Segula for Panosa

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Even though it is the custom of some to read Parshat Hamon on the Tuesday before Parshat Beshalakh,  I think its still a good idea to read the tefilah (prayer) for parnosa (honourable livelihood), if you have not done so, as the reading of parshas Beshalakh on Shabbos has not arrived. Some people advocate reading it everyday, so why not today. I think its always a good idea to read the prayer, but extra special this week as it corresponds to the parshat. It is of course a segula (protection or reinforcement) for good parnosa, and who amongst us doesn’t want that.

Even if you don’t believe that it will help you and your parnosa situation, two things:
1) It can’t hurt, only help. And if Hashem does grants you based on your reciting of the tefilah, then, its worth while.

2) When reading “Parshat Hamon” we learn how Hashem sustains us and how everything comes from Hashem. And this is a great lesson. Once you fully understand this, your life will be turned upside down, but for the better. If you want to learn about how this happens you can always join me for some learning of Chassidus and Tanya (seminal work of the Alta Rebbe). Just ask!

Remember though, Hashem grants you, more or less kindness and mercy (Chessed and rakhamim), based on your action. So you can’t just wish for panosa, you need to get out and do. Hashem will always reveal to you opportunities and pathways, but you need to have done the preparation in order to see them and capitalize on them.

Preparation + opportunity = success!

Text of Prayer: http://myparnasa.com/full-parshas-haman-text/

Shomer Shabbos

From the movie The Big Lebowski featuring John Goodman as Walter Sobchak

Am I Shomer Shabbos?  I’m not sure what Shomer Shabbos means in its entirety, but I guess in my own way I am.

What does being Shomer Shabbos (or Shomer Shabbat) mean for me? Well, for starters, from Friday night sundown until late Saturday afternoon, I don’t engage in what I consider work.  I spend time with my family (family day) and attend Synagogue. On Friday night I have a special family dinner starting with the lighting of candles, the blessing over wine and bread and singing of a song or two, which my daughter really likes.  

Lately, my favourite parts of Shabbat is the Kiddush lunch and Farbrengen after Shabbat services on Saturday morning. I particularly like it when the lunch discussions around the table turn into one lively discussion about Chassidut and Torah. But, almost all of the topics discussed over egg, bread and chollent are of fascination to me, as I grow in my knowledge and observance of Judaism and Yiddishkeit. L’chaim!