Todays eMussar Lesson 14th Av 5769

 

Todays eMussar Lesson

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Today 14th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Connecting With HaShem

PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

One of the most important spiritual concepts of the Torah is Devakis, the state of connecting one’s thought to HaShem, i.e., being consciously aware of HaShem. Devakis is achieved through actively contemplating on HaShem and faithfully remembering Him as per the verse (Devarim 11:22): “Attach to HaShem.”

Our Patriarchs were masters of Devakis, i.e., they were consciously aware of HaShem in all situations of life. Even when they were engaged in a physical activity they never lost the perception that they were in the Presence of HaShem. In fact, their greatest fear was the notion of being disconnected from HaShem, even for a second! The foundation of their Divine service was making every effort to be always Devuk to Hashem. In this light, Abraham prayed to HaShem, “Please do not leave Your servant.”

Yet, how is possible forma human being to be always Devuk to HaShem, regardless of situation or location?

King David said (Tehillim 104:24): “How great are you Your works HaShem, You have made all of them in Wisdom.” Accordingly, every entity contains the Highest Wisdom. In addition, the prophet Isaiah states, “Everything that is called by My Name, and that I have formed for My glory.” Therefore, the solitary purpose of each creation is to reflect the Honor of HaShem.

As a result, the entire universe is a great “class room,” i.e., a place to discover the wisdom and glory of HaShem. The Patriarchs focused on discovering – and taking pleasure – in the wisdom, goodness, and kindness of HaShem that is manifest in all of the creations.

May we follow the holy path of our Patriarchs, setting our focus on perceiving the wonders of HaShem in all of life that surrounds us. Then we will be Devuk to HaShem – continuously attached to his loving-kindness, holiness, and splendor.
(Based on Da’as Torah of Rav Yerucham HaLevi)

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 14th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 14th Av, 5769

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Beyond the Superficial

We see a dog barking at his own reflection, and we laugh. But we too, like this dog, often fail to see beyond the superficial – the externalities of life. We need somehow, to train and align ourselves to the true reason of Creation.

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

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 74 The Perils of Praise

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 14 Av, 5769

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14 Av, 5769

Day 74 – The Perils of Praise

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 9:1-2

      In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim begins addressing the subject of avak loshon hora (lit. the dust of loshon hora), statements which are not actual loshon hora but which are nonetheless forbidden.

      The mere concept of avak loshon hora underscores the severity of loshon hora. This sin is so dangerous that an entire chapter of Sefer Chofetz Chaim is devoted to statements which are forbidden because they hint at loshon hora or because they can lead to loshon hora.

      A particle of dust is so miniscule that one has to look very carefully to see it at all. It is often the same with avak loshon hora. One may be dealing with words which seem quite innocuous. In the Chofetz Chaim’s first example, someone comments about a certain person, “It’s amazing how far he’s come.” On the surface, it appears that the speaker has not spoken derogatorily about his subject, nor caused him any harm. But if we probe a bit further, we can expand the statement to mean, “It’s amazing how far he’s come, considering the fact that he has an unsavory past,” or “… considering the fact that he’s not that bright.” In all probability, the speaker’s intention was entirely complimentary. Nevertheless, people may lose respect for the person, no matter what his current status, if they find out that he had a troubled past or if they perceive him as lacking in intelligence.

      Perhaps the most famous case of avak loshon hora is when the statement is pure praise of an individual. On the surface, this would seem to pose no problem. What could be wrong with praising someone? To understand the problem we need to examine the dynamics of a conversation. In conversation, each person builds on what the other person has just said. The halachah identifies certain conversations as being likely to lead to loshon hora and declares them forbidden.

      In certain situations, praising an individual can lead listeners to focus on the flaws of the person being praised. One is not allowed to praise someone in front of his enemies. The temptation is overwhelming to rebut praise of one’s enemy with criticism.

      We should never praise someone excessively, even to his friends. When the spotlight is directed onto someone and his praises are sung, it is quite possible that someone will say, “Yes, he has many fine qualities — except for the fact that…”

      We have been discussing praising someone in front of one person or a few people. One should not praise someone in public, says the Chofetz Chaim. This is because the law of averages dictates that there will be at least one person who either is jealous of the person or has something against him—in which case the praise is sure to set off a negative reaction. The only situation where public praise is allowed is when the subject is renowned as a learned, righteous person. In such a case it is reasonable to assume that even if he has critics, they will be reluctant to speak out publicly against him, because by doing so they would lose their own credibility.

      Yet in Be’er Mayim Chaim the Chofetz Chaim says that we should avoid sitting among people who are discussing a renowned Torah personality, because there are some people who simply cannot resist offering criticism no matter who the subject is. As we discussed, negative talk about such an individual is a most serious sin, as is listening to and accepting it.

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The HEART OF PRAYER 14th Av 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 14th Av, 5769

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 3.5

Learning a passage of Zohar before each of the daily prayers.

The Baal Shem Tov instructed his disciples to learn a passage of Zohar before each of the daily prayers.
Likutey Torah, hadracha 7

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 14th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 14th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

You cannot force love

“One can bend oneself and enslave oneself and follow anything. But with love, no enslavement and subjugation in the world will help.”

Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to Talmud Eser Sefirot

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Todays Daf Yomi

 

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Today’s Daf Yomy – 14th Av, 5769

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Summary of the Daf

1.  If someone exchanged a cow for a donkey or he sold a maidservant and it gave birth and the seller claims that it gave birth before the sale while the buyer claims it gave birth after the sale it is divided between them. read more[1]

2.  If someone sells his field or his servant and he owns one big one and one small one and the buyer claims he bought the big one and the seller says he doesn’t know the buyer receives the big one.

3.  If the seller says he sold the small one and the buyer says he doesn’t know he receives the small one.

4.  If the buyer says he bought the big one and the seller says he sold the small one the seller swears he sold the small one. read more[2]

5.  If they both say they don’t know which one was sold was sold they split the difference between them.

6.  Rabah Bar Huna says that Sumchus holds that when there is a Safek it is divided between the parties even if they both are certain, while Rava holds that it is only it is divided between them if both claims are not certain.

7.  Sumchus agrees in a case that a person is Modeh b’Miktzas and he is Chayav a Shvuah Min ha’Torah that he must swear and we don’t divide it between them.

8.  Although there is no Chiyuv Shvuah on Karka if a person is Chayav to swear on Mitaltlin he must swear on Karka as well with a Gilgul Shvuah.

9.  It is a Machlokes Tana’im whether a servant has the Din of Karka and there is no Chiyuv Shvuah or if servants are like Mitaltlin and there is a Chiyuv Shvuah.

10.  The Tana Kama holds if someone claims that he is owed wheat and the defendant admits that he owes barley he is Patur from a Shvuas Modeh b’Miktzas, while R. Gamli’el argues.

11.  If someone is Modeh b’Miktzas and he is prepared to give what he admits he owed he is not Chayav a Shvuas Modeh b’Miktzas.

12.  If someone steals an animal or a servant and they get old he must pay the amount they were worth at the time of the Gezeilah, while R. Me’ir hold regarding a stolen servant he may give it back as it is. read more[3]

13.  If a cow is exchanged for a donkey or someone sells a maidservant and it gives birth and one of them claims that it was born in his possession and the other one is silent the one who makes the claim is Zocheh.

14.  If they both say they don’t know they divide the offspring between them.

15.  If they both say it was born in their possession the seller swears that it was born in his Reshus according to R. Me’ir because every time there is a Chiyuv Shvuah the person who is defending the claim is the one who swears.

16.  The Chachamim hold that regarding the maidservant there is no Chiyuv Shvuah because a person doesn’t swear on servants or on Karka.

17.  If someone claims that his friend owes him ten vines loaded with grapes and his fired says he owes him only five R. Me’ir holds he must swear a Shvuas Modeh b’Miktzas, while the Chachamim hold anything that is attached to the Karka is the same as Karka and there is no Chiyuv Shvuah.

18.  R. Yosi Bar Chanina explains that the Machlokes between R. Me’ir and the Rabanan is regarding grapes that are ready to be harvested; R. Me’ir holds it is considered that they are already harvested while the Chachamim argue.

19.  If someone sells his olive trees for the purpose of cutting off the branches for firewood and they produced olives if he told him to cut off the branches immediately the olives belong to the owner of the Karka.

20.  If he told him to cut down the branches whenever he chooses the olives belong to the buyer, but if he sold it to him Stam if the olives produce only a Revi’is of oil per Se’ah the owner of the land is not Makpid and it belongs to the buyer but if the olives produce more than a Revi’is of oil per Se’ah the owner of the land is Makpid and it belongs to him. read more[4]

21.  If an olive tree is flooded into his friend’s field and it grows olives and the owner of the tree says that it was my tree that produced the olives while the owner of the land says it was my land that produced the olives they split the olives between them.

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[1]This is in accordance with Sumchus who holds that when there is a Safek it is divided between them, while the Rabanan hold that we say Ha’Motzi mi’Chavero Aluv ha’Rayah and if it gives birth in the Rehsus of one of them he may keep it.

[2]Even though he is not Modeh b’Miktzas because he is not admitting to any of the claim but rather he is admitting to something else the Mishnah is refeeing to a case where he claimes a big servant with clothing for the servant or a big field with bundles of grain of a small field, since with regards to the bundles and the clothing there is a Chiyuv Shvuah and he is admitting to a portion of what was claimed he also must swear on the field and the servants with a Gilgul Shvuah.

[3]The Tana Kama holds that when they get old it is a Shinuy and the Gazlan is Koneh the animal or servant and he must pay the amount it was worth at the time it was stolen, however R. Me’ir holds that a servant shares the same Din as Karka and therefore the Gazlan is not Koneh it with a Shinuy because the Gezeilah do not apply to Karka and he may return it as it is.

[4]It must produce a Revi’is of oil besides the expenses of producing the oil.

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