Sometimes, you go out to the field - yearning to speak to Hashem - but the words don't come. On one such occasion, when I was all choked up, I took my little shepherd's flute and began to play. Hashem in His infinite mercy gave me the gift of the following melody, which unclogged the heart, released the tears, and enabled the words to flow forth. I call this melody, "Whispering Soul" - with all the noise in the world, we need daily time to be alone with Hashem and to listen to the faint but sublime message of our soul, which yearns to be heard.
Overseas, it's holiday season and the roads are jammed; whatever you do, drive carefully. Don't forget to say The Traveler's Prayer (Tefilat_haderech) when you begin your journey, whether by car, bus, train, boat or plane. Don't ever think that you're alone, because Hashem is right there with you. He cares so very much about you, and so do we.
Happy Chanukah! Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches us that Chanukah is a special time to express our gratitude to Hashem. With that in mind, let's take 60 seconds to say Psalm 100 together, here, in a most special place where I love to go for my solitary personal prayer sessions, on Israel's golden beach not far from my home:
Today in the USA is Thanksgiving - happy holiday! We're fortunate as Jews, for every single day is a day of thanksgiving for us, from morning until night. When we know that everything Hashem does is for the very best and for our ultimate benefit, we can thank Him even for the dark clouds in our life. Why? Here's your answer: