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Benyamin Bresinger

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Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger is a pastoral counselor who has worked with addicts for twenty years. He is the creator of a highly successful national seminar which integrates kabbalah and the 12 steps of Alcohol Anonymous, and the director of Chabad Lifeline, an addiction crisis drop-in center in Montreal.
Staying alone in my head is like being behind enemy lines
It’s my stinking thinking that is the problem to begin with. So getting out of my head is an essential strategic move towards humility. I must get out of my head.
When I am attacked by my own fear, I can take it to G-d instead of taking it personally -- by asking for the others to be blessed, I am being changed.
Blessed are You … who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.
If I can enter the Sukkah and sit still, study, pray and expose my self-sabotaging thoughts for what they are, I can hopefully experience what this holiday is all about -- a 7-day hug from my Father in heaven.
It gets dirty; it can even lose its shine. But a diamond always remains a precious stone.
That’s what Yom Kippur does. It’s the annual buffing of the soul. The soul, like the diamond, always remains precious.
G-d not only desires to have a world with people, G-d wants an intimate relationship with each one of us.
The ultimate secret is that there is a loving caring Father in heaven who is recreating us anew constantly. We are precious, imperfect and valuable beyond our wildest imagination.
G-d is saying,"Just as my love for your ancestors compelled me to schlep them out, so too, my love for you can be trusted to schlep you out of the narrow places of your own thinking."
The celebration of Purim is part of this ongoing love story between G-d and His people. Because of G-d remaining anonymous He gave us the chance to shine.
Next time you see a tree, pause and ask yourself - Am I growing? Am I changing?
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