redefine crowdsourcing

There are all kinds of problems that you might face during tefillah, machshavot zarot (unrelated thoughts), distraction, losing your place, all kinds of ego trips, and plenty of other stuff I've probably never experienced, but the Rebbe m'Komarna (Notzer Hessed) suggests that whenever you are getting disconnected from God in your tefillah, it is easiest and best to connect yourself back to the klal. To recognize you are just one of the multitude of Bnei Yisrael. Losing yourself in the whole helps you to reach personal oblivion (אין) which makes you an infinitely small target, nothing can come between you and God, when there's no you in the equation. You're outsourcing your spiritual self-defense to the crowd of Bnei Yisrael.

On a side note, it's also amazingly inspiring to connect to the whole of Bnei Yisrael, recognize there are things going on all over the world effecting changes that no one is aware of and no one can stop. There are waves of Tefillah, Torah, and Mitzwoth roiling across the face of the universe and almost no one is the wiser.


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