This Week’s Article Destroyer

 

This Week's Article

Destroyer

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

We need at times to be brutal — to shatter, demolish, exterminate — but only within ourselves.

We have negative thought-patterns, attitudes, attributes — we must destroy them. At times, we speak vile words, do ugly things — we have to eliminate this. With cold eyes, we must examine what is rotten and look to remove it, look to replace it with what is positive and empowering.

We must realize that the negative within us destroys us. It keeps us from reaching all types of magical pleasures, achievements and happiness. It is our largest enemy. We must treat it cruelly. We must destroy the darkness, before it destroys us.

Author, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz.

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Todays Mussar Quote 26th Av 5769

 

Today 26th Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Reflect on the amazing opportunity of every Mitzvah – and FULLY REJOICE in every Mitzvah that you do.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 26th Av 5769

 

Today 26th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
We Are All the Children of HaShem

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PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

A Mussar sage was teaching Torah to a young boy. Someone asked the Rabbi, “Who is the boy’s father?” The Rabbi responded, “He is the son of HaShem.” Then the Rabbi explained his unusual answer, “If I would have said, ‘He is Dave’s son or Chaim’s son – then you would have known something about the boy based on your knowledge of the family. How much more, should you understand the special quality of the boy when I tell you that he is the son of HaShem!”

Imagine the positive impact on one’s students of viewing them as “Children of HaShem.” Actually, the Torah states (Devarim 14:1): “You are Children to HaShem, your G-d.” In light of this verse, the Torah advises all educators to approach each one of his or her students not as a child of “Dave or Chaim” but rather as a “child of HaShem.”

The Talmud tells us that Rabbi Preida had a student who had a learning disability. It was necessary for Rabbi Preida to review each lesson 400 times in order for the student to grasp the concept. Only a teacher who regards his students as children of the King of the Universe will achieve this level of patience, goodness, and dedication.

Children are loveable and cute because they are pure and their souls are connected to HaShem. Accordingly, the teacher should approach each student with love, warmth, and gentleness. He should feel that it is a great merit for him to teach the child of the King of kings.

May we learn to view each member of the Community of Israel as a child of HaShem. This approach in teaching as well as in all of our interpersonal affairs will enhance the quality of life of our students, family and friends – and build a generation of successful, happy, and upright people.

[Based on Darchie Mussar of Rav Yaacov Neiman]

TODAY: Take a moment before you interact with others to reflect that they are “Children of HaShem.”

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 26th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 26th Av, 5769

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“Move away from evil, and do good!” Before we can grasp what is beautiful and empowering, we must let go of what is ugly and depressing. We must identify our feelings of distress, anger, jealousy, etc. and replace them with calm, happy thoughts. Then we can start doing great things

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

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Lessons in Truth Day 82 – The Footsteps of Mashiach

 

Lessons in Truth – SEFER SHEM OLAM – 26th Av, 5769

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23 Av, 5769 / August 13, 2009

Day 82 – The Footsteps of Mashiach

SEFER SHEM OLAM — Chapter Twelve: The Birth pangs of Mashiach (cont.)

That which the Talmud predicts (Sanhedrin Ch. 11) will take place prior to Mashiach’s arrival has, in fact, occurred in our times. The same is true of the predictions in the final mishnah of Masechta Sotah.

      The eleventh chapter of Masechta Sanhedrin is replete with statements concerning the period preceding Mashiach’s arrival. One passage there (Sanhedrin 97a) is similar to the concluding Mishnah of Masechta Sotah to which the Chofetz Chaim referred:

With the footsteps of Mashiach insolence will increase, and inflation will soar, the vine will give its fruit but wine will be dear, and the government will turn to heresy, and there will be no rebuke, the places of meeting will be used for immorality, and the Galilee will be destroyed and the Gavlan desolated, and the border dwellers will wander about from city to city, but will not be pitied, the knowledge of scholars will be lost, those who fear sin will be despised, and the truth will be hidden; youths will shame old men and old men will stand up for youngsters; [it will be a time when] “a son shames his father, a daughter rebels against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, [and] a man’s enemies are the members of his household” (Michah 7:6); the face of the generation will be like the face of the dog [i.e. without shame — Rashi]; [and] the son is not ashamed before his father. On whom can we rely? [Only] on our Father in Heaven (Mishnah Sotah 9:15).

      On whom can we rely? [Only] on our Father in Heaven. This means that before Mashiach’s arrival, the Jewish people will find themselves in a position so precarious that everyone will come to the realization that only Hashem can rescue us from our plight (heard from Rabbi Moshe Wolfson).

      As the Jews headed toward the Sea of Reeds at the time of the Exodus, they found themselves trapped on all sides (see Shemos Ch. 14) and they cried out in prayer to Hashem. Rashi (citing Mechilta and Tanchuma) writes: “They adopted the craft of their forefathers,” meaning that they prayed the way Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov would pray — with a feeling and awareness that without Hashem’s intervention they were totally lost. This is what Hashem had been waiting for and He immediately commanded Moshe: “Speak to the Children of Israel and let them journey!” (ibid. v.15). It is this sort of recognition which the Jewish people will need to demonstrate as a prelude to the Final Redemption (based on the thoughts of Rabbi Yeruchom Levovitz).

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KESER SHEM TOV 26th Av, 5769

 

KESER SHEM TOV

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KST 35.

“Once, the king of beasts, the lion, became enraged with his subjects. They gathered together to decide how to appease him, and the fox said that he would lead them to the lion, since he knew three hundred parables with which to persuade him. They all followed, and little by little, the fox said that he had forgotten a portion of his parables, and by the time they reached the lion, he said that he had forgotten everything. Therefore, he said, each one should approach the king and appease him to the best of his abilities.”

The fox’s intention from the beginning, though, was only that they all follow him and surrender to the king, which is why he initially claimed what he did.

Similarly, the Baal Shem Tov urged people not to rely on the prayers of the prayer leaders on the Days of Awe, but that each individual should pray for himself.1

1Ezekiel 1:14.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett.

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Loving Kindness Day 142 Safe Passage

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 26th Av, 5769

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24 Av, 5769 / August 14, 2009

Day 142 – Safe Passage

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter II

      A man is rushing down the sidewalk of a city street, hoping that he has not missed his bus. Suddenly he becomes aware of a voice calling in his direction. At the curb, a car stands idling while the driver shouts, “Excuse me, sir! Can you give me some directions?” A mitzvah has now presented itself to the pedestrian. He can pretend he does not hear the request and walk on. He can give a few vague instructions that might get the man somewhat closer to his destination; or, he can provide the driver with accurate directions and stick with the task until he feels sure that he has been understood.

      The demands of hachnasas orchim make the last option the only option. Although the driver is not a guest in the man’s home, he is a wayfarer in need of help, and this pedestrian is the one he has chosen — Hashem has chosen — to have the opportunity to provide that help. If the pedestrian walks away, his purpose in being at that place at that time will have been defeated. If he offers uselessly vague instructions, he will be accountable if the driver, in his confusion, has an accident or strays into a bad neighborhood.

      Certainly when someone is a guest in a person’s home, the host bears responsibility for getting him to his next destination safely. If the neighborhood is a dangerous one, the guest must be provided with an escort. One common situation arises when a babysitter comes to the home to care for a child. Even if one feels there is no danger and the babysitter is willing to walk alone, she should be escorted safely home.

      Another common situation is when one encounters someone outside a wedding hall, lecture or other gathering place, who asks, “Are you heading in my direction?” If the person inquiring will otherwise take an unsafe route home — such as a subway late at night or a dangerous walk — the answer to his question should be, “As a matter of fact, I am going through that neighborhood.” One should offer the ride, even if it is out of one’s way

      Even if a guest has a car parked right outside the host’s house, the host must not allow him to drive it if, for any reason, he is unable to do so safely. If the guest is overtired, not feeling well, or intoxicated on Purim, the host should drive him or find him a taxi or other means to get home.

      When a person travels, he also bears some responsibility for reassuring those who might be worried about his safety. If a person knows he will be late, he should take the few minutes to call those who are waiting for him so that they will not spend one unnecessary moment contemplating the many frightening possibilities associated with travel. Even if the traveler feels that the worries are overblown or unjustified, he should respond to the reality of the situation; people worry, and he should not agitate them when he could, with a two minute investment of time, provide peace of mind.

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When someone asks me for directions, I will make it my responsibility to make sure they understand where to go.

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