17 February 2021


5 Adar 5781 

It’s not good, but it is normal for doubts to creep in and make you wonder if you are not the one who is crazy, and maybe everyone else is right after all.  This is the war that the yetzer hara wages in our minds.  As long as we keep that realization uppermost in our thoughts, we can be on guard against those tactics. 

But, keep this in mind, too.  Anyone who comes with bribes and threats and whips up the level of fear to astronomical levels to impose their will on yours – this is not something good.  This is something very, very bad and this is an enemy to be resisted at all costs. 

Safek (doubt) shares the same gematria as Amalek.  Doubt leads to despair.  Never give in to it!!  Especially at this time of year, coming up to Purim when Amalek  threatened us with extinction as a people, we must remember“Remember what Amalek did to you on the way.”  

HKB”H says:  “Remember.  And remember, too, how I saved you from the hands of Amalek.  I am your rescuer.  I, and no one else.  And I will surely save you now.”         

Why are we constantly reminded in all our prayers about “Yetziat Mitzrayim?”  

HKBH says:  “As surely as I brought Yisrael up from Mitzrayim, so will I redeem Yisrael with a complete redemption in time to come.  As surely as it happened then, so it will most assuredly come to pass for their children.” 

As we affirm three times, every day, in the Shemonah Esrei prayer: 

“Blessed are You, Hashem our God…Who recalls the kindnesses of the Patriarchs and brings a Redeemer to their children’s children, for His Name’s sake, with love.” 

Remember!  And turn a deaf ear to the internal voice that whispers the doubts: 

“Mashiach is a fairy tale, a mental crutch to help weak people deal with their miserable lives.  He hasn’t come in 4000 years, he is never coming.  Give up and give in.  Why persist in fighting the inevitable?” 

There is another voice, a different voice calling to you out of the depths of your soul.  Heed this voice instead: 

“I am Hashem your God Who recalls the kindnesses of the Patriarchs and My promise to bring a Redeemer to their children’s children, for My Name’s sake, with love.”

Remember!  And never forget it!!