Thank you very much

The light of Hanukkah is amazingly great. In fact, the light of gratitude and thanksgiving is easiest to find precisely in the days of Hanukkah, which are specially intended for this. Hanukkah is the wonderful light of complete Deliverance. Everyone who qualifies for it will receive their own salvation.

It should be understood that the Hebrew terms “gratitude” and “thanksgiving” have several meanings. For example, there is a simple meaning when a person is grateful to another and says “thank you very much” to him. There is also an aspect of recognition of the truth, when a person admits that it is – the truth. There is also the meaning of confession, when a person confesses his sins. All of these aspects are related, as we will explore below.

Let’s start with the first two aspects of gratitude, that is, the recognition of the good done and the recognition of the truth. They are actually the same thing. When a person recognizes the blessings of the Almighty and says “thank you very muvh” to the Creator of the world, he thereby recognizes the truth: what he thanks for is given to him by the Almighty thanks to private predestination.

Let’s start with the first two aspects of gratitude, that is, the recognition of the good done and the recognition of the truth. They are actually the same thing. When a person recognizes the blessings of the Almighty and says “thank you very muvh” to the Creator of the world, he thereby recognizes the truth: what he thanks for is given to him by the Almighty thanks to private predestination.

This becomes very clear if you believe that the Almighty does everything for the better. Then you say “thank you very much” for all your troubles, for all your problems, and thus you recognize the deeper truth that this trouble is from the Almighty and everything is for the best, and you do not blame and persecute yourself or someone else, and you do not look for a reason to solve your problems.

Thus, when a person thanks for everything, for any problem or misfortune, he testifies: “I believe that this is from You, Lord, and I believe that everything is for the best.”

And when he acquires both aspects of gratitude: recognition of the truth and recognition of goodness, he can reach the third aspect of thanksgiving, that is, confession, when a person recognizes that suffering was sent to him for his sins, as we will explain in detail below.

This principle is explained to us by our teacher, Rabbi Nachman in Likutei Moharan (2, 2). The teacher writes that the speeches of a person who follows the path of thanksgiving are illuminated with the light of truth, and thus he gains the truth.

After all, if a person does not follow the path of gratitude, his speech is far from the truth. Without work on thanksgiving, a bad beginning overcomes a person and instills in him heresy, thoughts about how bad everything is and how his life in general has failed. Then a person constantly thinks about his misfortune, about darkness and despair, about difficulties – and this is a lie. After all, everything that happens to you is a miraculous predestination of the Creator, aimed only at your eternal good. If a person would believe that the Almighty arranges everything for his good, he would not experience any grief or suffering, but, on the contrary, would enjoy the proximity of the Almighty.

But due to the fact that the bad beginning has already overpowered him with unkind thoughts, he does not see faith at all, but sees only his failed life, and then he lies, even turning to the Almighty with a request to fill the missing. After all, he feels that what happened to him before is evil, and asks the Almighty not to harm him, although in fact he received only good from the Almighty.

After all, it is possible to pray correctly only with truth and faith that all shortcomings are only for the better, with gratitude to the Creator and an aspiration to understand how He is giving you, for the sake of which a certain misfortune or problem was sent to you.

Recognition and speech

A person who recognizes that the Most High is all-good and all-merciful, and everything is for the best, acquires the light of truth that shines in his speeches. From now on, every word he utters is illuminated with the light of truth, and if he gets up to prayer, he will truly pray with hope, and not in murmurings and despondency.

Therefore, before asking for anything from the Almighty, you should achieve thanksgiving and say: “Lord! I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, because you undoubtedly do me good, you are merciful and just in everything sent to me. And although it is difficult for me to thank You, because a bad beginning has twisted my heart, but I believe that everything is for the best, and I ask You, Lord, to allow me to thank You for everything from the bottom of my heart. “

After all, only when a person is able to say thank you for his current position, he possesses truth and faith. While he cannot say thank you from the bottom of his heart, this indicates the flaw in his faith, and he should ask the Almighty for the gift of perfect faith that everything is for the best.

And in general, a person cannot unite with the Almighty if he does not believe in His justice. Many argue that they cannot speak with the Almighty. From what? Is it because they are sad and dissatisfied with their lives ?! In fact, this feeling is just a lack of faith. When what happened has already happened, a person should thank the Almighty for everything. And only when he thanks the Almighty, the road to a true conversation with Him opens for him.

This is what our teacher is talking about in the same teaching: when a person thanks, he can bring out real speeches. But you don’t just have to say “thank you very much,” you need to see how the Almighty did you good throughout your life, how He brought you closer to Himself, and then the light of truth shines on you, and you can talk to the Almighty.

Psalm: A song for the Sabbath

Rabbi Nachman also writes: When a person walks on the path of gratitude, he is enlightened by the holiness, light, and joy of the Sabbath on all days of the week. This means that he lives a whole week like on Saturday, it is said: “A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day. It is good to praise the Lord”(Tehilim (Psalm) 92: 1-2).

Light and thanksgiving holy

This teaching of Rabbi Nachman is dedicated to the feast of Hanukkah, and it begins with the words, “And they created the eight days of Hanukkah to give thanks and praise.”

In Hanukkah, we can truly strengthen our faith in the grace of the Almighty and His love for us. After all, the miracles that our ancestors celebrated during Hanukkah mean that the Almighty will not leave the Jewish people in any trial. The Creator has always done miracles for us and always works great miracles for us.

At the beginning of the same teaching, it is said that the theme of gratitude and gratitude is the joy of the world to come.

Thus, when one goes on the path of thanksgiving, he already finds the “Garden of Eden” in this world.

Many people have come to me and testified.

I answer them, “Of course, every day of your week is like Sabbath, you have found the Garden of Eden – that is the light of thank you and thanksgiving. No mistake, everything is right. You have found paradise in our present world because you are walking in gratitude. “

From the book “Thanksgiving”

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