Todays eMussar Lesson 15th Av 5769

 

Today 15th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Spreading the Joy

Todays eMussar Lesson

eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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PIRKEI AVOS\THE ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS 3\16

Rabbi Yishmael said, ‘Greet every person cheerfully.'”

Every member of Israel is descended from our Patriarchs – Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov. When we meet any person who is from the People of Israel, we should remind ourselves that they are the offspring of our holy Forefathers. Then, we will be inspired to greet them with happiness and a cheerful countenance.

In addition, each time we greet a person with happiness, we fulfill the Mitzvah, “Love your friend, as you love yourself.” That is, just as you wish others to greet you with happiness, so too, you should show love to others by greeting them with a warm smile.

Even more, Rabbi Yishmael said, ‘Greet every person cheerfully.'” “Every person” includes every person you meet, whether he is a member of our faith or not.

This easily attainable act of greeting others with a smile is the genesis of a great cycle of goodness. When a person is the recipient of a friendly smile, he feels a great sense of joy. In turn, he will greet those that he meets with cheerfulness. This chain of positivity will increase peace, friendship, and joy in the world.

[Based on the commentary of the Chidah to Pirkei Avos]

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

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 15th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 15th Av, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Intention Quote

Not for Ourselves

We need to live not for ourselves, but for the world. This doesn’t mean we stop eating, sleeping, relaxing and taking pleasure from life. Instead, all we take should be that we can appreciate and thank the Creator – and thereby draw even more of His beauty and power into the world.

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

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DIVINE LIGHT 15th Av 5769

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 15th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 43.

Praying for G-d’s Sake

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

Prayers for physical needs, such as: “Heal us and we shall be healed,” “Bless us with a good year,” etc., are like [turning to] a father who longs to fulfill his son’s desires, and to make sure that he lacks nothing, even foolish things. For it is the nature of one who is good to do good.

G-d’s only thought is how to bestow material goodness to the Congregation of Israel, who are called His children. Prayer draws down sustenance and shefa into all the worlds, even material shefa, to satisfy G-d’s longing. Thus, prayers [on behalf of G-d] are accepted immediately. For heaven scrutinizes the prayers you pray for yourself, to see if they are worthy of being received. But when you pray for G-d’s sake, there is nothing to stop them.
Kedushas Levi, Likutim Shonim, p. 509

Translation and Commentary by Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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The HEART OF PRAYER 15th Av 5769

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 15th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

Section 2.10

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

Words, our very vitality, are from G-d.

Words, which are your very vitality, are from G-d. When you say a good word, it rises up and causes Supernal Speech to rain down more vitality upon you. But when you speak evil words, your life-force departs without ascending and it may be lost completely. Thus, people say: “He talked it out – er hot ois giret.”1
Tzava’as HaRivash, 103

1He explained it publicly.

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 75 A Time to be Silent, A Time to Rebuke

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 15 Av, 5769

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi

14 Av, 5769

Day 75 – A Time to be Silent, A Time to Rebuke

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 9:3-4

      In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim cites another example of praise which should be avoided. That is when someone publicizes the fact that a person has done an outstanding act of kindness on his behalf, or has presented him with a generous donation or loan. For example, a person announces, “Mr. Rosen welcomed me into his home and treated me like a king!” or, “Mr. Rosen lent me $10,000 just when I needed it desperately!” The result may be a great disservice to Mr. Rosen because he may become swamped with requests, from honest people and from other types, who want to benefit from his generosity.

      The Chofetz Chaim also informs us that it is forbidden to live among people who habitually speak loshon hora. He adds that it is certainly forbidden to sit among such people, even if one does not intend to listen to their conversations. He goes so far as to advise Torah teachers that if one of their students is a baal loshon hora, someone who habitually speaks loshon hora, and the teacher feels that he cannot influence this student to change, then he is required to cease teaching that student. (The Chofetz Chaim bases this law on an incident in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 31b) where the student was an adult.)

      If by chance one finds himself in the company of baalei loshon hora, he is required to rebuke them for speaking loshon hora and ask them to stop. However, one should first give some thought to whom he is rebuking; if they are likely to respond by increasing their loshon hora, then rebuke should not be given.

      If it appears that rebuke might fail to stop the loshon hora but it will not cause it to increase, then one is required to rebuke.

      Rebuking is not easy. Often, it seems like an embarrassing, self-righteous thing to do. But the Chofetz Chaim says that we must do it when required, because otherwise we become accomplices in the crime. The Chofetz Chaim offers us an option in cases where rebuke seems doomed to failure—we should change the topic. In many cases that is much easier than one would think. And it accomplishes the goal of moving the person or group away from loshon hora.

      Another option is to strongly defend the person being maligned. If one takes control of the conversation and points out that the speaker cannot possibly know the whole story, that his comments are based on hearsay, then even without direct rebuke, one will make his point and raise a reasonable doubt in the listeners’ minds.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 15th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 15th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Self-love

“The whole of evil is only self-love, called ‘egoism,’ since it is opposite in form from the Creator, who has no desire to receive anything for Himself, but only to bestow.”

Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose

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