The Secret to Miraculous Salvations
“One who strengthens himself with קיווי kivui (hope) will merit that a קו KAV (line) will extend from his heart to the Heavenly throne”
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Arriving at the Highest Chamber
“One who strengthens himself with קיווי kivui / hope will merit that קו KAV / a line will extend from his heart to the Heavenly throne”
The Ramchal teaches us in Mesilos Yeshurim, that there exists an exalted chamber in Shamayim which is called Shlitas hevei - where no power, mekatraig, or angel can arrive, only Hashem Himself.
How can we activate the power of this chamber? The Ramchal answers that no mitzvah can arouse the opening of this chamber, only the power of hoping to Hashem and believing that only He can help us in every situation. Through this we cause a great light to shine from this chamber onto us; which has the power to save us from all our problems.
The Ramchal teaches that the word kivui? alludes to the reward for the baal bitochon.
One who strengthens himself with kivui -hope will merit that KAV / a line will extend from his heart to the Heavenly throne where there is no judgment or prosecuting angels.
When we strengthen ourselves with bitachon and hope, we can picture as if a Tzinur / pipe is coming out of our heart and extending all the way to the highest place in Shamayim (where the mekatrigim and judgments have no power). And through this pipe, brochos ﬂow forth onto us. The Ramchal teaches that one who trains himself to use the power of hope in every situation, ingrains in himself the knowledge and feeling of Ayn Od Milvado; and this will bring him zchusim even in the next world. Indeed, when the malachim will come and try to prosecute against him, he will be able to tell them, "During my life I only hoped to Hashem and I eliminated from my heart all fears of other powers. Therefore, even now, you have no right to touch me because I had no relationship with you." The Ramchal tells us that this person will be saved from judgment and will be enveloped in the light of Hashem.
The Ramchal concludes, "One who hopes to Hashem — even if he is already entering into gehinom - the angels will take him out of there. We may ask a very reasonable question, "What happens with the person's sins?"
As we learned earlier, when a person hopes to Hashem, he draws forth a light which helps him repent and purifies him from his sins. And just as a person behaves on this world, so too, he will act in the World to Come. Thus, after 120 years, when the Heavenly court will judge him, he will strengthen himself with hope in Hashem's compassion. And then he will be saved from all tzaros. Maybe for this reason, we say the passuk "Lyeshuatcha Kiviti H’“ in 3 different ways:
Lyeshuatcha Kiviti H’
Kiviti H’ Lyeshuatcha
H’ Lyeshuatcha Keviti
I hoped to you, Hashem, on this world, then I will hope to you, Hashem in the next world, and through that I will merit great yeshuos.
Yes, one who hopes to Hashem not only awakens brachos on this world, he also arouses goodness for himself in the World to Come.
The Chofetz Chaim adds that when we recite the “Lyeshuatcha Kiviti kol hayom” in Shemona Esrei, we can have in mind that we are hoping to Hashem for our own personal yeshua. And this is a segula to be helped b'ezras Hashem.
Idea for Practice:
When I hope to Hashem, I believe that a pipe is coming out of my heart and extending all the way to the highest chamber in Shamayim, and Hashem is pouring into that pipe boundless brachos which flow onto me.
The Exalted Mitzvah of Maavir Al Middatav
Our chachamim teach us the incredible reward for someone who Maavir Al Middatav . What does Maavir Al Middatav mean? It is a natural instinct that when someone wrongs a person, he will feel hurt and want to answer back. Yet, someone who Maavir Al Middatav overcomes his middos, remains calm, and refrains from answering back.
The Gemara teaches, "Kol Hamavir al middatav" - Someone who overcomes his natural instinct through thinking pure thoughts toward the person who wronged him (he gives in, does not hate him...), such a person will receive a remarkable reward: He will be zoche to "Maavirin lo al kol peshaav u maarichin lo yamav ushnotav" — He will be forgiven for his sins and merit long days and a long life. What does that mean? Besides for the fact that he will merit to live long, his days will be long; there will be a bracha in his time and he will be able to accomplish a lot in one day.
On what type of sins is such a person forgiven? There are three types of sins:
1. Cheit is a sin one commits unknowingly
2. Avon ; is a sin one commits when he is aware that it is an aveira, but it was too difficult for him to control himself
3. Pesha is a more severe sin which a person does purposely to anger Hashem.
Chazal tell us that one who Maavir Al Middatav is forgiven even for all his "Peshaim" - the sins that he did deliberately.
We know that is it not simple to look away when someone wrongs us.
How can we strengthen ourselves in the middah of by Maavir Al Middatav? Through learning the sefer Tomer Devorah, (Written by R' Moshe Kordovro), which expounds upon the thirteen middos of Hashem and how we can emulate His ways. Additionally, through learning the concepts of this sefer (which teaches about the rachmanus of Hashem), we arouse the compassion of Hashem and bring the presence and protection of the Shechinah. As The Sanzer Rav zt"l promises, "One who learns this sefer will never become sick r"“l.
Idea for Practice:
When I am faced with a challenge from a person who wronged me, | picture how all my aveiros could be erased in the merit that I remain calm and accept it with love.