Divre Harav – December/2019

We are now in the darkest time of the year when the days are short and the nights are long. Soon, we will be lighting candles on Hanukkah to bring more light into the world and celebrate our free choice to turn darkness to light. If our attitude can express gratitude during the dark moments, we will soar during the moments of light and joy. Let’s now get down to business and make miracles come to life through our heartfelt recitation of this prayer, a Breslov Hasidic prayer that can help us through the darkest moments each of us must face in life.

To Be Said in Times of Revealed and Hidden Goodness:

King of Kings, Master of the Universe, Hashem – Thank You! Thank You that I am standing here and thanking You! Thank You for the infinite times that You have helped me, supported me, rescued me, encouraged me, healed me, guarded over me and made me happy. Thank You for always being with me. Thank You for giving me the strength to observe Your commandments, to do good deeds and pray – thank You for everything! Thank You for all the times You helped me when I didn’t know how to say “Thank You”. Thank You for all the loving kindnesses You do for me each and every moment. Thank You for every breath I breathe.

Thank You Hashem for all the things that I do have, and thank You Hashem even for all the things I don’t have. Thank You for my periodic difficulties, my occasional setbacks, and for the times when I don’t feel happy, because everything is for my ultimate benefit. Even if I don’t see that it’s always for my best, deep in my heart, I know that everything that comes from You is the very best for me and designed especially for me in precision and exacting Divine Providence, of which only the King of Kings is capable.

Thank You for my difficulties, for only through them I know how to appreciate the good. Only after being in darkness can one appreciate the light. Thank You for the wonderful life You have given me. Thank You for every little thing I have, for everything comes from You and from no one else. Thank You for always listening to my prayers. Creator Of The World, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for all the times that I didn’t appreciate what You gave me and instead of thanking You I only complained. I am dust and ashes and You are the entire universe. Please never cast me away. Amen

~shared with the permission of Rabbi Gershon Weissman

Hebrew Words of the Month:

  • hesed – kindness, love
  • gemilut hasadim – acts of loving-kindness
  • hasid – one who is pious; also, a follower of a hasidic rebbe.
  • hasida – Stork(!)