In Parshas Chayei Sarah (24:1), it says that Avraham was old – ba ba’yamim – and Hashem blessed him ba’kol (“VaShem beirach es Avraham ba’kol”). If we look at Avraham Avinu’s life, we see that he had many challenges and was constantly being tested by Hashem. What is this mysterious ba’kol (“with everything”) that Hashem blessed Avraham Avinu with?

Rav Kook explains that being blessed ba’kol means seeing the “painful” as part of the meaning, order, and purpose of the universe. It means seeing the hard and dark moments and experiences as part of kol, the bigger picture. When a person acknowledges that everything in life is a blessing from Hashem – ba’kol – everything – the good and (what seems to be) the bad are all part of Hashem’s blessing, then he’s accepting everything as having been Heavenly decreed. Such a person goes about his day with complete equanimity, with total faith in Hashem. We learn that Avraham Avinu lived his life believing that he had kol (everything). Avraham chose to focus on what he had and not on what he lacked.

Avraham Avinu and David HaMelech experienced many challenges during their lives but they were both able to maintain a very positive disposition. In T’hilim, Chapter 54, David HaMelech says, “Hashem helps me, and Hashem is with those who support me.” Rabbi Shmuel Silber explains that David HaMelech is teaching us a very important lesson here. David HaMelech says, “I know that Hashem is always here to help me, but how do I feel supported? I feel supported with those things that support my soul. It is when I take stock of all the things that I have, that I’m finally able to realize and understand how much Hashem loves me.” When we live a life focusing on our brachos, that’s when we begin to appreciate the magnitude of the brachos that we have.

List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Shimshon Shimon ben Mazal

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Yaakov Yisrael Pinchas ben Tovah

Yisachar Dov ben Chayah Brachah

Tinok ben Chanah

Azriel ShemTov ben Brachah Esther

Shmuel Aryeh ben Sarah Rachel

Ronny Tzalach ben Simchah

Shmuel Aryeh ben Sarah Rachel

Moshe ben Devorah

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Yosef ben Leah

Nisan ben Yael

Efrayim Gavriel ben Esther

Chaim Yehudah HaLevi ben Sarah

Refael Meir HaLevi ben Esther

Mordechai ben Evelyn

David Chaim ben Rivkah

Moshe Leib ben Chanah Breindel

Eynav ben Tziporah

Yair ben Sarah

Moshe ben Zlata

Evon bas Sally

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Ronit bas Rivkah

Mahnaz bas Nosrat

Sylia bas Rachel

Karen bas Rachel

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Sonia bas Raya Rachel

Tinok bas Chanah Moriyah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Devorah bas Esther

Batya bas Moonavar

Sarah bas Alizah

Chavah bas Bayla

Bella Berta bas Raya Rachel

Taliah Tanya bas Nina Nekadam

Raya Rachel bas Esther

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