Ratz vShav

Ratz vShav

Shuli Kleinman

1. Feel the fire

The human condition that we find ourselves in over and over again, of feeling our anochius strongly and being reactive, is the place Hashem sends us so that we have the opportunity to use real free will. We know it as our reptilian brain, our amygdyla. That neuropathway is capable of becoming cleaned off of anochius reactions so that it experiences the nefesh elokis as natural and the body responds.

2. RECOGNIZE THE NEGATIVITY.

When we are in such a state of reactivity, we find ourselves in judgments and hurtful messages that are destructive or self destructive. This is an experience of Elokim , Hashem is concealed.

3. RUN.

Instead of enclothing such reactions and bringing them into speech and

deeds, we run instead

to Shivisi Hashem lneged tamid

AND my sin “my tendency

towards feeling my anochi” is before me always. Teshuva is needed. It is important

to see how the nefesh behema is interested in its pleasures and cannot fathom the

pleasure that might somehow come to it from Hashem.

4. CONNECT TO HKB”H.

By having compassion on the Shechina in exile, by going

to shifless, lowliness, malchus, we re-establish connection to H-shem is One and all

loving by being compassionate on the kedusha in the reaction.

5. ASK FOR THE SHIFT TO COMPASSION

.Now we can shift our weight from the anochi reaction to our effort to go above our natural urges and impulses, We confess

our natural state. We tell Hashem that we want to go above that natural will because

we want to enclothe the kedusha in Torah mitzvahs and compassion. We ask for that

gift, that shift of light, to be given to us. and we wait.

6. ACTUALIZE RACHAMIM.

Once we feel the shift, we may now act, respond with

rachamim. Those mitzvahs, learning, acts of compassion, have the kedusha from the

place where they came to us. O

ur anochi, and it is re-garmented.