Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 23rd Tammuz, 5769

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KESER SHEM TOV – 23rd Tammuz, 5769



The Baal Shem Tov Times

Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov


The Baal Shem Tov taught:

In the response of the Maimonides, we find that a certain country once sent him a question with seventy thousand signatures on it, asking him about the belief in the resurrection of the dead, since this is not mentioned explicitly in the Torah, and arguing that the rabbinical proofs for it can be disputed.

The Maimonides did not answer them directly, but instructed his disciple, Rabbi Yoseph ibn Tibbon, to answer them. The gist of the answer was that since such doubts arose in their minds, their souls are not descendent from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but from Sodom and Gomorrah, for there are souls that come from the heaven, and there are souls that come from the earth and the planets, as so forth.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 23rd Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

“Man’s future will indeed come, in which he will evolve to such a sound spiritual state, that not only will every profession not hide another, but every science and every sentiment will reflect the entire scientific sea and the entire emotional depth, as this matter really is in the actual reality.”

Rabbi Abraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook (1865—1935), Orot Kodesh, A (Holy Lights, A)


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Today 23d Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”


Today 23rd 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.


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Halacha – Daily Halacha – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


Halacha – Daily Halacha – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


What To Do About Tikun Chatzos

The Shulchan Aruch itself does not explicitly mention Tikun Chatzos. In (1:2) it says that tefilos over the Churban and the Galus are very desirable, if you are awake at the changing of the Mishmaros (each third of the night). The next si’if says that it is fitting for every Yiras Shamayim to be sad about the Churban Bais HaMikdash. The Mishna Brura (9) discusses at length some of the Inyanin of Tikun Chatzos, which includes sitting on the floor with ashes on your head and saying Tehilim and Piyutim.

It was, and still is, according to the minhag of the Arizal, the custom for Yechidim to sleep form the beginning of the night until Chatzos, then arise to say the Tikun and then learn until the time for davening in the morning. Although revived somewhat in recent years, this minhag is by and large not performed by most Yirei Shamayim. The reason given is the weakness of the generation.

However the Pischei Tshuvos (1:10) brings from various sources that each person should participate in this to the degree possible, and it should not be forgotten altogether. Everyone should try to say it at least periodically, once a week, month, or at least during the three weeks. Moreover if you cannot say the whole tikun you should at least say part of it or even one or two Pirkei Tehilim from the Tikun , or even a single pasuk (Darkei Shalom), or even just to think about it at Chatzos (Chavas Da’as).

Additionally says the Pischei Tshuvos, if you are still awake at Chatzos you may say it before you go to sleep (Rav Yaakov Emden, Malbim).

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Daily Reminder – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


Daily Reminder – 23rd Tammuz, 5769


Zechiras Miriam

Stop Loshon Hora
Stop Loshon Hora

The Shechina And The Tongue

The word “Lashon” has the same numerical value (386) as the word “Shechina” (with the Kollel). The Chida says, this shows us that if someone defiles his speech, he will not be zocheh to greet the Shechina.

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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