Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

The Present Quote

Hold On

The more we hold onto life – the tighter our grip – the more focused our concentration – the more alive we are. Still, sometimes we have to let go a little.

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

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PiCK-ME-UPs:
Empower yourself, enjoy life!
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The HEART OF PRAYER – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

2.13 We only speak about physical desires because of our sins.

Why is the Divine Presence in exile? Because “with the word of G-d, the heavens were made” (Psalms 33:6). For you must speak for G-d’s sake alone — to arouse the Supernal speech which created the world and cause it to radiate throughout all the worlds. However, because of our sins, we speak only about is physical desires. Even our words of prayer and Torah are filled with foreign thoughts and self-interests. Thus speech is in exile.
Kisvei Kodesh, p. 22b

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

“All of man’s engagements are guided by a single, intrinsic premise, and the internality dresses within all people. It is what they referred to as “Nature,” whose numeric count is the same as Elokim (G-d). And this is the truth that the Creator concealed from the philosophers.”

—Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lutzato (The Ramchal) (1707—1747), The Book of the War of Moses

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Today 22nd Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

 

Today 22nd 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.

General

Bring Torah to your daily meal (learn a Halacha / say something about Parsha).

Source: Little Mitzvos Org

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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 22nd Tammuz, 5769


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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

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.


Practical Application

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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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 22nd 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

Avrahom sang praise to G-D after the war of the four kings.

–   Only after G-D told him that there was not a single righteous person amongst those killed did he start singing.
–   The problem is how can one sing after killing people, but once he knew they were all evil he was able to sing.
–   In those days people had Tzurah (form), if you were evil you were evil.

Source: TrueKabbalah.org

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Teachings of the Sages – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 22nd Tammuz, 5769

Two Tzadiks

ON HOLY BOOKS

R’ Pinchas of Koretz used to thank G-d that he had not been created before the publication of the Zohar [Book of Splendor]. He said that the Zohar had preserved him for Judaism.*

*The influence of the Zohar, in The Jewish Religion: A Companion, by Louis Jacobs (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

Source: Two Tzaddiks

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