Building Emuna

​Baruch Hashem, it’s been a great 2 years at Emunah Builders since we officially launched and became official. We’ve grown from a small group of friends 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 othersteach 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 up coming courses or prayer sessions.

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