11 Kislev 5781 / Friday, November 27, 2020 | Torah Reading: Vayeitzei
dot  Add to favorites   dot  Set as homepage  
    Create an account    |    Sign in
    My Account     Orders History     Help
  My Country:  
  United States   
   My Currency:  
  US Dollar   
Home Page Torah Portion Spirituality and Faith Foundations of Judaism Inspirational Stories Family & Daily Life Holidays and Fast Days Israel and Society
   Shabbat     Hitbodedut (Personal Prayer)     Holiness for Men and Women     Jewish Daily Life and Halacha             
Holiness for Men and Women  
HomeFoundations of JudaismHoliness for Men and WomenSmile and Say "Cheese" for Hashem
  Advanced Search

Smile and Say "Cheese" for Hashem    

Smile and Say "Cheese" for Hashem

The truth is clear – Hashem hears our prayers, Hashem is with us, He’ll help us. But the truth is so incredible, it’s so awesome, that it’s too much for us to grasp…


Translated by Aaron Yoseph


We’ve been exiled so many times. Egypt, Babylonia, Rome, Germany, Russia, America, England. We’ve been all over, and we’re still here. Hashem created everything just for us. He can’t leave us. We know that this is the reality. If we can overcome our depression and despair, this time of the year during the Shovevim is the best time to come close to Hashem. We can find Him here, in the darkness of the middle of the night.


But we don’t understand emuna. The Rebbe tells us that this is possible for us. We can trust in Hashem. The Holy Temple – the Beis HaMikdash - opened up our eyes for us. Back then, we could see the truth. We had brains. We could see how much Hashem delighted in us, each of us, with even the smallest of mitzvos. The Beis HaMikdash opened our eyes. Today we don’t have it, but the Tsaddikim bring us the holiness of the Beis HaMikdash. Learning our holy Rebbe Nachman's books is the next best thing to being in the Beis HaMikdash…


The Rebbe shows us and tells us that we have to refresh our emuna every day, because we’ll face a battle in it every day. Don’t cover over the truth. See where Hashem did help you. Thank Hashem. Emuna brings us to prayer. The more we acknowledge, the more we thank Hashem, the more miracles we see. The main thing is not to ignore or hide the miracles.


Why is it so hard for us to stay strong in emuna? The Rebbe gets to the root of the problem. Emuna is truth. The truth is clear – Hashem hears our prayers, Hashem is with us, He’ll help us. But the truth is so incredible, it’s so awesome, that it’s too much for us to grasp. The truth is that Hashem is here, and he wants to see you smile. Yes, go ahead – say "cheese" for Hashem because He's taking your picture right now. This is the truth. But nowadays truth has become relative – according to what you can take, but then that isn’t really the whole truth.


This world is so lowly – yes, but the truth is that Hashem wants it like this. The truth is that Hashem delights in you. When our emuna gets weak, we have no strength. True, you have no strength, but the truth is that Hashem is watching, and every tiny bit that you pick yourself up, given’s Him great delight. So it’s very worthwhile making that little effort.


Getting close to Hashem is about seeing the truth. When we see the truth, we can always find advice. The Torah is truth. The Tsaddikim are truth. I’ll go with them till the end. Things are only able to confuse us because we aren’t connected to the truth strongly enough. The truth is doing teshuva out of love, just for Hashem. To learn something and rejoice in the fact that Hashem delights in it – that's true learning!


When we have the truth, we have emuna. Otherwise, when we have a headache, we aren’t feeling well, things didn’t go as we wanted – we get stuck. With truth and emuna, we know that things are however Hashem wants to be. We feel no need to fight against reality. The Rebbe teaches us what emuna is. It’s truth. It's Hashem's light. When we’re careful in observing the Mitzvos of the Torah, we get the desire for the truth.

New Comment    New Comment
   See More Articles By Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak
   Read more about Holiness for Men and Women

Top of article    Top of article       Email This Article    Email This Article          Share to Facebook       Print version    Print version

 Join the distribution list Join the distribution list
If you would like to receive other related articles or Breslev.co.il features via e-mail, please enter your e-mail address here:


 Related Articles Related Articles

Jungle Warfare               We Have the Power!               The Source of Life
 Jungle Warfare  We Have the Power!  The Source of Life

  2 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks  
  Email ivetbaldayac@gmail.com
Ivet Baldayac2/23/2019 1:23:34 AM
  Emuna and say cheese to Hashem
Ivet Baldayac2/23/2019 1:17:01 AM

Add Your CommentAdd Your Comment    Add Your Comment    

In Honor of:    In Memory of:
Like What You Read?
Help Breslev Israel spread the light of Rebbe Nachman
across the globe, and be a partner in making a better world.
Click here to support Breslev.co.il
 Products of the Day Products of the Day
Back  1 2 3  Next
Back  1 2 3  Next
 Most talked about Most talked about
Up  1 2 3  Down
 Most read Most read
Up  1 2 3  Down
 Facebook Facebook
 Mailing List Mailing List
Subscribe Here:   


open toolbar