Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 24th Tammuz, 5769

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Living a Dream

We need to have a dream and believe its truth. We need to see our dream as real, and — more importantly — as affecting the type of person we become. Thus, we live our dream right now.

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

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PiCK-ME-UPs:
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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KESER SHEM TOV – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

KESER SHEM TOV

The Baal Shem Tov Times

Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

Kst 185: FEIGNING PIETY

“Someone who duplicates it to enjoy its fragrance shall be cut off from his people.”1

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

If someone tries to “duplicate” the ketoreth, which symbolizes the saintly people, who are themselves referred to as ketoreth, because they bind and unite everything with G-d,2 and thus hopes to enjoy his own fame spreading far and wide like the fragrance of the ketoreth, he will be cut off from his people.3

1Exodus 30:38.
2The Hebrew root of the word ketoreth means to bind.
3Ultimately, feigned piety will become known, and its owner will become a laughingstock to his people. And on a deeper level, anyone who imitates the conduct of the saintly for his personal benefit is by definition – his own inner experience – cut off from G-d, and automatically from his/His people.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 24th Tammuz, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

“One who feels within, after several attempts, that one’s soul within is in peace only when engaging in the secrets of Torah, should know for certain that this is what one has been made for. Let no preventions—corporeal or spiritual—stop one from running to the source of one’s life and true wholeness.”

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

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Today 24th Tammuz, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos”

 

Today 24th 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.

Tefilla

Set aside one minute before davening to wind down. Focus your mind on Who you are about to speak to.

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Halacha – Tshuvos – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 24th Tammuz, 5769

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Rav Vosner: Camp Trips In The Three Weeks

The three weeks falls out in the middle of camp season, and camp trips are often an integral part of the summer program. Rav Vosner was asked (Shevet HaLevi 10:26) if it is proper for camps to take children on trips in the three weeks before the nine days start.

He answered that from Shiva Asar B’Tammuz until Rosh Chodesh Av, “Yesh LiMa’et Ktzas B’Tiulim”, the trips should be somewhat minimized in order that the children should recognize that these changes are because these are days of mourning. In the event that trips are made, they should become a Derech Mitzva by discussing Divrei Torah and Chizuk the entire way.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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Daily Reminder – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 24th Tammuz, 5769

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Zechiras Miriam

Stop Loshon Hora
Stop Loshon Hora

Can Hashem Help You Keep It Closed?

Hashem takes care of all our needs, but it is up to us to take care of our own behavior. That being said, there are many tefilos that we say, asking Hashem to help us guard our tongue. The Chofetz Chaim says (Chovas HaShmira intro) that it is possible to ask Hashem to help you control your speech on one condition, you do you your best and ask Hashem for additional help in this colossal challenge.

The Chofetz Chaim likens this to the mitzva of helping your friend load and unload his donkey. True you must help him, but only if he is working on it himself. If he sits on the side and says, “since you have a mitzva do it yourself”, you are not not obligated to help him.

If we give it our best shot, we can then ask Hashem to help us. It is worth the effort because Hashem can get the job done.

“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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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 24th Tammuz, 5769

 

The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 24th Tammuz, 5769


GuardUrEyes


GuardUrEyes


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

THE PRIMARY REMEDY

Continuous Mussar study over time will instill the awareness that Hashem sees our actions and knows our thoughts. This is the primary and indispensable weapon to gain self-mastery and win the battle over the eyes.

Once we have attained Awareness of Hashem, we have a force at our disposal that can contend with and overcome our desires. When we are tempted to look at something improper, our Awareness of Hashem will remind us, “Hashem sees all of our actions and knows our innermost thoughts. All of our deeds will ultimately be judged by G-d.”

TODAY: Make a commitment to study Mussar each day for about twenty minutes.

The Method of Mussar Study

~   Select a Mussar book from the ones mentioned in the previous post (The Study of Mussar).
~   Schedule a daily time for Mussar study.
~   Read aloud so that it penetrates your heart.
~   Even if you don’t sense any immediate change – persevere. With time you will be transformed and elevated.

Internalize

~   Highlight key ideas.
~   Write these ideas on an index card.
~   Carry the card with you.
~   Review the ideas a few times a day.

Guidelines

~   The key to success in Mussar is incremental steps.
~   Devote about 20 minutes a day to Mussar study..
~   Absorb the concepts at your own pace..
~   Know that Mussar is healing your soul.

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Two Free e-Books, courtesy of GuardUrEyes that will change your life!
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The Guard Your Eyes Handbook.

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The GuardUrEyes E-mail Chizuk Lists

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This list will focus less on the “addiction” aspect and more on general Chizuk in Shmiras Ainayim that anyone can use, addicted or not. This list is less intense and explicit than the first, and is appropriate for everyone.

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The tools on GuardUrEyes network include:

       Two Daily Chizuk List options (hundreds of members!)

       Hundreds of tips; divided into categories; tips from therapists, tips from other sites and from fellow strugglers.

       An active and thriving forum – a powerful feature of group support

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       A live hotline, for people to get advice and started on their journey to recovery

       Sign up for a Partner / Sponsor. Download the Questionnaire

       Many stories of recovery, struggles and suffering

       An elaborate FAQ page

       Over 20 filter options, and everything a person could want to know about filters

       Important links

       A section on the 12 steps

       A "Kosher Isle" to help people find entertaining and more productive things to do with their time

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