Todays Mussar Quote 22nd Av 5769

 

Today 22nd Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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May we develop and maintain a sense of gratitude for those who help us. In turn, our appreciation will bring us great joy and peace to the world.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 22nd Av 5769

 

Today 22nd Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Joy of Giving

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PIRKEI AVOS\THE ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS 2:17

Rabbi Yosi said: Let your fellow’s “money” be as dear to you as your own.

Wealth.” That is there souls were illuminated with the holiness and purity of the Shechinah – the Divine Presence.

Similarly, the passage “Let your fellow’s money be as dear to you as your own,” refers to his “spiritual wealth.” In this light, Rabbi Yosi urges us to value the spirituality of your friend as much as your own.

The following remarkable incident sheds light on how we can accomplish this important task: Rabbi Eliezer Gordon was the Rosh Yeshiva of Telz. Conversing with a guest who had come to visit the Yeshiva, Rabbi Gordon pointed to one student and said, “He is my only son.” He then pointed to another student and said, “He is my only son.” After he repeated this regarding a third boy, the visitor said, “How can you have three only sons?”
With a warm smile, Rabbi Gordon replied, “I love each one of my students as if he is my only son!”

Each person has a holy and wise soul. Yet, just as a plant needs sunlight and water to grow; so too, our companions need encouragement and love to maximize their inner potential.

May we recognize and value the spiritual preciousness of our family members and friends – and inspire them to strive for new levels of goodness, wisdom, and holiness.

TODAY: Using a healthy dose of friendliness and warmth – encourage others to grow.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 22nd Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 22ndt Av, 5769

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Prayer Quote

Instead of Cursing

Instead of cursing those who hurt us, instead of bringing black clouds of negativity and ugliness into our lives, let us rather call to our Creator for help; let us look for His light, a white, joyous, healing light.

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Kindness Day 139 With a Smile

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 22nd Av, 5769

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21 Av, 5769 / August 11, 2009

Day 139 – With a Smile

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – Part III Chapter II

      One person provides an open door to his home, fine food and drink on his table and a soft bed to sleep in, constituting the perfect fulfillment of the mitzvah of hachnasas orchim. Another person offers all the same amenities — the same quality food, drink and bed — and the result is an assault on the guest’s spirit, a terrible transgression of the prohibition against embarrassing a fellow Jew. The only difference between the two scenarios is the expression on the host’s face.

      Whatever a person’s private thoughts, whatever his financial or emotional state, his duty as a host is to smile. That is because the guest will automatically feel embarrassed if he detects unhappiness in his host’s demeanor. He will automatically assume that it is his presence that is causing — or at least exacerbating — the problem, even if the host explicitly tells him otherwise. Smiling through distress is a heroic act, a deed of self-sacrifice and self-control that elevates the emotional well-being of others above one’s own need to indulge in one’s worries. The person who takes it upon himself to make others feel good, even while he himself is suffering, earns great blessing. Conversely, the person who makes a guest worry and suffer, demonstrating through his expression that the visit is an imposition, thoroughly depletes the merit of his hospitality.

      Ordinarily, the Jewish philosophy is to avoid flaunting one’s wealth. When a person brings a guest into his home, however, he is justified in projecting an image of affluence if in doing so, the host assures the guest that he is not usurping food or other assets that are in short supply. A host must never allow his guest to feel uncomfortable about indulging in whatever is being offered. He should not stare at the guest as he eats, and should certainly not complain that there is not enough food to go around. Making the food appear plentiful — even if it is not — is part of the mitzvah. “Break up your bread for the hungry,” says Yeshayah 48:10. The Zohar (Vayakhel) explains that this verse instructs the host to break the bread into large slices, so that the guest will feel comfortable taking an ample portion. Were he to slice it himself, he might feel constrained from taking as much as he desires.

      Expressing interest in the guest as a person is also an essential to making him comfortable. Often the best policy is to sit with the guest and eat, so that a conversation can flow more easily and the guest is not too busy answering questions to partake of his meal.

      For the overnight guest, the host must provide the best accommodations he has to offer. Putting someone in an uncomfortable bed or a noisy, cold or overheated room will certainly destroy his night’s sleep, and may make him feel like an unwelcome burden on the household as well. The guest who wakes up rested is one who leaves feeling physically and emotionally strengthened by his stay in his host’s home

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I will pay attention to my facial expression when I serve my guests and try to overcome any fatigue or irritation I might be feeling.

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KESER SHEM TOV

 

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The Baal Shem Tov taught:

“A person should always be accustomed to say, ‘Everything that G-d does is for the best’,”1 as did Rabbi Akiba, whereas Nachum Ish Gamzu would always say, “This too is for the good.”2

The Baal Shem Tov taught: Nachum said, “This too is for the good,” because he was able to actually transform the strict judgments at their source by finding some purposeful kindness in those specific judgments, and then everything was immediately transformed to an act of Divine kindness. The average person, though, who is unable to find the Divine kindness hidden in the source of judgment, should nevertheless always be accustomed to say in general, “Everything that G-d does is for the best,” even though he does not understand how this is true.

1Tractate Berakhoth 60b.
2Tractate Taanith 21a.

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 81 Bypassing Rebuke

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 22nd Av, 5769

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22nd Av, 5769

Day 81 – Bypassing Rebuke

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 10:7-8

      We have learned that one of the seven conditions for speaking loshon hora l’toeles (for a constructive purpose) is that the speaker first rebuke the guilty person privately in the hope that he will correct whatever it is that he has done wrong.

      What if it is clear that this person will ignore any rebuke? The Chofetz Chaim informs us that in such a case, one may bypass this condition and go directly to those who he feels should know this information.

      However, if this is the situation, then a new condition needs to be fulfilled. The negative information must be related in the presence of at least three people. The Chofetz Chaim explains why:

      If the speaker does not rebuke the perpetrator and relates the information (l’toeles) to only one or two people, he will be defeating his purpose. He appears to be revealing the information in a secretive way so that the subject will never know of his report and will remain his friend. His listeners, therefore, will suspect him of lying, of fabricating the report to make that person look bad while keeping it a secret from him.

      This is not the case when he reveals it before three people. We have already learned (Days 29- 31) that a group of three or more is considered a public forum, and whatever is said in such a setting is virtually certain to become publicized. Therefore, by speaking in front of three, the person is making it clear that his intentions are pure. He knows that eventually his report will reach the ears of the subject. Nevertheless, he is relating the information for the constructive purpose which he has explained to his listeners.

      The Chofetz Chaim notes that though the listeners may act upon the information, they are permitted only to consider that it might be true; they may not conclude that it is true. They must allow for the possibility that the speaker may have overlooked a critical point which would change the nature of the report significantly

      Therefore, says the Chofetz Chaim, it is forbidden for the listeners to lower their opinion of the subject without verifying the report. Once again, this may seem like a difficult approach to take, but if Hashem requires it of us, we can be sure that it is within our power to accomplish.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 22nd Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 22nd Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Critical mass

“Each item in the 613 Mitzvot in the Torah revolves on the axis of the one Mitzva, ‘love thy friend as thyself.’ This axis can only be sustainable within the framework of a whole nation, whose members are all willing and ready for it.”

Baal HaSulam, “The Revelation of Godliness

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