This Week’s Article A Fallen Angel

 

This Week's Article

A Fallen Angel

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

A person is not an animal with a potential to be an angel. Rather he is an angel that has fallen to the level of an animal.[1]

“I said of you,” King David would sing, “you are gods; all of you, children of the Upper One…” Each one of us is an angel, a divine being.

“But,” he continues, “… as people, you will die.”[2] If we do not make the effort, if we do not detach ourselves from our animal drives, we lose all that is divine within us — all that is eternal. We must work to be all we really are.

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Two Ways

The rewards and riches the Other Side promises us are the same rewards and riches Hashem wants to give us. What’s the difference between the two of them then?

The Other Side wants us to chase after our pleasure, with desperation, exasperation — the exasperation of having no one to rely on besides ourselves. Therefore, to achieve our ends, we even mislead others a little; we even cheat and steal.

Hashem however, wants us to achieve our ends in straight, honest ways, and with a full trust in Him — the trust that only Hashem can give us our hearts’ desires.

If we want to succeed in a real way — a healthy, eternal way — we have to pick Hashem’s route.


[1] Rav Simcha Zissel Ziev, Sefer HaKaton, Siman Beis

[2] Tehillim 82.6

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Todays Mussar Quote 3rd Elul 5769

 

Today 3rd Elul, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Repeat the following verse to yourself three times: “Hope in HaShem, strengthen yourself and HaShem will encourage you, and hope in HaShem.”

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Todays eMussar Lesson 3rd Elul 5769

 

Today 3rd Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
Connect to HaShem Through the Mitzvot

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The Torah (Devarim 18:10; 11) absolutely forbids all forms of idol worship. However, the Sages of Mussar teach us that there is something very valuable that we can learn from idol worshippers.

The inhabitants of the ancient world who practiced idol worship, would not set out on a journey, nor perform any deed without first consulting witchcraft (a type of idol worship), or the like. From their very disgrace, we see their praise. For despite their corrupt conduct, there is an element of correctness in their world outlook.

Namely, they did not rely on their own judgment! Rather, before they acted they looked for guidance through their various devices. They believed that these mediums were tuned in to the Divine Will. Hence, their mistake was that they relied on intermediary powers and not on HaShem – Who is the Master of all. However, they understood – far more than modern man – the wisdom of subjugating their actions to the Divine Will.

In the wilderness, the anon – the pillar of cloud – guided the children of Israel on their journeys. The Seforno teaches that the anon is a mitzvah that applies to every generation. Yet, the cloud was only manifest during the forty years that they sojourned in desert. How is relevant to any subsequent generation?

HaShem revealed Himself to the generation that was redeemed from Egypt. They merited to see the anon and traveled according to its movements and cessations. Nevertheless, every generation must observe the Mitzvah of the anon – meaning – that must find a confirmation that everything we do is in compliance with the Divine Will.

When an infant is about ten months old he tries to grab the spoon from his Mother and feed himself. It is human nature to exert our independence. However, the purpose of our creation is to “make our will, His will”.

Our Sages tell us that Avraham Avinu did not even move his finger unless HaShem instructed him to do so. As we approach, Rosh HaShanah – we can prepare ourselves to accept that HaShem is the King of the universe, by remembering not to act until we are certain that we are acting in accordance with the Will of HaShem.
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Loving Kindness Step by Step Daily Quote

 

Loving Kindness – Step by Step Daily Quote – 3rd Elul, 5769

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 3rd Elul 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 3rd Elul, 5769

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The crown of success is the sincere thanks we give to those who have helped us. And most important of these thanks, is the appreciation we express in our own hearts.

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Lessons in Truth Day 90 A Nation of Merit

 

Lessons in Truth – SEFER SHEM OLAM – 3rd Elul, 5769

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Day 90 – A Nation of Merit

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

One may be thinking: Perhaps our nation lacks merit and we will have no choice but to wait until the Redemption of “in its time,” the final, hidden date by which Mashiach must arrive regardless of our collective merit?

This should not be cause for concern. Firstly, it is possible that the date of “in its time,” will be reached in our day. As already mentioned, the travails of our day point towards this. “If you see a generation upon which numerous troubles come like a river, expect him [the Mashiach], as it is written, ‘For distress shall come like a river…’ (Yeshayahu 59:19) and next to that verse it is written, ‘A redeemer shall come to Zion.’ (Sanhedrin 98a)”.

Furthermore, to suggest that the Jewish nation is completely without merit is wrong and incomprehensible. Our people lived by the Torah in all situations under the most adverse conditions. Today, thank G-d, we live under the rule of a gracious government, but there were times, such as that of the Cossak uprisings of 1648-1649, when hundreds of thousands of our people died for the sanctification of His Name. We have suffered scorn and degradation, deprivation and hunger for remaining steadfast in our beliefs. Anyone with some knowledge of history knows that the death, persecution and suffering which our people has endured for clinging to its faith is indescribable. How can anyone dare suggest that the Jewish nation is without merit and that we will therefore have no choice but to wait until the final date of “ in its time,” for this exile to end? Surely we have reason to hope each day for our imminent salvation. As our Sages teach, when a person departs this world and stands before the Heavenly Court in judgment, one of the first questions he is asked is, “Did you await the salvation [through the coming of Mashiach]?” (Shabbos 31a).

We know from history that even when Hashem establishes a specific length for an exile, He employs various means to hasten its end. Hashem informed Avraham, “…for your offspring shall be strangers in a land that is not their own… for four hundred years…” (Bereishis 15:13), yet He calculated this period as beginning with the birth of Yitzchak [who himself was born into a land not his own]. Others are of the opinion that Hashem calculated the 210 years of the Jews’ sojourn in Egypt as being equivalent to 400 years because their suffering was so intense. We, too, should hope that Hashem will find a way to hasten the date of “in its time,” due to the intensity of suffering which our people have endured or because of some other factor. Perhaps this is alluded to in the words “I, Hashem, in its time I will hasten it” (Yeshayahu 60:22), which can be interpreted: Hashem, in His mercy, will hasten the final date of “in its time.”

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HEART OF PRAYER

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

5.a2 Praying for the Shechinah’s suffering to subside.

A wise person knows that all of their own suffering also causes pain to the Divine Presence, as it says in the Talmud, “When a person is in pain, what does the Shechinah say? ‘My head hurts me! My arm hurts me!'”1 Thus, if the wise person prays for the Shechinah’s suffering to subside, their own suffering will abate as well.
Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Beshalach

1Talmud Sanhedrin 46a

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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