The Month of Av - Merciful Father
  Breaking Free Chizuk #1527  
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Torah: Our Merciful Father - Menachem Av
Chizuk: The Tzadik That You Are
Torah: Gathering the Wood for the Mizbe'ach
Sayings: A sober life
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Our Merciful Father - Menachem Av
By GYE Member

The Torah informs us that when Hashem punishes us and drives us out of the Land of Israel into exile, leaving us to the mercy of the nations of the world, it is not out of disgust or repulsion, or an attempt to destroy us. It is a method of discipline, as a father disciplines a child who runs into the street in the path of an oncoming truck. The child needs to be chastised in order to keep him from harming himself in the future.

For this reason, the month of our greatest calamity, the month in which the Beis HaMikdash was destroyed, is called “Av.” It reminds us that we have a Merciful Father in Heaven, who cares enough about us to punish us in order to prevent us from committing spiritual suicide.
(Rav Zev Leff)

The Tzadik That You Are
By Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt

My Rosh Yeshiva, ztzl, used to reminisce about his days as a child on the Lower East Side. Often, he would come back from school and his father would ask him, ‘Noach – did you remember that Hashem loves you today?’ ‘Yes’, was the young boy’s usual answer. ‘Well done, his father would respond. You did a very big mitzvah. And an easy one at that!!’

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Gathering the Wood for the Mizbe'ach
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So many people seem to be struggling recently against a seemingly invincible enemy. Many of our greatest warriors experienced falls, and others were posting how they've never felt so close the edge of the abyss. I received a lot of e-mails with calls for help, people were claiming they felt as if their very "Bechira" was being removed from them.

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