var q aishhatorahrabbinicalprogramBeyond BT Spiritual Growth for Jews. Rav Itamar Shwarz, the author of the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh. Download a number of Drashos on Elul. The days of Elul are here, and a new year is before us, approaching. There is no Jewish soul during these days who isnt inspired at least on a minimal level. Every Jew has some feeling, at least a tiny feeling, to do teshuvah repentance, to change. Let us try to understand a bit more about this matter, so that we can have a clearer and deeper understanding of it. Everyone has many things in his life that he wants. A husband wants his wife to be a good wife to him, a wife wants to have a good husband, and they both want good children, good health, ample livelihood, and a comfortable home. Each person has many more things to add onto this list as well. Now lets come to a person and ask him Now that youve listed all these things that you want, from all of these 5. Theres a saying in Israel going around, HaIkar, Berius The main thing, is health. A 2. Only when people get older do they start to worry about their health. And if they have good health, what, then, do people think about Happiness. The truth is, however, that even if a person would have both complete health and happiness, he would be in a lot of danger spiritually speaking. Why Because he would grow complacent and feel, I have everythingEvery person, as we said, has many desires. But what is the main thing that a person wants in life One needs to think about this at times. Its possible for a person to live 7. What is the thing I truly want, more than anything, in my lifeOf course, a person might give a quick answer to this. But it wont be truthful. It is not a question that you can answer so quickly. It needs more than half a years worth of time to answer If Elijah the Prophet would reveal himself to a person and say to him Hashem has decreed that whatever you asked for, will happen. 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He will invest most of his money in the businesses that are less important, and the main business will be financially neglected for the most part. His main business will surely fail with this approach clear and simple. So a person first needs to become clear what the main point of life is that he is living for. The question is How much is a person willing to invest, in order to figure out what he truly wants in life When a person goes for a blood test and the results dont come back good, he goes back for more blood tests, until they tell him, We see that something here is abnormal. But we dont know exactly what it is. Maybe go to a certain doctor for this, Dr. X. He is an expert and he will almost definitely know what the problem is. In such a situation, a person would be prepared to spend much money in order to find out what the illness is in his body. It is directly affecting his health and his entire life. Now How much is a person willing to invest in knowing what he truly wants in life If a person is sure that his main interest in life is money, a nice house, a nice car, or getting lots of honor, then he also has a problem to deal with. It is clear that such a person is living for a purpose that is clearly not the purpose of life, and he will have to deal with this problem. The first thing, then, that a person needs to do, is to try to figure out to himself what the main thing is that he wants in life. After that he can begin to understand on what level his Avodas Hashem is. Before a person figures this out, chances are that he is living in a totally delusional realm. He might be a person who has regularly fixed times for learning Torah, for an hour at night or more he might regularly give tzedakah and try to be a baal chessed and to host guests, and many other wonderful things. But what does he really want in life It is not tzedakah, hosting guests, or the hour of learning Torah he has every night. Those things rank at either 9, 1. I want. What is the main point in life that a person wants more than anything else A Big Surprise About The Reward In The World To Come. We all Baruch Hashem do the mitzvos, for the most part. We make effort to daven, to put on tefillin, to wear tallis and tzitzis, to keep Shabbos, etc. What will be our reward for all of this We will be paid back with spiritual reward. But if a person doesnt care too much for the spiritual, he cant enjoy the reward for all his mitzvos He will come upstairs to the High Heavenly Court and there is nothing physical there, only spirituality. But that is not what he wants, so he will remain there with nothing. If a person wanted a nice car more than anything else, after 1. Here is payment for all of the millions of mitzvos that you did. Here is your greatest wish the new car which came out this year. Understandably, he will not want to get into that car, realizing that he has lost his entire spiritual reward This is what is meant in the verse, A man according to his praise. This is not some kind of joke, and it is not a mere thought of mussar. If anyone is working at a job and he finds out that he will not get paid at the end of the month, what would he doWhat happens if a person finds out after 7. Does anyone have a guaranteed insurance in the World To Come that he will get paid for all the mitzvos he did Compare this to a child who did something good, so his father buys him a new car as a gift. What can the child do with the car Only after 1. 6 years old can he can get a permit to drive. Right now, he cant do anything with the car. Hashem is loyal to pay back anyone with reward, but who says that the person when he gets upstairs will be able to use the reward that was given to him Imagine a person who works for someone for a month and then at the end of the month, he is given a pair of glasses as his payment. He doesnt need glasses, he can see quite fine. This is not considered payment to him, because he doesnt need the glasses. We all Baruch Hashem make effort to do the right actions, each person on his own level. But is it clear to any of us what we want If a person wanted what they will give to him in the Next World, he can enjoy it as reward. But if this isnt what he really wanted in his life, he cannot enjoy his reward in Heaven, because this is not what he wanted. Chas vshalom, it can be the realization of the verse, He pays back his enemies. Knowing What You Really Want In Life. Every person needs to figure out for himself if Hashem is satisfied with his actions or not, and this is a very important issue to know. But that is a second question to know. The first question one needs to answer for himself is What do I want from myselfHere is an example from the physical world to illustrate what we mean. Sometimes there is a boy who is 1. To our chagrin, his parents do not really understand his soul and what he really needs, and what his true interests are. A year goes by and he still hasnt decided what he wants to do with his life perhaps he has some options now, but he hasnt yet decided.