Friday, November 20, 2009

Shabbat Shalom


"Dead Tired" - this is my feeling today. The weather change, not enough sleep, whatever. November is always a boring month. A least the Jewish month of Kislev has started. This already provides us a taste of Chanukkah, success and spirituality. At least, when I am awake.

What do we learn from this week's Parashat Toldot ?
Our foremothers were all barren but after all those years of long prayers, they finally became pregnant.
Do not take it too literally, as I am not talking about fertility but about the fact that we should never give up hope. "Hope" is also the keyword for Chanukkah. The Talmud tells us that even when we have the sword on our throat, we should still hope for the best.

Especially in our times, people look for something positive called hope. For the light at the end of the tunnel but unfortunately, many look into the wrong directions. I do not want to sound like a preacher but maybe we should concentrate on the source. The being which created us and everything around. His name: "G - d".

In bad times, we always remember Him. Admit. Even if you are the most secular person, as soon as you are in trouble you call out for G - d.
In good times, we mostly forget about Him. Why pray and for what ?
However, the Talmud also tells us that we should thank G - d for the good as well as for the bad happening to us.

Just imagine yourself as this tiny little point in the universe still being part of a whole entire world. You are a world within yourself. So, do not make yourself smaller than you are but start asking G - d for help. What do you have to loose ?

"Shabbat Shalom - Gut Schabbes" to everyone !

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