by Mrs. Chana Krasny
Don’t you feel like a queen and SUCH a good mother after cleaning all the dishes and countertops? Not just on erev Pesach — which is liberating — but all year round!!? Everything is clean… the dishes are put away and utensils organized — a chizuk!
Tefillah with kevana (focused prayer) can accomplish the same thing for our neshamos. (souls).When we pray with deep concentration and feeling we are elevating ourselves through the process. We begin with agmas nefesh (anxiety) and so many troubles when we open our siddur, but when we direct our tefillos to the only one who can help us in everything, Hashem, we have an opportunity to unburden ourselves, and clean out our concerns by “laying them” — so to speak — in Hashem’s lap.
Hashem wanted to give us a gift, an opportunity to contemplate how much we need Him
We know that he gave us our problems for our benefit. Many times the only reason we encountered challenges is so that we should have the opportunity to ask Hashem via prayer to resolve them. Rabbi Miller would say, “When Hashem causes disturbances in the world or our private lives, He does it to wake us up and make us aware of Him. That is what daas (knowledge) means.” Hashem didn’t want to “bother us,” he wanted to give us a gift, an opportunity to contemplate how much we need Him and draw closer to Him with our requests. His help always follows shortly thereafter, and almost always in an open way we can appreciate.
When we call out to him in these difficult times, we clean out of our minds of the notion that we are helpless, because we have the King of the Universe, the ultimate Father and Benefactor to resolve us of all of our difficulties. It may take a bit of time and numerous pleas before we can see Hashem’s response openly, but He is always listening and eagerly awaits hearing from us! Be sure to recognize when the solution is forthcoming and begin the cycle again with a heartfelt “thank you Hashem!!” for resolving the problem.
Let us strive to free our minds of clutter, and use our daily tefillos to encourage His active involvement in our lives — for real time yeshuos before, during, and after Pesach, the time of our freedom!