Todays Mussar Quote 30th Av 5769

 

Today 30th Av, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Reflect that it is the decree of HaShem that determines your financial status.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 30th Av 5769

 

Today 30th Av, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Enthusiam for Torah

Todays eMussar Lesson

eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
A daily inspirational, concise idea, with a suggested action.

THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH HAI

There was once of pious Rabbi who had a Beis Midrash in his home. One day he said to his students, “Today we are going on an outing to see the market.” The students were quite surprised, “Rabbi you never venture into such places. Why do you want to go to such a boisterous, unruly place as the market?” The Rabbi answered, “Yes I am sure you are right. But that is where I want to go.”

When they arrived at the port they saw six dockworkers carrying heavy loads on their backs. Indeed, the enormous weight they were carrying caused them to pant and perspire profusely. “You see,” said the Rabbi, “these men are working incredibly hard. They are straining every muscle in their body to earn a mere pittance. Look how they do engage in backbreaking work and it doesn’t kill them. They carry loads like this three or four times a day and still come to work day after day. Notice how they are healthy and strong. Let us learn from them how much effort we are capable of expending in our Torah studies. Even if we study for a few good hours, on a very hot day, we will not expend even half of the effort that these workers are making. Moreover, if they are willing to strain themselves for a few dollars, how much more should we devote ourselves to Torah study, which engenders an abundant eternal reward.

After they left the port, they entered a huge market. There was a merchant there who was intensely making calculations. There was a small discrepancy in the balance and he was intent on finding his error. He worked on this problem for 3 hours straight – right through his lunch break – with not even a thought of food. Then the Rabbi said to his students, “See how this wealthy man invested three hours, without eating, just to figure out a small miscalculation. We can learn from him to what degree we should devote ourselves to Torah study – to make the effort to answer all the questions that arise and understand every point with clarity.

On their way home the students encountered a group of children who were playing, shouting, and running. The Rabbi said, “Observe how these children do whatever they want with no care what anybody else thinks about them. In the same way, we should pursue our Torah study with such love, that we should not be distracted by anyone who belittles or mocks our commitment to Torah.”

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 30th Av 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 30th Av, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Inspiration Quote

Remember

We say of the Creator: “He remembers the loving acts of our ancestors, and brings redemption to their children’s children…” We too should remember the heroism of our ancestors through the ages, and with this inspiration, strive for a glorious future.

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

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Lessons in Truth Day 88 Two Forms of Redemption

 

Lessons in Truth – SEFER SHEM OLAM – 30th Av, 5769

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29 Av, 5769 / August 29, 2009

Day 88 – Two Forms of Redemption

SEFER SHEM OLAM — Chapter Thirteen: The Birthpangs of Mashiach — II

The Prophet states: “I, Hashem, in its time I will hasten it” (Yeshayahu 60:22), to which the Talmud comments:

R’ Yehoshua ben Levi noted a contradiction: On the one hand it is written “in its time”, which implies that the Redemption will occur at its preordained time. But on the other hand it is written “I will hasten it” which implies that Hashem will bring the Redemption before its preordained time.

The answer to this is: If the Jews are deserving, Hashem will hasten it; if they are not deserving, the Redemption will come in its time (Sanhedrin 98a).

Thus, Mashiach can appear at any time, so we should never despair of his imminent arrival. Do not wonder: How is it possible that earlier generations which were far superior to us did not merit the Redemption, yet we in our lowly state will merit it? We can answer this by citing a law in the Torah.

In a passage dealing with Jewish slaves (Vayikra, Chapter 25), the Torah states that if an impoverished Jew sold himself to a non- Jewish resident of Eretz Yisrael, there is a responsibility upon his relatives to redeem him. In doing so, the relatives may not deprive the gentile owner of his legitimate property rights. They must calculate how much the gentile paid for the slave, how much of that money has already been earned by the slave through his labor, and they must pay the difference. Obviously, the longer the slave has been working for his master, the less the relatives will have to pay.

For example: If the Jew sold himself to the gentile for six years for a sum of six hundred silver pieces, he would earn one hundred pieces for each year of work. If his relatives wished to redeem him after a year, they would have to pay the gentile five hundred pieces; if they would do so after five years, however, the cost would be only one hundred pieces.

Our redemption from this bitter exile is dependent, of course, on “spiritual currency.” As Eliyahu the Prophet told R’ Yehoshua ben Levi (Sanhedrin 98a), the hastening of the Redemption is directly related to our level of repentance and mitzvah performance: “Today, [Mashiach can arrive] if you heed His [Hashem’s] voice!” (Tehillim 95:7). As each day, with its trials and tribulations, goes by, the merits of the Jewish people increase and we become ever more deserving of the dawn of redemption.

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Sefer Baal Shem Tov 30th Av, 5769

 

Sefer Baal Shem Tov

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on the Torah

“Behold, I have taught you rules and laws, as the L-rd G-d has commanded me, that you should keep them, in the land to which you are coming to possess. You shall observe them and do them.” (Devarim 4:60)

“Observe them” – this is Mishnah.1 “And do them” as it implies. Rashi

You should be pure-hearted in your service of G-d. The main thing is not to forget [the essential] things, to study a certain amount of mussar every day2, and to see that you are always attached to good character traits and proper behavior. Do not let a day go by without doing a mitzvah, whether it is easy or difficult to perform. This is alluded to in [the Mishnah]: Be as careful (zahir) in the performance of a minor mitzvah as of a major one.”3 “Zahir” as in the words:”And the wise shall shine (yaZhiRu) as the brightness of the firmament.”(Daniel 12:3) That is, the soul should shine and radiate [in the performance] of a minor mitzvah just as it does with a major one. For G-d desires the heart.4
Tzivos HaRivash, p. 2a

1I.e. the study of the Oral Torah, so as not to forget it.
2A general term for inspirational and ethical literature, such as Sha¡arei Teshuva or Reishis Chochmah. (The Baal Shem Tov predated the mussar movement of R. Yisroel Salant by about a hundred years.)
3Pirkei Avos 2:1.
4Sanhedrin 105b.

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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Loving Kindness Day 146 Doing Good

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 30th Av, 5769

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28 Av, 5769 / August 18, 2009

Day 146 – Doing Good

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter III footnotes

      When a person’s health is compromised, well-meaning gestures can sometimes do more harm than good. To prevent this result, the Chofetz Chaim offers guidelines for bikur cholim. He cites Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah (Siman 335), which permits only relatives and close friends to visit the patient within the first few days of his taking ill. Casual friends and distant acquaintances should wait three days, so that the situation has a chance to stabilize. If the patient becomes critically ill immediately, however, everyone should visit as soon as possible. There is no obligation to wait.

      When a person takes ill, much is occurring on the physical plane. Much more, however, is occurring on the spiritual plane, and the visitor must take this into account also when he makes his visit. The Torah teaches that the Shechinah — the Divine Presence — rests at the head of a sick person. The visitor is therefore prohibited from sitting at a level significantly above the patient. If he is lying on the ground for some reason, one may not sit next to him. It is not necessary, however, to measure the height of the bed relative to the height of the chair. One may sit on a chair next to the bed, even if it happens to be slightly higher

      Equally important to understanding the obligation to visit the sick is understanding the obligation to leave the patient alone if that is better for him. The Chofetz Chaim enumerates certain types of illness in which the patient may be better off without personal visits. Someone with digestive problems who is unable to control his elimination processes is one such case because of the embarrassment he may have. Someone with severe headaches or eye problems, or someone for whom speaking is difficult, may also in some cases be better off without personal visits.

      This does not mean, however, that such people should be left alone. The Chofetz Chaim recommends visiting outside the patient’s room, inquiring of his relatives or caretakers about his condition so that he knows someone is concerned. The message should be conveyed to the patient that his friend has come and asked for him, is praying for him and willing to help in any way that is appropriate. Even when a person is in no condition to accept visitors, the knowledge that others care about his well-being is as vital as ever. A person may not want others to see him in his weakened state. He may not want to feel obligated to carry on a conversation. He may not want company, but more than anything else, he does not want to be forgotten.

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If I know someone who is not in a condition to receive visitors, I will try to make sure my concern is conveyed to him in some other way.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 30th Av 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 30th Av, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Dependence on the love of friends

“I shall remind you still the validity of the love of friends at this time, for upon this depends our right to exist, and in that is our measure of soon-to-come success measured.”

Baal HaSulam, Pri Hacham (Fruit of the Wise), letters

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