Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 18th Tammuz, 5769


Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 18th Tammuz, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book


The more we appreciate that which we most take for granted, the richer and happier we become. Our appreciation is a whole new source of prosperity.

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

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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 – 18th Tammuz, 5769


DIVINE LIGHT – 18th Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 17.

It is known that the Mezritcher Maggid thought that the Baal Shem Tov ate as an angel until one time he actually saw him eat as ordinary people do.
Or Hachochmo, Parshas Beshalach

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

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 18th Tammuz, 5769


Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 18th Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before

Selections from the original article

Thou hast hemmed me in behind and before, meaning the revelation and concealment of the face of the Creator, for indeed “His kingdom ruleth over all,” and everything will return to its root because there is no place vacant of him. But the difference is in present tense or future tense, because he who connects the two worlds, discovers in the present His clothing: that everything that is done is a clothing for the revelation of divinity. And this is deemed present tense, meaning that now too he comes out in royal clothes and evidently shows that the rider is not subordinate to the horse. But although it seemingly appears that the horse leads the rider, the truth is that the horse is provoked to any movement, only by the sensation of the bridle and headstall of the rider. And that is called the construction of the stature of divinity, and it is also called face-to-face.

But one who has not yet come to dedicate all his movements for the Creator alone, and the horse does not equalize with its movements to the bridle and headstall of the rider, but appears to do the opposite, and the handmaid appears to rule the mistress, this is called “behind” – meaning that you should not think that you are drawing away from holiness, for “that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all.” Thus sayeth the Lord, “Surely with a mighty hand” etc., “For he that is banished be not an outcast from him.” And every wheel turns to come to holiness, its root. Therefore, although it seems that the horse leads the rider by his despicable desire, the truth is not so. It is the rider who leads the horse to his destination. However, it is not apparent in the present, but in the future. Hence, that way there is also contact but it is back to back, meaning not by the desire of the dresser or that of the dressee.

But those who follow His will, discover for themselves the royal dresses in the present, connected face to face through the desire of the dresser, for that is precisely His desire.

And this is the meaning of “Because thou hast not served the Lord thy G-d with joyfulness.” For you will serve Him anyhow, but the difference is that this way is “in the siege and in the straitness”, meaning unwillingly, and the other way is by reason of the abundance of all things, meaning willingly.

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, Thou Hast Hemmed Me In Behind and Before

Source: kabbalah.info

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Today 18th Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos


Today 18th Tammuz, 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.


Visit a sick /elderly person once a month.

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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 18th Tammuz, 5769


The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 18th Tammuz, 5769



A website for Jews struggling to maintain their moral purity in today’s world

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.

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.
(Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, Ohr Yisrael)

Today’s Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk

Understand the Relevancy of Shmirat Einayim

Yalkut Shimoni, Balak: “When B’nai Yisrael went down to Egypt, they conducted themselves with modesty – each person living within in his own tent, as the verse says (Shemot 1): “Each man and his household came.” Reuven did not look at Shimon’s wife, nor did Shimon look at Reuven’s wife. Rather each man dwelt modestly within his own tent. Even when the population of men numbered 600,000 in the Midbar, not one man placed the opening of his tent opposite the opening of his friend’s tent.”

Q. In ancient days people were different and life was different too. In the modern world, we are so used to seeing women in public that we have grown somewhat ‘immune” to them. Therefore, shouldn’t we modify these laws and teachings?

A. Yes, times have changed. Consequently, there are some leniencies in the fine details of some of these laws. Please consult your Rabbi for specific questions and rulings. However, the four laws that we learned yesterday are d’oraitah and immutable. Perhaps the following story will shed light on your question.


One of the greatest Ba’alie Mussar was Rabbi Eliyahu Lopian, who taught Torah for over seventy years in Eretz Yisrael. One of his students was invited to a wedding in the U.S. where the laws of modesty would not be observed. He asked Rabbi Lopian if he could attend the wedding. The Rabbi asked what he would do about the immodest sights. The student told his Rabbi that the sight of immodest women does not affect him. At that point Rabbi Lopian took a book of Tehillim and started praying. “Rabbi, what are you doing?” asked the student.

Rabbi Lopian responded, “I am 86 years old and blind in one eye. Nevertheless, I am still affected by human nature. You are young and in the prime of your life. If you are not affected by immodest sights, then perhaps you have an illness. Therefore, I am saying Tehillim for your recovery!”

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 18th Tammuz, 5769


Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 18th 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.


Regarding the results of Avrahom’s present to Avimelech

–   Avrahom made a treaty with Avimelech king of Plishtim. He then gave him seven sheep.
–   These seven sheep represented seven elements his nation would rule on.
–   Avrahom had calculations why he did this, but here are some consequences.
–   The Plishtim killed seven righteous people, Shimshon, Chopni, Pinchous, Shual and three of his sons.
–   The Plishtim caused the mishkan to be moved seven times.
–   The Aron (holy ark) was in captivity by the Plishtim for seven months.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

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Teachings of the Sages – 18th Tammuz, 5769


Teachings of the Sages – 18th Tammuz, 5769

Two Tzadiks


The school of R’ Pinchas said: “In certain books, concerning the [statement] written in the Shulchan ‘Aruch that one ought to concentrate when saying the four-letter divine name [Tetragrammaton] [on the fact that G-d is] ruler of all, who was, is, and will be, they say that it is difficult to concentrate on this every time one mentions this name. Therefore, [concentrating on it] once is sufficient”.*

*Ms. 803759 in Jewish National & University Library, fol. 113b-114a (A), cited in “Prayer Is Itself Divinity,” by Larry Tabick (C)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

Source: Two Tzaddiks

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