Monday, June 20, 2005

Milk And Honey Under Your Tongue

I am currently in a shaky period with my job. Until last Friday it was extremely difficult to keep myself from worrying about this situation. As a the sole breadwinner for my wife and two small children, I do everything in my power to make sure that I can always support them.

Ultimately, my parnossa comes from Hashem. My job is only the means in which I receive this blessing. Each morning before leaving the house to gather my daily manna I follow the advice of the Degel Machaneh Ephraim who wrote, "Everyday one must daven for his parnossa."

In order to resolve my problem at work, I decided to go over my boss's head and talk to someone who serves on Hashem's executive corporate staff. I asked Rabbi Lazer Brody for his assistance to approach the Melitzer Rebbe (a descendent of the Degel Machaneh Ephraim) for a brocha of parnossa.

Last Friday, I received an e-mail from Rabbi Brody with the following words:

"I spoke to the Rebbe after shacharis this morning and told him all about you - he gave you a tremendous brocho....that you should have milk and honey under your tongue always, a sign of good parnassa."

I have complete faith in the tremendous power of this tzaddik's brocha and know with certainty that now I have nothing to worry about.


At June 20, 2005 at 1:51:00 PM EDT, Blogger Anshel's Wife said...

My husband and I have finally decided that we must move to be within walking distance of a shul. He is very upset that we don't have the kind of money we need to buy the house he really wants. I wrote to The Lubavitcher Rebbe to ask for a brocha that we should be able to move and my husband will be happy with where we should land up. Although my husband is still upset about all of this, I feel a sense of calmness.

I will keep you in my prayers that you should always have parnassa. We know the feeling about this, too, since my husband's position at work is also tentative.

At June 20, 2005 at 4:43:00 PM EDT, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I hope things will go well for you. Just remember, ain somchim al hanais. Do your part too.

At June 20, 2005 at 10:20:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me tell you one thing "LOUD AND CLEAR" i know exactly how you feel and am in the same situation. i can tell you that davening and asking for g-d's help will work and is 100% the right way to go about this. even better if you know and feel close to an "executive" like the rebbe you mentioned.

good luck may hashem bless you and your family and indeed anyone in klal yisroel who needs brochos of "GEFEN" gezunt parnoso and nachas with double portions of everything that they need


At June 20, 2005 at 11:02:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stumbled onto this blog by accident.
I don't think we have much in common culturally, but I too am a worried man. My prayers are with you.

At June 20, 2005 at 11:40:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone what has struggled to support (with my wife's help) the family over the past few years due to the downturn in the technology marketplace, you have my best wishes for continued employment.

In regard to the poster of this comment:

"...I wrote to The Lubavitcher Rebbe to ask for a brocha that we should be able to move and my husband will be happy with where we should land up. Although my husband is still upset about all of this, I feel a sense of calmness."

I hope he is upset not that you are looking for all the spiritual help possible, but rather that you wrote a letter to a dead (great) man. It's been ten years since he died - he's not coming back. Please, find a new rav or rebbe and get on with your life. There are so many great leaders out there in your movement and other groups - put the car in "drive" and don't look back.

At June 21, 2005 at 10:19:00 AM EDT, Blogger Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

Hey anonymous, what a courageous thing, shoot your mouth off under no name, hoe original!
Ever been to the gravesite of a Tzaddik? isn't he dead?

At June 21, 2005 at 10:47:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple Jew,
Zol men nor heren gutte besuros!

I generally don't impress myself with the poor way that I deal with struggles - but the main thing is to try to stay happy (I need to tell this to myself more often).

There is a story about the Raza, brother of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, who had a successful lumber business. He shipped a very large order to Germany, and as a risk of shipping lumber via the river, the entire shipment sunk.
When he heard that his business just took a dive, and his finances sunk, he was unfazed and remained quite happy. People asked how he could stay so happy in the face of such a disaster, and he replied (my words):
You know, people have times of success, and times of struggle. Sure, we can be happy when all is well, and then become depressed when things go sour - but when the wheel turns, and things are back on the way up, we're happy again! Why should I go through the misery? I'll just be happy now for the future successes that have yet to occur.

And a kapitel Tehillim never hurts, I'll keep you in mind.

At June 21, 2005 at 11:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Mirty, Jen, Yetta, Psycho Toddler, Tzemach Atlas, Shloima, Anonymous, Hirshel Tzig, Chabakuk Elisha:

Thank you all for your very kind and warm words of encouragement. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

At June 21, 2005 at 4:15:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kol hamevorech misborech!



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