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Doubt sows the seeds of not trusting G-d and thus we are stopped from pursing G-d with all our heart mind, body, soul, and might.  Doubt thus leads to attacks from without and from within and this will stop us from entering into The Promised Land.

Doubt will also stop the Messianic Redemption.

L-rd please remove all doubt from me.

“At the next stop, there was no water to drink, but instead of trusting that G‑d would provide for them, the people complained. G‑d had Moses strike a rock with his staff, and this rock miraculously gave forth enough water for all the people’s needs. This “well” accompanied the Jews throughout their trek through the desert. The Jews were then attacked by the nation of Amalek.

Amalek came and fought against Israel at Refidim. Exodus 17:8

The physical attack of the nation of Amalek was the outer manifestation of the spiritual attack of the people’s inner Amalek – their doubt regarding G‑d’s care and involvement in their lives.

This inner Amalek continues to plague us today, attempting to sow doubt and cool our religious fervor. It acknowledges that G‑d exists, but tries to convince us that G‑d is too great to care about the details of our Jewish observance. Doubt leads to doubt, and eventually our inner Amalek convinces us that G‑d is not involved in human life altogether. That, in turn, causes us to abandon our search for G‑dliness and spirituality.

Thus, just as the Exodus from Egypt reoccurs in every generation and every day, so does the war with Amalek. Every day, we must silence the voice of doubt that seeks to halt our spiritual progress. Once we successfully leave our inner Egypt and overcome our inner Amalek, we are ready to receive the Torah anew and enter our Promised Land.

Successfully implementing this process of spiritual growth on an individual basis will hasten its collective fulfillment, bringing the world to its Messianic Redemption.1 Sichot Kodesh 5739, vol. 2, pp. 144–145; Torah Or 84b–85b; Sefer HaMa’amarim 5747–5751, pp. 101–105.

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A dish of food will fill one stomach, but the next in line is still hungry.

Even a furnace demands more fuel as freezing souls gather to absorb its heat.

But a light that guides one person will guide a hundred.

Be that light.

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Your soul, before she came here below, stepped higher and higher each day. So why did she descend below? What did she gain by coming here?

Because your soul is a divine being of unbounded potential. When you have the power of the infinite, stepping higher each day is standing still. It is a prison of “being that.”

Unchallenged, the soul knows no better. She must descend below, and here, within the ultimate confines, she will learn to leap, to break out of all boundaries, to escape the prison of being. To be “not that.”

Likutei Sichot vol. 4, pg. 1132. Ibid vol. 15, pg. 247–248. Maamar V’Shavti B’Shalom 5738

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If you are serving the same G‑d today as you served yesterday, what kind of god have you made for yourself?

Can G‑d be frozen and defined? Does He get older with each day? Does He eventually, then, become of a relic of the past?

Where there is love and where there is awe, each day brings a new discovery of wonder.

Tzion Bamishpat 5736.

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G-d promised us blessings and abundance if we do HIS mitzvahs. Doing not thinking is the key. It is action verb. This must be done by me. It used to be I have to. Now it has changed to I wanted to.

Why? To paraphrase my teacher Pastor Steve Gray: “I must die to self. I must stop serving the idol of self if I want to serve G-d.”

Today’s Daily Wisdom of the Torah ties in perfectly to this wise G-dly teaching of Pastor Steve Gray.  The money quote:” The sabbatical year teaches us that when we do what G‑d desires, He will bless us – not only spiritually, but materially as well.1Likutei Sichot vol. 2, pp. 548–549.

G‑d told Moses that the Jewish people must let their fields in the Land of Israel lie fallow for one full year after working them for six years. In order to enable them to do this, G‑d said that He would “bless” the produce of the sixth year, making the land yield enough for both years.

[G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “In the seventh year, the land must be given a complete rest. . . . I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year.” Leviticus 25

Although leaving the land fallow for a year may indeed improve its fertility, this cannot be the purpose of the sabbatical year. If it were, G‑d would have promised to increase the yield of the year following the fallow year, not the year preceding it. By promising an increased yield in the sixth year – which should naturally be the least productive! – G‑d shows us that it is specifically and exclusively His blessing that is the source of the increased yield.

The lesson for us is as follows: As Jews, we are required to spend time every day praying and studying the Torah; we must give charity, support Jewish education, and abstain from work on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. How can we hope to live financially sound lives when our non-Jewish neighbors, who are not “handicapped” by any of these obligations and restrictions, struggle to earn their livelihood?”

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This is when G-d introduced us Jews to the Sabbath. ‘The manna did not descend on the Sabbath. Instead, a double portion descended on Friday. This was the only exception to G‑d’s directive not to save manna from one day for the next.

[On Friday, Moses told the people,] “Tomorrow will be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath unto G‑d.” Exodus 16:23

This is the first explicit mention in the Torah of the obligation to observe the Sabbath. It is appropriate that the Sabbath is introduced in connection with the manna, for the Sabbath and the manna share a common purpose – to underscore our complete dependency upon G‑d as the true source of all sustenance. Belief that human effort is the sole determining factor for success makes it hard to justify giving up a full day’s income. Not working on the Sabbath is a clear affirmation of our faith that sustenance lies in G‑d’s hands and that our work is no more than a vessel through which G‑d’s blessings can flow.1 See Likutei Sichot, vol. 16, pp. 173–182.

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I must learn that human effort and G-d’s blessing work together. Without my effort or better yet what my teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls my response to G-d direction is key for me to have a relationship with G-d.

Everything comes from G-d therefore I must pick up the plow and beginning plowing.

“Led by G‑d’s pillar of cloud, the people proceeded on their journey toward Mount Sinai. On the 15th of Iyar, the Jews ran out of matzo. G‑d then began to feed them with manna, a type of bread that descended from heaven each morning.

G‑d told Moses [to tell the people . . . ] “The people will go out and gather each day’s portion on that day.” Exodus 16:4

Even if we believe that everything is in G‑d’s hand, we still tend to think that our own efforts also play a role in acquiring our physical sustenance. In contrast, manna was not acquired through human effort, and so left no room for such misconceptions.

Even so, G‑d did not allow the people to collect more than one day’s worth of manna at a time, for whenever the pantry would have been full, the people would not have felt dependent upon G‑d.

On the other hand, G‑d did require the people to go out and gather the manna, rather than deliver it to their doorsteps. In this way, He prepared them for their eventual entry into the real world. If acquiring the manna had not required any human effort, the people would have dismissed it as an isolated miracle, irrelevant to real life. By being required to collect the manna, they learned that human effort and G‑d’s blessings work together.

The manna taught us that our sustenance comes from heaven. Even when it appears to be the fruit of our own labor, it is in fact a gift from G‑d.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 16, pp. 177–178.

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We are limited by the very fact that we have human form. There is no freedom in following our whim, or even our most reasoned decisions. As a prisoner cannot undo his own shackles, so we remain enslaved to our own limited selves.

And so Moses was told, “When you take the people out from Egypt, you shall all serve the Infinite G‑d on this mountain.”

The Infinite G‑d is the only one who is not compelled by any bounds. What makes us free? Simple deeds done each day, as agents of the One who is absolutely free.

Tanya, Chapter 47.

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When G-d wants us to move we must move in the direction G-d wants us to.  This is hard lesson to learn. Listen to what G-d is telling me to do and then do it

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray calls this dying to self. When I do this I become closer to G-d.

The sea split and the Jews passed through it to safety. The Egyptians followed them into the dry sea, but G‑d let the water return to its natural state, drowning them all. When the waves of the sea threw the dead Egyptians upon the shore, Moses and Miriam led the Jewish men and women in praising G‑d for rescuing them. After this, the Jews collected the gold, silver, and precious jewels with which the Egyptians had adorned their horses. There was so much wealth that the next day, the 22nd of Nisan, they were still busy collecting it, so Moses had to force them to move on.

Moses had to forcibly make the Israelites set out from the Sea of Reeds. Exodus 15:22

The Jewish people did not tarry out of greed. They were fulfilling G‑d’s commandment to empty Egypt of its wealth. The spiritual dimension of this directive was to salvage all the potentials of holiness present in this wealth.

From this we learn two lessons: First, once we know what our Divine mission in life is, we must be so devoted to it that doing anything else seems unthinkable. On the other hand, as soon as it is clear that it is time to change direction, we must not hesitate. We should apply ourselves to our new mission with the same enthusiasm we gave to our previous mission.

Second, just as the Jews did not want to leave a single piece of Egyptian wealth unelevated, we should desire to bring every last individual closer to G‑d. Until we receive a clear directive to focus on something else, we must view every individual estranged from G‑d as a priceless pearl waiting to be redeemed from Egypt.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 21, pp. 77–82.

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Who says the G-d of my  father’s doesn’t work miracles. The G-d of my father’s  Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov  is  the one true living G-d who brings the dead to life and makes all things possible.

HaShem is the G-d of miracles.

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