On Sunday night, October 2, Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss shared an inspiring live shiur at Congregation Nachlas Yitzchok. The shiur was hosted by Chazaq and Chickens for Shabbos.
Rabbi Weiss praised the incredible holy work of Chazaq and Chickens for Shabbos and urged everyone to donate generously to both organizations.
He began the shiur by asking, “How do we make our requests as powerful as possible?” We don’t own our bodies. We place a mezuzah on the doorpost to show that we don’t really own our house – its Hashem’s house. In the same way, He loans us our body. Then, every year, we ask Hashem to renew the lease. Hashem wants us to make our body holy. The more mitzvos we do, the holier it becomes. If Hashem sees us doing lots of mitzvos, He says, Sure I’ll give it back to you for another year.
Rabbi Weiss taught that we should look to do good things with every part of our body. T’filin is opposite the heart so we won’t have pain in our heart and won’t have the wrong desires. It’s on our head to make sure our thoughts are not immoral thoughts.
He asked, “What does it mean to love Hashem with your heart?” He answered that it means to appreciate what He does for us and that He gave us the ability to enjoy what He gave us.
If you love Hashem, then Hashem says He will give you a good year.
He shared that the neshamah wants to leave the body. We want to make sure that Hashem should have mercy on our body. So, if we want the neshamah to stay in the body, we have to make the body as close as possible to Heaven. Heaven is a place of shalom. If we have peaceful bodies and get along with others, then our neshamah wants to stay in the body. If we are tolerant and easygoing, the neshamah can stay for 120 years.
The Next World is filled with Torah and mitzvos. If we learn a lot of Torah, the neshamah is happy to stay.
Rabbi Weiss then taught ideas about the Avinu Malkeinu prayer. He concluded with a beautiful brachah for the audience.
This shiur can be viewed on www.TorahAnytime.com.
By Susie Garber