Todays eMussar Lesson 17th Av 5769


Today 17th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Brilliant Light of HaShem

Todays eMussar Lesson

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Every day since the time of creation, the sun has risen each morning shining its life-giving rays of warmth and light upon our earth. This continuous gift of light that greets us each day with all of its invaluable benefits is a clear revelation of HaShem and His abundant kindness.

Our Sages composed a moving prayer that expresses gratitude to HaShem for the wonders of daylight: “He has brought forth the sun from its place.” That is, HaShem, may He be blessed, brings us the sunlight. There is no other force besides HaShem, alone, that assists in the illumination of the sun. It is His gift of pure kindness and compassion.

The prayer continues: “He illuminates the entire world and its inhabitants, which He created in the attribute of Mercy.” Meaning, the sun is not the source of illumination. Rather, HaShem, Himself, is the source of illumination, i.e., “He illuminates the entire world.”

The Zohar explains this concept by likening the sun to a mirror that reflects light. So too, the sun does not give off its own light. Rather, it reflects light. What light does it reflect? The light of HaShem Who illuminates His light upon the sun!

Therefore, the sun is not the source of illumination; rather HaShem illuminates the sun with His brilliant and holy light, “He illuminates the entire world in His glory.”

May HaShem open our hearts to fully appreciate His great kindness and compassion of illuminating His holy light upon us every day of our lives.
[Based on Michtav M’Eliyahu of Rav Eliyahu Dessler]

TODAY: Look at the sunlight and rejoice in knowing that HaShem is shining His light upon you.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 17th Av 5769


Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 17th Av, 5769

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The HEART OF PRAYER 17th Av 5769


THE HEART OF PRAYER – 17th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

4.b4 Prayer can change a judgment from bad to good.

Nachmanides1 asks about the nature of prayer: How can it improve a Divine decree?2 Can G-d’s Will be changed?3 If a person were was praying for himself, we could understand how His Will can be changed. For just as he changed his own behavior from bad to good, so G-d’s decree can be changed from bad to good. But this principle should not apply to prayers offered on someone else’s behalf.

The Baal Shem Tov explained, in the name of his Heavenly teacher,3 that prayer sweetens the judgment of Malchut, which is called Din,4 in its root in Binah. When you pray in this way for a friend, you bind them to their Supernal root, and they become a different person.

To explain this further, it is known that the Divine decree is a drop of seed in the womb of Malchut, and that it is composed of letters. As the Talmud says: “Betzalel knew how to combine the letters that went into the creation of heaven and earth.”5 Now, the King of Kings surely does not carry out His decrees Himself. He appoints an emissary, who makes use of the word-combinations that convey the decree. However, the emissary can rearrange the first letters of the words so that they imply something else.6

Now, the Tzaddik is the emissary of the Shechinah,7 who knows how to sweeten the judgments and bind the drop that is in Malchut to Binah, thus transforming it into something else.
Katones Passim, p. 47b

1Ramban, Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman (1194ce.- 1270ce)
2See also the commentary “HaKosev” on Ein Yaakov, Berachos, chapter 5.
3Seeing that G-d’s Will is part of His Essence, since He is unchangeable, so His Will is unchangeable.
4The prophet, Achiya HaShiloni.
6 Berachos 55a.
7The Baal Shem Tov here specifies recombining the first letters of words to change the meaning of the decree. However, in other lessons, he speaks about different types of letter combinations that can alter the decree that descends from above. The Divine Presence; the Sefirah of Malchut of Knesset Israel, the collectivity collective of the Jewish souls. Literally, the “Matron,” a phrase from the Zohar for the Shechinah.

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 77 The Seven Rules of Toeles


Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 17 Av, 5769

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17 Av, 5769

Day 77 – The Seven Rules of Toeles

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 10:1-2

      Earlier in this volume, we referred to 7 conditions which must be fulfilled before one is permitted to relate loshon hora l’toeles, for a constructive purpose. These are

      1.  One must be absolutely certain that the information is accurate. Either one had to have witnessed the incident himself, or he investigated the report and found it to be accurate. If one has second-hand negative information which he wishes to relate for a constructive purpose, he must make it clear that his words are based on hearsay

      2.  One must think the matter through and be sure that a wrong has actually been committed. Sometimes, what one may think is a misdeed may in fact be permitted by halachah. One must be certain that his information and his interpretation of the information are correct before the information can be related.

      3.  One must first approach the wrongdoer and attempt to persuade him to rectify his behavior. For example: A storekeeper was seen cheating a customer. The first step would be to speak to the storekeeper and try to persuade him to return the money. Only after this fails should one consider informing the customer that he was cheated

      4.  One is not permitted to exaggerate in any way. This can be especially difficult in a situation where one is relating information regarding an emotional issue.

      5.  One’s intention must be solely to help the person who is being victimized. If one harbors any ill will toward the subject of the report, then he is not permitted to relate it for a constructive reason. (Of course, one should make every effort to rid oneself of such ill will.) For example, for a storekeeper to tell a potential customer about his competitor’s wrongdoing would have the likely effect of drawing this customer into his own store. In that case, the discussion would be forbidden. In a case where one has constructive negative information to relate but feels that he has a personal interest in the matter, it would be advisable for him to consult a rav (rabbi).

      6.  If one can effect the same result without speaking loshon hora, then he must use that option. If one wants to warn a friend not to shop in a certain store because of the proprietor’s dishonesty, and there is a way to convince him to shop elsewhere without speaking badly of the proprietor, then that option must be used.

      7.  One is not allowed to convey the information if this will result in the subject suffering a greater loss than the halachah allows.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 17th Av 5769


Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 17th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Cleansing self-love

“It is only possible to love in the same measure that you make within yourself a place cleansed of self-love.”

Rav Michael Laitman, PhD – A Thousand Questions about Kabbalah


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Today 17th Av 5769 Little Mitzvos


Today 17th 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.

Kedushas Shabbos

Save a certain food for Shabbos.

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Halacha Tshuvos 17th Av 5769


Halacha – Tshuvos – 17th Av, 5769


Rebbi Akiva Eiger – A Bracha On Your Mezuza When You Come Back From Vacation?

The mitzva of Mezuza is a Chovas HaDor, an obligation upon the person dwelling in the home. If so, says Rebbi Akiva Eiger (Tshuva 9), it seems obvious that if you move into a house with a Mezuza already in place you should make a bracha since you now have a new mitzva to place a mezuza on your new dwelling.

Furthermore says Rebbi Akiva Eiger, if you leave your house for a few days or even to go to work, during that time you are not fulfilling the mitzva, therefore theoretically you should need to make a bracha when you come back home again. He compares this to a Succah where when you leave and then return you make a new bracha of Leisheiv BaSuccah. SImilarly he compares to it taking off your talis that requires a bracha if you put it on again later.

After writing the tshuva, Rebbi Akiva Eiger saw the Birkei Yosef from the Chida who says that if a person rents a house that already has a mezuza, he doesn’t make a bracha. The reason he says is because Chazal only made the bracha for a person affixing it to the door. According to this says Rebbi Akiva Eiger even in the case where he left his home and returned he would not make a bracha.

Regarding the Halacha L’Maaseh, Rebbi Akiva Eiger remains B’Tzarich Iyun.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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