Archive for March, 2008

March 7, 2008

How can we be happy this Rosh Chodesh?

Mordechai makes it very clear – the safety of the jewish people is not up to you Esther, if you are silent, salvation will come from somewhere else, and you will be lost. Why then is Mordechai wearing sackcloth, why all the mourning? Is this a lack of faith?
Enter the rest of Mordechai’s statement – “who knows if it is for a moment “עת” like this you have achieved royalty”.
Mordechai is telling Esther that there are two levels in every moment. One level connects that moment to the story, but that is only part of the picture. As a matter of fact the same moment can be part of a number of different stories, perhaps hundreds, branching off into a myriad of plots, twists and turns. The other level is the moment itself, a microcosm of meaning which stands alone. Your choice in this moment reflects who you are, that then unfolds into who you become.
To not mourn in the face of tragedy is to be cold, removed, separate. The faith that truth will prevail does not change the fact that right now it is in eclipse.
As we enter into the month of Purim with the blood of our brothers in our mind, we should listen to Mordechai. Let us cry and mourn, not from a place of despair, rather from an understanding that it is from moments of true connectedness that the story of redemption is woven. These tears are so real, that they fill us up rather than empty us. Here lies a deeper happiness, not fun, rather fulfillment.

March 6, 2008

How to invite everyday miracles into your life, now!

What an incredible change overcomes queen Esther before she goes into the king.
The woman known by the rabbi’s for her humble passivity, refusing any makeup or perfume when she first meets the king, refusing to reveal anything about herself, she is called Hadassah, after the myrtle branch, leaves folded, covering wood, she hides herself. And yet at the end of the story “and it was on the third day Esther wore Malchut”, she dons royalty as if it was nothing but a thing.
This is the conduct of someone with absolute faith in herself which comes from absolute trust in God. She need not assert herself at any point, she draws her self worth from within, needing nothing from the outside. Her reservation is not of the meek and withdrawn. When she chooses to act, there is nothing holding her back, and she shines in all of her glory.
This ability to respond in an instant, to engage reality without a need to control or manipulate, that is the secret of true connectivity. With this the world begins to respond to you on a different level. You have entered into the moment, trusting the process, allowing yourself to work on the world as the world works on you. Do not be surprised when amazing things begin to happen.