Congresswoman Grace Meng Responds To Jewish Community

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In Parshas Chayei Sarah (B’reishis 24:1), it says that Avraham was old, “ba ba’yamim,” and Hashem blessed him with ba’kol (“Va’Hashem beirach es Avraham ba’kol”). If we look at Avraham Avinu’s life, we see that he had many challenges and was constantly being tested by Hashem. What is this mysterious ba’kol (everything) that Hashem blessed Avraham Avinu with?

Rav Kook explains that being blessed ba’kol means seeing the “painful” as part of the meaning, order, and purpose of the universe. It means seeing the hard and dark moments and experiences as part of kol, the bigger picture. When a person acknowledges that everything in life is a blessing from Hashem – ba’kol – everything – the good and (what seems to be) the bad are all part of Hashem’s blessing, then he’s accepting everything as having been Heavenly decreed. Such a person goes about his day with complete equanimity, with total faith in Hashem. We learn that Avraham Avinu lived his life believing that he had kol, everything. Avraham chose to focus on what he had, and not on what he lacked.

Avraham Avinu and David HaMelech experienced many challenges during their lives but they were both able to maintain a very positive disposition. In T’hilim, Chapter 54, David HaMelech says, “Hashem helps me and Hashem is with those who support me.” Rabbi Shmuel Silber explains that David HaMelach is teaching us a very important lesson here. David HaMelech says, “I know that Hashem is always here to help me, but how do I feel supported? With those things that support my soul. It is when I take stock of all the things I have that I’m finally able to realize and understand how much Hashem loves me.” When we live a life focusing on our brachos, that’s when we begin to appreciate the magnitude of the brachos that we have.

List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah   

(Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.)

Efrayim ben Leah

Shmuel ben Moavar

Reuven Asher ben Yehudis

Efrat bas Oshra

Yafah bas Monavar

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Zahavah Golda bas Shoshanah

Yonasan ben Sofia

Ruth bas Miryam

Elisheva bas Miriam

David Chayim ben Leah

Rabbanit Mazal Tov Rira bas Simchah

Sarah bas Yafah

Hertzl ben Sarah

Chayah Sheina Malkah bas Gittel

Ruchama Chayah Fruma bas Perel Miriam Malkah

Tinok ben Moriah Temimah

Ezra Rafael ben Taoos Miriam

Sally Ronit bas Taoos Miriam

Yisrael Meir ben Daphne Bruriah

Chayah Gittel bas Sarah Esther

Yeshayah ben Moshe

Binyamin ben Shirah

Rivkah Esther bas Naomi

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

Elka bas Yehudis

Ilan Chaim ben Yael