The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 22nd Tammuz, 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 email@example.com
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
A Balanced Approach:
Treat Women with Respect
“Elokim created man in His image; in the image of Elokim He created him.”
“Common courtesy precedes Torah.”
The laws about controlling our eyes seem very extreme. And in some cases not looking at a woman could be construed as rudeness.
Yes, there are certain situations that could be uncomfortable and awkward. Naturally every situation requires tact and common sense. The law does not expect us to treat modestly dressed women as if they do not exist. The following story shows us the balance between controlling our eyes and treating women respectfully.
RABBI SIMCHA ZISSEL ZIV
Rabbi Simcha Zissel Ziv, one of the greatest sages of Mussar, came into a restaurant accompanied by a colleague. The owner of the restaurant was delighted that two great Rabbis came to eat in her restaurant. She prepared a lavish meal and served them herself with respect and joy.
During the course of the meal, in her excitement over hosting such important guests, she told them many details about her food preparation and the running of her business. Rabbi Simcha Zissel listened attentively, responding and asking questions whereas the other Rabbi studied a book and paid no attention to the woman’s conversation.
When the guests came to pay for the meal, she refused to accept their money. “Should I lose the merit of this Mitzvah,” she explained, “for a few coins?”
Afterwards, Rabbi Simcha Zissel turned to his friend and said, “Aren’t you concerned that you ate and drank without paying?”
“What do you mean?” his companion replied, “She refused any payment!”
“You’re right,” said Rabbi Simcha Zissel, “She didn’t want any money. But she wanted very much to speak with us and you completely ignored her. Therefore you benefited from her meal without giving her any compensation.”
Rabbi Simcha Zissel was very considerate of the woman. He maintained the halachot of guarding his eyes without compromising the Torah axiom to show appreciation to others. We learn from his example that each situation requires good judgment. When women are dressed modestly, we are able to observe the Torah’s laws regarding the eyes and at the same time give them the proper respect.
TODAY: Use a balanced approach – observe the laws of Shmirat Einayim and treat women with the proper respect.
Tonight Steve is attending Shevah Brachot at the Cohen’s house. Before reading this e-mail, Steve wasn’t sure what the proper “Torah etiquette” is – should he thank the hostess or is it better not to say anything?
Based on today’s lesson, Steve cordially greets Mrs. Cohen when he arrives. Then he sat with a friend and participated in the festive meal and Shevah Brachot. Afterwards, he thanks Mrs. Cohen for inviting him and preparing such a delicious meal. He felt that she appreciated his compliments.
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