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60 Day Journey from Meaningful Life Rabbi YY Jacobson
DAY 21 followed by DAY 22 - THE SECRET OF A BROKEN HEART
We all make mistakes and break things in our life, but life also breaks us. We've all been broken in one way or another. We have all experienced broken promises or broken relationships; we have experienced the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one.
Different people react in a different manner to the hurt that inevitably accompanies breakage. Some people are devastated. Others grow because of it.
Some people have strength, some don't. And there is a reason why. A tree that doesn't fall over in a storm is a tree that was strong before the storm. The storm just revealed the strength of the trees. But a tree with no roots may be able to stand up in normal weather, but it breaks when a storm strikes.
And yet, the miracle of creation is that, paradoxically, the more broken you are now the more whole you have the chance to become.
The Rebbes teach that there is nothing as complete as a broken heart. When your heart is broken, you are in a place that is real.
Why is a broken wall the holiest place for Jews? Why do Jews stand and pray at a broken wall when there are such beautiful edifices around? Because, Jews know that this isn't a perfect world. As long as the world is not perfect, Jews cannot stand in a beautiful edifice. Jews can only stand and cry at a broken wall.
The illusion of perfect edifices in an imperfect world makes us feel good. But it is an illusion nevertheless—good for Hollywood and Broadway, but it's not reality.
The reality is that the world is a broken place—it's a broken place full of broken people whose job is to mend what is broken.
When is the last time you felt that your heart was broken? Did you feel more alone or closer to G-d when you acknowledge that to yourself?
Exercise for the day:
In your prayers today, describe to G-d your broken heart and explain why it is broken.
|Saturday, September 24, Elul 21 |
DAY 22 - FAITH IN G-D'S MERCY
Moses had faith. Although he knew that the Jews had sinned and that there was no excuse for it, he had faith in G-d's mercy. And his faith gave birth to hope.
As a result, we human beings have the faith inside of us that we can achieve the impossible—build a machine that can fly, find the cure for any disease, walk on the moon. And Moses was the first one who brought this absolute faith into the cosmic consciousness.
Faith in G-d's mercy gives us the courage to fight for forgiveness when we have transgressed and are sincerely sorry. Faith means that we bring all our broken pieces and our broken heart to the table and we challenge G-d just as Moses did.
Our faith also gives us the right to challenge G-d when we are suffering. It is actually a lack of faith not to challenge G-d, because it's not being sensitive to the way G-d created us. G-d created us so that when we experience pain or witness suffering, we cry. And our tears give us a right to challenge.
But faith also means that even if we don't get what we want, we still move forward. We don't become bitter and we don't give up.
In October of 1994, the Wachsman family—whose son Nachshon, an Israeli soldier, was kidnapped by Hamas terroristsmobilized Israel to pray for his rescue. In the end, however, Nachshon was murdered.
Fearing that some who had prayed for their son might have a crisis in faith, Yehuda and Esther Wachsman issued a statement at his funeral: "G-d had answered all the prayers for Nachshon. But G-d's answer was 'no.'"
That is unwavering faith. That is real faith.
Real faith of an intelligent person is a tool that's beyond logic and beyond reason. It's super-rational. Reason can only reach so high, faith can reach heaven.
How strong is your faith? Have you ever challenged G-d to forgive you when you were sincerely sorry?
Exercise for the day:
- Examine your faith and identify its strengths and its weaknesses.
- Cultivate your faith by looking for examples of things you absolutely believe in that don't have a rational basis—like love, for example.
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