This Week’s Article – Selfless

 

This Week’s Article

Selfless

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

On the subject of Good and Evil, we know that two extremes exist, an absolute good and an absolute evil, with a whole range of combinations in-between the two. Likewise, in terms of Selflessness and Selfishness, we understand that two extremes exist, with an entire chain of combinations in-between.

In addition, we see that absolute selfishness is very gross, very lowly. Someone who thinks only about himself, never considering anyone else’s needs, is an inferior person — definitely someone we need to avoid.

Accordingly, Selflessness must be the highest of attributes, something lofty, powerful — a quality we attribute to the Creator of all.

Surely, we too then, should add it to our shopping list of personal achievement?

Author, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz.

All rights reserved (c) Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 15th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 15th Sivan, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

For the sake of…

To be free of self-interest, and act purely for the sake of a higher goodness, empowers us as nothing else does.

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Daily Kabbalah Portion – 15th Sivan, 5769

 

Daily Kabbalah Portion – 15th Sivan, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Body and Soul – Permitted and Forbidden in Using Human Science

Hence, we, who follow in the footsteps of our sages, are not permitted to use the human science, except with knowledge that has been proven by actual experiences, and of whose validity we have no doubt. Therefore, we cannot accept any religious principle from the above three, and all the more so concerning the concepts of body and soul, which are the fundamental concepts and the subject of religion as a whole. We can only receive concepts of life-sciences taken from experiments that no man can doubt.

Clearly, such a proof cannot be found in any spiritual matter, but only in physical matters, set up for perception by the senses. Hence, we are permitted to use the third method, which engages in matters of the body, but only to a degree, in all those deductions that have been proven by experiments, and which no one doubts. The rest of the concepts, which combine the reason of their method and other methods, are forbidden for us. One who uses them breaches, “Turn you not unto the idols.”

Yet, this third method is foreign and loathsome to the human spirit. There is hardly any truly educated person who is able to accept it. This is so because according to them, man’s shape has been erased and vanished. Man has been made into a machine that walks and works by other forces. According to them, man has no free choice whatsoever, but is rather pushed by nature’s forces, and all our actions are compulsory. Hence, man has no reward or punishment, since there is no judgment, punishment, or reward that applies to one who has no freedom of will.

Such a thing is utterly unthinkable, and not only for religious, who believe in reward and punishment, since believing in His Providence, that all of nature’s forces are guided by Him, assures them that everything has a good and desirable cause. Yet, this method is even stranger in the eyes of non-religious, who believe that everyone is given to the hands of a blind, mindless, and aimless nature. These intelligent ones are like play-toys in its hands, led astray, and who knows where? Hence, this method has become despised and unaccepted in the world.

But you should know that all the methods of those who perceive duality came only to correct this above-mentioned wrong. For this reason, they have decided that the body, which is but a machine, according to the third method, is not at all the real man. Man’s real essence is something altogether different—invisible and imperceptible. It is a spiritual entity, clothed and hidden within the body. This is man’s “self,” the “I.” The body and everything within it are considered possessions of that eternal and spiritual I, as they have written.

Yet, by their own admission, this method is crippled, since they cannot explain how a spiritual entity, being the soul or the self, can move the body or decide anything concerning it. This is because following the philosophical precision itself, the spiritual has no contact whatsoever with the physical. It has absolutely no impact on it, as they have written themselves.

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, Body and Soul

Source: kabbalah.info

Today 15th Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

 

Today 15th Sivan, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

Little Mitzvos Org

You may think, how does one little Mitzvo help . . .

Our times are calling out to us to do Teshuva, but it’s too hard for us to change our lives. Even when we try, we end up reverting back to nothing, everything as was. We MUST show HaShem that we are seeing the signs and that it means something to us.

In this way, when HaShem asks what did we did, we can reply “I took this on…”

You must not consider this “Little Mitzvos” as a replacement for the Shulchan Oruch – you must continue learning Halochos via mainstream Seforim and with Shiurim.

Tefilla

Stay till the end of davening – and for the shiur after?

Source: Little Mitzvos Org

Teachings of the Sages – 15th Sivan, 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 15th Sivan, 5769

Two Tzadiks

ON FAITH

A disciple, tormented by wavering faith and unable to study, came to see R’ Pinchas. The rebbe responded that, as a young man, he, too, had wrestled with questions and doubts. “About man and his fate, creation and its meaning. I was struggling with so many dark forces that I could not advance; I was wallowing in doubt, locked in despair. I tried study, prayer, meditation. Penitence, silence, solitude. In vain. My doubts remained doubts, my questions remained threats. Impossible to proceed, to project myself into the future. I simply could not go on.” Then, one day, when the Baal Shem Tov was visiting his town, R’ Pinchas was led by curiosity to attend the gathering. “I was convinced that he was seeing me and no one else. … The intensity of his gaze overwhelmed me, and I felt less alone. And strangely, I was able to go home, open the Talmud, and plunge into my studies once more. You see, … the questions remained questions. But I was able to go on”*

*Four Hasidic Masters and Their Struggle against Melancholy, by Elie Wiesel, pp. 1-3. Copyright © 1978 by Elie Wiesel. Reprinted with permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of Elirion Associates (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

Source: Two Tzaddiks

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – 15th Sivan, 5769

 

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings

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THE PURPOSE OF LIFE – From level to level

In this world it is completely impossible for a person to know where he is holding . Not knowing where one stands is one of the main tests in life.

Likutey Halachot, Yoreh Deah, Shevuos 2:17

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
“It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”

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“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

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On this day – Limud yomi – 15th Sivan, 5769

 

On this day – Limud yomi – 15th Sivan, 5769

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Limud yomi

Limud yomi

Daf yomi: Bava Metzia 43; Yerushalmi yomi: Bava Metzia 33; Mishna yomit: Keilim 26:9; Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 311:1; Tanach yomi: 12 Prophets Seder 8

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