Loving Kindness Step by Step Daily Quote

 

Loving Kindness – Step by Step Daily Quote – 12th Elul, 5769

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If the opportunity presents itself to me, I will make an effort to use my chesed money to help someone weather a difficult period in business and thereby maintain his livelihood.

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Todays Mussar Quote 12th Elul 5769

 

Today 12th Elul, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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TODAY:

Greet all of your family members, friends, and associates with a warm smile.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 12th Elul 5769

 

Today 12th Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Purifying Our Words and Intentions

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The Torah (Devarim 24:9) commands us to “Remember what HaShem your G-d, did to Miriam on the way…” The injunction is fulfilled by remembering that Miriam spoke loshon hora about Moshe Rabenu, and was punished with tza’aras (a terrible skin disease).

The Torah tells us that the nature of Miriam’s loshon hora concerned Moshe’s decision to abstain from marital relations. The Sifre explains that Miriam’s intention was to praise Moshe’s exalted level, and that she was not critical of Moshe’s unprecedented conduct. Rather, Miriam asked her brother, Aaron, a question of halacha. She reasoned that since Aaron was second to Moshe in closeness to HaShem, that perhaps Aaron also was required to separate from his wife.

Yet, if she merely asked a straight forward question concerning Aaron’s status – why was she punished? Is there any negativity found in her words?

HaShem examines the words we speak, as well as, the deep, hidden thoughts of the heart that accompany our comments. Although, Miriam sincerely expressed a doubt she had concerning Aaron’s status, when HaShem looked into her heart he saw a slight flaw.

In her inner feelings, perhaps in her subconscious, HaShem saw a microscopic suspicion that stirred in her heart against Moshe. She was concerned that perhaps his decision to separate from Tzipporah was not ordained by Divine Decree. Her words and her primary feelings were focused to solve a halachic issue that occurred to her. Nevertheless, the minor ‘human’ feeling that was hidden in the inner recesses of her heart was unacceptable.

Every human being is HaShem’s child. Just as an earthly father, cannot tolerate even the slightest mistreatment of any of his children, so too HaShem cares and oversees that every one of His children is treated with dignity and respect.

In the sensitive world of words and levels of thought HaShem requires of us impeccable conduct in all of our interpersonal relations. Hence, true Torah observance creates an oasis of peace and love between all mankind.
[Based on the Ohr HaTzafon of Rav Nosson Zvi Finkel]

TODAY: Before you speak about another person – weigh your words and your innermost feelings.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 12th Elul 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 12th Elul, 5769

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A level we must reach

Happiness is a level we must reach – we must achieve. On the other hand – once we make it ours – we may enjoy it forever.

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HEART OF PRAYER

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

5.a3 Beseech G-d for righteousness’s sake, to unite the Shechinah with the Holy One.

“Hear me, pursuers of righteousness, you who seek G-d. Look at the rock from where you were hewn and the pit from where you were dug. Look at Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who bore you. He was one alone when I called him, and I blessed him and made him many.”1

The “pursuers of righteousness” are those who pursue faith. They are the seekers of G-d. If you want to know faith and to be attached to this righteousness, do not look at it directly, as do others who cause themselves to die. Rather, “look at the rock from where you were hewn.”2

It has been explained that all requests should be on behalf of the Shechinah. This is called prayer, for the Divine Presence beseeches and prays to G-d for its needs. Now, whatever a person lacks is caused by a lack in the Shechinah, and in praying for that lack to be rectified Above, a healing is automatically drawn below.

However, “the heart knows its own bitterness”3 and that not all times are equal. If a person experiences some great pain, G-d forbid, and prays for themselves without realizing that the Shechinah is also suffering, it would have been much better to pray for it instead. In the middle of prayer, a person might try to forget themselves and pray for the Shechinah alone, but without truly being able to overcome their own pain. By claiming to be praying for the Shechinah without truly negating their own needs, they may actually be pushed away entirely for G- d knows what is true. Therefore, the advice is to pray simply on whichever level possible. Simply keep your mouth and heart together, for “a speaker of lies will not be established before My eyes.”4

The lowest level of creation is called Malchus by itself. This, however, is not the case when the Shechinah is truly united with the Holy One through prayer. Then, they are attached to Zeir Anpin. This is not the case with Malchus alone. Only when Malchus is united with the Holy One does a person also become attached to the true source. Therefore, “Pursuers of justice, who search for G-d” are the righteous messengers of the Shechinah. It is as though they beseech G-d for righteousness itself to unite the Shechinah with the Holy One.
Toldos Yaakov Yosef p. 100d

1Isaiah 51:1
2Zohar 3:222b
3Proverbs 14:10
4Psalms 101:7

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah 12th Elul 5769

 

Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 12th Elul, 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

Regarding Noach and the wine

–  Noach was busy trying to rectify the sin of Adom.
–  By drinking wine one can reach a state of conciseness needed to start rectifying Malchus (the sefirah of kingship)
–  Meaning there are certain states of conciseness that can be self induced through meditation, other states need outside stimulants.
–  One would have to understand the exact mahus (properties, characteristics) of the wine and what it represents. When meditating on this he can achieve the above state of conciseness.

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Teachings of the Sages 12th Elul 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 12th Elul, 5769

Two Tzadiks

ON GOOD AND EVIL

R’ Raphael said: “Nothing, great and small, could exist were it not for His help. We find that all the obstacles [to observing the] prohibitions, or even thoughts, are from the Almighty alone. And without His ‘help,’ I would become a meshumad [apostate]. But if you ignore this principle, you may think that you are ‘something’ and value yourself as a man of virtue [a sheiner yid]. [You say to yourself,] ‘I went away from sin and I am clean of sin.’ But the result is that G-d leaves him, for every haughty-hearted person is an abomination to G-d, and he and I cannot live [in the same place]. Then he finds himself in the grasp of his Urge and be caught in its trap and do whatever it tempts him to do. And [R. Pinhas] said that all this is because of the compassion of the Holy One, blessed be He, and His great kindness which is continuously over the soul, he is seduced in order to fail through a [small] thing in order to remind him that without the help of G-d he is worth nothing. [If] he does not remember through a small thing, he would stumble in a great thing until he comes to … [unclear] the belief in his own power … Then he must break himself very much, until he knows that he himself becomes nothing and very small, and then he becomes a vessel prepared to accept help and assistance from G-d, may He be blessed”.*

*Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 127b (A), cited in Hasidism as Mysticism: Quietistic Elements in Eighteenth Century Hasidic Thought, by Rivka Schatz Uffenheimer, pp. 195-196. Reprinted with permission of Magnes Press (B)

By Rabbi Refael of Barshad zs”l

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