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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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

 

Sefer Baal Shem Tov

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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