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It is written in the words of our sages, the Zohar and the Tikkunim that all the Upper Worlds and all the Holy Sefirot of the five worlds AK and ABYA have been prepared ahead of time in quantity and quality to complement the children of Israel. This is so because the soul of one from Israel is a part of G-d above and “An act ends in the preliminary thought.”
The Vilna Gaon Leaves Instructions For His Lonely Wife
The Vilna Gaon attempted to travel to Eretz Yisroel. He left behind a now famous letter for his wife, on how to act and how to raise the children. The letter is about six pages long, but in it he covers all the essentials that she needed to know. In it he spends about one page talking about the importance of Shmiras Halashon.
When discussing the disastrous consequences of forbidden speech he writes, “therefore I caution you to get accustomed as much as possible to sit alone (without company).” No doubt his wife kept only the best company. Nevertheless, the destruction emanating from even a single word of Lashon Hara is so great, that the Gra felt it was better to remain alone.
“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.
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R’ Pinchas said: “‘Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One’ (Deuteronomy 6:4). The term echad [one] in the reading of the Shema, which proclaims the unity of G-d, [requires us to] state that there is nothing in the whole world other than the Holy One, Who fills the whole earth with His glory. The principal intention [of the commandment to recite the Shema] is that we should consider ourselves null and void, and [understand] that there is nothing to us but the soul within us, which is part of G-d above. Hence there is nothing in the whole world except the One G-d. Our principal thought when reciting the word echad should be that the whole earth is full of His glory and there is nothing [in the universe] devoid of Him”*
*Likkutei Amarim, p. 14d, cited in Sefer Besht to Va’ethanan, no. 13, in The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, by Norman Lamm, pp. 8-9 (B)
Prayer helps for everything. Even if a person is unable to study Torah, he will be able to do so if he prays for it. Everything good can be attained through prayer: Torah, devotion, holiness… everything good in all the worlds! Amen.
Likutey Moharan II, 111
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov “It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”
You shall count for yourselves… from the day on which you bring the Omer offering, seven complete weeks they shall be… (Leviticus 23:15)
The word sefirah, “counting”, also means “luminance”. On each of the 49 days of the Sefirat HaOmer (“Counting of the Omer”), we refine, rarify, and illuminate another of the forty-nine traits of our souls.
Omer Count for Monday Night, May 4th -11th Iyar, 5769
*The Omer is counted every evening after nightfall, from the second night of Passover till the night before Shavuot.
Tonight, Monday evening, May 4th, count 26 Days in the Omer, which is three weeks and five days of the Omer.
Day 26 – Hod of Netzach: Humility in Endurance, click here to read excerpt.
Exercise for the day: When you awake, acknowledge G-d for giving you a soul with the extraordinary power and versatility to endure despite trying challenges. This will allow you to draw energy and strength for the entire day.