Strong and Courageous: ‘We’ won today’s battle with the Yetzar Hara

We won today’s battle with the yetzar hara, the evil inclination.

Those insidious thoughts that told me I’m lacking — that others are better, smarter, more motivated and successful — were weighing me down.

Then I read a quote from psalms — “Look to the Lord: be strong and courageous,” it said.

But the words didn’t immediately move me. I still felt tired and disconnected.

So I spoke with G-d.

“What do you need from me today?” I said out loud. “Please direct me, my thoughts, words and actions.”

Then I got the message: “It’s okay to feel what you’re feeling, and it will pass. Rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself.”

So I did, without judging myself harshly. And I didn’t make any big decisions from that seemingly low place.

I let myself be human, and remembered I’m never truly alone. And for that I’m deeply grateful.

#God #love #strength

Daily Wisdom

G‑d then instructed Moses regarding the laws governing forbidden relations. G‑d prefaced these laws by stating that their purpose is to enhance the Jewish people’s lives and to refine them so they can be admitted into the afterlife.

Bringing Life to the Commandments

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת חֻקֹּתַי וְאֶת מִשְׁפָּטַי אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה אֹתָם הָאָדָם וָחַי בָּהֶם וגו’: (ויקרא יח:ה)

You must safeguard My rules and My ordinances, which a person must do to live by them. Leviticus 18:5

The Hebrew phrase “to live by them” can also be read, “in order to imbue them with life-force.” This teaches us that not only do G‑d’s commandments enhance our lives; by observing them, we bring them to life. For example, even the most carefully crafted tefilin cannot accomplish their purpose – thereby effecting a positive change in reality – until a Jewish man wears them.

Thus, we bring G‑d’s plan for creation to fruition through fulfilling His commandments. Of course, in order to “enliven” G‑d’s commandments, we ourselves must be “alive,” i.e., healthy, strong, happy, enthusiastic, and optimistic.1

Daily Wisdom, based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, translated by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky

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