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Parshas Haazinu – Don’t hide from me

"All year long everyone in his own way is suffering from amnesia. We forgot what a Jew is, we forgot what a human being is, and we forgot who G-d is. Rosh Hashana when we blow the Shofar, we remember everything. On Yom Kippur, we wash up and on Sukkot we move back into our heavenly abode -- to the palace we are meant to live in" Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי-פִי

We wish every one of you a 'gmar chatimah tovah', ‘a gutten kvittel’ may this be a wonderful year both physically and spiritually, b'ezrat Hashem. I love building sukkot, it is such a pleasure. May we all merit to sit together in Hashem’s Sukkah of Peace – together with Moshiach Now!

In addition to some selections from previous years, there are a few new teachings on the opening verses of Haazinu written this morning, following after some raw words written late at night after Yom Kippur. You will find my name being used in this piece, but you can just as well insert anyone else’s, even yours if appropriate. The second stanza unfortunately applies to many fathers and mothers who were chased away or had to flee from their children during the Holocaust. Let’s move chronologically:

Between Yom Kippur and Sukkot: Are you ready for Joy (1)

Some raw words written late at night after Yom Kippur:

Again You are hiding

and we don’t see the truth with clarity

what do You have in store for us this year

will we have the strength of mind and courage

to believe to see to know

that it is all very good

though I say I believe

or at least want to believe

in Divine Providence

though I at least want to believe

that all You do is good

and for the good

I don’t understand why You allowed me

to be chased away from my children

I don’t understand why they too had to suffer

how was it better for them to grow up without me

am I was I such a lousy father?

do I not know how to be a good father?

is this my biggest failure in life?

and how did my heart and soul get so

imprisoned again

for they are so imprisoned

making excuses for myself

is also a prison

not knowing what to do

is also a prison

not knowing how to allow myself to be b’simcha

is also a prison

not knowing how to live and be honest

is also a prison

Sholom, the Alter Rebbe taught

listen and hear you are ‘Yisrael’

but you are out of alignment

so your ‘Yisrael’ neshamah is not illuminating your life

keep on reminding yourself and meditating

“you are Yisrael”

no matter what

don’t stop believing that

even for a moment

get yourself back into realignment

you must

let your Yisrael illuminate within

radiate Hashem’s light to your children and grandchildren

no matter how from how far away

they need to receive your light from afar

you cannot know why

not yet

but this is very good for you for them

for now stop trying to understand it

stop looking at your life superficially

illuminate within be beautiful within

and you will radiate outward

that is how it will be beautiful again

inside and outside

don’t accept the concealment

don’t strengthen it

look deeper look higher

please do not be angry at Me

I am ready to help you

you have to stop being angry at Me

at yourself

get in touch with your ‘Yisrael’

and it will be clear that

Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad

that you are one with Hashem’s Oneness

and you will be able to declare this truth with joy

through time and space

you will shine and reflect Hashem’s glory

and you will see Hashem Hu HaElokim

you will see Hashem’s love and goodness in everything

nothing will conceal His radiant light from you

strengthen yourself, your faith

your commitment and resolve

do the ‘fixing’ you need to do

daaven the way you know you should

the way of honesty

learn like you should

accept the yoke of ‘shamayim’ with joy

and remember

‘Sholom, you are Yisrael’

these words were received and written just this morning

“Listen heavens and I will speak

let the earth hear the words of my mouth”

the heavens hear your decisions, your commitments

the earth listens to the words of your mouth, to how you speak

therefore I pray that my speech should be productive like the rains

my words refreshing like the dew

when I call out Hashem’s name in His sanctuary

respond with praise to His greatness

when you hear Hashem’s Name within

praise Him

for He is speaking to you

telling you ‘I am here’

Shma Yisrael listen and know

you are Yisrael, your neshamah is a part of Hashem

your essence is your higher soul – “Yisrael”

all your energies and strengths emanate from Him b”H

listen and hear His compassionate words

listen carefully respond with gratitude and truth

feel His words

tremble as they reverberate through your body

through the heavens and earth

be so very careful when you speak

for the heavens do hear you