Todays Mussar Quote 1st Elul 5769

 

Today 1st Elul, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Reflect how HaShem has helped you in the past, and use this awareness to strengthen your faith for the future.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 1st Elul 5769

 

Today 1st Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Special Issue for Rosh Chodesh Elul

Todays eMussar Lesson

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

THE FAITH AND TRUST OF PSALMS

“My prayer is pleasant to Him, I rejoice in HaShem.”

Although we exist in the material world, HaShem endowed man with the capability to attach himself to the spiritual dimension. Our thoughts emanate from HaShem. Therefore, we can direct our thoughts to carry us to the roots of our existence, i.e., our Creator. Even more, our thoughts enable us to experience the incomparable joy of being in the Presence of HaShem.

In this light, King David said, “My prayer is pleasant to Him, I rejoice in HaShem.” Meaning, when I attach my thoughts to HaShem, I discover the world of repentance and forgiveness. Then, I attain the ultimate level of joy in this realm of Divine compassion, where all transgressions are forgiven.

Can you imagine the joy that King David felt when his thoughts carried him to Heaven? There he understood the Oneness of HaShem. Meaning, he knew that HaShem is pure, unbounded mercy, kindness, and grace. In His infinite goodness, HaShem extends forgiveness to all of His creations.

May we elevate our thoughts to the exquisite realm of Divine mercy. In turn, joy will be awakened from Heaven and descend upon us as well as the entire universe.
[Based Taharat HaKodesh]

TODAY: Reflect and rejoice on the unbounded compassion and forgiveness of HaShem.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 1st Elul, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Success Quote

Taking and Giving

To live, as the Creator wants us to live – taking pleasure and giving pleasure – leads to the highest success of all.

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

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PiCK-ME-UPs:
Empower yourself, enjoy life!
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Lessons in Truth Day 89 Don’t Despair

 

Lessons in Truth – SEFER SHEM OLAM – 1st Elul, 5769

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30 Av, 5769 / August 20, 2009

Day 89 – Don’t Despair

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

“Because of our sins we were exiled from our Land.” These words, from the Mussaf Shemoneh Esrei of yom tov, indicate that the purpose of exile is to atone for our sins so that we may merit redemption. In advance of each exile in Jewish history, Hashem calculated exactly how long it needed to last before the people could be cleansed of their sins sufficiently. Hashem informed our forefather Avraham that the Egyptian exile would have to last four hundred years [beginning with the birth of Yitzchak]. The Babylonian exile was destined to last exactly seventy years: “Seventy years have been decreed upon your people and your holy city…” (Daniel 9:24). The current exile, too, has a fixed time by which it must end. Though this date has not been revealed, the prophet did say that it would be long in coming:

For many days the Children of Israel shall sit, with no king or officer and no sacrifice or pillar and no ephod and teraphim. Afterward the Children of Israel shall return and they shall seek Hashem their G-d and David their king, and they shall tremble for Hashem and for His goodness in the end of days (Hoshea 3:4-5).

Though earlier generations were superior to our own, they would have required an enormous degree of merit to have brought the Redemption in the way of “I will hasten,” that is, before the final, hidden date by which Mashiach must appear regardless of our collective merit. As with our analogy of the Jewish slave who sold himself to the gentile, the earlier the generation, the more merit they would have required. Thus, though we are not on the spiritual level of earlier generations, it is easier for us to merit Mashiach’s arrival before the final date. The sufferings of our people in recent times may have left us with comparatively little work to do to be deserving of that glorious moment for which we all yearn.

The Torah mentions a case where a Jew actually sells himself into slavery to chop wood or draw water for a house of idolatry (Vayikra 25:47). Though the Jew was wrong for doing so (as it could well lead to his assimilation), Hashem took pity on him and decreed that if his relatives do not redeem him, then he must go free in any case when Yovel (the fiftieth year of the agricultural cycle) arrives. Surely, then, Hashem takes pity upon His beloved people, who sacrificed themselves for His sake during this exile, and He will ultimately redeem them.

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Sefer Baal Shem Tov

 

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The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on the Torah

“You must then appoint the King whom G-d your L-d shall choose; from among your brothers you shall set King over yourself.” (Devarim 17:15)

The King of Israel is the heart of Israel. This explains the verse: “How can I go, for Saul will hear and kill me?” (I Samuel 16:2).1 Why was he scared to go? He could have gone in secret. What he should have said was: “How can I return, after I have anointed someone else as King? Saul will kill me.”

The reason is because the King is the heart of Israel, and the heart hears,2 that is, it understands.3 This is what Samuel meant: “How can I go, for Saul will hear?” Since he was still the King of Israel before David’s anointment, “he will hear.” That is, he will understand the purpose of my going, “and he will kill me.” However, he was not afraid to return, because by then David had been appointed King, and Saul would not understand or hear,4 for certainly Samuel acted in secret.
Degel Machane Ephraim, Va’eschanan

1When G-d told the Prophet Samuel to go to Bethlehem and anoint David as King instead of Saul, Samuel expressed fear that Saul would hear of his trip and try to kill him.
2Based upon I Kings 3:9, where King Solomon prays: “And now, O’ L-rd my G-d, You have made Your servant King instead of David my father; and I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in..Give, then, Your servant a listening heart, to judge your people..”
3In a related teaching, the Teshuos Chen writes in the name of the Baal Shem Tov: “The king is the aspect of the head of the world, and is able to know the thoughts of people.”
4The Teshuos Chen writes: “Since he anointed David, so that he would be the head, Saul immediately lost the power to know people’s thoughts.”

Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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Loving Kindness Day 147 Behind the Scenes

 

Loving Kindness – SEFER AHAVAS CHESED – 1st Elul, 5769

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29 Av, 5769 / August 19, 2009

Day 147 – Behind the Scenes

SEFER AHAVAS CHESED — Part III Chapter III

      Bikur cholim is a deed that can take place on center stage — at the side of the sick person — or, when necessary, completely behind the scenes. Sometimes, the recipient of this act of kindness is not even aware of it. There is no grateful smile to reward the doer; there is only the knowledge that he has fulfilled his obligation to emulate Hashem by caring for someone in pain.

      The Sadivner Rav, the saintly leader of a small synagogue in Brooklyn, lived up to this obligation with a combination of overflowing compassion and stubborn persistence. In one instance, an elderly member of the synagogue took ill and was placed in the hospital. For many weeks, the Sadivner Rav made a long daily trek on foot to the hospital to inquire after the man, even though the patient was not permitted any visitors. The rabbi would seek out the doctor and ask about the man’s condition, treatment and prognosis. “I’ll be back tomorrow,” he would conclude.

      Finally, a nurse asked him, “Why are you coming here every day? You know you can’t go in to see him.” The Sadivner Rav replied, “I come for two reasons. You know, the man has no family. I want him to know that I care about him and I’m thinking about him. Secondly, I want the doctors and nurses to know that there is someone who cares about him and is thinking about him.”

      The rabbi well understood that in the high-pressure, high-speed world of a city hospital, the patients who had friends and relatives expressing interest in their cases would be tended to first. Their needs would be cast constantly in the forefront of the doctors’ and nurses’ field of vision. He made it his mission to be the voice for those who had no voice. Even without ever laying eyes upon the patient, he performed the mitzvah of bikur cholim to its fullest extent, keeping a place in his heart and a place on his daily agenda for a fellow Jew in his time of need.

      The lesson here should not be misconstrued. Bikur cholim does not mean harassing already overworked doctors and nurses. In fact, an aggressive, argumentative attitude will often elicit a backlash that could cause the patient and his advocates to be avoided as much as possible. The point is that when one shows that the patient is someone who is valued, that impression has an impact on those who care for him. Human nature is such that if the patient were, for instance, the king of a foreign country, his needs would be assiduously attended to. By visiting someone regularly and inquiring after his condition, one confers a degree of importance upon that person, and this inevitably has an impact on his treatment

      In practical terms, going to the hospital even when one cannot see the patient enables one to find out firsthand what the patient needs. Anything that will make the patient more comfortable, whether or not the patient is aware of one’s intervention, is part of the fulfillment of this mitzvah. In the end, every element of this act of kindness is a means to convey one’s concern for the patient, to deliver the encouragement and support that are the essential spiritual ingredient in every cure.

Step by Step

If I have occasion to visit someone in the hospital, I will inquire whether there are other patients who have no visitors, and pay one of them a visit as well.

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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

In order for one to reach the truth, there must be a sensation that if one does not obtain the truth, one feels oneself as dead, because he wants to live. This is the meaning of “I shall not die but live”…

Baal HaSulam, in Shamati article no. 28, “I Shall Not Die but Live.”

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi Day 89 Third-Party Support

 

Shmiras Haloshon Yomi – Learning the Laws of Proper Speech – 1st Elul, 5769

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23 Av, 5769 / August 13, 2009

Day 89 – Third-Party Support

SEFER CHOFETZ CHAIM – Laws of Rechilus 1:3

        The Chofetz Chaim begins the laws of rechilus with some fundamental points. Good intentions do not remove a statement from the category of rechilus. If a statement can cause ill will it is forbidden, regardless of the speaker’s good intentions.

        The Chofetz Chaim focuses on a common tactic used in arguments between husband and wife, child and parent or employee and employer. Often, people name a third party as supporting their opinion.

        A wife tells her husband, “Even your sister agrees with me. She says I’m right.” A son tells his mother, “Even David’s mother says I’m right that boys my age should be allowed to drive.” An employee tells his boss, “You know, your friend Mr. Friedman told me that I’m worth a lot more than you’re paying me.”

        Using another person’s opinion to bolster your case does not win arguments. Often it serves to infuriate the person with whom you are arguing. The employer who is underpaying his employee will not suddenly be won over to his employee’s way of thinking because his friend thinks that the man deserves a raise. The more likely response is, “What right does he have to interfere? What does he know about my business?” The mother whose son wants to drive will not suddenly change her mind based on another mother’s opinion. Her response most likely will be, “How dare she meddle in matters between myself and my child?”

        Despite its ineffectiveness, people use this strategy for a simple reason. They feel that it strengthens their position by turning it into a majority opinion. The hope is that the opposing party will feel outnumbered and therefore capitulate.

        But Halachah looks past the strategies to the end result, and it identifies this strategy as one that is likely to create ill will. And that is why it is forbidden.

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Today 1st Elul 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 1st Elul, 5769 – “Little Mitzvos

Little Mitzvos Org

You may think, how does one little Mitzvo help . . .

Our times are calling out to us to do Teshuva, but it’s too hard for us to change our lives. Even when we try, we end up reverting back to nothing, everything as was. We MUST show HaShem that we are seeing the signs and that it means something to us.

In this way, when HaShem asks what did we did, we can reply “I took this on…”

You must not consider this “Little Mitzvos” as a replacement for the Shulchan Oruch – you must continue learning Halochos via mainstream Seforim and with Shiurim.

Bein Adam LeChavero

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Thank family before going to sleep for something they’ve done during the day.

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Avodah Innocent Observations 1st Elul 5769

 

Avodah – Innocent Observations – 1st Elul, 5769

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Innocent Observations

A High Speed Chase Through The Streets Of Yerushalayim

Yesterday as my wife and I were walking towards the street to get to our car to go meet my sister who was visiting, our neighbor who was frantic stopped us. One of the neighbors had called her and told her that she just saw her mentally handicapped 12 year old daughter get onto a city bus. This is a girl who’d have trouble identifying herself and certainly could not provide anyone with an address or phone number.

She didn’t know what to do so we told her to quickly get into our car because staying home is not the answer. We wondered how we could catch the bus and if it was still in the neighborhood. We weren’t sure exactly how much time had elapsed. The first plan was to try to cut the bus off before it left the neighborhood. We did not follow the route of the bus since we wanted to cut it off and my wife and her discussed the possibility that someone who knows her may have taken her off at a previous stop. While they argued, I was the one with the wheel and I already decided that we won’t take any chances and will find the bus to see if she is on it before backtracking.

To make a long story short we made a mad chase through the city after the bus, stopping every few bus stops to ask how much before the bus had passed and see how close we were getting. Ten minutes, seven and a half, another shortcut brought us down to three, then one, then suddenly we saw the bus before us. Not taking any chances we quickly drove two stops ahead so we’d be in good position to assault the bus and do a quick search. When the bus pulled up, there she was sitting in the front seat one of the few remaining passengers on the bus. I quickly pulled her off for an emotional reunion with her mother who was waiting in the car davening that we’d find her. We then drove them back home and headed out to my sister, only half an hour late.

Why am I telling you this story? After things calmed down my wife asked me, “So don’t you feel really good that we were able to do something really special today?” She was probably only half surprised by my answer when I told her not at all.

When I come up to Shamayim and they review yesterday’s day in my life, way before we get to this interesting episode, they will ask me a few questions. Did you get up on time and jump out of bed? Were you from the Asara Rishonim in Shul and ready before davening started? When you were wearing your tefilin and you were wrapped in your talis like a malach, were you crowning Hashem with your Tefilos and destroying the evil forces or were you thinking about the work ahead of you that day, sullying your special uniform as a soldier in Hashem’s army? Did you learn like you should have? How many precious moments did you waste not being productive? Did you think about the bracha before you ate?

When they get to the later part of the day they will probably say, “Oh how nice! What a kind deed you did! Was it fun? Did you feel really proud? Did you do this for Hashem or was this just a humanitarian effort?”

True, every good deed gets rewarded beyond imagination. But the battle is not won by coming up with a nice resume of things you did. The game we play here on earth is about how we lived our life. Do we take responsibility for every second we are in this world, or are we just here on duty waiting for the call that can come any moment and we are allowed to spend our waiting time however we see fit?

Imagine running out in the morning without saying good bye to your spouse. Then during the day you ignore her phone calls. You also don’t bother to do the things she asked you to do that day or pick up her groceries on the way home. But you are a smart guy and you are hungry and want to be fed supper when you come home, so you stop on the way home and buy a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Make sure they are tasty because they will probably be your dinner.

On the Kever of Rav Alexander Ziskin the Yesod V’Shoresh HaAvodah, no wordy hesped is written. All it says is his name followed by the words Eved Hashem. This may seem to belittle his greatness but on the contrary. He didn’t need a car chase to make himself feel good.

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Halacha Food 1st Elul 5769

 

Halacha – Food – 1st Elul, 5769

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When Your Bracha Transforms The Food

The Mishna Berurah writes (167:97) that one may not give an animal, bird or non-Jewish person a piece of the bread that he recited the Bracha of Hamotzi on. He explains that if one recited a hamotzi (as done typically on Shabbos) on a challah, one may not give a non-Jew a piece of that challah.

The Piskei Teshuvos (167:29) quotes from the Sefer Chasidim that this halacha applies to any food or drink that a bracha was recited on and not just to challah.

The Piskei Teshuvos writes there are those who take this one step further and pasken that any food that was on a table while divrei torah were said, should not be given to an animal, bird or non-Jew. This would seem to apply to a Shabbos seuda, where although a bracha is not made on any of the food other than the challah, since there is divrei torah said at the meal one should not give any of the leftovers from the table to an animal, bird or non-Jew to eat.

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Daily Reminder 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily Reminder – 1st Elul, 5769

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Zechiras Miriam

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Chofetz Chaim: Avoid The Post Seudah Shlishis Shmooze

The Chofetz Chaim says (Shaar HaZechira 13), “How good and proper is it to act in the manner I heard. A wise man once advised his friend, “In the summer months do not stand outside Shul after Seudah Shlishis to Shmooze. Two people will turn into three and then four, five, and six until at the end there will be a large gathering. Each one will speak about his business dealings the previous week. It is impossible that this won’t result in Lashon Hara and Leitzanus. All this happened because of the first person. Therefore a wise man should open up his mind’s eye.”

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk 1st Elul 5769

 

The Daily Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk – 1st Elul, 5769


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A website for Jews struggling to maintain their moral purity in today’s world

Why is Sexual purity so important in Judaism? Our sages called Shmiras Habris “Yesod”, meaning “Foundation”. The foundation of a building is “underground” and no one sees it, yet it holds up the entire building! Shmiras Habris is the hidden part of a Jew, it’s the real you. If the foundation of a Jew is weak, his whole spiritual structure is fragile and in grave danger of collapse. At guardureyes.com we are finally joining together, for ourselves and for all future generations, to strengthen the foundations of our people!

There is a lot of material out there on the subject of guarding the eyes and the Bris, but sometimes “too much” is overwhelming.
A little bit each day is just right, to be able to read, digest and apply it to our lives.

The booklet “Windows of the Soul” by R’ Zvi Miller of the Salant foundation, is a MAN’S PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MASTERING HIS EYES. (Right click the link and choose “Save Target/Link As” to save the PDF booklet to your computer). To subscribe to eMussar, the daily lessons of the Salant Foundation, send email to salant@netvision.net.il

The Zohar compares this world to a churning ocean and the body of a man to a ship in the sea. Therefore, man requires knowledge in order to guide himself on a straight course, avoiding mishap and losing his way. The ocean of life roars fearfully and continuously. The winds of challenge blow and the negative impulse rips about like a tornado with unimaginable force. All of life comprises great and endless tests, which can easily capsize the ship and sink it into the murky, nethermost depths.

Yirat Shamayim and the study of Mussar will prevent the body from sinking into the miry depths of desire and corrupt character traits.
(Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, Ohr Yisrael)

Today’s Shmiras Ainayim Chizuk

Humility

The middah (attribute) of humility is one of the most powerful tools in learning Shmiras Ainayim. When you are in a difficult situation and feeling weak, one of the best ways to overcome the test is to just let go and say to yourself: “Who am I? What is my desire against the desire of the Creator of all the universe?!”.

A human being is capable of annulling himself before G-d and giving up his entire being to him. Happy is the man who merits to do this. Surely it is considered by Hashem as if he offered himself up on the Mizbeach as a sacrifice!

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Rav Nachman says that the name of the Yetzer Hara in our generation should be “Dimyon – imagination”. This is very deep, for that’s truly all the Yetzer Hara is; a big bubble of “imaginary” hot air! The desire look is sometimes so tempting and overpowering, but if we can remember and internalize that there’s really NOTHING there – it’s all DIMYON, then we can find the strength even in the most difficult situations!

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Two Free e-Books, courtesy of GuardUrEyes that will change your life!
Right click on the links below and choose “Save Link/Target As” to download them to your computer. (Print them out to read at your leisure!)

The Guard Your Eyes Handbook.

The Guard Your Eyes Attitude.

The GuardUrEyes E-mail Chizuk Lists

The Yetzer Hara thinks of new ways to win us over every day. What better way to combat him than to have some chizuk and a new insight every day!

List 1.The GuardUrEyes Chizuk List – Breaking Free.
Receive each day antidotes, tips, articles or quotes from the holy texts, therapists and fellow strugglers, to help you break free of sexual addictions, pornography and/or masturbation.

List 2.General Chizuk in Shmiras Ainayim
This list will focus less on the “addiction” aspect and more on general Chizuk in Shmiras Ainayim that anyone can use, addicted or not. This list is less intense and explicit than the first, and is appropriate for everyone.

Please note: We strongly advise anyone who struggles with masturbation or pornography, even if infrequently, to join the first list as well.

Click here to join one (OR BOTH) of the Chizuk lists described below.

The tools on GuardUrEyes network include:

       Two Daily Chizuk List options (hundreds of members!)

       Hundreds of tips; divided into categories; tips from therapists, tips from other sites and from fellow strugglers.

       An active and thriving forum – a powerful feature of group support

       The “Jewish Healing Group“, an anonymous 12-Step group that meets on the phone once a week

       A live hotline, for people to get advice and started on their journey to recovery

       Sign up for a Partner / Sponsor. Download the Questionnaire

       Many stories of recovery, struggles and suffering

       An elaborate FAQ page

       Over 20 filter options, and everything a person could want to know about filters

       Important links

       A section on the 12 steps

       A "Kosher Isle" to help people find entertaining and more productive things to do with their time

       Download here a powerful PDF file, translated from a Hebrew book called "The First Day of the Rest of My Life", to help people break free of sexual addictions

       A Rehab Option in Florida

       Many Therapy Options

       An inspiring Music Page, to chase away the impurity and inspire thoughts of Teshuvah

       A "Wall of Honor" page, to keep track of your sobriety and get group support

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Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 1st Elul, 5769

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Everyone has different abilities depending on the tribe they represent. Let us all unify and work together in the battle against the Sitra Acher.

WISDOM CAN ONLY BE LOWERED TO A CERTAIN POINT – IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT READ IT OVER TWO THREE TIMES AND THINK ABOUT IT

Regarding the Kingship had Shaul not sinned

–  It says “you have done unwisely… else the Lord would have established your kingdom over Yisroel forever”. Shmuel talking to Shaul after he sinned.
–  This means they could have retained kingship over the children of Rochel (Ephraim, Menasha and Binyomin).
–  Yehuda has the traits of real malchus and would have controlled the children of Leah and the Shifchas (Bilah and Zilpah)
–  Meaning the tribes of Dan, Naftali, Gad, and Asher were in the middle and would have been split to the side of Yehuda because he had more connection to the position of king.

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Teachings of the Sages 1st Elul 5769

 

Teachings of the Sages – 1st Elul, 5769

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ON GOOD AND EVIL

R’ Pinchas said: “It is possible for a person to correct the world, while the evil continues to cling to him. The Besht revealed this thing [to Menahem Mendel of Bar]: that one must descend to Gehinnom on behalf of G-d, may He be blessed. And this is alluded to in the gemara [Talmudic aphorism], ‘Greater is a sin for its own sake [than a mitzvah for its own sake]’”.*

*Pe’er la-Yesharim, Horayot 10b, Nazir 23b (A), cited in Hasidism as Mysticism: Quietistic Elements in Eighteenth Century Hasidic Thought, by Rivka Schatz Uffenheimer, p. 36. Reprinted with permission of Magnes Press (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz

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Rabbi Nachman Sayings and Teachings 1st Elul 5769

 

Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – From The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.

Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum

The Essential Rabbi Nachman

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This elegant, easy-to-read pocket-size volume is a comprehensive treasury of the most inspirational sayings, profound teachings, parables and stories of the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
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HITBODEDUT MEDITATION AND PERSONAL PRAYER – The power of desire

When you speak to G-d, make it a habit to express your longing and yearning to extricate yourself from evil and attain true good. Putting your longing into words is the way to draw your spiritual power from the realm of the potential and possible to the realm of the real and actual.

Longing and yearning alone create potential spiritual power, but the words of your prayers and conversations with G-d bring this spiritual power into the realm of the actual so that it becomes realized in actual fact. This is the way to accomplish what you yearn for.

Letters of Torah are present throughout the Creation. By expressing and articulating your yearning and desire in words, you invest these letters with new vitality and power for good. This brings you new life and strength and draws goodness and blessing into all the worlds. Numberless souls are stirred to make their own return to G-d, all through your words of prayer to your Maker.

How precious are the longing and yearning that you express before G-d. The main thing is actually to articulate the words. Make this your regular practice and devote time to it every day. This will benefit the entire world.

Likutey Moharan I, 31

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
“It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”

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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)

“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”

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From our Sages on the Parshah

 

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From our Sages on the Parshah
Parshah: Re’eh Verses: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

Our hands did not spill this blood, and our eyes did not see… (Deuteronomy 21:7)

The principle behind the law of Eglah Arufah is that a person is also responsible for what occurs outside of the area where he is fully in control. When a murdered traveler is found out in the field, the elders of the nearest city must go out there and bring the Eglah Arufah to atone for the crime, although it occurred “outside of their jurisdiction”; for it was nevertheless their responsibility to send the traveler off with adequate provision and protection.

The same applies on the personal level in all areas of life. A person never has the right to say, “This is outside of my element. I have no obligation to deal with this.” If it is something that, by Divine Providence, one has been made aware of, that means that there is something one can do to positively influence the end result.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

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On this day Limud yomi for 1st Elul 5769

 

On this day – Limud yomi for 1st Elul, 5769

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Limud yomi

Daf yomi: Bava Metzia 118
Yerushalmi yomi: Shavuot 36
Mishna yomit: Ohalot 16:2
Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 328:14
Tanach yomi: Daniel Seder 2
Shabbat parshiot: Shoftim

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – 1st Elul, 5769

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He also said that immersing in a cold mikveh can nullify a Heavenly decree of death [may the Merciful One spare us].

(Sur Mei’ra 7)

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Daily Torah Quote 1st Elul 5769

 

Daily Torah Quote – 1st Elul, 5769

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We should never insist that everything go just the way we want it.

Rebbe Nachman

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