13. November 2017
PRAYER POINTS A BATTLE OF FAITH AND PRAYER IF THE GOAL OF THE HARDSHIPS IS TO BRING US TO TURN TO THE ALMIGHTY WITH HIGHER LEVELS OF PRAYER, ONE CAN CLEARLY SEE HOW YISHMAEL IS THE INSTRUMENT BY WHICH WE CAN ACHIEVE IT. IT IS ON THE BATTLEGROUND OF FAITH AND WITH THE WEAPON OF PRAYER THAT HE ENGAGES US AND FORCES US TO FIGHT. HE PLUNGES US INTO A DEEPER DARKNESS SO THAT, AS IN THE TIMES OF OUR REDEMPTION FROM EGYPT, WE WILL LITERALLY BE FORCED BY OUR OPPRESSOR TO TURN TO GOD AND PRAY. FEARSOME...
06. November 2017
PRAYER POINTS MEET YISHMAEL Rabbinic Commentary tells us: “Yishmael was born with a bow and raised with a bow,” as it is written: and [he] became an accomplished archer… In describing Yishmael this way, the Torah conveys that his potential for bloodshed is not just the result of his training, but is an inborn trait, for he was “born with a bow.” It is this inclination that the radicalized branch of his progeny expresses so frighteningly today. Although Yishmael’s underlying fight is...
30. October 2017
PRAYER POINTS INTERPRETING THE SIGNS In our times, so many individuals and families suffer tragedies and illness. What does this all mean? People fearfully wonder where it will all lead and when it will all end. The suffering and fear, however, are themselves signs of hope, for they foretell the imminent arrival of the Geulah/Final Redemption. We are not helpless as we “wait it out,” because through the power of our prayer, we can hasten the Ultimate Redemption, when Hashem will turn all...
18. October 2017
PRAYER POINTS THE SCENARIO UNFOLDS Communities have always longed for the Ultimate Redemption. Throughout history, when facing persecution, suffering, and exile, many have hung their hopes on the possibility that, before things get any worse, the Redemption would arrive. In recent years, however, it is not only widespread oppression and suffering that spur our thoughts of the Final Redemption. Rather, it is the awesome realization that we are watching events unfold precisely along the plotline...
11. October 2017
PRAYER POINTS THE ULTIMATE HOPE For us, the medicine we know will work, the one we can trust when there is no room for error, is prayer. A Rabbinic Commentary says: “Va’eschanan el Hashem ba’eis hahi leimor – I exhorted Hashem at that time, saying.” It explains that the word “leimor” means, “say” to the generations that during troubled times they should pray. Another Rabbinic commentary comments that “every believer in Hashem’s overseeing of (our day-to-day} existence”...
25. September 2017
PRAYER POINTS TURNING THE KEY If one merely opens his or her eyes a little wider, looks out into his world a little further, and listens to his fellow’s words a little more closely, one quickly realizes that the world is filled with those who are in need of our prayers. Families suffer their private hardships – devastating illnesses, financial pressures; confused, alienated children, and more. Even those with relatively few troubles struggle with life in general in the world we live in. Why...