Tuesday, December 25, 2012

There is, a blessing, a prayer, and then there is a Blessing, capital B.

“Never take lightly the blessing of a simpleton in your eyes.” You really never know the power in the soul of another individual. Besides, at that moment it may very well happen that an Angel is listening and will throw his support to the blessing by responding Amen.

In the times of the Holy Baal Shem Tov there was a very simple fellow who earned his money by digging wells. Throughout the day he would review the five books of Moses and the entire book of Psalms which is all he was familiar with, by heart. The Baal Shem Tov said regarding this man. “Up in heaven they take seriously the opinion of this simpleton.”

The patriarch Jacob just before he passed away blessed his children, “each one according to what was their fate” in the future. In other words he didn’t create anything new for them. Through his blessing he merely helped bring about what was already theirs and in store for them for whatever reason. 

Instead of perhaps taking a much longer time for the good to reach them, by blessing his children Jacob accomplished the good would come faster and in a more revealed and noticeable manner.

This is the basic difference between a blessing and prayer.

In Hebrew the word blessing shares the same derivation as the word to “draw down” the branches. Specifically, it’s talking about branches of a vine tree that have already grown and are “pulled down” to the ground so they can form their own roots.

A person may have earned through his wise choices merit and positive deposits in his spiritual bank up in heaven. However for some other reason these positive energies have difficulty coming down to the person. Perhaps because of other not so smart choices the person has made. A blessing is a spiritual force and energy generated by the person giving the blessing to push this already existing good that it should reach the person so he/she can benefit and enjoy those dividends and rewards. 

In prayer, we ask, “May it be your will G-d, to cure the sick and provide for the poor.” It is possible that these individuals do not have in store for them to be cured or to have abundance. Their fate may be, to be sick so it can strengthen their faith and the faith of family members or to allow the opportunity that others can do good by helping these individuals. 

The power of prayer is such, especially when it comes from the heart and charity was given beforehand, that it can literally and actually change the fate of an individual even when it was not in store for them to be healthy or wealthy. Prayer is able to create a new will and desire on G-ds part to change His plan in favor of the one praying.

This is all as far as a person’s, blessings and prayers are concerned in the system G-d set up. 

A human being as great as he may ever reach is always finite. There is only so much he can accomplish in any realm. When G-d blesses however, since G-d is infinite and the source of everything, G-ds blessing is “an increase much greater, than the root of a humans blessing.”

How does one earn the blessings from G-d.

The Bible says, “I (G-d) will bless all those who bless you. (Abraham)” When someone blesses Abraham and his extension, which includes his children, they are guaranteed a blessing from G-d Himself.

Someone once asked Rabbi M.M. Schneerson for a blessing. The Rabbi responded. “When you will bless another this is the surest way for you to receive G-ds blessings because the bible (the word of G-d) already tells us “I will bless all those who bless you.” 

Bless another from your heart. Really feel it and mean it and this is the way to draw down into your life, in the most revealed way, goodness and blessings from the Almighty G-d.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dreams, Joy, Prophecy & Music.

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All of the Torah (the Bible) – has been presented by G-d to the world for it to be an eternal lesson of G-dly wisdom for all people in all times. There are an incredible amount of powerful life lessons from the weekly portion of the Torah (the five books of Moses - the Bible) that we are currently reading.

The Talmud and the books of mysticism tell us, dreams can sometimes contain a degree of prophecy and future telling. Joseph has these two dreams that he would become a master over his brothers. They really didn’t like the idea. One day, as Joseph was sent by their father to check up on the family, the brothers decide to sell Joseph as a slave.  Joseph ends up in a dungeon prison and Jacob loses his ability to experience the Holy Spirit.  A famine begins in Egypt, and after 22 years of being away from home Joseph becomes viceroy to King Pharaoh.

Jacob and his children, prominent wealthy people in the Land of Canaan hear there is food in Egypt, and they end up bowing down to Joseph, just as Joseph  had dreamt, in order to get provisions.

The brothers did not recognize Joseph and blamed each other for all the hardships they were going through, until Joseph revealed himself to them. They were shocked. Joseph tells them. “But now don’t be upset or angry with yourselves that you sold me to this place, for G-d sent me ahead of you to save your lives.”

Later on, after the death of Jacob their father, the brothers are afraid that Joseph may want to get even with them. Joseph tells his brothers. “Don’t be afraid, (that I will take revenge) for G-d only desires the good for you. Am I instead of G-d? (To decide unilaterally to punish you for what you did).” “You planned to do bad things to me (but) G-d intended for good – in order to make things like they are today, (where I am) keeping a great number of people alive.”

Let’s go through some of the powerful lessons in this short synopsis of a much longer story.

When a person has a dream that repeats itself, the Talmud tells us this could be an indication to take note of this dream.

“In the measure a person measures, so is measured for him.”  What goes around comes around. Jacob was away from his father (Isaac) and did not perform the Mitzvah - commandment and good deed to respect and honor his parents for 22 years. Jacob was punished that his son Joseph was away from him for 22 years.

Jacob was not as happy as he could have been,believing his son was killed by an animal. For that reason, he lost his capacity to experience the highest dimensions of G-dliness. “Strength and joy are in (His) Place.” In order for the Levites to channel G-dliness and the supernatural associated with G-dliness in the Temple, they played musical instruments to uplift and lighten their spirits

The prophet Elisha lost his prophecy because he was upset with the King Yehoram. “And it was when the musician played (for Elisha) and it came upon him the hand of G-d.”
For this reason, Joseph says the same thing to his brothers. “Do not be upset or angry.” “Depression is the emissary of the evil inclination to disturb and confuse a person in his G-dly mission. Slowly, it saps a person of his talents and stops up the faculties of his soul.”

No one can ever stand in the way of someone else’s destiny. The Talmud says, “A person cannot touch (affect) the canopy (destiny) of his friend.” Many times we would like to blame someone else for our lot in life.  This story shows us that even when the brothers tried to disturb and disrupt G-ds plans, they did not succeed.

Many more lessons but no more room.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The #8, Moshiach and Oil.

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The Torah-Bible informs us that G-d created the world in six days and ceased working on the seventh, the Sabbath. The number six can thus be said to represent the natural world that was created in six days (time) with its six spatial directions (east-west, north-south, up-down). The number seven represents G-d's immanence, the hidden presence of the Divine at the heart and core of this world.

The next number, eight, represents G-d's transcendence above and beyond this world. Chanukah happened from the level of "eight", that which is beyond natural law.

In Hebrew, the word shmonah (eight) has the same exact letters as hashemen (the oil), and neshama (soul). The number eight is also associated with the revelation of Moshiach – the Messiah. This is reflected in the Talmud which states, “the harp of the era of Mashiach will be of eight strands.”

And it’s all related. Oil, Moshiach, the eight days of lighting on Chanukah and soul.

All kings from the Davidic lineage were anointed however it is specifically and specially the ultimate king and redeemer of the world, who is called Moshiach. Moshiach, which literally means – the anointed one.

Oil and the Messiah-Moshiach have a very powerful and meaningful connection.

Oil represents and is associated with wisdom. Tekoa, a city south of Bethlehem, was renowned for its olive oil. The Talmud says that because the residents of Tekoa “where regulars with olive oil, wisdom was found in them.”

The Talmud says. “If someone should tell you there is wisdom in the world believe them. If someone should tell you there is Torah in the world do not believe them.” Many times people can know it’s bad to eat too much or engage in certain practices, but they will do it anyway.

The study of G-ds wisdom - our oil, the Torah, effects change in people. One of the characteristics of oil is that wherever it is placed it will saturate.

This wisdom, is imbued with an element and aura which surpasses the mind and is therefore able to accomplish eventually this change in those who study it. This recognition that Torah is G-ds wisdom, who allowed Himself to be understood only in limited measure, creates a very special approach to its study. One of reverence, holiness, and purity.

All this the Greeks were not able to swallow.  It was the oil and wisdom of the Bible, the Greeks were out to extinguish. They viewed the study of the Bible no different than any other philosophy and therefore saw nothing wrong in using impure oil for the light of the Menorah.

There was wisdom in the Greeks, however it was G-ds wisdom they were out to eradicate. The Bible which is G-ds wisdom makes its prohibited to use impure oil. The Greeks argued. Purity and impurity is beyond logic and cannot be rationally grasped. Therefore the Greeks did not pillage the oil from the Temple in Jerusalem they merely made it impure.

The prophet says that when the Messiah comes, “the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters fill the oceans.” Then, the light of clear and unambiguous wisdom will shine brightest. “The stones will shout from the walls,” all that it saw and heard throughout the ages. The times of Moshiach are associated with the best times for the Universe, because truth and clarity will reign. No more darkness, no more falsehood and confusion.

Moshiach is acclaimed as, THE anointed, with oil. This very special human being from the Davidic dynasty will usher in a grand era of the highest wisdom and light. Lighting the Chanukah menorah all eight nights and especially the 8th night of Chanukah, (this year Saturday night December 15, 2012 only when it is already dark outside) connects us with the deepest levels of our soul and the light within. This level of soul is the shine of Moshiach in each one of us. This adds more light to the world and brings us many steps closer to this wonderful and ultimate era for the entire universe.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Courageous ONE

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The Holiday of Chanukah begins Saturday night December 8, 2012 for eight nights. “Whoever observes the lighting of the Chanukah lights will merit children who will be scholars!”  WOW! What’s up with that? Let us go through some history.

The Jewish People entered the land of Israel and notwithstanding the many difficulties, about 400 years later the first Temple was built by King Solomon. During the times of the first Temple in Jerusalem which lasted 410 years, the prophets warned the people to improve their ways. Unfortunately ten tribes out of twelve where banished and lost from the land and then came the destruction of the first Temple by the Babylonians.

The second Temple was built in Jerusalem 70 years later under the leadership of Ezra the scribe. Ezra encouraged many to come back to Israel and many did return.

Living now in the land of Israel were the tribes of Judah Benjamin and the Levites which totaled a couple million souls. The Persians imposed their control over Israel and due to ongoing wars, after Alexander, the Greeks now imposed their influence and power over Israel.

About two hundred years into the second temple there was the Hellenization of the people. Strict observance of the Bible law was being compromised for the “forward” thinking of the times.  People’s attention were directed to the health of one’s body as the new “religion”. The Olympics, is one creation of those times.

The Greeks set up altars all over the land of Israel where they would offer pigs as a sacrifice something which is against the laws of the Jewish people. The Greeks claimed they had no problem with sacrifices as prescribed in the Bible. “But let’s be logical about it” they said. “Why and to whom, really, should it matter if it’s not being offered in Jerusalem in the Temple? Why and to whom, should it matter if the animal is not kosher?”

Most of the people caved in to the pressure. As the influence of the Greeks approached Jerusalem specifically the town of Modiin a priest by the name of Matisyahu the Hasmonean, son of Yochonan the priest, decided he would not give into the pressure.

Although the army of the Greeks where by far stronger, way more qualified and more numerous Matisyahu followed the example of Abraham, Gideon, Joshua, David and so many more in our history who were aroused by their inner soul and flame not to feel challenged  by what feels like the overwhelming power of darkness. Matisyahu understood that the light and flame of a G-dly soul can chase away much darkness, even when the darkness appears to be so vast and enormous. “Not because you are more numerous, but because I love you, says G-d.”

When Matisyahu was ordered to offer a pig for a sacrifice, he mustered the courage and killed the representative of this deviant and mistaken way for the people of Israel and was forced to flee to the mountains.

Matisyahu put out a cry, “Whoever is with G-d, (come) to me.”  His family and a small group of righteous, pure souls started to terrorize and fight this vast army. They fought with the slogan, “Who is like G-d amongst the strong.” In Hebrew the first letters of these words spell “Maccabee”.

Because of this powerful unwavering faith in fighting for G-d, the Maccabees miraculously overcame the vast army and established once again the untainted spiritual practices of the Temple. The rulership of the land returned back to the Jewish people.

“Observing” this Holiday means, looking into the lights and listening to their story. Remembering, that it is thanks to these few members of the Maccabees who would not cave in, that we celebrate our Holiday today. Remembering, that it’s not always the majority of people whom we should follow. Someone, must stand up for what is correct and proper. No matter how big the darkness, sticking with the G-dly path in itself is already the winning path, the path of light.

A home in which this light shines, is sure to have children that society will be very proud of.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Which side are you on?

When G-d just started creation before much happened, the Bible says “darkness was on the surface of the deep.” The commentators say this darkness refers to the seeds of darkness planted for believers to battle, generations later in the time of the Greek Hellenists.

The principles, ideals, and pursuits associated with classical Greek civilization and the conformity forced upon all to imitate the culture of ancient Greece threatened the survival of believers in an invisible G-d.

After the Bible tells us there was only darkness it immediately continues, “G-d said, Let there be light! – and there was light.” Darkness is temporary until we overcome the challenge and discover the light.

Darkness itself is a creation of G-d, “who forms light and creates darkness”. Anything and everything for it to exist must have a source, a place from which it came from.  Nevertheless the characteristic of darkness is that because there is no light a person’s reality can be obscured and fooled. In a state of darkness the truth many times will go unnoticed.

The Greek Hellenists decreed that it was forbidden to practice the Sabbath and the Circumcision. The practice of Sabbath reminds us there is a G-d who created this universe in six days and rested on the seventh day. The Sabbath is a day to reinforce our faith in a supreme being and our commitment to values that are more important than “six days you shall work.”

Circumcision brings a child on the eighth days of his life, long before it is possible for him to logically understand what is happening, into a covenant with G-d. “It will be a sign on your flesh of our eternal bond”.

The Greeks where a highly intelligent people. What they abhorred and stood violently against was the belief and acceptance that there is more to our lives than just the physical.

Recently I was reading an article written by a neurosurgeon who had a near death experience. He writes that while he was always under the impression that it was the brain that produces all that we think and feel, after his most recent experience he has come to a new realization. “We” exist apart from our bodies, and “we” merely operate through our bodies.

The physical world is not where it begins and ends. There is a reality that brought this world into existence and for the sun to rise every day and the winds to blow there is a soul and energy behind and inside that makes it all happen.

The Greeks had no problem with the practice of lighting the Menorah candelabra in the Temple. Their problem was doing it with “PURE” oil. To the Greeks purity and impurity was unreal. The concept of actually applying a belief, was an idiotic fantasy that would not be tolerated.

The small family of priests was determined to prove these Greeks wrong. “It is not in strength or in power, but only in my spirit says the Lord of Hosts”. The invisible and unseen carries with it way more strength than we can imagine.

The Maccabees as this small family of priests called themselves overcame miraculously beyond logic this great big army.  They entered the Temple to light the Menorah with pure oil because that is what “G-d” commanded. They demonstrated for everyone to see, a miracle. Life is way more than what meets the eyes. Don’t accept limitations and darkness as your reality.

They found one small pitcher of pure oil which could normally last for only one night and instead it lasted for eight nights until new pure oil could be produced.

The story of Chanukah reinforces our faith in G-d. Those who don’t accept the limitations of darkness, light surely follows.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tests and Hardships.

“For G-d your G-d is testing you to know whether you do in fact love G-d your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Tests are given to a person like everything else G-d creates, for the good of the person. When G-d wants to bring out the best in a person, when G-d wants to find an excuse to give a person reward he places him in a test. 

G-d said. “ Abraham will become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the world will be blessed through him. For I have known and cherished him because he instructs his sons and his household after him to keep the way of G-d.” Abraham had to prove himself by overcoming ten tests. 

The mere fact that G-d puts us in these situations and in today’s day and age when “darkness covers over the earth” tests are more than ever before, demonstrates, we have the strength to successfully overcome this tests and difficulties.

When a student in school or a soldier in the army successfully overcomes their test, they are promoted to the next higher class and rank and receive greater rewards. Life is an assignment from G-d, a mission up to the finishing line. The further we advance and grow in this mission the greater the recognition and reward in the phase when remuneration for all the sweat and tears is dispensed.

The bible speaks of five different categories and types of tests. 

There is the test of sacrificing the self. You are challenged to compromise your faith and association with G-d or else they will kill you. In communist Russia, people who taught religion and belief in G-d where severely punished.

There is the test of accepting difficulties with love. When a person hears they lost their job or G-d forbid have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Do they fall apart, complain, and protest the injustices of life and the world, or, do they reinforce and draw from their faith strength to accept in love that everything is always for the good.

Being rich and having the good life is a more challenging test than being poor and having it difficult. This is the third category of tests. Unfortunately the tendency is when things are good to become insensitive to the blessings that come from G-d and to forget the needs of the less fortunate.

The third test G-d presents is to see whether a person becomes more spiritually connected when life is good or does the person becomes more engrossed and absorbed in materiality.

The fourth test is to take control and break the lures of physical enticements. Mysticism explains we have a G-dly soul and an animal soul that dwells primarily in the flesh. Our free choice as human beings is to decide whether we will give in to the selfish drives of the animal within or elevate our lives to higher and nobler purposes than our self-indulgent desires.

The fifth test is that of faith itself. When we see or hear horrendous things happening in the world. When we hear of bad people seemingly having it easy. When we ourselves, G-d forbid have it tough, do we still believe there is an all knowing merciful G-d who is infinite, who created the world and is behind every detail of existence? Or, do we foolishly conclude there is no G-d. Or, if there ever was a G-d He has long ago left the scene.

Overcoming tests are a very difficult part of life. The price in physical and psychological energy is pretty high. In the end however, the satisfaction and pleasure of success and the reward outweighs by far any of the hardships getting there.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Working Hard or Easy?

Sarah passes on and her husband Abraham is looking for a burial site to fulfill his obligation to bury his wife. Abraham decides he would like to buy land in Hebron from Efron, and Efron offers to give the land for free, as a gift. Abraham would not hear of it and insisted he wanted to pay for the land. Efron offers to sell the land for its full value, 400 silver talents and Abraham purchases the property and buries his wife Sarah.

Abraham did not want that there should be in the future the slightest claim on the land from Efron or his people if he would accept the land as a gift, therefore he compensated Efron to the last penny that was requested for the land. In doing so, the land was totally acquired by Abraham for both Sarah and Abraham and all his children.

The bible says Efron referred to Abraham as “a G-dly prince in our midst”. Abraham was a special and important person amongst the people of that time. The law is, when an important person accepts a gift from someone, the honor and pleasure received as a result, is considered as a form of currency and exchange that the important person is giving, a sort of a barter, for the gift granted to him,

Abraham as an important person, had he accepted the land as a gift this would have been his form of payment for the land to Efron. Why did he still insist in paying the full price in cash?

Here we have a great secret and lesson in life.

It is true that had Abraham merely accepted the land from Efron this would have totally severed any claims to the land by Efron by virtue of the gift accepted by Abraham. However, Abraham would not have paid any money and this is something Abraham did not want to do.

True service to G-d and worthwhile accomplishments in life must come necessarily through hard labor. Anything that comes by itself or without sacrifice, remain external and superficial to our lives. Without working hard for something, what we acquire will not be permanent and doesn’t have any real inherent value and appreciation in our lives.

Abraham insisted to pay full price for the burial site because he understood, “a man (to be happy and fulfilled) is born to toil”, he must earn his keep.

Everything in this world has a spark of G-dliness, and therefore potential blessing waiting to be redeemed when it is used in the service of G-d. The more we utilize what G-d created, for the good, the more we free goodness in the world.

The way to involve our own lives and actual bodies in this process and bring the best of blessings and health in our own lives and thereby connect deeply with the act is when we toil in hard labor to bring about good. “With the sweat of your brow you will eat bread.” There is an inherent positive value in working hard and plugging away to accomplish results in life.
Mysticism teaches, “Free bread is shameful bread.” The great AriZal teaches the sweat one experiences when doing good deeds cleans the dirt of one’s soul.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

You pray? Do you deserve?

Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber was once sitting together with his followers when one of them decided to make a toast. “May the merit of the holy Rabbi Shnuer Zalman protect us.”

The Rebbe retorted, “Why?” The student was dumfounded.
The Rebbe explained. “When someone asks you for money, do you just dig into your pocket and give the person what he is asking for. Or, do you ask, “why”?
“You just requested and asked that all the good this great Rabbi stands for  and he accomplished in his lifetime , should bless and protect us. As you are requesting for something,  shouldn’t you be asking yourself, why?”  And the Rebbe continued.
“When the good angel created from your toast, goes up to heaven to request from the soul of this Holy man a favor for someone, the angel himself needs to come prepared with an answer when he is asked,why?  A person must always make himself worthy of the blessing.”
Prayer is many times compared to a ladder whose bottom is on the ground and its head is in the heaven.
The power of prayer, instituted by the men of the great assembly,  is such that it can elevate a person from the abyss of his soul experience to the highest of the high. The ladder of prayer has inherently built into it, this connection. It is up to the one who prays  to elevate and raise himself through proper meditation and dedication of his deeds and actions to what is higher and more noble than the coarse world we are living in, towards heaven, and the connection is done.
This connection with the spiritual when it is real and tangible, tranforms the person into a more refined person.  The person himself feels and knows he is not the same as he was before this spiritual experience.
Prayer is not just a time to ask for things, from the Almighty. Prayer is an opportunity to become more, by dedicating ourselves and connecting more of who we are with G-dliness. “The more one is connected above, the less chances a person has, to slip and fall, down below.”
That talmud tells us that the most powerful  prayer of the day comes in the afternoon. Elijah the prophet when he had his great face off against all the false prophets,  he was answered spectacularly  in the afternoon. Not because he was Elijah, but because the afternoon has this very special quality.
In the morning a person is fresh and in the mood. At the end of the day everything is already behind him. It’s smack in the middle of a person's busy day, all is worries and stress is at its highpoint, it is then that he connects his world, the deepest of  his world with the highest of the high.
The further back an elastic band is pulled the greater the momentum and force it has when let go.
Prayer is not just for those who” get it” and are already “up there”. Talking to G-d in prayer has the opportunity to connect one and all with the power above. Then, the above is able to influence and permeate our lives with blessings, down below.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It is ACTUALLY ALL for the good.

The Talmud teaches, “A person is obligated to bless and acknowledge G-d over the bad and misfortune just as he blesses and praises G-d over the good.”  In the same way that a person accepts and receives the good in his life with open and manifest joy, a person should accept those things that appear negative and undesirable with a positive and grateful attitude, because in truth it really is for the good.

The Talmud says a story of a person by the name of Nochum who was chosen to represent the community in Israel before the Emperor in Rome. Nochum was given a chest of gold and diamonds to impress the Emperor. Little did Nochum know that overnight in the inn, the valuable content was stolen and exchanged for earth and stones.

Not realizing what happened; when Nochum presented the gift to the Emperor his highness was furious at the insult and ordered Nochum to jail. Nochums’ response was to say and truly believe in his heart, “all that G-d does is for the good”.

In the end it turned out that this earth and stones were endowed with a special quality that the Emperor was able to use against his enemies, and the people in Israel were greatly rewarded.

How is it possible to truly believe everything is for the good when on the face of it things are dark and bleak?

Once a student came to his Rabbi and asked for advice how to handle all the hardships he had in life. This Rabbi advised his student to go to Reb Zushe for guidance. Reb Zushe was a person with every reason to complain. His health was not the best, neither were his affairs at home or his financial situation. When this student showed up at the door of Reb Zushe for advice he was told by Reb Zushe to go to someone who truly had problems and could advise him how to cope.

In the world of Reb Zushe, he had no problems. 

It is precisely this quality we attribute to Abraham and Sarah. The Bible says, “All the years of Sarah were equally good.” However we know that for 90 years Sarah was barren.  She travelled with her husband to Israel thinking all would be well and ended up in a land where there was a famine. Forced to go to Egypt she was abducted by the king and many other similar experiences which appeared as hardships for Sarah. How can all her years be equally good?

The answer is, they were all equally good. As a righteous and G-dly woman Sarah accepted everything that transpired in her life with open arms and in love as coming from G-d. Sarah understood that even down to the minutest detail everything is directed and influenced by G-d and because G-d is by nature kind and good, everything in truth must be, for the good, all the time.

When a person develops and cultivates an awareness and continual mindfulness that G-d is always right here, within me and the reason for everything that is happening, the obvious conclusion and outcome is a complete acceptance and comfort with what is.

Abraham, was blessed with the virtue of always being satisfied with what he had and never felt he was lacking or dealt with an unjustified hand. Abraham knew and felt in his heart G-d who is perfect always does the best for each individual and therefore there is never anything to complain about.

Mysticism explains that this attitude to see everything in a positive perspective because G-d is the cause of everything, has the power to actually transform an otherwise difficulty situation into an actual positive and happy situation. “And those who put their trust in G-d, kindness (always) surrounds them.”