Have a wonderful Shabbat Nachamu 11th Av 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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On this day Limud yomi for Shabbat Nachamu 11th Av 5769

 

On this day – Limud yomi for Shabbat Nachamu 11th Av, 5769

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Limud yomi

Daf yomi: Bava Metzia 98
Yerushalmi yomi: Shavuot 16
Mishna yomit: Ohalot 11:2
Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 324:2
Shabbat parshiot: Va’etchanan

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Todays eMussar Lesson 10th Av 5769

 

Todays eMussar Lesson

eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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Today 10th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Believe in HaShem’s Forgiveness

FAITH AND TRUST

The following parable shows us how to conquer the challenge of despair:

“Your life is hanging by a thread and you need immediate emergency surgery!” warns Dr. Field. “This is a risky procedure and I will not operate until you pay the entire sum in cash.” The patient stubbornly replies, “I am not willing to pay!” As a means to deal with the tension, a friend of the patient pulls the doctor aside and says, “You are scaring the patient and therefore you will not be able to save him. He thinks you are demanding the payment because you don’t expect him to survive the operation. Therefore, you have caused him to “give up” and you will not be able to save him!”

Whenever a person makes a mistake or commits a sin, he should remind himself of the verse, “There is no righteous person on earth who does good and does not sin.” If a person despairs of being forgiven every time he commits a misdeed, he will never be able to improve his conduct. If he resigns himself to eternal damnation, he will never be able to appreciate the great compassion and forgiveness that HaShem extends to all people who engage in the process of repentance!

Indeed, if a person does not despair after committing a misdeed, he has already succeeded in WINNING THE BATTLE! Now that he has kept an optimistic attitude – both about HaShem as well as his ability to improve – he can try again. Eventually, he will get there!

The first line of defense in our faith is to NEVER GIVE UP. Our trust must be consistent with HaShem’s infinite mercy, compassion, and kindness!
[Based on Mishlei Mussar of the Magid M’Dubno]

TODAY: Apply the same response to every situation – “I TRUST IN HASHEM TO DELIVER ME.”

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 10th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 10th Av, 5769

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Specifically Then

At times, darkness, doubt and difficulty surround us. Duty, fatigue and a lack of inspiration drown us. Specifically then, we need to make time for our Creator. Specifically then, we need to reconnect with our Source, and thereby, recharge ourselves.

By: Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz of “Self-Growth.

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DIVINE LIGHT 10th Av 5769

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 10th Av, 5769

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The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 19.

ONCE, the Baal Shem Tov was outside the city of Mezibush with his students, and the time for Mincha1 arrived. His disciples said to him, “Rebbe, there is no water to wash our hands for Mincha.” The Baal Shem Tov took his walking stick and struck the earth and a spring of water burst from the ground. It flows until today, near Mezibush, and is called the Baal Shem Tov’s well. The Baal Shem Tov did many miraculous acts, the likes of which had not been seen since the days of the Tannaim2, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai3 and Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa. All the miracles were as a result of his constant attachment to G·d.

1The afternoon prayer service
2Rabbinic Sages (700 CE-2000 CE)
3Author of Zohar 41st century 5Notzer Chesed, Chap. 6

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

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The HEART OF PRAYER 10th Av 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 10th Av, 5769

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

4.b3 Prayer sweetens the judgment of Malchus so that G·d’s decree can be changed from bad to good.

Nachmanides asks about the nature of prayer: How can it improve a Divine decree? Can G·d’s Will be changed? If a person were praying for themself, we could understand how His Will can be changed. For just as they changed their own behavior from bad to good, so G·d’s decree can be changed from bad to good. But this principle should not apply to prayers offered on someone else’s behalf.

The Baal Shem Tov explained, in the name of his Heavenly teacher, Achiya HaShaloni, that prayer sweetens the judgment of Malchus, which is called Din , in its root in Binah. When you pray in this way for a friend, you bind them to their Supernal root, and they become a different person.

To explain this further, it is known that the Divine decree is a drop of seed in the womb of Malchus, and that it is composed of letters. As the Talmud says: “Betzalel knew how to combine the letters that went into the creation of heaven and earth.” Now, the King of Kings surely does not carry out His decrees Himself. He appoints an emissary, who makes use of the word-combinations that convey the decree. However, the emissary can rearrange the first letters of the words so that they imply something else.

Now, the Tzaddik is the emissary of the Shechinah, who knows how to sweeten the judgments and bind the drop that is in Malchus to Binah, thus transforming it into something else.
Katones Passim, p. 47b

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 10th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 10th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

One thing common to all

“We see that there is one thing that is common to all—the spirit. It is said, ‘A concern in one’s heart, let him speak of it with others.’ This is because with regard to feeling high-spirited, neither wealth nor erudition can be of assistance. Rather, it is one person who can help another… It turns out that each and every one must pay attention and think, how he can help his friend, uplift his spirit, because regarding one’s spirit, anyone can find a needy place in one’s friend, which he can fulfill.”

Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, “They Helped Every One His Friend

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Between Husband and Wife

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – 10 Av, 5769 / July 29, 2009

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10 Av, 5769 / July 29, 2009

Day 71 – Between Husband and Wife

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 8:10-11

The Chofetz Chaim now turns his focus in a different direction — to whom am I forbidden to relate loshon hora? He answers, “There is no difference regarding this prohibition, whether the listener is one’s relative or someone distant, or even one’s own wife — unless it is something of which he must inform her for a constructive purpose.”

The Chofetz Chaim focuses on a very typical situation. A husband comes home and his wife asks, “How was your day?” or, “What’s new in shul (synagogue)?” The Chofetz Chaim cautions us strongly against using such questions as a forum for telling one’s wife of any arguments or other unpleasant encounters which he had during the course of the day. Not only is this loshon hora, but it does further damage, since the wife, out of loyalty to her husband, is likely to harbor animosity towards the person whom the husband feels has wronged him. This may lead to her finding the opportunity to castigate the man or his family members, so that a situation which could have been resolved, will instead become a full-scale feud between families.

The Chofetz Chaim adds a bit of marital advice. He says that if a husband habitually complains to his wife about the slights and indignities which he perceives have been heaped upon him, then he actually lowers himself in her eyes. She begins to believe that others do not respect him, and that perhaps he is not really worthy of respect. The Chofetz Chaim quotes Avos D’Rabbi Nassan (7:3) which explains the words of the Mishnah, “Do not speak excessively with a woman,” as making exactly this point; excessive complaining to his wife lowers a man’s esteem in her eyes.

The Chofetz Chaim points out that there are clearly cases of toeles (constructive purpose) where spouses are allowed to, and ought to, share information. This applies to business partnerships, as well. Certainly one partner can warn the other about problems with a potential vendor or customer. However, one must be careful to release only that negative information which is absolutely essential.

If it is possible to solve the problem without saying anything negative, then that is the strategy required. For example, your wife says, “Mrs. Klein invited us to dinner next week.” But you have reason to believe that the kashrus level in the Klein’s house does not meet your standards. To avoid speaking loshon hora you should think of some benign reason for declining the invitation. If your wife finds your excuse unreasonable and is upset, then you may tell her your real reason.

In truth, there are many ways to protect a spouse, business associate or oneself from harmful from her aunt and cousins people or situations without resorting to loshon hora. Although it might take a little effort or ingenuity, our Sages assure us that the dividends will surely be well worth our while.

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Today 10th Av 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 10th Av, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos

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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.

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Revach Lists Yerushalayim 10th Av 5769

 

Revach Lists – Yerushalayim – 10th Av, 5769

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70 Names Of Yerushalayim

The Medrash says the Yerushalayim has 70 names, just like Hashem has 70 names, there are 70 nations, Yaakov went to Mitzrayim with 70 people, the Sanhedrin has 70 members, as well as other 70s. To see a list of 78 names by which Yerushalayim is referred to in Tanach click here to see Revach Lists.

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The Seforim Room Introduction 10th Av 5769

 

The Seforim Room Introduction – 10th Av, 5769

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A Tribute To The Book That Was Never Written

As the last remaining survivors of the generation that suffered through the holocaust reach their golden years, a deluge of books and memoirs have flooded the market, and rightfully so. Each survivor’s story is unique and needs to be retold. The Belzer Rebbe said that anyone who survived the ordeal surely had two Malachim protecting them on either side. That makes for interesting and important reading.

What’s unique about every single book that is published is that these firsthand accounts are all told by survivors. Not to diminish their stories, as each person’s survival was worse than death many times over, however where are the books by the people who were murdered, starved to death, gassed, burned, and a thousand other cruel life ending tortures? What was their end like and what did they learn from their experience?

Each one of them was died Al Kiddush Hashem and we don’t even have single first hand account of their experience in death. How does it feel to be beaten so badly that you don’t survive? What was it like when their Neshama could not take it any more and tore itself from their bodies? How does the Malach HaMaves confront a person who dies Al Kiddush Hashem? How are they greeted in Shamayim? What justice do they see from the vantage point of the Olam HaEmes? What is the point and how will this all end?

“Etzrach Mi Yitein Eifo V’Yictivun Milai”, I scream, “if only I can write my story” (Kinos 8). Sadly for us, dead people don’t tell stories, only survivors do. Their stories are written in blood not ink, but the author is not among the living to be able to form the words. These unwritten stories come from every generation and from every spot on earth where our ancestors carried their weary bodies and spirit. These stories come from places where they hoped to escape the bitter Galus and enjoy a brief respite, but more often than not the Tzaros caught up with them faster than they imagined.

Today we sit on the floor and say the Kinos as well as read the stories of the few remaining survivors from Klal Yisroel’s most recent tragedy. These stories shed some light on the pain but they are missing the punch line. However one glorious day in the near future we will be zocheh to read these unwritten stories.

Today we honor the still unpublished story that will one day arise from the ashes and bring Moshiach on its cover. It will surely be the all time bestseller. The title? “Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch L’Olam Va’ed.”

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Daily Reminder 10th Av 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 10th Av, 5769

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Guarding The Keilim of The Bais HaMikdash

The Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh in Parshas Pinchos brings from the Alshich HaKadosh that the mouth of person is like a Kli Shareis of the Bais HaMikdash because the greatest Kedusha is Kedushas HaTorah. Therefore your mouth, just like the Keilim of the Bais HaMikdash may not be used even for mundane matters and certainly not for Devarim Assurim.

“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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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk 10th Av 5769

 

The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 10th Av, 5769


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There is a lot of material out there on the subject of guarding the eyes and the Bris, but sometimes “too much” is overwhelming.
A little bit each day is just right, to be able to read, digest and apply it to our lives.

The booklet “Windows to the Soul” by R’ Zvi Miller of the Salant foundation, is a MAN’S PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MASTERING HIS EYES. (Right click the link and choose “Save Target/Link As” to save the PDF booklet to your computer). To subscribe to eMussar, the daily lessons of the Salant Foundation, send email to salant@netvision.net.il

The Zohar compares this world to a churning ocean and the body of a man to a ship in the sea. Therefore, man requires knowledge in order to guide himself on a straight course, avoiding mishap and losing his way. The ocean of life roars fearfully and continuously. The winds of challenge blow and the negative impulse rips about like a tornado with unimaginable force. All of life comprises great and endless tests, which can easily capsize the ship and sink it into the murky, nethermost depths.

Yirat Shamayim and the study of Mussar will prevent the body from sinking into the miry depths of desire and corrupt character traits.
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Today’s Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk

 

Perform the Mitzvot With Joy!
(Part 2)

GROWING WISE

“The creation of man was for his ultimate existence in the World to Come. Therefore, Hashem endowed him with a precious soul. With his soul he is able to serve Hashem and to receive his eternal reward in its right time and place. Therefore, the existence of the soul in this world is beloved and pleasant to the soul.” (Mesilat Yesharim, Man’s Duty in his World).

Each word of study, each second of contemplation and each effort we make to control our eyes will uplift and sanctify us. There is no greater joy than attaining holiness and purity!

May Hashem bless our efforts to master our eyes. May our collective effort to serve Hashem awaken great mercy in Heaven, so that we merit seeing the redemption of Klal Yisrael and the restoration of the Shechinah to the Kodesh HaKadashim.

“May Yisrael rejoice in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.” (Tehillim 149:2)


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“Perform the Mitzvot with Joy”

After reading Windows of the Soul, the importance of mastering my eyes has become very clear – and attainable. Baruch HaShem, I have made a lot of progress. I like this idea about forming a class and a discussion group. I could use the support and it will strengthen my friends, as well. I spoke to my Rabbi about it and he is going to start a class in Shmirat Einayim next Thursday evening. We already have three people who want to attend.

I used to think that it was impossible to control my eyes. But now that I learn and practice the Torah’s wisdom of Shmirat Einayim, I am a different person. I want to share my new perspective with the community. This class is going to encourage us – and heal our souls.

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah 10th Av 5769

 

Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 10th Av, 5769

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Everyone has different abilities depending on the tribe they represent. Let us all unify and work together in the battle against the Sitra Acher.

WISDOM CAN ONLY BE LOWERED TO A CERTAIN POINT – IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT READ IT OVER TWO THREE TIMES AND THINK ABOUT IT

Regarding Dovid’s command to have Uriyah killed.

–  Dovid took Bat Sheveh and arranged to have her husband killed in battle.
–  We are not going to deal with Bat Sheveh, but rather why Dovid had Uriyah killed.
–  Uriyah was an officer under Yoev ben Tzuriah.
–  Yoev was Dovid’s cousin, he felt as if he also had some connection to the Malchus (kingship).

–  Meaning, not that he wanted the actual position, but that he was part of it. Therefore he wasn’t’t necessarily obligated to listen to Dovid.

–  Yoev killed three people in open opposition to Dovid. He killed Avner, Avisholom, and Amasah.
–  This fell under the category of rebellion.
–  Yoav was very powerful. Dovid therefore let him go unpunished until the days of Shlomo.
–  Dovid did execute the people who had helped Yoav in carrying out these deeds. Uriah was one of them.
–  Since there couldn’t be a straight out accusation he couldn’t be killed openly either.
–  That’s why Uriyah referred to Yoav as “my master” rather then “your servant”.

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Teachings of the Sages 10th Av 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 10th Av, 5769

Two Tzadiks

ON THE ROLE OF THE TZADDIK

R’ Pinchas said: “After his death a Tzaddik ascends from one degree to another, higher and higher, until he becomes first a sacred letter, then a sacred thought and finally a sacred name” [191]. Similarly, R’ Pinchas said: “Many years after a zaddiq enters the future world, he is transformed into a divine Name, and he becomes a light for the fear of G-d”.*

*Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic, by Moshe Idel, p. 77 (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

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Rabbi Nachman Sayings and Teachings 10th Av 5769

 

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – From The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.

Translated by Avraham Greenbaum

KNOWING G-D – A taste of the world to come

The world to come that we can experience even in this world, when G-d helps us at certain moments, is quite indescribable!

Chayey Moharan #486

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

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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)

“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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Avodah Perek Shira 10th Av 5769

 

Perek Shira – 10th Av, 5769

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Perek Shira

Perek Shira: The House Goose – The Only Living Eye Witness

The house goose sings “Hodu L’ashem Kiru Bishmo Hodi’u Ba’amim Alilosov”, thank Hashem, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people (Tehilim 105:1). Why the house goose? Why are they calling to all the nations.

Rav Sasson Chazan in his Sefer HaShira HaZos explains as follows. In Tehilim (117) it says, “Halelu Es Hashem Kol Goyim…” the goyim will praise Hashem for the kindness. The gemara in Pesachim (118b) as explained according to the meforshim, say that only the goyim who have plotted against us whose plots were constantly foiled by Hashem, know the amazing kindness that Hashem has done with us. We ourselves have no idea because these devious plans never came to fruition.

A house duck hangs around the house seeing the things that we do not. For example, a burglar may be stalking a Yid’s house in middle of the night, when suddenly the Yid wakes up to take a drink. The burglar is scared off and the only eyewitness is the house goose, taking this all in from the outside.

It is impossible for us to realize all the good Hashem does for us because much of it takes place behind our back. However the house goose is watching. Listen to it praise Hashem and follow suit, because in its song it is telling your story.

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On this day Limud yomi for 10th Av 5769

 

On this day – Limud yomi for 10th Av, 5769

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Limud yomi

Limud yomi

Daf yomi: Bava Metzia 97
Yerushalmi yomi: Shavuot 15
Mishna yomit: Ohalot 10:7
Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 323:9
Tanach yomi: Job Seder 6
Shabbat parshiot: Va’etchanan

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