KESER SHEM TOV – 21st Tammuz, 5769



The Baal Shem Tov Times

Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

KST 27.

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

“There was a famine in the Land.”1

This means that the people lacked faith in G-d,2 that is, that they were lax in honoring Him. Therefore, “Abram went down to Mitzrayim/Egypt,”3 which means that Abraham was distressed [mitzta’er] by this laxity in honoring G-d in the World of Action. However, as a result, “Abram went up from Mitzrayim,”4 which means that he became spiritually elevated and was able to derive even greater pleasure from serving G-d, by virtue of the fact that he was not like them, since light can only be discerned in contrast to darkness.

Therefore, “Lot – who symbolizes the evil inclination – was with him,”5 because the existence of evil allows one to derive even greater pleasure from serving G-d,6 and evil thus become a vehicle to good, and becomes encompassed in it.

“And Abram was heavily laden with cattle, silver and gold,”7 which means that he was able to extract the sparks of holiness, similarly to, “Joseph collected all the money in Egypt.”8

1Genesis 12:10. This piece is a continuation of the idea presented in #26.
2Zohar I 80a
3Genesis 12:10
4Genesis 13:1
5Genesis 13:1
6Thus, uprooting one’s evil tendencies is not only anyway impossible, but also not the goal. On the contrary. One should rejoice that one has an evil tendency to deal with on a daily basis, and even enjoy the challenges it presents. This is how we grow spiritually, and every success brings us closer to G-d.
7Genesis 13:2
8Genesis 47:14; Degel Machneh Ephraim, ad loc. This explains how evil itself becomes encompassed in the good. The Hebrew word for silver/money is kesef, which is the same root as desire. Thus, by seeing how mankind is so sunken in all sorts of desires, or when an undesirable desire rises one’s own mind, one can turn this around and perceive it in this way: If the pleasure for this earthly thing is so great, how much greater is the pleasure of being with G-d, the Source and Creator of all pleasures. This can bring one to an intense experience of pleasure from being in G-d’s presence. Then, those desires of others or oneself, which are actually fallen sparks of holiness, fallen and misguided desires for G-d, are elevated back to their Source.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 21st Tammuz, 5769


Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 21st Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

The Bright One

The Bright One!

And from the Heavens He shines.

There—within the curtain of the screen.

The secret of the righteous is there made clear,

And Light and darkness shine together.

How good it is to delve in His deeds,

But beware not to reach out your hand for Him.

Then shall you hear Him, and so will you meet Him,

In the tower of might, the All Inclusive Name.

You shall relish in words of truth,

To speak untainted words.

And all you will see,

Your own eyes will see, and not a foreigner’s eye!

By Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag – Baal HaSulam, The Bright One


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Today 21st Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos


Today 21st 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.


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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 21st Tammuz, 5769


The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 21st 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 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

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

Listen to Your Soul

Physical desires urge a man to call the impure, “Pure!” However, at the time of his final judgment before Hashem, his corrupt conduct and improper indulgences will be called “Impure!” And he will be recompensed accordingly. (Ohr Yisrael, Letter Four)

What does it mean that we are urged by our desires to call the impure, “Pure!”?

Physical desire in our generation is like a fire out of control. It is a nearly uncontrollable force of great strength and danger. Like a salesman with an “I won’t take no for an answer” attitude, it is relentless in its effort to sell us a slick catalogue of goodies with every imaginable inappropriate desire. But the lofty soul objects, saying, “This is an aveirah (a transgression).”

Shouldn’t the objection of the intelligent and sensitive soul suffice to stop the momentum of desire? Yet we often act in ways that are against our better judgment. Think about the abuse of alcohol, cigarettes, food and money. Consider the consequences of anger, jealously, and greed. How can we explain the fact that people often fail to control themselves even when they know they should?


Desire silences intelligence by intensifying itself until it extinguishes the objections of the soul. That is, passion blinds a person from thinking rationally. As Rav Yisrael said, “The distance between the mind and the heart is as far as the distance from the earth to the heavens.” What we know is not necessarily what we feel, nor does it govern our behavior.

Earthly desires are so powerful that they can short-circuit our own value system. We might end up doing something that we ourselves consider inappropriate and immoral.

For instance, when a person sees an improper image, his desire is awakened to look more closely. Immediately his soul objects saying, “This is an aveirah.” The desire then counters by intensifying itself and drowning out our reason.

The wisdom of Mussar helps us understand what is taking place so we can protect ourselves. Knowing that our desires will try to stifle our soul, gives us the means to control our eyes. With our new wisdom, we can achieve the sensitivity to listen to our intellect. Now we have a chance to win!

TODAY: Remember that desire will intensify in order to drown out the voice of reason. Understand that and listen closely to your soul.

Practical Application

At the office, Steve sits next to Larry. Steve could not help noticing that Larry was viewing an improper image on his screen. Steve immediately turned away so that the image would not catch his eye.

“This is a battle between my soul and my body. If I follow the whims of desire, I will ruin my spirituality. If I follow the wisdom of my soul I will enhance my spiritual powers.”

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 21st Tammuz, 5769


Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 21st Tammuz, 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.


Regarding the fear of Avrahom after the war of the four kings.

–   During the war many people died.
– Avrahom was worried that there must have been at least one person amongst them who feared G-D.
–   During the battle one of them might have pondered the truth and realized there was one unified controlling force instead of the many angles and deities they worshiped.
–   When someone is about to die they see the truth clearer.
–   If this was the case it would wipe away much of his merits.
–   Only Avrahom had to worry about this since he was so busy with chesed.
–   Meaning if you’re busy with Din you don’t have to worry about details. If you have to fight a war, innocent people will get killed.
–   This is also why he was worried about such a harsh punishment.
–   With Din punishments are exact, measure per measure, with chesed there is no concept of holding back.


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Teachings of the Sages – 21st Tammuz, 5769


Teachings of the Sages – 21st Tammuz, 5769

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“It is told of Rabbi Pinhas of Koretz that: ‘He said to someone who had been in the Land of Israel, that he should picture before himself, during the time of prayer, its views and scenes, with their seas, lakes, and rivers, and its [Jewish] inhabitants—and he will see how great is the power of these scenes to help his prayer’”.*

*Tosefta l’Midrash Pinhas, no. 27 (A), cited in Jewish Spiritual Practices, by Yitzhak Buxbaum, p. 124 (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

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Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – 21st Tammuz, 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

SERVING G-D – Making a start

The key to everything is the way you start. All beginnings are hard, because you need to swing things around from one direction to the very opposite. But once you have made a start, you will soon become accustomed to your new direction and it will no longer be so difficult.

Therefore you must marshal all your strength and steel yourself to make an energetic start. You must begin each time with ever-renewed fire and passion for G-d. Start as if you had never begun before at all.

Likutey Moharan I, 62

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
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