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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Inject yourself with spiritual coffee

Daf Yomi Yevamos 55

According to Nickelodeon, the following are the proven health benefits of coffee:
1. Enables the ability to speak to others before 11 a.m.
2. Stabilizes standy-uppy functionality.
3. Decreases the chance of your murdering the person who snored in your ear all night.
4. Melts mental cobwebs so you can answer children's relentless questions over breakfast.
5. Increases the chance you'll recognize when autocorrect is messing with you.
6. Makes you less hatey.
7. Lubricates the eye-opening mechanism.
7. Deactivates Zombie Mom mode.
9. Recharges verbal filter, allows for re-entry to the world outside one's home.
10. Gives someone who hasn't slept through the night in a decade something to look forward to.

The Torah states, “And to your fellow’s wife, you shall not give your cohabitation to seed.”

Rava asks: Why does the Torah mention seminal emission regarding a married man, when we already know that such an act is forbidden even without completion? 
He answers: It comes to exclude one who performs dead.
Rashi explains: A dead, i.e. limp member is unable to seed.

Many people go through life desperately in need of a good cup of spiritual coffee.  They perform mitzvos in a manner that is dead, lifeless.  And Rava explains that when you serve G-d without life, you are unable to seed.    You can’t convey positive spirituality to anyone around, let alone your kids.

Is your performance of mitzvos lacking vitality?  Do you put on tefillin each morning just because that’s what you’ve always done?  Do you get to the end of prayers and feel like you’ve driven to work not remembering a thing that you passed along the way?

It’s time to inject some life into your mitzvah performance!  If you want to be a source of spirituality to others, you need to be excited and alive.  That doesn’t come naturally – it comes from a conscious effort to think about the great merit you have to be able to perform mitzvos!  It comes from the understanding that of all the billions of people in the world, the Almighty chose you to serve Him!

Wake up and serve G-d with life!  And you will be a source of spiritual seed to all those around you!  

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