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