Knowledge is Power -- G-dly Knowledge is Super Power.
G-d presented us with His infinite wisdom in the Torah - Bible.....
“to improve (and perfect) the world under (imbued by) the sovereignty (and the guidelines within) of G-dliness. “ The wise sages of the Talmud teach us that the study of Torah is THE antidote for ALL illnesses.
Not only because the Torah will direct you to the right places and the right people who can help you, and not only because the actual wisdom and principles behind any cure is found in the Torah, but most important, because Torah is an infinite perfect energy and when connected with it, “it (is the ultimate strength and energy and it) protects and saves.”
There has been lots of talk lately regarding the phenomenal benefits of meditation and mindfulness. This is precisely what true prayer is all about. Recently I came across an article that quoted a newly published study out of Harvard on the significant positive impact meditation has on our brains and/ as a result especially on our gut. I don’t have to tell you about all the spiritualists who have been practicing this art for thousands of years.
The following is from that article
……It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life. Other studies in different patient populations have shown that meditation can make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we are now investigating the underlying mechanisms in the brain that facilitate this change.” – Britta Holzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany
Researchers from Harvard have also released another study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) is a very big help.
The study comes out of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). This is the very first study where the use of the “relaxation response” was examined in these disorders, and the first to investigate the genomic effects of the relaxation response in individuals with any disorder. The report was published in the journal PLOS-ONE…….
Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg (1726- 1778) was one of the great early Chasidic Rebbes. Born Shmuel Horowitz, a Levite, he traced his lineage back directly to the prophet Samuel who was also a Levite.
Said Rabbi Shmelke.” I want very much to remain in this world and I do not want, THE world to come! The reason is, because here, in this world, we have the awesome days of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These are days the prophet tells us, “seek G-d when He can be found, call Him when He is close.” We are afforded the once in a lifetime opportunity to re-connect and refresh our souls with G-dliness and spirituality. We can take advantage of the mitzvah to return back to our pristine purity. What flavor would there be living in the other world, where all this doesn’t exist??”
Chassidic philosophy stresses the importance of meditation, deep concentration and a complete setting aside of oneself when praying. Prayer, putting ourselves into the meaning of the words organized by the mystics and great sages, is the field upon which the exercise and spiritual journey of the soul takes place.
Every day when we say and meditate on, “Hear oh Israel the Lord our G-d the Lord is one” for a few moments, we contemplate on the greatness of G-d all around us, and in everything. We realize our need for the good graces of G-d everywhere and in everything we do, and we accept this reality in our lives.
This statement and our realization of its veracity becomes our very real connection to the source in the heavens, and foundation upon which we build the rest of the day. With this awareness within us and its deep impression inside, a person eliminates anxiousness and worry. Faith, trust, and confidence are strengthened.
Rosh Hashanah, both days which are considered like one long day, is all about the mission and task, to take that short moment we meditate on G-ds greatness every morning and work on this realization throughout the Holiday on a very personal level, setting up our connection with THE source and establishing a solid foundation for the rest of the year.
Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, this year is 5777 since creation.
“As we begin the year, so goes it for the rest of the year.” The ten days of repentance which begin with Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur, G-d “is more easily found, and is close (er),” waiting for us to make the smallest move towards Him. “Open for me like the eye of the needle and I will open up for you like the greatest doors of the Temple.”
If we should successfully make a deeper and richer connection with G-d during these very potent days, there is no doubt, the coming year will contain many more blessings than the past year. A Sweet Healthy and Happy Year, for everyone.