Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 10th Tammuz, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Prayer Quote

A Pipeline

With other people, we should look more for what we can give them, than what we can take from them. For, what we receive from others is not their gift. Rather, all is Heaven’s gift. While we thank them for their present, at the same time, we must remember, that really they are no more than a pipeline.

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

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PiCK-ME-UPs:
Empower yourself, enjoy life!
Not just another book, but a series of lessons to change our lives, turning darkness to light, misery to joy, shame into dignity; giving us a sense of direction, that we may move through our days with enthusiasm and passion, turning each moment into a jewel, a treasure, and a source of great pleasure and enjoyment. Click here for more.

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DIVINE LIGHT – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 10th Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 4.

The Holy Rabbi Moshe of Kobrin1 said, “We must believe all the stories, miracles, and wonders attributed to the Baal Shem Tov. We should believe that even if they didn’t happen, they could have happened.”
Imros Tahoros, p. 34

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

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The HEART OF PRAYER – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 10th Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 3.5

Learning a passage of Zohar before each of the daily prayers.

The Baal Shem Tov instructed his disciples to learn a passage of Zohar before each of the daily prayers.
Likutey Torah, hadracha 7

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 10th Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

“Love thy friend as thyself.” Rabbi Akiva says this is a great rule in the Torah Collective and Individual

The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created BeingsAnd to Cleave Onto Him

There still remains room to ask: “If the purpose of the Torah and the entire creation is but to raise the base humanity to become worthy of that wonderful sublimity, and to cleave onto Him, He should have created us with that sublimity to begin with, instead of troubling us with the labor that there is in creation and Torah and Mitzvot.

We could explain that by the words of our sages: “One who eats that which is not his, is afraid to look at one’s face.” This means that anyone who feeds on the labor of others is afraid (ashamed) to look at his own form, for his form is inhuman.

Because no deficiency comes out of His wholeness, He has prepared for us this work, that we may enjoy the labor of our own hands. That is why He created creation in this base form. The work in Torah and Mitzvot lifts us from the baseness of creation, and through it we reach our sublimity by ourselves. Then we do not feel the delight and pleasure that comes to us from his generous hand, as a gift, but as owners of that pleasure.

However, we must still understand the source of the baseness that we feel upon receiving a present. Nature scientists know that the nature of every branch is to be close to its root. The branch also loves every conduct in the root. By the same principle, every thing that is not in the root, the branch too stays away from, cannot tolerate it and is harmed by it.

And because our root is the Creator, and He does not receive but gives, we feel sorrow and degradation upon every reception from another.

Now we understand the purpose of cleaving to Him. The sublimity of adhesion is only the equivalence of the branch with its root, and the whole matter of lowness is only the remoteness from the root. In other words, each creature whose way is corrected to bestow becomes sublime and capable of cleaving to Him. However, each creature whose way is reception and self-love, is degraded and removed far from the Creator.

As a remedy, we have been prepared with the Torah and Mitzvot. In the beginning we are to keep it Lo Lishma, meaning in order to be rewarded. This is the case during the period of Katnut (smallness), an educational phase. When one grows, one is taught to observe Torah and Mitzvot Lishma, meaning to bring contentment to one’s Maker, and not for self-love.

But we still do not know what that cleansing is. With regards to the afore mentioned, we know that, “a wild ass’s colt is born a man.” And we are completely immersed in the filth and lowness of self-reception and self-love, without any spark of love for one’s fellow person and bestowal. In that state one is in the farthest point from the root.

When one grows and is educated through Torah and Mitzvot, defined only by the aim to bring contentment to one’s Maker and not at all for self-love, one comes to the degree of bestowal to one’s fellow person. One comes to that degree by the natural remedy in the study of Torah and Mitzvot Lishma that the giver of the Torah knows, as our sages said, “I have created the evil inclination, I have created for it the Torah as a spice.”

By that the creature develops in the degrees of the above sublimity until one loses any form of self-love and self-reception. In that state, one’s every attribute is either to bestow, or to receive in order to bestow. Our sages said about that, “The Mitzvot were only given in order to cleanse people with,” and then one cleaves to one’s root, as it says, “and to cleave onto Him.”

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings

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Today 10th Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos

 

Today 10th Tammuz, 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.

Daily Activity

Wash hands before walking 4 Amos.

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The Daily GuardUrEyes Chizuk – 10th Tammuz, 5769

 

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!


Practical Application

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

 

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

True Kabbalah org

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

Maaras Hamachpalah was guarded by burning fire

–   Before Avrahom bought Maaras Hamachpalah anyone entering the cave would be consumed by fire.
–   Certain places have different energies. This cave was a major channel for holy energy. It was for this reason Avrahom chose it.
–   Adom and Chava were already buried in this place.
–   Since it was a holy place it became a dwelling place for angels who would defend it.
–   Any person not pure enough would be consumed.
–   Efron and the men of Chais shunned and feared the place. They had no idea how to channel this energy.
–   It is for this reason that Efron demanded such an outrageous, high price for the property.
–   Meaning they realized the value, they just couldn’t put it to use.

Medrash Talpiyot At Alef

Source: TrueKabbalah.org