August 28, 2008

Prayer: Sefer Yom LYom

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 7:25 pm

1. Say the words with the intent of reaching truth in your heart

2. See the letters as worlds in themselves and expand them, draw them out and they will shine for you.

3. When your prayer brings you to joy, know it is accepted.

4. People think by praying slowly their prayer is more devout but usually it just leads them to pride. Praying slowly is good but make sure it brings you to humility.

5. make your prayers beautiful to Hashem with melody and tones, even the angels with join in.

6. To bring yourself to humility while praying, climb from Malchut to chessed, then picture any three letter name in snow like white, Flipping the letters until you are nothing. (As taught by the Ramchals Students)

7. Prayer with energy and Devekus will eventually lead to prayer with stillness, allowing on the soul to move. This is the chassidic way tot pray but everyone usually prayers the opposite way.

8. Pacing back and forth and rocking arouses the heart.

9. Make set times and places to pray. Moving from this place even a few feet can change the prayer.

10. Accustom yourself to see YKVK and Adna intertwined when reciting the holy name. Have in mind the simple kavanah of elevating the Shechinah.

11. Every person can have ruach HaKodesh while praying, they can see holy lights and more. Go with this thinking to connect to the Shechinah and elevate Her. Those wise will elevate her many times over and over. Those even wiser will elevate all of Israel.

12. Absolutely never say a word to anyone during prayer. Do not be broken as your soul will be cast out of the holy gates making your prayer an abomination.

13. Reflect up on the great give of prayer and then pray happily.

14. When you prayer with faith, your prayer goes much further so believe in the power of your prayer and Hashem’s Rachmanus.

15. There is much deepness behind the names of Hashem chosen in each prayer, understand this and you are like the Kings closest attendant with full access to His treasures.

16. Put yourself in every prayer, and identify with it.

17. Praer for the needs of Klal Yisrael and the Shechinah as priority during set prayers and in hisbobidus, pray for yourself at the start. Then slowly negate yourself and pray for all of Israel.

18. Prayer with the accompany of a minyon assures one entry, while alone, one can easily get lost.

August 24, 2008

Sefer Yom LYom- Daily spiritual practices #3

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom,Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 11:31 pm

Chatzos, Midnight
(written by Rabbi Akiva’s grave)
1. The first few minutes of chatzos as the most beneficial
2. Before reciting the Tikkun, praise Hashem (through your own words or from Psalms 145-150) and be joyous in the holiness of this hour.
3. Even the mere thought of the Shechinah and Bais Hamikdosh at this hour is very great.
4. A person can be attached to the Shechinah after Chatzos more then any other hour. Even great is this attachment when with a minyon of people in study and prayer.
5. Keep your avodah at this time as private as possible between you and Hashem.
6. One can accomplish great things in the mikvah at this hour, more then during the day.
7. Every moment at this hour is more precious then pearls. Do not waist even a moment. Go to and from like a person in charge of a top secret important assignment.
(Continued at Rav chaim Luzatos grave)
8. It is benificial to go to a holy place and pray. If one goes lishmah, for the sake of Heaven, all the gates will open before him.
9. It is very important when spiritually prepared, to learn Zohar Friday night after Chatzos. This is the way of the Sages.
10. Be warned, if you do not sanctify yourself at this holy hour yet remain awake to be wasteful of time, swarms of impurities will look to draw from your spirit. Contra-wise, if you purity yourself, you could walk through fire that is how strong your soul can become at this time.
11. One can measure their level of fear of Hashem by going out in the night. (if safe in your area)
12. Talk to Hashem now in hisbodidus and you will not leave unanswered.
13. Even mundain activities and chores are elevated at this hour.
14. Being up for Chatzos and then going to sleep before naitz is like preparing a gormet meal and then leaving it out to spoil.
15. To little sleep and too much sleep leads a person to sin unless it is done for the sake of Heaven.
16. If you say Tikkun Rochel and Leah, even abridged, your study afterwards will be lishmah.
17. Cry out at this time for your lack of knowledge and poor study habits.
18. Hashem & the Righteous are listening to your study and prayer at this hour. This means that you are spiritually surrounded by their holiness. Those who are wise know how to connect themselves to this holiness and benefit from it in all ways.

August 14, 2008

Start your day

Filed under: Daily Thoughts — Reb Moshe @ 10:22 pm

A Jewish persons day starts out at nightfall. At the changes of the watches, which is the separation between day and night. These time periods of change which happen throughout the twenty four hour period have tremendous spiritual ramifications due to their depth. Therefore, we must not ignore its significance and utilize this time wisely.

If someone wanted to sneak through a heavily guarded area, they should do so at the time of the switching of the guards. At this time, they might be able to even walk right through to the King without interference since the guards are busy changing shifts and occupied with many things.

The changing of the watches is a busy time period in shamayim as well as in this earthly realm. People are arising from sleep, running to & from work, traveling to Synagogue or school and women are cooking the main courses of food for the day. It is very easy to let this opportune time slip away without being spiritually productive. Therefore, we must set up our daily schedule to make this time productive and to be occupied in mitzvos and joy.

August 12, 2008

Sefer Yom Lyom Daily Practices #2

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 8:49 pm

1. It is good to learn or pray standing from time to time to increase Devekus

2. Open your eyes in the mikvah to purify them from seeing that which is unholy

3. Think about the 4 compartments in the Tefillin & how they compare to the 4 letter name

4. Confess your sins regularly at the grave of a Tzaddik

5. Always keep the body clean & without oder

6. Look at the blue sky & think about Fear of Hashem

7. Cast a good eye on others, especially strangers & change their merit from bad to good

8. Drinking liquids arouses a person t pray & sing

9. Look at children & draw from the holiness in their face

10. Train yourself to see nature & relate it to Torah passages

11. Memorize many psalms by heart to later recall on the road in your travels

12. Overdress for most occasions in order to give extra respect to Hashem

13. Think of yourself as holy & eventually it will rub off on you

14. There is only one thing you should fake and that is to always appear happy to others. Eventually, it might become a reality & at least you will make others smile in the meanwhile.

15. Don’t be afraid to buy necessities you need when you are lacking them. Hashem will refill your pockets.

16. Picture yourself alone in the desert & call out to Hashem in simplicity & humility

17. Stop yourself from doing anything in the extreme in order to teach yourself balance

18. If you are worrying, you are not living

May 8, 2008

Daily practices 1, Should it be the topic of my next sefer?

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 11:17 pm

1. It is good for everyone to take upon themselves to study a book on Emunah, faith each day.
2. Also, a person should say daily, Shivisi Hashem Lenegdi Samid. I have placed Hashem before me.
3. It is also good to close ones eyes once in a while and to think of fear of Hashem. Our eyes cause our brain to compute a lot of information, if we close them, we are able to connect to spirituality easier.
4. When conversing with others, we can also think about Hashem. If we hear mundane matters, we should think how they are really connected to Hashem and Torah. This was the ways of Tzaddikim, the holy Sages.
5. It is good to leave small coins next to the charity box so you can put them in constantly and think about Hashem.
6. Kissing the mezuzah is often overlooked as is walking backwards out from the Synagogue. Some people even walk up to the bimah to kiss the Ahron before leaving. Even if we don’t feel anything from this, we are training ourselves in fear & love of Hashem.
7. It is good to wear our Tzizzis out so that we are reminded, even subcounciously about the mitzvos.
8. One should glance at the sky every so often as is known but also they should take it its beauty. The glancing at the sky is to bring us fear of Hashem while contemplating its beauty can also give us love of Hashem.
9. You cannot compare the holiness one keeps upon themselves by washing their hands outside the bathroom verses within. In Israel, all sinks are purposely made outside the bathroom.
10. As much as we should be bittle & think of ourselves as nothing, being totally humble. We must never forget and loose site of our holiness. Every Jewish soul is constantly connected to a stream of holiness.
11. Kashurut, eating kosher food enables ones soul to shine & not be blocked by confusions. The level of eating kosher food should always be improved upon & not static. There are very few people who really keep all the laws perfectly. A wise person is very careful when eating out. It really isn’t okay to simply trust anyone in kashrut. You would be surprised at the many mistakes being made by people who in other mitzvos are very careful. Know the heksharim of the places you go too, even if it is a neighbor who knows more then you in Torah.
12. Smiling is one of the biggest forms of Ahavas Yisrael.
13. Positive energy is contagious, if you have be blessed with this aspect, you must share it. Even if you are not a positive person, with practice, you can be. A positive person can change his mazel for good.