Company Name - Company Message
RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Pesach Season Prayer For Dew
Reflections on Passover Morning 2017
Happy Chanukah Shabbat!
Just One Shabbat Can Change The World!
Temple Tiles for our Times

Categories

Australian Jews
Becoming Divine
Chabura
Challah
chatzos
Creation, Sabbath rest
Elul
Emunah
Fair Trade
Free will
Freedom
Friday light
Gratitude
Hanukkah
Holy Temple
Israel
Jerusalem
Jewish
Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership
JPFO
Kabbalah
Light, Chanukah
Messiah
Miriam
Mishkan
Omer
Passover, Pesach
Prayer
Psalms, King David
Purim
Rabbi Nivin
Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Hashana
Shabbat On My Own
Shabbat, Shabbos, Sabbath
Shabbos music
Shabbos recipes
Shalom Bayit
Sober Seder
Soul
Spiritual growth
Spiritual worlds
Succos, Sukkot
Thanksgivvukah
Tikkun olam
Women of the Wall
Yeud Tikkun
Yirat Hashem
Yom Kippur
powered by

Shabbos Chic Blog

Spiritual Ascent is for Everybody

I love this old postcard with a drawing of a street in Safed,  Israel. It draws me in and definitely makes me want to visit soon!

These words from a talk by Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz of ParadisePrinciple.com resonate with me today, looking out at the world and also looking into myself these days:

"There are a million subtle levels on which we fight our spiritual battles in life, and we have to understand that the pre-condition of our spiritual assent is actually a spiritual descent, an agreement to go down into the muck and to raise ourselves out of it."

Looking at my own challenges and the enormous global challenges we all face can be simply overwhelming. It can stop us in our tracks everyday, rendering us unable to move, or even think about moving. 

But we are put here on this earth to persevere, and to overcome both physical, material challenges and spiritual battles as well. 

This Shabbat I am thinking about being a spiritual warrior. 

And Rabbi Schwartz continues on that subject, "Our inner evil inclination, the Yetzer Hara tries to keep us away from being who we are, and doing what G-d wants us to do. 

"And as regards being a Spiritual Warrior, it tries to convince us that the only successful warrior is the one who can look back and see that everything is going smoothly."

Right!  Since when does fighting a battle go smoothly? That is generally not how battles go, is it? It is only my inner evil inclination trying to convince me that rough patches in my life, and in the world, are evidence of failure. 

Our battles are our tikkun, and tikkun is not failure. This is what we came here to do - to repair the world through our challenges.

Finally, Rabbi Schwartz says, " We have to know that the measure of success is not smoothness, with regard to a spiritual warrior. In fact, it’s the persistence and encouragement to not give up, no matter now difficult things are and how rough our lives may appear."

One of my favorite, most precious spiritual warrior friends is Yedidah Cohen in Safed.  Check out her translations of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag's work, and her wonderful podcasts.

Shabbat Shalom!! 
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint