Chizuk for Elul

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    The Ohr HaMeir says that in life there are certain people who have it easy. Everything goes smooth for them and no obstacles stand in their way. They think that they have reached perfection, they are on top of the world. On the other hand some people cannot catch a break. Every time they make a move something goes wrong. Are they traveling on the wrong road?

    The Ohr HaMeir explains with Mashal. If someone is traveling on the road carrying a sack of wheat husks, his trip is easy. He can travel wherever he wants as long as he wants feeling secure and knowing no one will rob him of his goods. However is he carrying a satchel of precious stones he sweats every step, knowing that he is a hunted man.

    Dovid HaMelech says in L’Dovid Hashem Ori (Tehilim 27:3) “Im Takum Alai Milchama B’Zos Ani Botei’ach”, if the enemy is constantly attacking me, in this I find confidence. Why? If my path in life was devoid of any value I would not encounter constant resistance from the Yetzer Hara. The fact that there is an obstacle in my path at every turn is a sign that I my actions, goals, and ambitions are very valuable. So valuable that the Yetzer Hara is throwing all his resources at me to stop from accomplishing my dreams.

    As we start Elul and head quickly towards Rosh Hashana and a new year, contemplate the past year. Did you have it easy? Did you get anything worthwhile accomplished? The Ohr HaMeir would venture to guess that the answer to the first question is not the answer to the second!

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    2 weeks left. So much to do. So little time. Thank you for the chizuk, I had it very rough this year, so I can relate to this vort, and take it to heart.


    Wow, thank you so much. That was really beautiful. Here is something else I learned..

    R’Tzvi Meir Zilberberg says that EVERY single drop of preparation you do for Rosh Hashana, makes you into a kli (a vessel) to receive all of the shefa (the blessings and energies) of the coming year that Hashem wants to give you. THE WINE IS BEING POURED!

    You need to make yourself into a cup that is able to receive the flow from Hashem! The bigger the cup you have, the more wine you will be able to use to fill it up! The more that you prepare yourself, the more you really try, the bigger your cu…p will be! We should all be zoche to make ourselves into bigger cups this year than we were last year, grow to higher levels in our avodas Hashem, Yiras Hashem, Ahavas Hashem, Emunas Hashem, Love of mitzvos, Torah, our brothers and sisters, etc and attain a greater attachment to Hashem that we ever thought possible! Good Shabbos!

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