The Daily GuardUrEyes Chizuk – 10th Tammuz, 5769
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Why is Sexual purity so important in Judaism? Our sages called Shmiras Habris “Yesod”, meaning “Foundation”. The foundation of a building is “underground” and no one sees it, yet it holds up the entire building! Shmiras Habris is the hidden part of a Jew, it’s the real you. If the foundation of a Jew is weak, his whole spiritual structure is fragile and in grave danger of collapse. At guardureyes.com we are finally joining together, for ourselves and for all future generations, to strengthen the foundations of our people!
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.
Today’s Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk
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.
(Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, Ohr Yisrael)
THE HOLY COMMUNITY
Now you might think that just because you withhold yourself from sinning, you aren’t really holy and this verse is not referring to you. However, the verse says, “Speak to all the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy…” The Torah is teaching us that holiness is not exclusively reserved for Tzaddikim, but for any Jew who attempts to elevate himself. (Ohr HaChaim)
This is an incredible concept! Control of our eyes is not just an inner battle between desire and restraint. When we master ourselves countless times during the day, in Hashem’s eyes, we have the highest status – we are holy!
Once we understand this concept, we have the method and the motivation to gain control of our eyes. Every time we succeed, we increase our own personal holiness as well as the holiness of the entire world.
When we realize that we are holy in Hashem’s eyes, we feel happy with ourselves and are inspired to reach new heights in Torah and Mitzvot.
TODAY: Each time you control your eyes from looking at an improper site, tell yourself, “I am holy!”
As Steve was waiting for the bus, an immodestly dressed woman came and stood at the bus stop. Steve thought to himself, “Here is a chance for me to increase my own spirituality.” He did his best to avert his eyes by lowering his gaze while casually moving to the other side.
Steve felt encouraged knowing that by standing up to the test he enhanced his personal level of holiness.
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The GuardUrEyes E-mail Chizuk Lists
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