Who will go up to the mountain of G-d, and who will stand in His holy place? (T’hilim 24:3)

The Maggid of Koznitz explains that the two parts to this verse refers to two distinct stages in spiritual development. Firstly, one has to get up the mountain to be with G-d. This in itself is hard enough; but to remain with Hashem and maintain one’s level of development on a long-term basis is even harder. Man is a creature of change! Physically, we grow older, and our bodies replenish their cells. We also change emotionally and spiritually – our moods differ from day to day, our level of concentration changes, etc. We are, by nature, changing on a daily basis. This means that it is difficult to remain spiritually constant over a long period of time.

In Parshas VaYeishev, we learn that Yosef not only reached the mountain of G-d but was also able to remain in His holy place. In Yosef’s first dream, he and his brothers were in a field. They were binding grain into sheaves. Yosef’s sheaf arose and stood. The brothers’ sheaves surrounded Yosef’s sheaf and bowed to it. Rabbi Zvi Belovski explains that in this dream Yosef saw himself in comparison with his brothers. “His sheaf stood upright and also remained erect.” He was to be the quintessential tzadik, the expert at reaching and remaining with Hashem.

David HaMelech teaches us that in order to maintain our relationship with Hashem, we first have to develop a basic awareness of the presence of G-d in our lives. As it says in T’hilim: “I have set G-d before me always” (T’hilim 16:8). By doing so, we “invite” Him into our lives and are able to begin developing a relationship with Him.

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

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

Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo-Shalom

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah

Misha Moshe ben Tamara



Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

Rachel bas Edith

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

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