I once published a thought that Rav Shimshon shared with us regarding Mesiras Nefesh and how it means different things to different people. I found myself thinking about this concept again this morning, while thinking about implementing certain changes to my own personal status quo.
The concept of making certain sacrifices in order to pursue a specific path and direction is nothing new and is as old as the human race. It also transcends barriers of faith and religion. People make sacrifices for a myriad of reasons, including family, career and the like.
“Mesiras Nefesh” however, is something entirely different.
Mesiras Nefesh is the act of sacrificing a piece of yourself, for the sake of Hashem!
Mesiras Nefesh is where you make a concrete decision to uproot something which has become an intrinsic part of yourself or your lifestyle, in order to move closer to Borei Olam.
For some of us, it takes the form of throwing out the TV. For others, it means installing a filter on a computer or smart phone. Maybe for some, Mesiras Nefesh is more subtle and involves a commitment to abstain for a period of time from reading secular newspapers, magazines and tabloids.
In all instances, any pro-active desire to effect positive spiritual change in our lives can be considered Mesiras Nefesh. Each Jew on his or her own individual level is Moser Nefesh, when they decide to better themselves in any way.
Rebbe taught us that Hashem cherishes these sacrifices because they come from within us.
‘Yeshikeini Mi’neshikos Pihu’ – When we give a Kiss to Hashem, we receive one in Return.
What will you do today for Borei Olam?
<Heard From Rav Shimshon Pincus Z’L>