Have a wonderful Shabbat! – 5th Tammuz, 5769

 

The Holy One, blessed be He,
said to Moses,
“I have a precious gift
in My treasure house,
called the Sabbath,
and desire to give it to Israel;
go and inform them.”
(Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbath, 10b)
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Daily Reminder – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 4th Tammuz, 5769

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Zechiras Miriam

The Sweetest Voice

Rabbeinu Yonah brings the Medrash in Tehilim (Yalkut 721) that says, Am Yisroel is beloved with its voice and and hated r”l with its voice. “Hashmi’ini Es Koileich Ki Koileich Areiv”, let me hear your voice because your voice is sweet, says Hashem in Shir HaShirim (2:14). “Nasna Alai BiKoila Al Kein Sineisiha”, they speak with a loud voice words that I don’t like, therefore I hate her.

There are so many wonderful mitzvos we can do with our sweet voices, says Rabbeinu Yonah. We can speak words of Torah. We can make peace between people. We can justify the Rabim. We can praise the good we see. We can disgrace evil and fight for the truth. Why would we use our voices in a way that Hashem would use the word, “Sineisiha”?

“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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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth – 4th Tammuz, 5769

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Thought for the Day

Connecting

By Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Daily Dose – Today’s Meditation – Connecting

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman. To order Tzvi’s book, “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.

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Self-Growth – Keep Smiling – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

Self-Growth – Keep Smiling – 4th Tammuz, 5769

Self-Growth - Keep Smiling
 

Whatever we are able

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

Whatever we are able to do, we must do — for we only receive our abilities that that we may use them. Moreover, only by using them can we reach lasting satisfaction and happiness.*

* Daas Torah, BaMidbar, B’haloscha, biurim

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day

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Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 4th Tammuz, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Self-Improvement

The Best Me

We need be no more than anyone else is, nor any less. We just need to be “the best me” we can be.

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DIVINE LIGHT – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 4th Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 13.

15.   When the Baal Shem Tov would study Torah with his students, they would be surrounded by fire and the ministering angels would gather around them. They would hear the voices and thunder heard by the Children of Israel during the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and the words “I am the L-rd your G-d,” from the mouth of G-d.
Heichal HaBracha Va’eschanan

Translation and Commentary by Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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HEART OF PRAYER – 4th Tammuz, 5769

 

HEART OF PRAYER – 4th Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 4a2

There are many aspects of prayer, one higher than the other. On the lowest level, you pray for your own needs. This is the level of the world, as it is written, “All flesh is grass, and all their goodness is like the flowers of the field,”1 and “Their acts of kindness are only for themselves.”2

The next level is to pray to fill a lack in the Shechinah. Indeed, by rectifying the Supernal Source, the deficiency below is also filled for Above and below are one. However, you should not intend to repair both Above and below, for this is like “uprooting the shoots”3 and creates a division.

I also heard an explanation of the Talmud’s statement, “There are things that stand at the height of the world, yet people belittle them.”4 Meaning, the effects of prayer are Above, in the heights of the world, and not always below. Therefore, people belittle prayer and imagine that their supplications are worthless. But this is not so.

There is yet a higher level, when you do not demand that even the Supernal rectifications be accomplished, for there is a danger in that as well. The story of Rabbi Yosef d’LeReina5 is proof. Therefore, the best thing for a wise person is to do what is required of them, to pray over whatever happens, and let the Master of Desire do as He knows best. This is the most exalted level – a service that is not for the sake of receiving repayment.
Toldos Yaakov Yosef p. 144b

1Isaiah 40:6
2Tikunei Zohar, Tikun 30, p.73b
3A reference to heresy
4A reference to prayer
5A fifteenth century kabbalist who tried to force the coming of Moshiach but failed and caused the Spanish exile instead.

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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