The HEART OF PRAYER 7th Av 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 7th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 2.12

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

All words should all be dedicated to serving G-d.

The Shechinah is in exile because She is the source of all words. Thus, all words should all be dedicated to serving G-d. Due to our sins, however, we use those words to speak about physical concerns and empty and false values.
Darchei Tzedek 1:20

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 7th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 7th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Strengthening the bond

“Let our hearts see the merits of our friends and not their faults. And let us each speak to our friends in the upright way, which is desirable to you. And let no hate rise from one over one’s friend. And strengthen our bond with love for You, as it is known and revealed to you…”

Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, “A Prayer before a Prayer

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Today 7th Av 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 7th Av, 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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Don’t use the shul as a short cut.

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Halacha Tshuvos 7th Av 5769

 

Halacha – Tshuvos – 7th Av, 5769

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Rivevos Ephraim: Can You Buy Tisha B’Av Sneakers In The Nine Days

We are noheg not to buy any new clothing in the nine days. What happens if before Tisha B’Av realizes that he has nothing to wear on his feet that is permitted on Tisha B’Av like a pair of non-leather sneakers or slippers? Is buying a new pair considered buying new clothing, or since it is specifically for Tisha B’Av and is meant not to be considered usable footwear, only for aveilus, it is permitted?

Rav Ephraim Greenblatt in Rivevos Ephraim (1:375) says that the Sefer Hilchos Ketanos discusses this and says that it is permitted to buy sneakers. Furthermore he says that in the Sefer Zeh HaShulchan it distinguishes between a cheap pair of sneakers and a higher quality pair which should not be purchased unless there is a concern that the person will wear forbidden shoes if he has no other option. Similarly, he says, that his Rebbi, Rav Moshe Feinstein, told him that it is permissible since it is difficult to walk around in socks, just like the Zeh HaShulchan writes.

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 7th Av 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 7th Av, 5769

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Me’iri: The Flimsy Tongue

The Me’iri says in Mishlei (25:15) that although the tongue is flimsy and does not even have any bones in it, yet it can inflict tremendous damage.

“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 7th Av 5769

 

The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 7th Av, 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.

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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

 

Go For Holiness (Part 2)

MAKING THE EFFORT-GAINING THE REWARD

1)  Each time that a person avoids an improper image Hashem calls him a “holy person” and he is rewarded for performing a Mitzvah.

2)  If a person cuts off an improper thought just once, it is “the root of all goodness” because it changes the propensity of his thoughts and actions.

3)  Whoever averts his eyes from looking at an improperly dressed woman merits receiving the Shechinah.” (Chazal Derech Eretz 1) The moment a person guards his eyes from looking at an improper sight, he receives the Shechinah, even if he does not sense it.

In the World to Come, on the merit of averting his eyes even one time, a man will see the glorious Shechinah of Hashem (Taharat HaKodesh). Imagine if a man averts his eyes continually!

May we be inspired to avert our eyes from seeing improper sights and merit receiving the holiness of the Shechinah for all eternity.

TODAY: Draw holiness to yourself by controlling your eyes from seeing improper sights.


Practical Application

Go For Holiness

The tremendous amount of holiness that Hashem grants me when I control my eyes gives me great strength and inspiration. Yesterday, I was walking by a magazine stand. I immediately reminded myself, “Look away, and you will merit seeing the Shechinah of Hashem!” This thought struck a chord, and I successfully averted the images.

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah 7th Av 5769

 

Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 7th Av, 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.

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

Introduction to Kabbalah – Part 3

There are three parts to Kabbalah; Theoretical Kabbalah, Meditational Kabbalah and Practical Kabbalah (Kabbalah Masit)

Practical Kabbalah

–  Practical Kabbalah involves the coercing of angels and demons to change nature.
–  Practical Kabbalah overlaps with Meditative Kabbalah, many of these methods only work if done in a meditative state.
–  For example one might have to meditate on many things such as his breath and pronunciation on every letter of a divine name. This is impossible when not in expanded state of conscience.
–  The use of Practical Kabbalah was frowned upon by all leading Kabbalists.
–  Only one who had purified himself totally can use these methods and remain unharmed.
–  Many righteous people reached these levels and were known as Bali Shem (masters of the name).
–  When one forces an angel to do something, the angel wants to strike him down and kill him.
–  However after one dies he still has a share in the world to come. The angels make you sin until you lose this also, destroying the person totally.
–  One who uses practical kabbalah might get what he wants but it comes with a package.
–  Demons are like the mafia, once one starts dealing with them they will not leave him until he is destroyed from this world.
–  People should stay far away from Practical Kabbalah, whoever uses it will gain nothing but suffering.

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