Todays Mussar Quote 24th Av 5769

 

Today 24th Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Say, “B’ezras Hashem (with G-d’s help) before everything you do.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 24th Av 5769

 

Today 24th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Infinite Kindness and Eternal Compassion

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FAITH AND TRUST

We can best begin to understand the infinite goodness of HaShem by contrasting the ways of HaShem to the ways of man. For instance, let’s assume a poor man approached a good hearted philanthropist for financial assistance. He cried and begged for help. The wealthy man had mercy on him and gave him a nice sum of money. However, if the poor man begs for more, it will be to no avail because the wealthy man has a limited amount of mercy.

Whereas the mercy of HaShem is unlimited. The more a person prays and pleads for mercy, the more mercy HaShem will grant him. Indeed, the mercy of HaShem has no end, i.e., “You are Good, for Your compassion never ends!”

Alternatively, there are people whose heart overflows with compassion and they desire to provide more assistance to those in need. However, they are unable to help because they lack the resources.

Whereas HaShem, the Source of all good, has infinite capabilities to bestow benefit upon His creations. Therefore, once HaShem’s mercy is awakened there is no limitation to how much good He can provide, i.e., “You are Compassionate, for Your kindness never finishes!”

How amazingly fortunate we are that HaShem is INFINITELY GOOD, COMPASSIONATE, and KIND! May we internalize these holy concepts and sincerely declare: “We have always trusted in You!
[Based on Cochvei Ohr of Rebbe Yitzchak Blazer]

TODAY: Repeat and internalize: “You are Good, for Your compassion never ends, and You are Compassionate, for Your kindness never finishes – we have always trusted in You!

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 24th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 24th Av, 5769

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Loving Kindness Day 141 Life-Saving

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 24th Av, 5769

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23 Av, 5769 / August 13, 2009

Day 141 – Life-Saving

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter II footnotes

      In the simple act of escorting a guest out the door and on his way, a person performs an act of kindness whose reward, according to the Rambam, surpasses that of every other form of chesed. The Rambam’s conclusion is supported by many statements throughout the Talmud, but the truth of the concept emerges easily when one studies the other side of the coin. A person who is not escorted — someone who is left to drift out the door and find his own way — feels like a non-entity. His vital spirit is crushed. The send-off a person receives is what forms his lasting impression of his value in his host’s eyes, and by extension, in his own eyes.

      So essential is the practice of escorting a visitor that the Rambam relates that the rabbinical courts had the custom of appointing agents to accompany people in their travels. If the court was lax in this duty and harm to a traveler resulted, those who failed to fulfill the duty were considered to have spilled his blood. On the other hand, the act of escorting a guest even four amos — about eight feet — carries tremendous reward.

      There are specific guidelines as to what qualifies as fulfillment of the mitzvah of escorting a guest. In times when cities were smaller and roads were more dangerous, the guidelines were upheld with greater stringency. At the very least, however, the host should walk the guest to the door and eight feet beyond

      Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, the renowned student of the Chofetz Chaim, visited America in the early 1930’s to raise money for his yeshivah. During his stay, he resided in an apartment building that had an elevator. Each of the many individuals that came to see him there was escorted personally by Rabbi Wasserman to the elevator, where he waited with them until their departure. This, in Rabbi Wasserman’s view, was the escort that he owed each of his guests.

      The Chofetz Chaim holds that a guest cannot waive his right to the minimal level of escort. That is because failing to provide any escort at all is compared to spilling the guest’s blood; one cannot say to a fellow Jew, “I give you the right to spill my blood.”

      The distance one should escort a guest is therefore dependent on the situation. If the city streets are generally safe, the requirement is less. If they are dangerous, the host must do all he can to assure his guest’s safe passage. If the route is well marked and easy to follow, the host need not worry about pointing out the way. If it is confusing and poorly lit, however, the host must make sure that the guest sets off in the right direction. In an area where there are dangerous neighborhoods nearby, the host must do his best to prevent the visitor from wandering into them accidentally.

      Even if a guest only has to walk across a quiet suburban street, the host still has an obligation to escort him the minimal distance. As mentioned earlier, the guest’s personal safety is not the only issue. Equally important is the opportunity to send the guest off buoyed by the feeling that “My presence counts.”

Step by Step

When guests depart from my home, I will make sure they have accurate directions to their next destination.

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HEART OF PRAYER

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER – 24th Av, 5769

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

5.a1 Praying for the needs of the Shechinah.

Tzaddikim are the messengers of the Matron.1 Through their own suffering and deprivation, they know the privations of the Shechinah and pray for its needs to be fulfilled, uniting it with the Holy One. This is the greatness of prayer.2

This answers the age-old question as to why we need to pray, since G?d surely knows our needs. It is written, “He tests the loins and the heart.”3 Prayer is for a higher purpose. When we realize that our own lacking derives from the privations Above and pray for the Shechinah’s needs to be fulfilled, our own needs will also be assuaged. However, you should never think about your own needs, only the needs of the Shechinah.
Tzafnah Paneach p. 50c

1A reference to the Shechinah.
22ee also Degel Machane Ephraim, B’Chukosai: What is it in a person that feels pleasure or pain? It is his soul and life-force, for when these depart, he feels nothing. Now, this life-force is united with the source of all life and creation, which is G?d. When you remember this and think about your source, which is the Shechinah, and pray for it, you create a complete unification. This is the meaning of, “Tzaddikim are the messengers of the Matron.” Through their own deprivation and suffering, they know and pray for any lacking in the Shechinah.
3Jeremiah 11:20

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 83 Ulterior Motives

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 24th Av, 5769

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24th Av, 5769

Day 83 – Ulterior Motives

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Loshon Hora 10:11-12

      We learned previously that one of the seven conditions of toeles is that our intentions be purely for a constructive purpose. In this segment, the Chofetz Chaim examines some of the difficulties in meeting this condition. Suppose that you were cheated in a business deal. You wish to publicize the matter, not so that you can reclaim your money, but to influence the cheater to mend his ways. In such a case, you would not be allowed to report this information l’toeles (for a constructive purpose), though to your mind, all seven conditions have been met. The reason for this, explains the Chofetz Chaim, is that when a person’s misdeed has affected you personally — whether through embarrassment, physical harm or financial loss — it is inconceivable that your intentions in relating the incident are entirely pure. You will undoubtedly derive satisfaction from having the misdeed publicized, so that the person will be shamed and scorned for what he has done to you. And this removes the report from the category of toeles and makes it forbidden.

      On the other hand, if you had seen someone else being cheated, and you knew that the cheater would not listen to rebuke, you would be permitted to publicize his misdeed to prevent others from being cheated or from following in the cheater’s ways.

      The Chofetz Chaim comments that given the above, it should be obvious that we must refrain from speaking against someone who indirectly hurt us by failing to fulfill his interpersonal obligations; for example, he has refused our request for a loan or charity contribution. Unfortunately, writes the Chofetz Chaim, this type of loshon hora is all too common. For example: A fundraiser travels to a city and is not given the reception he expected. Upon leaving the city, he may feel justified in criticizing the community’s leaders or the community in general for what he perceives as stinginess or lack of hospitality. To his mind, there was no excuse for the way he was treated, and he rationalizes that it is a “mitzvah” to publicize this. He is absolutely wrong. The fact that he was the one who was affected by the community’s behavior disqualifies him from speaking about what happened

       We may add that in this example, the fundraiser failed to take into account the many factors which may play a role when one is faced with a tzedakah request. A person could be experiencing tough times. He may have just given to a similar cause. He may be very involved at the moment with a specific cause and is channeling most of his resources in that direction. Or, the fundraiser may simply have made a poor presentation. Instead of considering these possibilities, the fundraiser has condemned a community

      The Chofetz Chaim writes: “If because of this, he disgraces an entire community, he has committed a dreadful sin. Loshon hora is forbidden even when the information is true, as we have already written, and even when one speaks against a specific individual. Certainly it is forbidden to speak against an entire community of Jews, who are steadfast in their belief in Hashem — surely this is a great sin.”

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 24th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 24th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Social Unity – Humanity’s Basis for Happiness

“Every basis for physical success is the measure of the unity of society, and the basis for the success of intelligence and knowledge, is the separation and disagreement among them.

It therefore turns out, that when mankind succeeds in the matter of success of the bodies, meaning by bringing them to the degree of complete love for the fellow man, all the bodies in the world will unite into a single body and a single heart. And only then will all the happiness intended for humanity will be revealed in all its glory.”

Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom

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