Did you know that praying with intention is our secret weapon?
Rabbenu’s whole thing was prayer – hitbodedut, praying your heart out to God in your own words, reciting the Tikkun Haklali, to rectify spiritual problems at their root.
That’s part of why they went after him so much, because prayer is a Jew’s secret weapon – it’s the bow of Yaakov, that deflects the sword of Esav.
Two days ago, I was talking to a neighbor in my street, about all this AI facial recognition tech going up all over the city.
Once he grasped what I was telling him – that these weren’t normal CCTV cameras, and that Jerusalem was becoming an open-air prison – he immediately flipped into apathetic despair.
There is nothing you can do anyway! He told me. It’s all over the world this way, so just live your life and ignore it!
Yesterday, my dad basically said the same thing.
What’s the point in worrying, you can’t do anything about this, it’s in every country all over the world. Just ignore it and be happy.
According to a couple of commentators here who tried to lodge a protest against the government’s new dictatorial laws, they were prevented from getting into the Justice Department’s website to do that by a ‘password’ that they just couldn’t manage to get, no matter how hard they tried.
Of course, this was no accident.
It’s part of the dictatorship’s efforts to shut down opposition and maintain control.
If ‘this world’ is where we thought the battle is really taking place, then both my neighbor and my dad would be 100% correct, that there is nothing really to do, and we may as well just give up, and try this instead:
But the real battle here is being fought in the spiritual arena.
And every single one of us has a part to play.
This morning, I got inspired by THIS short video of an Australian policeman in Victoria, who quit his senior position to protest how the corrupt politicians are using the police to turn Australia into a ‘Covid dictatorship’ – and who asked his colleagues to follow him. (Not shmirat eynayim friendly.)
The main ‘present’ I got from my latest trip to Uman, is that dancing and clapping can sweeten all the judgements that can’t be sweetened any other way.
So, I’ve incorporated half an hour of dancing and clapping into my daily hitbodedut now, and it’s just making me feel really so much better about what’s going on.
But not because I’m ignoring the situation.
Instead, I first ‘bind myself to the true tzaddikim’, like Rebbe Nachman ben Feige and Simcha, and to Rabbi Eliezer ben Ettia, and then I am picking one subject a day to ‘stomp’ all the bad out of.
Last week, it was AI cameras and 5…G.
Today, I spent half an hour stomping the ‘bad’ out of our police force in Israel, so the pintele yid can ignite, and they will BH all make teshuva and stop enforcing the Covid tyranny.
Here’s the point:
I’m not doing anything. I am mamash nothing and nobody.
But, as soon as I get my ego out of the way, and really try to internalise my ‘nothingness’, then God can really take over.
And when we connect to God, anything is possible, because God is really all there is.
There is no nature.
There is no ‘police’.
There is no ‘Covid 19’.
There is only God.
This is how our ‘nothing’ can still do something – everything! – in the world.
Prayer is powerful, and prayer combined with dancing and clapping to sweeten the judgements, as prescribed by Rabbenu, is really the only thing that is going to work here.
I have a lot more to say about this, BH I will return to this topic.
But, I want to encourage you to not sink into apathy and despair because ‘we can’t do anything, anyway.’
In this material world, that may be true.
But in the spiritual world, we can mamash get this to turn around in the blink of an eye, if more of start to bind ourselves to the True Tzaddikim like Rabbenu and the Rav, and start to simply follow Rebbe Nachman’s advice.
So, pick how you want to ‘protest’, spiritually, and get on with it.
Here are some practical suggestions:
- Commit to spending 5 minutes a day (or more!) dancing and clapping, with the intention of ‘sweetening’ one particular area of evil that’s bothering you. That could be global stuff like poisonous Covid shots, corrupt judiciary, Freemason-Frankists – or stuff much closer to home, like a relationship or situation that is causing you a lot of pain. Literally just ‘stomp’ that problem into the ground…
- Start doing hitbodedut for a fixed period of time, every single day, where you just pour your heart out to Hashem about what is going on, and ask Him to fix things, and get more people to wake up and make teshuva.
- Say a Tikkun Haklali – or 7 – and again, have the intention that the prayer should sweeten a particular ‘issue’ or subject.
- Get hold of some of the Rav’s prayers on specific topics, and get into the habit of reciting a few a day. Go HERE for prayers in English, that have the Hebrew original attached.
If you want a suggestion for which prayer to start with, try this:
Believe in yourself!
Believe in the power of your prayers, and your intentions, to turn this around!
Prayer is our strength, our real weapon.
But we just have to remember to bind our prayers to the True Tzaddikim before we begin, so they can use all this spiritual ‘ammo’ we give them with our prayers, to fight the battle where it really counts – in the Heavenly Court.
This is the statement of ‘binding’ that Breslov chassidim use, from Rav Arush’s site HERE.
Rebbe Nachman told his followers that it is beneficial to declare before davening: “I hereby bind myself to all the tzaddikim of the generation” (Likkutei Moharan I, 2:6, 9:4; Sichot ha-Ran 296….
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This is because the tzaddikim elevate the prayers of the entire Jewish people, conveying each prayer to its proper Heavenly gate (Likkutei Moharan I, 9:3).
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Therefore, it has become customary for Breslover Chassidim to recite the following verbal formula before each prayer service (as well as before performing any mitzvah or religious practice, such as immersing in a mikveh, studying Torah, lighting the Chanukah Menorah, etc.):
Hebrew: Hareini mekasher ‘atzmi le-khol ha tzaddikim amitiyim she-be-doreinu, ulekholha-tzaddikim amitiyim shochnei afar, kedoshim asher ba-aretz hemah, u-be-frat Rabbenu ha-Kadosh, ha-Nachal Novea Mekor Chokhmah, Rebbe Nachman ben Feige − zekhutam yagen ‘aleinu ve-‘al kol Yisrael, Amen.
English: I hereby bind myself to all of the true tzaddikim of our generation, and to all true tzaddikim who rest in the dust, “Holy ones who are interred in the earth” (Tehillim 16:3), and in particular our Holy master, the “flowing brook, source of wisdom” (Mishlei 18:4), Rabbi Nachman ben Feige − May their merits shield us, Amen.
What have you go to lose?
And it for sure beats the heck out of pointlessly protesting on the street, or lying down ‘blissfully’, and just waiting for the truck to squash you.