This Week’s Article Be Polite

 

This Week's Article

Be Polite

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Respect others and they will respect you. Love others and they will love you.[1]

But we have problems with this teaching:

     1)       Others don’t always return our kindness, our affection.

     2)       This leaves us feeling worse about ourselves – a little put-down, a little inferior.

We need two ideas here:

     1)       Many people don’t know how to be polite, considerate – they don’t realize that they could, should, pretend a concern for others. Therefore, they throw our friendliness, our compliment, back into our faces – and hurt us. Still, mostly, they do this only from ignorance.

     2)       What helps more than being nice to others, is thinking nice thoughts about them. Sometimes, it pays to greet people in a brisk way. Sometimes, it even pays not to greet them at all. Then, we may compensate this “lack of regard” with a kind thought. As we move away, we could say to ourselves, “I love him or her – together with all the people in my world.”

[1]Based on Pirkei Avos 4.1

Author, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz.

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Olam Chesed Yibaneh — A world of kindness prospers
(Tehillim 89.3)

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Todays eMussar Lesson 19th Av 5769

 

Today 19th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Our Inherent Love for HaShem

Todays eMussar Lesson

eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE\PARSHAS EIKAV

A straightforward reading of the verse (Devarim 11:13) that we read every day in Krias Shema seems perplexing: “If you continually hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love HaShem…” Is “to love HaShem” the sum total of what HaShem requires of us? Aren’t there 613 commandments?

King Dovid said “My soul knows very much” (Tehillim 139:14), meaning, the human soul is inherently wise, i.e., it knows HaShem. However, the material element of the body intercepts and hides our inner light. Therefore, HaShem gave us the Mitzvoth, which protect the soul from the impure influence of the material elements.

The Talmud (Shabbos 152b) presents a parable that alludes to this: “A king distributed royal garments to his servants. The wise among them stored it in a chest, whereas the fools wore them while they did their work. Subsequently, the king requested his garments that He had distributed. The wise ones returned them to him clean, while the fools returned them soiled. The king was pleased with the wise but angry with the fools. So too, HaShem gives us souls. In the future He will collect them. If we return them clean we will be rewarded, but if we return them soiled they must be purified.”

The entire purpose of Torah is to protect the soul so that it remains pure and holy. As long as the soul is protected through Mitzvah observance, it naturally is drawn to its source. Hence, it is filled with love for its Creator, for it was formed from the Divine element.

Now we understand the verse from Krias Shema: “If you continually hearken to My commandments that I command you today” – the soul will revert to its natural state – “to love HaShem.” Hence, the fulfillment of all the Mitzvoth awakens love within the soul of man – the very purpose of creation.
[Based on Da’as Torah of Rabenu Yerucham HaLevi]

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 19th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 19th Av, 5769

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Focused Action

Whatever we do during the day, whether at work or play, whether we think hard or relax, pray, bathe, eat, etc., we should have in mind one central intention, namely that our activities help us become the person we want to be. We should make focused action our way of life.

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DIVINE LIGHT 19th Av 5769

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 19th Av, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 19.

When the Baal Shem Tov first took up residence in Mezibush, several of the local rabbis opposed his teachings and his way of practicing Judaism. These same rabbis visited him during the holiday of Succos and told him that his succah was not built in accordance to Torah law. The Baal Shem Tov argued that his succah was kosher. Then, he rested his head in his hands for a few moments. When he lifted his head and opened his hands, he held a piece of parchment. On the parchment was written, “The succah of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov is kosher. Thus says Matat, the Prince of the Countenance.”

That parchment was inherited by the Baal Shem Tov’s grandson, the holy Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudilkov. Whenever someone became ill, he would tell the family to place the parchment under the sick person’s head. The person would immediately recover.

This practice continued for two years. The parchment was put under the pillow of every sick person and he or she would immediately get better. During the entire two-year period, not one person in the city of Sudilkov passed away.

One day, they put the parchment under the head of a sick person, and it disappeared. Reb Moshe Chaim explained that it had been revealed to him that Heaven was not pleased with what he was doing, for all those born must eventually die. Therefore, he had prayed that the parchment be taken back.

I heard from honest people who heard directly from the Tzaddik Rabbi Yoskie, the grandson of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim, that he personally saw the parchment in his grandfather’s possession.
From a Letter of the Rabbi of Mezibush

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

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 19th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 19th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

One law

“The essential axis in the Torah is love thy friend as thyself. The rest of the 612 Mitzvot are its interpretations and qualifications for it.”

Baal HaSulam, “The Revelation of Godliness

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People in Eretz Yisroel merit wealth by properly giving Maaser, in Bavel by Honoring the Torah, in the rest of the world by Honoring Shabbos.
Rebbi Yishmael b’Rebbi Yosi Shabbos 119b
 
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