Unfortunately, been busy with Uni work. However I just posting some thoughtful words that I came accross lately. One is from R’ Tzvi Freedman and the other R’ Aaron Moss (who I happen to know personally as he is a Rabbi in my community). In my opinion they are both among the most talented writers in the Chabad world today. You can find alot of their articles on www.chabad.org. Anyways enjoy, learn, and I hope to write again soon.
Angry at the World
Why are you so surprised to find evil and corruption running amok everywhere you look? This world is the coarsest and harshest of all worlds, the ultimate concealment. Almost all of it is darkness and emptiness. Only a tiny spark of good is buried deep within to keep it alive.
You could spend your lifetime dwelling on the outrages and scandals and things that are not right–or your could take a moment to search for that spark. You could find it, grasp it, fan its flame. From within its aura, you will see the darkness shining brighter than the heavens. In that moment of light, the night will never have been.
Fueled by your love, the light will swallow all that surrounds it.
A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
-words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Iyar 16, 5766 * May 14, 2006
What Do I Do If I Don’t Believe?
By Aron Moss
I don’t pray every day. Sometimes I’m not so sure that I believe in G-d enough to pray. I just don’t think I can have the unwavering faith that people like you seem to have. I’ll never be so sure. Can you pray and be a good Jew if your faith is unsteady?
To be a Jew means to struggle. The very name Israel means "one who struggles with G-d." Faith is not a light switch that you turn on and it stays on. Faith is a fire that you need to tend to and fuel, and sometimes rekindle. It is a wrestle that never ends.
The name "Israel" means "one who struggles with G-d." There are days that your faith shines through and everything fits into place. On these days, you feel at one with yourself and G-d, and prayer comes naturally. Then there are days that you wake up and all is dark, your faith seems to have dried up. G-d, soul, prayer, goodness–all seem like annoying insects buzzing in your ear, and you just want to just roll over and go back to sleep.
But even on those days, you have to find the motivation to get up and get on with it. Perhaps your faith won’t get you out of bed, so how about trying another approach. Putting aside your faith in G-d, what about G-d’s faith in you?
There is a powerful prayer that we say as soon as we wake up in the morning:
I give thanks to you, Living and Eternal King, for You have returned my soul to me with kindness. How great is Your faith.
The faith referred to here is not our faith in G-d, but rather "Your faith"–G-d’s faith in us.
If your faith in G-d doesn’t get you out of bed, what about G-d’s faith in you? The very fact that we have woken up is proof that G-d believes in us. He knows that we are not perfect, is well aware of our failings and knows the mistakes we have made. And yet, in the morning after our sleep, He returns our soul to us and gives us another chance, because He trusts us. He has faith in our ability to change and make today a bit better than yesterday. We may or may not believe in Him, we may or may not believe in ourselves, but G-d believes in us.
Humans are fickle; G-d is constant. His faith in us is firm and unchanging, even if our faith in Him is shaky. That’s the faith of an Israelite, one who struggles with G-d. We may be struggling, but we are struggling with G-d – He is always there.
If you woke up this morning, if your soul was returned to you to see another day, then give thanks. Start your day with a prayer, if not out of your faith in G-d, then at least out of G-d’s faith in you. He trusts you enough to give you a precious soul. Use it.