Todays Mussar Quote 21st Av 5769

 

Today 21st Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Make a sincere and thorough effort to express your love and care for your family and friends.

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 80 A Preemptive Strike

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 21st Av, 5769

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21st Av, 5769

Day 80 – A Preemptive Strike

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 10:5-6

      The Chofetz Chaim has been discussing the rules of toeles, loshon hora spoken for a constructive purpose. In this segment, he tells us of a case where such speech is forbidden.

      Reuven has spoken loshon hora about Shimon for no constructive reason. You approach Reuven and gently rebuke him, but he is not interested in your “pious lecturing.” As far as he’s concerned, there is no sin called “loshon hora.” Now you wish to tell others of Reuven’s sin, in the hope that this will induce him to mend his ways. But there is one problem: Shimon has no idea that Reuven has spoken about him. If you tell others about it, Shimon is likely to find out. This would cause Shimon to have ill feelings toward Reuven. In such a case, you would be guilty of speaking rechilus. The fact that your intentions were l’toeles would not make this permissible.

      However, the Chofetz Chaim says, there is an exception to the rule in the scenario which we have presented. If you happen to know that Reuven is the type of person who once he has a grievance against someone, is likely to repeat it to everyone he meets, then you are allowed to do what is necessary to preempt his “loshon hora attack.”

      In his explanation of this halachah, the Chofetz Chaim offers us some psychological insight. People generally believe the first thing they hear. If one hears that someone did something wrong, and then is told that the report was false, it is difficult to erase the first impression. On the other hand, if that report had been preceded by, “Reuven is so bitter, he’s spreading loshon hora about Shimon; but don’t believe a word of it,” then it would have been easy for the listener to dismiss the report as false. Furthermore, having been forewarned to expect this wicked report, the listener might rebuke Reuven for attempting to degrade a fellow Jew. When Reuven sees that people are not accepting his loshon hora, and that they perceive him as a sinful, bitter person, he may decide to cease speaking loshon hora.

      The Chofetz Chaim says that use of loshon hora as a “preemptive strike” is certainly in the category of toeles. Obviously, here too, all seven conditions of toeles must be met.

      The preemptive strike, though a delicate maneuver, can reap great benefits. The subject of the loshon hora will be saved the embarrassment which the loshon hora would have caused him. The listeners will be saved from the sin of accepting loshon hora. The speaker of the loshon hora might be saved from speaking loshon hora in the future. And the obligation to rebuke our fellow Jew will have been fulfilled.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 21st Av 5769

 

Today 21st Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Giving and Receiving

Todays eMussar Lesson

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AROUND THE SHABBOS TABLE\PARSHAS RE’AH

In your heart of hearts-when you give tzedakah-how should you feel towards the recipient? It is conceivable that, depending on circumstances, at times you might feel somewhat distressed at giving away your money. Yet, the Torah (Devarim 15:10) advises us: You shall surely give him, and let your heart not feel bad when you give him, for in return for this matter, Hashem, your G-d will bless you in all of your deeds and in all of your endeavors.

The message of this verse is that the giver of tzedakah should not feel bad because Hashem will bless him for his benevolence.

Why does the Torah reverse the roles? It is the poor man – devoid of funds and suffering financial woes – who is need of a blessing. If so, why does the Torah grant a blessing to the wealthy man? Wouldn’t it suffice, to alleviate the reservations of the wealthy man, if HaShem simply assured him that he is performing a righteous act? Hence, let Hashem bless the poor man; let the giver retain his wealth; and may HaShem provide both of them with their needs.

The solution to this question is that the Torah is revealing a hidden truth: The act of kindness in not performed by the giver; rather, the act of kindness is performed by the receiver! This notion is counter-intuitive. How can a receiver give?

If the giver of tzedakah is blessed for giving to the poor person – then in actuality – the source of the blessing is the poor man. This is so, because without the recipient, no blessing would be awakened for the benefactor. Hence, the poor man is the genesis for HaShem to place His blessing on the wealthy man.

Through providing us with acts of kindness to perform, HaShem grants us an opportunity to find favor in His eyes. Therefore, when we give of ourselves to others, we should not imagine that we are helping them. On the contrary, all the blessings that HaShem wants to bestow upon the benefactor emanates from the beneficiary. As the Midrash states: More than the wealthy man helps the poor person – the poor person helps the wealthy man!
[Based on Ohr RaShaz, The Alter of Kelm, Parshas Re’ah]

TODAY: When you give charity-imagine the recipient is blessing you.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 21st Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 21st Av, 5769

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Prayer Quote

A Pipeline

With other people, we should look more for what we can give them, than what we can take from them. For, what we receive from others is not their gift. Rather, all is Heaven’s gift. While we thank them for their present, at the same time, we must remember, that really they are no more than a pipeline.

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

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KESER SHEM TOV

 

KESER SHEM TOV

The Baal Shem Tov Times

Anthology of the Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

KST 34.

“Sometimes, violation of Torah is its observance. We learn this from G-d’s telling Moses after his breaking the Tablets, ‘That you broke,’1 which implies approval for his having broken them.”2

The Baal Shem Tov taught:

How can violating the Torah possibly enhance its observance? This can understood with the fact that all things yearn to return to their source. Therefore, when one eats, drinks, or is otherwise involved in mundane affairs, he is “violating” the Torah by his not studying it or explicitly serving G-d at that time. His soul then has a chance to rest from its enthusiasm, and it gathers new strength to return to an even higher level of closeness to G-d. This spiritual phenomenon is alluded to in the verse, “The chayoth/angels run to and fro,”3 and this is why “violating” the Torah sometimes is its observance.4

1Exodus 34:1.
2Tractate Menachoth 99b.
3Ezekiel 1:14.
4Toldot Yaakov Yoseph, Tazria 2; Devarim 2. There are two reasons why this must be so. Firstly, if one were not to periodically “cool down” from intense spiritual experiences, one might reach a stage whereat one’s soul would become so united with G-d that it would completely lose its separateness, at which point it would not be able to return to the physical body. Another reason is because perpetual pleasure loses its glamour, and becomes boredom. Thus, if one were constantly experiencing peak spiritual pleasures, they would no longer be pleasurable experiences. And regarding why one then rises to even more intense experiences, this is because the anguish of separation intensifies the pleasure of return.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 21st Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 21st Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Friends

“Let our hearts see the merits of our friends, and not their faults.”

Noam Elimelech, “A Prayer before a Prayer

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Today 21st Av 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 21st 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

Prepare the candles Thursday night.

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