Todays Mussar Quote 28th Av 5769

 

Today 28th Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Guard yourself with the protection of the holy Torah.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 28th Av 5769

 

Today 28th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Countering Moral Manipulations

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PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

The power of external persuasion – whether in the form of money, sweet words, or honor – is far more powerful than we imagine. Indeed, even the smallest temptation can easily influence us to compromise our values.

On Yom HaKippurim the yetzer hora, serves as the prosecutor, bringing all of our transgressions before HaShem. His intention is to accuse us of culpability and demand that we our punished. However, when we offer the seir hamishtaleach – the scapegoat offering – the yetzer hora is placated.

In other words, the seir hamishtaleach offering – “bribes” the yetzer hora. This small gesture that we make vis-à-vis the yetzer hora, has a potent effect: It persuades him – instantaneously – to switch from a dangerous accuser, to plead before HaShem on behalf of Klal Yisrael.

The yetzer hora is a powerful, spiritual force. Nevertheless, a small gift overcomes and appeases him. How much more so, does mortal man – who is made of flesh and blood – need to exercise constant vigilance not to succumb to the subtle beckoning of interpersonal politics. In light of this, the Torah (Devarim 16:19) cautions the judges: Do not corrupt justice; do not show favor to someone, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise.

The Talmud (Kesuvos 105b) tells us that Shmuel was once crossing a river on a ferry. A man approached and offered his hand to assist him. Afterwards, Shmuel asked the man what brought him to town. “I have a lawsuit,” he replied. “I am disqualified from acting as your judge,” said Shmuel. Yet Shmuel was as pure as an angel, as were all the Sages of the Talmud. If so, why did he remove himself from judgment over a minor courtesy?

The Torah reveals the truth of man’s susceptible nature. Shmuel realized even a mere stretching forth of a helping hand could cause a perversion in his rendering justice. Let us also, take the necessary precautions not be swayed by “bribes” – and then we will merit the abundant blessings of Hashem.
[Based on Ohr RaShaz, The Alter of Kelm, parshas Shoftim]

TODAY: No matter what “bribe” is offered to you as reason to act against your own better judgment – do not accept it.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 28th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 28th Av, 5769

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Inspiration Quote

Pick me up

Pick me up; don’t put me down. Pick me up – encourage me; help me feel good about myself. Don’t put me down – don’t shame me; it really, really hurts. Pick me up, and I in turn, will pick you up.

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

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Lessons in Truth Day 86 A Nation of Prophets

 

Lessons in Truth – SEFER SHEM OLAM – 28th Av, 5769

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27 Av, 5769 / August 17, 2009

Day 86 – A Nation of Prophets

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

Hashem has promised the Jewish people that after the coming of Mashiach, everyone will merit to learn Torah directly from Him, just as we merited to hear the first two of the Ten Commandments directly from Him at Sinai. At that glorious time, all Jews will ascend to the level of prophets, as it is written, “And it will be after this, I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy; your elders shall dream, your young men shall see visions” (Yoel 3:1).

This, however, presents a problem which we can explain by way of a parable. If a worker was expecting a ruble for a day’s work and instead was given two rubles by his employer, he would probably be quite pleased with himself. He would assume that the employer was very pleased with his work and decided to reward him by doubling his wages. However, such would not be the case if the employer were to give him a thousand rubles instead of one. In this case, the worker would view the money as a gift and would quite likely be uncomfortable accepting it. This is the bread of humiliation, of which we spoke above.

We can apply this to our own situation. We know that we are light years away from the spiritual greatness of Rishonim (Early Commentators) such as Rif, Rambam and others of that period. We are far, far more removed from the levels of the Tanaaim (Sages of the Mishnah) and even more so from that of the Anshei Knesses HaGedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) led by Ezra the Scribe. Were we to live a thousand years and never once veer from the path of Hashem and His Torah, we could not attain the level of prophecy through our own merit. How, then, will we be able to comfortably attain this level in the End of Days without feeling that it is bread of humiliation?

This is the secret of this long exile, in which Hashem has concealed His Presence from us. Our enemies rise up against us and from all sides we are surrounded by suffering and pain. Despite all this, we cling faithfully to the mitzvos and our love of Torah does not wane. Many of our brethren have endured enormous hardship for the sake of Shabbos observance, happily forgoing financial opportunities for the sake of this cornerstone of Jewish belief. Others have been denied monetary improvement because of their refusal to socialize with gentile counterparts and join them at parties or the like. Throughout the exile, we have borne shame, scorn and insults because of our beliefs.

Therefore, when the pride of our nation will be uplifted through the coming of Mashiach, we will attain prophecy and other priceless spiritual rewards without humiliation — for we will have earned it. Then, we will merit the fulfillment of, “…Yaakov will not be ashamed now, and his face will not pale now, when he sees his children, My handiwork, in their midst, who will sanctify My Name, they will sanctify the G-d of Yaakov and revere the G-d of Israel” (Yeshayahu 29:22-23).

Therefore, one who feels overwhelmed by the tribulations of the time should not lose hope, for all of this is a preparation for the glorious days of the future.

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Sefer Baal Shem Tov

 

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“And you will say, I will eat flesh.” (Re’eh 12:20)

The Talmud says: “Love compresses the flesh.”1 Meaning to say, love of G-d compresses and purifies the flesh, which is the body. It can also be said that love compresses and sweetens the flesh, which is Harsh Judgment; for the flesh comes from the side of Judgment, as is known.
Likutey Yikarim, p. 5c

1Bava Metziah 84a. The context of this statement is a discussion in the Talmud between a Roman matron and Rabbi Yishmael bar Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Elazar bar Rabbi Shimon, both of whom the Talmud describes as being extremely fat. The matron said to them, “Your children are not your own.” They answered, “Our wive’s stomachs are bigger than ours!” “All the more so!” she replied. “Love compresses the flesh,” they answered her.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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Loving Kindness Day 144 Facing Fate

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 28th Av, 5769

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26 Av, 5769 / August 16, 2009

Day 143 – Eternal Wages

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter III

      Most people would rather think about pleasant things, and man’s vulnerability to sickness, his pain, struggle and mortality are not pleasant things. For this reason, the Torah singles out the mitzvah of visiting the sick — bikur cholim — as a special brand of chesed. It is among the mitzvos listed in the Mishnah (Shabbos 127a) regarding which: “one eats their fruits in this world and the principal remains in the World to Come.”

      The Talmud (Sotah 14a) presents a paradox: The Torah (Devarim 13:5) declares, “You should follow after Hashem.” Another verse, however, makes that demand seemingly impossible to obey, for “Hashem is a fire that consumes” (Devarim 4:24). The Talmud seeks to reconcile these verses: How does one follow Hashem without being consumed? One who seeks to elevate himself to the level of prophet or messiah most certainly will feel Hashem’s heat. One who follows in His ways, however, will be drawn closer to Him. The Talmud (Bava Metzia 30b), quoting Shemos (18:20), explains: “Teach them the way they should travel in.” “The way” refers to chesed in general. “That they should travel in” refers specifically to bikur cholim.

      The discussion in this portion of the Talmud relates to visiting a person who is a “ben gilo,” which means someone born under one’s “mazal,” or astrological sign. To a certain extent, two people born in the same period share a similar fate, and the Talmud states that when a person visits a ben gilo who is sick, he takes upon himself one-sixtieth of the illness. That amount in halachah is often viewed as nullified by the other 59 parts. If a drop of milk falls into a pot of meat, a rabbi will under most circumstances declare the meat still edible if there is 60 times more meat than milk in the pot. Such situations, of course, require the opinion of a rabbi who understands the specific case. As a general principle, however, one-sixtieth represents an amount of adulteration that is neutralized by the whole. In the case of bikur cholim, the point is that the visitor is affected by his contact with the sick ben gilo, but he is not made sick himself.

      The fact that the Talmud frames its bikur cholim discussion in terms of a ben gilo may reflect a certain facet of human psychology. The ben gilo is someone whose fate one shares. When a person hears that an acquaintance is ill with a type of disease that strikes frequently, the person is saddened for two reasons. First of all, he is pained by his friend’s suffering. In addition, he understands that he might someday share his friend’s fate. Visiting his friend requires the courage to come face-to-face with his own mortality and constant dependency upon Hashem’s kindness

      This does not mean that a person should actually expose himself to a dangerous disease. If such exposure seems called for, one must consult with a rabbi for the proper guidelines. In circumstances where danger is not an issue, the Chofetz Chaim acknowledges that for many people, the emotional toll may be an issue. To this, he responds that the merit of the mitzvah itself carries tremendous protective powers. Visiting someone who is ill, in fact, often strengthens the visitor, giving him the faith and optimism to overcome the fears that lurk in the corner of every human heart.

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Even if I am not comfortable doing so, I will try to visit or call someone I know who is sick.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 28th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 28th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

I love everything

“I love everything. I cannot not love people, all the peoples. I wish, from the bottom of my heart, for the glory of everything, and erection of everything. My love for Israel is fervent, deeper. But the inner desire spreads through with its power over everything. I have no need to bend that emotion of love; it stems straight from the depth of the sanctity of the wisdom of the G-dly soul.”

The Rav Kook, Mar’eh Cohen

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