Todays eMussar Lesson 13th Av 5769

 

Todays eMussar Lesson

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Today 13th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Greatest Love

PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

Perhaps we sense it when we take in a glorious sunset, or glance at a beautiful flower, or marvel at the face of a newborn baby. Waves of joy crest within our heart, our spirit dances with eternity, and our soul soars towards Heaven’s grace.

His majesty reflects upon the work of His hands, igniting the love of God within our hearts. As we experience Him, we long to know Him, even more.

Love is the greatest joy; the feeling most sublime. HaShem loves us with unbounded, infinite, and eternal love. In turn, we love Him with unbounded delight, infinite gratitude, and eternal faithfulness.

One of the great mysteries of the Torah is that HaShem commands us to love Him, i.e., “You should love HaShem, Your G-d,” (Devarim 6:5). We can be commanded to perform an action, for instance, “Honor Your father and mother.” But how can we be commanded to “feel love”? Are the esoteric dynamics of love and feelings in our control?

Rather, revealed here is a great – and holy – secret.

Wondrously, the love of HaShem is naturally instilled within our hearts! We love HaShem instinctually, just as we love our children and parents. Yet, when the soul descends to this earthly dimension, it needs a spark to come alive. The commandment to love HaShem invigorates the heart. Like lightening setting ablaze a dry forest, our innate love of HaShem roars to life, filling our hearts with the sweetest and most powerful love.
[Based on the commentary of the S’fas Emes]

TODAY: Connect to the love of HaShem that pulsates within your heart.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 13th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 13th Av, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

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For the sake of…

To be free of self-interest, and act purely for the sake of a higher goodness, empowers us as nothing else does.

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

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Empower yourself, enjoy life!
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The HEART OF PRAYER 13th Av 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 13th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 2.15

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

In a time of great accusation and trouble, it is dangerous to pray with words, even in a whisper, because the Accusers grab them up.
Dibur (Me’ir Eiynei Yisroel)

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 73 Safeguarding One’s Surroundings

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 13 Av, 5769

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi

13 Av, 5769

Day 73 – Safeguarding One’s Surroundings

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 8:13-14

      Our sages teach that all Jews are responsible for one another (Shevuos 39b). That responsibility has an impact on the laws of shmiras haloshon as well. The Chofetz Chaim teaches us that to the extent that we can influence others to observe these all-important laws, we are responsible to do so.

      He uses the example of a man who stands at the head of his household. His responsibility in the area of shmiras haloshon extends to his wife and children. Certainly a mother, too, must actively educate and correct her family members regarding shmiras haloshon. The Chofetz Chaim cites a Talmudic teaching that one who has the ability to chastise the members of his household, but refrains from doing so, will be held responsible for their deeds (Shabbos 54b). A parent’s responsibility is awesome.

      Let no one think, however, that this is the charge of parents alone. Every Jew must seek to eradicate the sin of loshon hora from his surroundings. The Chofetz Chaim states that children should not allow loshon hora spoken by their parents to go unnoticed. Of course, parents must be addressed with sensitivity and great respect. Often, a rav (rabbi) should be consulted regarding the proper approach to use. The Chofetz Chaim stresses that children who choose to turn a blind eye to their parents’ loshon hora will be held responsible, as will their parents.

      There is one overriding rule to bear in mind whenever rebuke is in order. Speak gently, says the Chofetz Chaim. To turn our homes into battlefields will only be counterproductive. Gentle reproof is the only formula for achieving positive results.

      The Chofetz Chaim has one final piece of advice. As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Children learn most from observing their parents’ behavior. It is crucial that parents set a good example by avoiding all forms of forbidden speech in conversation. Then, their children will see shmiras haloshon as a way of life.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 13th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 13th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

A great rule

“Love thy neighbor as thyself (Leviticus 19:18), Rabbi Akiva says, ‘This is a great rule in the Torah.’”

Midrash Raba, Chapter 24

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Todays Daf Yomi

 

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Today’s Daf Yomy – 13th Av, 5769

Today's Revach L'Daf Yomi

Summary of the Daf

1.  The hand of a non-Jewish servant is like the hand of his master.

2.  If the borrower requested that the cow shall be sent with the servant of the lender and it dies on the way he is Chayav; Shmuel says he is only Chayav if he sent it with his Jewish servant. read more[1]

3.  Rav says even if he sent it with his non-Jewish servant the borrower is Chayav if it dies on the way if he told him to hit the animal with a stick and it will come on its own.

4.  If a lender sends a cow to the borrower with his son or Shli’ach, the borrower is Chayav bit if he sent it with his servant the borrower is Patur. read more[2]

5.  If someone requests that his friend lend him a cow and to hit it with a stick and let it come if the courtyard of the borrower is inside the courtyard of the lender he is Chayav if it dies on the way even according to Shmuel. read more[3]

6.  R. Huna says if someone lends a hammer to his friend as soon as the borrower uses the axe he is Koneh and the lender may no longer retract. read more[4]

7.  R. Ami says if someone lends an axe of Hekdesh to his friend b’Shogeg he is Mo’el in accordance with the amount of benefit that he has from lending the item and the borrower may use the axe even l’Chatchilah. read more[5]

8.  R. Elazar says that just as the Rabanan were Metaken that a buyer is Koneh with Meshichah so too the Rabanan were Metaken tht a Shomer is Koneh with Meshichah

9.  Just like someone who buys Karka is Koneh with Kesef, Shtar, or Chazakah so too someone who rents Karka is Koneh with Kesef, Shtar, or Chazakah

10.  If someone steals fifty pressed dates that are worth 49 Zuzim if they are sold together and if they are sold one by one they are sold for one Zuz a piece if he steals it from a Hedyot he pays forty nine Zuz. read more[6]

11.  If he steals the pressed dates from Hekdesh he must pay fifty Zuzim plus an additional fifth however if he damages Hekdesh he is not obligated to pay an additional fifth.

12.  If a person’s animal enters his friend’s field and eats a row of produce we estimate how much a Bais Se’ah is devalued as a result of a loss of a row of produce.
read more[7]

13.  If a person takes a stone or beam of Hekdesh he is not Mo’el but if he gives it to his friend he is Mo’el and his friend is not Mo’el. read more[8]

14.  If he takes the stone of Hekdesh and builds it into his house he is not Mo’el until he lives underneath it the amount of a Perutah. read more[9]

15.  If someone breaks a barrel of wine of a merchant and the barrel sells for five Zuz on the market day and for four Zuz at other times if he pays him before the market day he may repay him with another barrel of wine but if not he must him five Zuz. read more[10]

16.  If the owner of the wine did not sell his storage of wine on the market day he may repay him with another barrel of wine even after the market day because the owner can’t claim he would have sold it on market day.

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[1]However, if he sent it with a non-Jewish servant the borrower is Patur since the hand of a servant is like the hand of a master it is as if the cow is still in the hands of the master and it is not in the Reshus of the borrower.

[2]The borrower instructed the owner to send it with his son or Shli’ach and therefore he is Chayav, but if he sent it with his non-Jewish servant he is Patur even according to Rav because he didn’t tell him to hit it with a stick and let it come on is own.

[3]Since the cow is not forced to travel by way of the Reshus ha’Rabim on the way to the to the courtyard of the borrower he borrower is Meshabed himself and accepts responsibility for the cow even before it entered his Reshus even though there are corners in the courtyard of the lender and the cow could potentially hide there instead of entering the courtyard of the borrower, however according to Rav even if the animal is forced to travel by way of Reshus ha’Rabim the borrower is Chayav if he tells the lender to hit it with a stick and let it come in its own even according to Shmuel.

[4]R. Huna holds that Meshiachah is not Koneh for a borrower and even though the borrower did Meshichah the lender may retract if the borrower did not use the axe yet.

[5]R. Ami disagrees with R. Huna and he holds that a borrower is Koneh with Meshichah and therefore he is Mo’el when the borrower does Meshichah. Since the lender was Mo’el and e is Chayav to pay for the benefit that he has the axe is no longer in the Reshus of the Hekdesh and the borrower may use the axe.

[6]Even though it could be sold for fifty Zuzim if it is sold one by one however the Torah is lenient with regards to paying a Hedyot for a stolen item just as the Torah is lenient with regards to the payment of a Mazik.

[7]The Torah is lenient on the Mazik and doesn’t require him to pay the full value of the produce and instead he only pays the amount that a Bais Se’ah is devalued with a loss of one row of produce.

[8]He is not Mo’el by taking the stone or the beam of Hekdesh because this case is referring to the treasurer of Hekdesh and therefore the stolen item was not taken out of the Reshus of Hekdesh, however if he gives it to his friend as a gift it is no longer in the Reshus of Hekdesh and therefore he is Mo’el.

[9]He placed the stone in a sky window to block it off and since it is not part of the construction of the house he is not Mo’el until he benefits a Shaveh Perutah, but if he actually makes it part of the construction of the house he is Mo’el immediately.

[10]If he doesn’t pay him before the market day the merchant can say that I would have sold it on the market day and received five Zuz and therefore he must pay him five Zuz, however he may subtract from the five Zuz the amount the owner would be willing to pay so that he doesn’t have to make the effort to sell the wine and the amount he would have to pay for advertising.

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Today 13th Av 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 13th Av, 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.

Brochos

Remember to say a Nach Brocho after all snacks – think if anything is outstanding before washing your hands for a meal.

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