Thursday, September 3, 2015

Message from Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, shlita, Parashat Ki Savo 5775, 16 Elul (31/8/15)

Every year before Yom Kippur, G-d gives forty days of mercy and every one of those days is like a mini Yom Kippur to redeem yourself before the big Yom Kippur. If a Jew repents, he will get assistance from the heavens and will be more ready for Yom Kippur, after Hatarat Nedarim, after the decision to stop sinning, after the decision to remain with G-d, with Torah, with prayer and Mitzvot, good deeds and the commandments.

You must not, I repeat - MUST NOT underestimate the IDF solders! Do not spread photos and mock them to make the enemies of Israel happy! If Jews knew that they are alive because of the IDF soldiers, that they can sleep in peace, work, learn Torah, have Shabbat in peace without trouble, they would protect the IDF soldiers with their bodies! G-d is looking from the heavens at the soldiers giving their bodies, spirits, and souls to the holy land of Israel. You must not discredit them or hurt them! The generation of the desert underestimated the holy land of Israel and the entire generation was buried in the desert for forty years. The IDF is the strongest army in the world; you must unbind their hands and support them from Eilat to Metulah. Arabs upload pictures of IDF soldiers to mock them. There are also photos that are fake.

The Jews are the smartest people in the world and must not protest. Protests are for primitive people, there are talks instead.

The economy in Israel is the best in the world. There is work for all Jews, even those who come from abroad who want to work. Israel is the most protected place in the world!

It is in the Jews' hands if luck and success is in their lives. Jews need to make an effort and G-d will help. G-d wants the Jewish people of Israel to repent from their own will, not because of threats. It is like a man working with desire and one working without desire - in the end there is a difference in the result. The choice is in man's hands, blessing or curse - "and you chose life." If a Jew chooses the negative, G-d will make things harder on him, like a father educating his son.

In Gaza they continue to dig tunnels at the speed of light, and G-d is toppling them down so that the IDF knows that they are digging. They must check the tunnels toward settlements and military bases, from Eilat to Metulah and around Jerusalem. They have renewed everything that was destroyed in Operation Protective Edge, because their goal is not peace; their goal is war, it is all a show.

Abu Mazen and his entourage are all liars; they want to buy time to dig the tunnels. They want to surprise us in Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth. They want to harm the state of Israel but they do not know that acting like this they are against G-d directly so He won't let them hurt the people of Israel during the holidays.

Abu Mazen, you should know, is a millionaire. He has a lot of money, he is all set up in Arab countries and he is laughing at everyone. Hamas continues to dig tunnels, their calm is the calm before the storm. "Still waters run deep" toward Israel. They have devices in the tunnels that confuse the tunnel detectors.

Every country that goes against Israel will have an economic downfall. Whoever harms the people of Israel will be harmed from the heavens. Even the forces of nature will strike at them.

Europe and the United States said that there is racism in Israel - G-d has sent them the people from Sudan and Eritrea, refugees from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey to destroy Europe - so it shall be!

Europe will be dust, Africa will take Europe apart. We wrote it in our message for Parashat Re'e (sent August 9, 2015). Hundreds of thousands of refugees will enter Europe, even millions, and Europe will take care of them. Europe is bombing some of the refugee ships in the Mediterranean. A large part of the refugees are very ill and have AIDS and terrible skin and liver diseases. Europe is racist; they are sinking refugee ships in the Mediterranean.

ISIS is doing their work wonderfully, continuing their operations to rule the world their way. A large part of ISIS is from Iran. In order to slaughter people you must be extremely evil, only the extremely evil can slaughter.

Egypt continues with its complications and will continue its problems with ISIS, Hamas, and extreme Islamists until it is like Syria. They don't publish everything to the media.

Nasrallah and Hezbollah are being supported in Syria and Iran. Syria is dead and will continue to rot. All of the ammunition that Iran sends to Hezbollah gets bombed on the way.

Nasrallah has lost thousands of soldiers who ran away or got killed. In order to get more power, he decided to conquer Lebanon, and through Lebanon he gets ammunition. He is causing problems in Lebanon in order to rule it.

Iran continues to make fools of the world. They laugh at the United States, they conned them and took everything they wanted financially, and they get ammunition from Russia. In the end, the United States will completely regret it when they discover that the Iranians are cheats who left them and went to Russia.

Jordan is in conflict before everything blows up and falls apart. There are four million refugees, no food or water, and a lot of disease and AIDS. Israel is protecting Jordan for now, because there is an interest in doing so.

ISIS is controlling Turkey and laughing at everyone. Arduan wants a government a specific way. The Kurds and ISIS don't let him rest.

Iraq is torn, there is chaos.

Syria is being destroyed by G-d, piece by piece, in stages.

There will be great economic downfalls in the world, the harshest will be after Sukkoth, and all of the Jewish businessmen in China will come back to Israel with a little bag of money. After Sukkoth, China and many other places in the world will be stricken.

In the holy land of Israel they will build homes, real estate, stores, agriculture - everything will bloom. In Israel everything is good! A cloud of fire protects the borders of Israel! G-d will open the eyes of the Israeli government and the IDF.

Anyone who continues to do bad things, cheat, bribe, steal, commit adultery, will be revealed in the media. Bank officials, people in public institutions and schools, all will be revealed. G-d is pushing this world and the state of Israel towards honest, truth, and kindness - so shall it be.

Dear Jews, Hamas is in front of us threatening in order to wake the people of Israel up so that they repent, come back to Judaism and do the will of G-d.

Volcanoes, fire, floods, storms, and earthquakes will continue, along with accidents with planes, trains, and busses, rockets will explode on military bases - but not in Israel.

G-d wants the beaches to be separated - women alone and men alone. G-d hates lust and hates Jews assimilating with gentiles - hates it!

The government of Israel needs to take care of the drugs and alcohol. G-d is asking that conversion to Judaism be done properly and if not, they will be heavily punished.

Through Eliyahu the Prophet, G-d will put redemption and the coming of the Messiah in the minds of Israel, and only that! Whoever hasn't dreamt should not say that they have because it will harm him. Anyone who says they are the Messiah and did not get it from G-d will go to the heavens.

The Messiah knows for certain that he is the Messiah of    G-d! The Messiah works, protects, and prays for the state of Israel! G-d knows exactly when to crown him in public!

Courtesy of the site "Tair Neri"

Monday, August 31, 2015

How can we say Israel is so safe?

You may have seen an article last week entitled: Message From the Next World Comes to Israeli Mystical Rabbi, Warns of Imminent War.  He talks about a war that thousands could die in Israel.  I received this article from several of my readers including a question:   How can we say Israel is so safe?

I thought I would post my answer (with a little embellishment).
Let me tell you about the mysterious ways of Hashem.  You are probably familiar with the Gulf War statistics that 39 scuds hit Israel.  There were thousands of buildings destroyed, a tremendous amount of damage and yet only one death.  The death was a Jew-hater -- the message was clear.  One scud on the other hand hit a US Army barracks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 29 soldiers were killed.  One other interesting statistic: during the week of the Gulf War all the roads in Israel were closed.  Since there were no deaths on the highways that week, that week was the safest time to be in Israel since 1948, the best statistics, only one death of an evil person.  The safest week in our history was during a major war.  Only in Israel!!!  Here is my favorite picture taken in Israel during the Gulf War:
 A Scud missile hit a house and completely collapsed the structure.  The frame fell in such a way that the family inside walked out of the rubble without a scratch.  Only in Israel!!!  There are many, many stories like this.

We have had over 15,000 rockets and mortars that have come out of Gaza.  The damage has been extremely low, as well as very few casualties.  I am not saying that all Israelis are deserving of Hashem's protection, in fact if you go by measure for measure statistics, many more Israelis have been protected than perhaps should have been (not my judgement -- Hashem's).

1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, 1991, 2006, 2008, 2010, etc, etc, etc were all totally miraculous and even totally impossible.  The 1948 war of independence was Israel, with no army, no armament, no provisions at all (the Jew-hating countries of the world made sure of it) against 4 mighty Arab armies, and Israel won?  It was so impossible, that West Point will never talk about it as a learning experience for their cadets.  There is no strategy to be learned when you have Hashem fighting for you, except that faith in Hashem and good prayer works.  It only happens in Israel!!!

I remember in 2006 when the war was occurring in Southern Lebanon and the rockets were coming out of Lebanon and Syria.  My daughter lived in Tzfat, just below the Lebanese border.  Her Rabbi, a great Mekubal, told his congregation not to worry that no rocket will land in their very observant neighborhood.  My daughter and her neighbors went outside and watched the rockets go by, and sure enough not one hit her neighborhood.  Even more ironic was how many rockets landed in Arab towns.  The casualty rate in Arab towns is always higher even if it is for propaganda purposes (they still blame it on the Jews).

I have so many stories about how Israel is so different from the rest of the world, but I will avoid writing another book here and just summarize with: "Israel is by far the safest place in the world for a Jew!!!!"  I saw a statement recently that a Jew who is not observant and not following Hashem's ways is safer in Israel than an observant Jew outside of Israel.  When Hashem is sending us many messages that He wants us to come home and that it will get worse for a Jew who remains outside of Israel, we should definitely believe Him with complete faith and trust.

If a Rabbi tells us to prepare for conflict, he is really saying to do more Teshuvah, more Tefillah, more Tzedukah, more Limud HaTorah, more Ahavas Yisroel.  Why?  Because every Jew will measure for measure receive what he or she needs to reach Tikun.  There is nothing random in this world and the messages from a Rabbi are messages from Hashem.  You want My protection?  Do the right thing and follow My ways.  The more you do, the more protected you will be – the less correction you will need.  I have been observing this principle for over 50 years, tens of thousands of people, it couldn't be more accurate.

There is no such thing as: Hashem wanted to protect a particular Jew, but the Jew was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  That is nonsense and not the way of this world.  Everything that happens to every individual is completely calculated by Hashem according to what that individual needs.  If you don’t believe that, you have just opened up yourself to possible suffering.

If there is war in Israel, and by all reports, the rest of the world is in much more trouble than Israel, this war will be to purify Israel from evil and bring measure for measure the Tikun that each individual needs.  The righteous Jews of Israel are protected; the not so righteous Jews will be helped by Hashem to become righteous.  Some people need a little bit more persuasion than others.

One other note.  The murder rate around the world, which is increasing greatly, is far worse than in Israel.  Don’t even be fooled when you see statistics in Israel of homicides, most are Arabs killing Arabs.  The US as an example, which has the second highest number of Jews in the world, has more people incarcerated than any other country in the world.  The violence is astounding and increasing exponentially.  There are many reasons, but one thing I can assure you is the near future will be dramatically scarier according to the plans of the global elite, the leaders and governments of the world and Hashem’s plans for cleansing the Earth.  Dead is dead and it doesn’t make any difference where you are, but if Hashem tells you to come home, and you don’t believe Him, you fill in the rest of this sentence.

Actually the greatest danger coming up is from Hashem.  The natural disasters that have been increasing worldwide, except for Israel, are a very strong message.  Once again, only in Israel are you sage!!!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Be Consoled, the Happy Ending is Near (continued)

Continuing the seven weeks from Tishe B’Av to Rosh Hashanah that are called the time of consolation, a time when Hashem tells us that even though events in the world may be looking scary with great uncertainty for the future, be consoled that the time of exile is coming to an end and the redemption is imminent. The consolation comes with the Haftarah for each of these seven weeks.

As last week, the message is so clear and timely that we truly can feel good about what is coming up in the very near future. Haftaras Ki Seitzei that we read yesterday is very indicative of this feeling of consolation. Here is the summary from the Artscroll Chumash:

Haftaras Ki Seitzei, Isaiah 54:1-10
The prophet addresses Jerusalem; the mournful city that was twice left bereft of its children, that sits like a barren woman watching her neighbors fawn over their broods, while for her there is only the agony of knowing that she will never experience the joy of creation and growth. To Mother Jerusalem who is tempted to shrink within her loneliness, G-d says that she should expand her homes and boundaries more and more, for they will be too small to accommodate the hordes of children who will gather to bring her unexpected comfort and gratification. She will be like a wife temporarily banished, only to be recalled again by a loving husband. The grief was painful while it lasted, but in retrospect, it would seem like a brief moment of discomfort fleetingly intruding on a long and fruitful life. G-d's love may be veiled, the prophet declares, but it is sturdier and more enduring than hills and mountains.
The Haftarah clearly consoles us that even though Jerusalem has been laid waste and emptied due to exile, we will return and once again flourish in this holy city in the end of days. The good news is it happened already – this is the end. Jerusalem is such a beautiful built-up city with over 800,000 inhabitants. The only things that still need to be done are to rid the city of the non-Jewish population and welcome the third and final Temple.

Hashem tells us that we need to “expand her homes and boundaries more and more.” This has been happening with many new neighborhoods being developed over the years and even surrounding towns being incorporated into the city limits. The city I live in which is 10 minutes outside the border of Jerusalem is already in the planning stage to become a section of the city. Betar Illit presently has about 50,000 residents but expansion plans show it being 100,000 when completed. That is an instant increase of 100,000 to the population of Jerusalem.

There are areas that are being occupied by Arab population both within the city limit and towns surrounding the city. I call it occupation since by international law and, of course the Torah, this land is all Israel and is supposed to be Jewish. The propaganda of the terrorist groups, pretending to be a governing bodies, will end when Geula starts, and the world’s Jew-hating rhetoric about who is occupying whom will end (of course, all Jew-haters will be gone anyway).

It is all good news. Jerusalem is ready for the exciting ending. The prophecy is fulfilled and we are greatly and happily consoled, B"H.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Message from Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, shlita, Parashat Ki Seitzei 8 Elul 5775 (23/8/15)

Our Father in Heaven, our Father and King, Father of Mercy is creating Armageddon in the world, chaos, complications and conflict, disasters, and harsh anti-Semitism which will increase in order to get the Jews to come to Israel, floods, harsh winds and storms, fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, accidents with planes, trains, and cars, and fatal human error. A lot of wild animals are going crazy in the world; some even killing themselves, the entire world is in a storm, Armageddon outside the borders of Israel.

G-d is doing all of this and telling the Jews in and out of Israel: "Do you not understand what I am doing? Do you not see what I am doing outside the state of Israel and around the entire world? Do you not see that I am protecting Israel? That I am destroying Syria and all of the Arab countries around Israel, and many more countries in the world - can I not go to Iran and destroy them too?" G-d is fighting Israel's wars, creating a cloud of fire around the state of Israel and asking the Jews to urgently repent, to be unified, to be kind and good, obey the Commandments.

The month of Elul is the month of mercy. Every day until Yom Kippur is like Yom Kippur, to repent our sins reach Yom Kippur clean and pure to meet the Holy King of Kings, G-d, in prayer.

G-d is telling the Jewish people of Israel: "I will fight for you and you will work." Work - this refers to studying Torah, praying, and obeying the Commandments. G-d does not differentiate between the Jews, those who are real Jews. He wants everyone to repent, religious and secular, everyone has something to repent for, no one is without sin. G-d gave the world the month of Elul, Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth so that the people of Israel fix their wrongs and repent. G-d is using every way so that the people of Israel repent and beg Him to crown the Messiah as King in public. The people of Israel can't see that the nations of the world are eating at each other? That no one cares about Israel? That everyone thinks Iran is a gold mine? 80% of Iranians are terrorists; it is all an act and mask.

G-d wishes the Iranians that all of their atomic and chemical missiles fall on them. G-d is saying: "If Iran tries to prepare chemical or nuclear missiles to hurt Israel, it will rise up in flames and nothing will remain." If G-d can destroy Syria, He has no problem destroying Iran. The Jews in Israel should have no fear! The land of Israel is protected and the IDF will make efforts to continue protecting it.

In Egypt, ISIS is preparing a harsh surprise that will surprise the whole world. Egypt is on its way to being like Syria. Wait patiently, it won't be long now.

Hamas is making fools out of the Israeli Delegation so that they say that they are righteous and sweet to the world. If something happens in the Gaza Strip, Hamas blames ISIS. Hamas' goal is to destroy the state of Israel and shame the IDF soldiers. They are pretending to start a peace treaty in order to calm the Israeli government and IDF and later will say that ISIS did it, not them. They don't know that the IDF knows exactly who sends the missiles into Israel.

Abu Mazen is being a fool and not everyone is with him. He is playing all kinds of tricks on Israel. He is in a cold war with Israel.

Turkey is filled with ISIS, immigrants, and infiltrators.

Tens of thousands of immigrants and infiltrators are going to Greece and Europe, they have no control. They come to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Africa - there they will be stricken by Armageddon. They laughed at Israel and called it racist - now they have racism and trouble. G-d is paying them back, an eye for an eye.

The state of Israel must outlaw all infiltrators and illegal immigrants, it is a danger to the state of Israel; they are doing terrible things to Israel.

Iraq is being erased; it is eating away at its people.

Syria is being erased, eating away at its people. They are killing each other - thousands each day. They send missiles here and there from the Syrian borders to complicate the state of Israel with the mess in Syria, the rebels, and Hezbollah.

The government of Israel must beware of sending soldiers into Syria; send only in planes and heavy artillery. Do not forget that every Israeli pilot is accompanied by an angel from heaven! Within Syria and Lebanon, there are caves and tunnels that the IDF does not know of, so you must not send Israeli soldiers there on foot, only on planes and in artillery.

Hezbollah and Syria are waiting for Iran to help with ammunition and soldiers; Syria is dying.

Arabs with a blue ID - many of them are very dangerous. They are waiting for orders from Abu Mazen. May they never succeed and may he never succeed in hurting the people of Israel.

Jordan is about to explode, it is filled with refugees and infiltrators eating at each other. There is no water or food, there is debauchery and abominations, and every time they wait for salvation, things get worse.

Around Jerusalem you must be very careful of gangs and terrorists.

The United States doesn't care about anything. All those in the Iran deal just want to be written in the history books. The United States will never beat Russia; they can never compete with Russia.

Iran cannot be trusted by Israel, it is a wasp's nest. Iran's goal is to rule the Arab countries and live off of them. In the meantime, Iran is celebrating and getting money and freedom from the United States, and ammunition and weapons from Russia.

China will continue to go bankrupt, so that all of the Jewish business people invest in Israel.

Greece will continue to go bankrupt - there is no solution.

Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco will have very bad complications.

The IDF must be vigilant from Rosh Hashanah until after Sukkoth so that they don't surprise them through the tunnels from Gaza. They want to surprise them from Metulah until Eilat. They are planning to surprise them on Rosh Hashanah, heaven forbid. If the IDF will be vigilant and doubly alert - they will do nothing.

Israel has the best economy in the world, the best army, the best holiness and purity, and G-d Himself protects the people of Israel! There will continue to be a big Aliyah of Jews to Israel, all of the science and patents will come from Israel. G-d protects the people of Israel and the state of Israel; nothing will help those who want to harm the people of Israel.

Any country that is against Israel will be gravely harmed; any country that is with Israel will have only good tidings.

The revealing of the Messiah as King in public takes a little bit of time. Every day there are new cases of bribes and thieves, criminals white collar and black that G-d is purifying and revealing, cleaning the state of Israel and cleaning the world from evil and hatred. G-d is leading the world to kindness, cleanliness, purity, and holiness, by brains and brawn. Those who understood and repented are good; those who do not will understand by 'brawn', they don't have much of a choice.

The Messiah is active and working, protecting the state of Israel, praying for the state of Israel and praying for the Jews abroad to come to Israel!

Courtesy of the site "Tair Neri"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Prayer Works (continued)

This is a continuation of yesterday's post.  If you haven't done so, please read yesterday's post before you continue here.

Our prayer service is designed with perfection and covers all our needs. It has been handed down for thousands of years as a proven way to achieve everything we need and want. Although there are books written about the ways to maximize your effectiveness during prayer, there are certain suggestions that I have that will help greatly. The topics that I would like to mention are areas that are very misunderstood and even perpetuated as bad habits that many observant Jews do unknowingly. Changing a bad habit is extremely difficult, especially if one is not even aware of how detrimental that behavior is. But for the newly observant Jew who is just getting started, developing good habits from the beginning is extremely important and will serve one well.

To begin: prayer should be in the proper order from beginning to end without skipping. People who come late and/or leave early lose a lot of potential in their prayers. Why?

The Midrash Tanchuma says that there were four steps to Yaakov’s ladder (I know there were many more, but we only are talking the first four rungs here), and the Zohar teaches that these four rungs parallel the four main stages of Morning Prayer. This begins with the earthly reality and slowly moves upward and inward to a higher, deeper level of connection and unity with Hashem. At the outset of prayer, we begin by standing on the first rung, and through the course of the prayer service, we climb the ladder toward spiritual perfection and elevation.

The four stages of Morning Prayer are as follows:

1) Morning Blessings (Birchas Hashachar) which reflect our dawn of our awareness.
2) Verses of Praise (Pesukei DeZimrah) which cut away any negativity and awaken our emotions.

3) Reading of the Shema (Kerias Shema) which internalizes our emotions.

4) The Silent Standing Prayer (Amidah also known as the Shemoneh Esrei) which is a deep encounter with the Divine in a quiet space of union, ultimately reaching a place of oneness.
The stages of prayer parallel the worlds of creation as well as the levels of our soul:
1) The world of action (Asiyah) and the soul level of physical/functional consciousness (Nefesh).
2) The world of formation (Yetzirah) and the soul level of emotional consciousness (Ruach).
3) The world of creation/context (Beriah) and the soul level of intellectual/cognitive ability (Neshamah).
4) The world of unity (Atzilus) and the soul level of transcendental consciousness (Chayah) which is reflected as our inner-most and deepest will and desire.
Yes, this is deep and very mystical, but simply put: doing prayer in order and completely is the design that Hashem gave us to maximize our efforts. Coming late and skipping may be nice, but far from the best way to connect to a much higher level of spirituality – losing out on the effectiveness of prayer. The worse problem about this bad habit is the individuals who do it daily, not just occasionally being late, but every day.

The next bit of advice is: remain in one place, do not walk around (within 4 cubits, about 2 meters or 7 feet). Many of us are familiar with the concept of “Makom Kavua,” a permanent place. Typically, we trivialize and neglect its significance, mainly thinking it to be important because of convenience. However, there’s a lot more thought involved. Below is just a small collection of Halacha and thoughts relevant to the concept of “Makom Kavua”:

1. The first makom set aside for prayer we know about was Avraham’s. The verse in Genesis 19:27 says Avraham would wake early in the morning “to the place where he had stood before Hashem.” The verse indicates Avraham had a designated spot where he would go to speak with Hashem.
2. Since prayer is when we converse with Hashem and establish a connection with Him, setting aside a space for prayer demonstrates while everything else may change, our connection to Hashem is constant and absolute.
3. The Talmud (Berachos 6b) teaches Hashem takes care of someone who sets aside a place for prayer -- Hashem destroys his enemies. There is much more discussion in the Talmud (Berachos 6 to 8) about the importance of a fixed place for prayer.
4. The Shulchan Aruch (90:19) and the Mishnah Berurah on 90:19 (59,60) mention the fix place of Avraham as the reason we must have a fixed 4 cubits. Even if one prays at home, there should still be a permanent fixed place for prayer.
5. The Zohar tells us that we are like the Alter in the Temple that our prayers rise like the smoke and the fire comes down like Hashem’s abundance, the fulfillment of our prayers. This also alludes to the fact that the Alter was in a fixed position and, when in use, never moved. We too must be fixed and not walk around.
6. There are other places that you will find references to praying within 4 cubits, but one that says it all is Tanya. The Tanya is an early work of Hasidic philosophy, by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, first published in 1797. It states very definitely that if you go outside of your 4 cubits, the Shechinah, “The Divine Presence,” is lifted from you. When we have a quorum, or minion, of ten men, the Shechinah comes down and is in our presence. If we walk around, it is almost like we are not part of the quorum – the Shechinah has left us. That is quite serious since we want to have every advantage in getting our prayers fulfilled.
Another negative habit worth mentioning is talking or studying or any other activity that has nothing to do with prayer. A good common sense test is, as mentioned above, pretend that you are having a private session with a King, a Prime Minister, a President or any very important dignitary, would you say to that person: Occupy yourself for a little while, I want to talk to my friend or I want to go read something. Sounds silly; yet, we are in a private session with the King of Kings, the only Infinite Source of Power in existence, and we take dangerous liberties that are very contrary to our mission of praying. Then we wonder why ours prayers were ineffective.

These items of misconduct are covered in the Shulchan Aruch and Mishnah Berurah with a very common theme, that of disturbing others around you. It is one thing to degrade your own prayer; it is not nice to mess up someone else’s prayer just because you want to talk or even study Torah (Shulchan Aruch 90:18), which is a distraction. The wording for not talking is interesting in the Shulchan Aruch (101:6) because it even covers the idea of praying too loud. Your voice should not be heard for several reasons, one is that Hashem is not hard of hearing (I was told that decades ago), and two, it is difficult to concentrate on one’s prayers when the person next to you is louder (of course that also includes nonsensical talking). The Shulchan Aruch states: Hearing another voice is compared to hearing a false prophet, for it was their custom to shout loudly to their idols. There is more detail, but you get the idea.

It is brought down in many places, unless you follow all of Hashem’s instructions on how to pray correctly, your prayer will not work. That means correcting all the bad habits that people take so lightly. They show absolutely no fear of Heaven when they say “there is no problem with the way I pray.” Instead, one should be in great fear of doing it incorrectly. Talking, walking around, studying, doing anything that is not prayer, not standing or sitting at the proper times, not observing the 4 cubits (daled amos) of those around us, not wearing the Tallit or Tefillin properly, etc, etc, etc are all violated by most who pray. One should check out all the possible mistakes that one makes; it makes a very big difference between having successful prayers or just wasting one’s time. If you can say “everything that I do during prayer is OK,” you are probably one of the violators. Study the Mishnah Berurah, the Shulchan Aruch and many other guides to serving Hashem properly, which teaches us how to pray correctly; you may be very surprised at how many mistakes you are making.

Using a proper prayer book is also important. Scriptures tell us that you can pray in any language, but you must understand the language you are using. Only Hebrew, which is the best for prayer, can be used without knowing what it means word-for-word (learning what it means is definitely beneficial). After all, as previously mentioned, the words are what cause the energies to flow and bring success. Hebrew is the best formula for that success. Hashem’s system of prayer is perfect and anything we do that detracts from that system makes our efforts less than perfect.

I have heard all my life “I talk to Hashem every day, but in my own words from the heart.” That is all well and good and should definitely be continued, Hashem wants to hear from us always. But, such praying or meditation should be supplemental to the real thing and not a substitute. Only praying with a proper quorum of at least ten men in a proper synagogue brings you to the perfect praying and the best results. (I know the Torah is sexist but let me break the myth by letting you know that it is completely in favor of women, not men – to be discussed).

Another secret that perhaps is the most important aspect of successful prayer is how we say the many names of Hashem. Throughout prayer there are many places that a name of Hashem is used, each one has a different meaning and is pertinent to the particular prayer being said. Two important actions must occur. One is to say each name clearly; and two is to think about what that particular name means (examples are one of Hashem's name is a name of mercy, another is of judgment). Since words and sounds are the key to positive energy flow, this becomes the most important part of prayer, speaking His names. This is more difficult than it sounds, but should be given great effort. Our drifting minds and our natural speed inhibit our effectiveness in praying. Believe it or not, books have been written on the deep meanings of Hashem’s names, so anything that I explain here is just a cursory look at what needs to be reviewed more deeply. The good news is, when you start to improve these two actions (proper pronunciation and meaning of names), results happen quickly. I admit, perfection is difficult, but working on it will result in visible improvement. I myself have much room for improvement, but my attitude towards loving Hashem and serving Him by wanting to improve, gives me the edge. Reminder: Hashem does not judge us by what we know, but how we grow. Hashem knows our intentions towards Him better than we do. When we really show how much we want to do the right thing, He helps us greatly, including giving us the ability to effectively and successfully pray.

We have all heard the expression “watch what you ask for, you may get it.” I only bring this up since asking for the wrong things can also work, but result in problems. Everyone is convinced that if they were very wealthy, they could handle it. I believe the opposite to be true. Money is evil. Many people who find themselves instantly rich tend to develop bad habits: drug habits, drinking habits, family problems; even the suicide rate is higher amongst the wealthy. Hashem gave us a system to satisfy our needs and our wants. We are obligated to use it for the right purpose. Since the system on Earth is measure for measure, we should only pray for things that will be according to Hashem’s will; otherwise, He will make sure we get correction for all our improper deeds. The secret here is to always want to help others. If wealth comes upon us, congratulations, but only if we have a great desire to help the poor, sick, elderly, hungry, orphan, widow, etc, etc, etc. I only use money as an example (probably the best example), but everything we do and acquire in life should be used for everyone’s benefit and to serve Hashem. That is what Hashem wants and that is why He gave us prayer. True success is when we demonstrate that we are unselfish. Take notice that most of our prayers are in the plural, saying "we" instead of "I." And, be aware, Hashem is listening to every word we say and watching every move we make. The good news is when we pray for others, and really have the proper attitude towards helping others, Hashem makes sure to take care of us.

I have been asked the question “why are Ashkenazi prayers different from Sephardi prayers? If praying is perfect, how can there be variations?” Rabbi Moshe David Valle (1697-1777) was a Kabbalist who wrote many books. One of the subjects, for which he is known, is stating the differences required by different Jews. Jews are very much influenced by their environmental conditions with which they grew up. A Jew in Northern Africa obviously has a very different situation from a Jew in Europe. Differences such food, water, air, climate, customs, etc actually cause differences to be needed by the soul in every activity in life. Prayer is very much included in the dichotomy, and therefore even requires different words and customs. You can’t get more exacting and scientifically accurate than that.

There are so many other benefits that comes from prayer to help us. We have talked about the importance of repentance, Teshuvah, especially now in the end of the end of days. Prayer includes repentance not only in specific prayers asking for help, but the improving of your ability and efficiency to pray.  Repentance is not just words, but actions.  As you improve your attitude, your level of inspiration level, your overall performance, your showing of both love and fear for Hashem by by constantly realizing before Whom you are standing, all these changes are 100% repentance.

Prayer includes charity.  Your attitude towards the collection of money, both for the synagogue and the individuals who visit from other organizations to collect, this is all noted by Hashem as to whether you truly want to help others, or whether you shy away from your responsibility.

There are definite commandments that are fulfilled with prayer.  The list is long and would require another post, but it is another benefit to prayer that is very hidden.

One of the most important areas of Torah study is knowing how to perform as a Jew 24/7. It is another reason that Torah study is so beneficial. If you want everything that you pray for to come to fruition, than do it correctly, it absolutely works. Thank you Hashem for such a perfect system that makes our lives and the lives of our loved ones so perfect and joyous.

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