteed a portion in Olam Haba, the world to come. Let’s take that guarantee, become a “Ben Olam Haba” and not let this opportunity pass us by.