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It is common knowledge that the Creator did not complete creation when He created it. And we can see in every corner of reality, in the general and in the particular, that it abides by laws of gradual development – from absence through the completion of its growth. For that reason, when the fruit tastes bitter in the beginning of its growth, it is not considered to be a flaw in the fruit, because we all know that the fruit has not yet finished its development.
And so it is in every aspect of reality, when some item appears bad and harmful to us, it is but a self-testimony of that item; that it is still in that transition phase – in the process of its development. Therefore, we cannot decide that it is bad and it is not wise for us to cast a flaw in it.
The gemara in Moed Katan (5a) says that the reason a Metzora screams “Tamei Tamei” when a person passes by, is so that the person should have rachmanus on him and daven for him.
The Chofetz Chaim (Shaar HaZechira 7) explains that when a person tells Lashon Hara his tefilos are not accepted in Shamayim. Therefore, Hashem in His mercy puts the Baal Lashon Hara in such a pathetic situation, that although people dislike him because of his disgusting ways, nevertheless his present situation is so humiliating that people will feel bad for him and daven for him, since his tefilos are ineffective.
“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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You may be in some place when suddenly you have a thought of Teshuvah and a deep longing for G-d. Stop then and there in that very place and take a moment to focus on the thought and the feeling of longing. Turn them into a prayer. Put your longing into words straight from your heart. Don’t wait or move on, even if you are not in your usual place of prayer and study – even if you are going on your way – because if you move on, it could interrupt your train of thought.
Likutey Moharan II, 124
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov “It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”