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Matot-Masei, 22 Tammuz 5777

July 16, 2017

To perceive is to attain awareness or understanding of events and people around us.  It amazes me how many people perceive things that are actually not true and furthermore act out based on their perceptions.  Tammuz and these Three Negative Weeks give us an opportunity to change how we perceive things.  This is a time of standing still and of communing in silence with our Creator.  When we do this our perceptions can change, we can step out from ego, connect to the One Who is higher than us and connect to our higher selves.  Do we perceive that the world is a mess unable to be fixed?  Or do we perceive that even though there is corruption and evil in the world, there is also a lot of good and hope for a brighter tomorrow?  Let us become still and become aware.  I close with a favorite prayer.  "Where might I go to find You, Exalted, Hidden One?  Yet where would I not go to find You, Everpresent, Eternal One?  My heart cries out to You:  Please draw near to me.  The moment I reach out for You, I find You reaching in for me."

Shavua tov,

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Parashat Matot-Masei
Torah Portion:
Bamidbar (Numbers) 30:2-36:13

Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 2:4-28; 4:1-2

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The Three Negative Weeks
The Bein Ham'tzarim normally begins with the 17th of Tammuz (Tuesday, July 11, 2017). These are the three most negative weeks of the year. During this time we should keep in mind the idea of restricting our ego nature. We fast from red meat and wine (except on Shabbat) and we make a point of making extra time for meditation. Click here for a special Kabbalistic meditation for The Three Weeks.
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