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Building Emuna

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

Baruch Hashem, it’s been a great 2 years since Emuna Builders

became official. We’ve grown from a small group of

sisters into an amazing community dedicated to the service of the

Creator. We’ve been doing many great things together, but there’s a

lot more to come!

Our group has been focused on opening the channels of prayer

and salvation to everyone. As we explained in many places, going to

Kivrei Tzaddikim (Graves of the Righteous) has tremendous power to

effect salvation.

While some might think that this is just a “Kabbalistic” custom,

the fact is that it is recorded in the Shulchan Arukh (the Code of

Jewish Law), Orach Chaim 579:3. It’s written that one should go to

the graves of the righteous, especially during fast days or difficult

times. It’s been widely accepted to visit them also on Rosh Hashanah

and Tisha B’Av. The Arizal teaches us that the Nefesh of a Tzaddik

who passed away remains in the grave and going there can arouse

him to pray for us since they are compassionate. We don’t pray to

them, though we can certainly ask them to pray for us, as the Shelah

HaKadosh, Pri Megadim and Maharam Schik, among others teach us.

This is one of the reasons the Talmud (Taanit 16a) gives to

visiting Kivrei Tzaddikim. Another reason is to remind us of our own

mortality. Here in this plastic world of materiality, we all have

misconceptions due to faulty comparisons with the next person.

Going to the graves of the righteous remind us that this world is

temporary and the body’s end is the same no matter if you are rich or

poor, wise or ignorant, strong or weak and so on. It puts things more

in perspective and can also push a person to Teshuvah.

I’ve seen many fantastic things happening to our members and

am glad to have started it. The power of our community combined

(almost 4,000 people!) certainly adds to the efficacy of prayers and

this is actually brought down. Based on Chassidic and Kabbalistic sources, the intention to

connect to a larger group can greatly enhance its power even if

people are so far apart.

According to our sages, prayer is “one of the things that stand

at the top of the world, but people despise it”. Rebbe Nachman of

Breslev also taught us that it has the power to change nature and

actually is an aspect of having true Emuna. This is one of the reasons

why he stressed in many places 1 hour of hitbodedut (prayer in

seclusion) every day.

Going to the graves of the righteous increases our connection

to them. When a Tzaddik is buried, his grave opens up a portal that

traverses the spiritual worlds all the way to the Throne of Glory. That

is why any Torah and Prayer that is done next to the graves has much

more value.

It’s also noteworthy that the bodies of many of the Tzaddikim

who have purified themselves so much didn’t decay. There’ve been

witnesses of this fact with the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Yochanan Perlow of

Karlin Stolin and Rabbi Abdullah Somaich among many others.

Prayer is an essential life skill, which in fact can measure how

one is living. A person who prays can truly feel Hashem close by and

can rid himself of many problems. In fact, many of our Rabbis teach

us that Hashem sends us challenges particularly so we are forced to

pray. Remember that the more you pray, the better you get at it and

you should never give up for Rabbi Natan of Breslev and many others

already attested that praying for something straight for 40 days is

sure to give some result (provided the prayer is worthy).

It’s been a great honor to be able to help so many people with

you! If you or someone you know needs help, make sure to sponsor a

prayer trek or attend one of our upcoming courses or prayer sessions.

Be sure to also subscribe to our newsletter and I hope to hear

from you soon!

This article was written and published in the zechut of all Emuna Builder Partners. May they have complete emuna and continue in spreading emuna!

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