Today 22nd Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Joy of Giving
eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
A daily inspirational, concise idea, with a suggested action.
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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