Todays Mussar Quote 5th Elul 5769

 

Today 5th Elul, 5769 – Mussar Quote

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Connect to the love of HaShem that pulsates within your heart.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 5th Elul 5769

 

Today 5th Elul, 5769 – eMussar Lesson –
The Powerful Faith of Israel

Todays eMussar Lesson

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

PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

The fundamental axiom of the Torah rests on two pillars that comprise faith in the Oneness of HaShem: 1) to believe that HaShem is the Creator of the universe; 2) to believe that HaShem oversees every second of our life, He is with us every place we go, and He sees our actions and knows our innermost thoughts. In light of this principle, we can understand the reason that there is a radical difference between the armies of the nations, in contradistinction to the Jewish army as ordained by Toras HaShem.

The armies of the other nations operate on the assumption that the stronger and smarter the troops, the better the army. Whereas, the perspective of the Torah army is that their success is dependent exclusively on HaShem. Dovid HaMelech expressed this dichotomy in Tehillim: “Some [nations trust] in chariots, and some [nations trust] in horses, but we – in the name of HaShem, our G-d, we call out!”

Therefore, when a Jewish soldier is newly married, no matter how important his military role – he is exempt from serving in the army, even in a time of war. Rather, he is required to stay home and develop a joyous relationship with his new wife (Devarim 24:5). However, in the armies of the other nations, the priority is getting every capable man into the battle. Hence, even if his wedding took place the night before, the groom is expected to follow orders and go off to war the next morning. Since, they pin their hopes on the ability of their troops to wage the battle; it would be preposterous to grant exemptions to any able-bodied members of their army – including the newly married.

Conversely, Klal Yisrael deliberately takes measures to disengage any notion that victory is dependent upon the performance of its soldiers. For instance, Gideon led the army that defended ancient Israel against the attack of Midian and Amalek. Although he raised an army of some 30,000 fighter men, ultimately HaShem instructed him to pare his force to a mere 300 men!

From a Torah perspective, we have a better chance of victory with 300 men than 30,000. Indeed, HaShem told Gideon to minimize his forces “lest Yisrael will grow proud and proclaim, “The power of my own hand saved me.'” Similarly, in the army of King Saul, the only soldier who carried a weapon was King Saul, himself!

Nothing is more disheartening for a bride than to watch her husband going off to war. After all their efforts to unite in marriage nothing should deprive them of the opportunity of this joyous time in their lives. The Torah has the sensitivity – and the faith – to grant the groom a one year exemption, so that he can devote himself to filling his wife with happiness.
[Based on Da’as Torah of Rabenu Yerucham HaLevi, parshas Ki Tatzei]

TODAY: Read one chapter of Psalms before you engage in your endeavors.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily PiCK ME UPs 5th Elul 5769

 

Daily “PiCK-ME-UPs” – 5th Elul, 5769

Daily PiCK-ME-UPs the book

   

Success Quote

Fabulously Wealthy

Many fictional stories center on fabulously wealthy individuals, and, as we read them, we think to ourselves this is not real. But, in truth, our lives also center on a Creator who is endlessly powerful, and in terms of health, wealth and success can give us whatever we want.

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

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PiCK-ME-UPs:
Empower yourself, enjoy life!
Not just another book, but a series of lessons to change our lives, turning darkness to light, misery to joy, shame into dignity; giving us a sense of direction, that we may move through our days with enthusiasm and passion, turning each moment into a jewel, a treasure, and a source of great pleasure and enjoyment. Click here for more.

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DIVINE LIGHT

 

DIVINE LIGHT – 5th Elul, 5769

The Baal Shem Tov Times

The Mystical Light of the Baal Shem Tov

Section 21.

Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Komarno (1766-1834) said that my teacher and father-in-law, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai of Finshtov, had told him that one of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov asked the Rebbe, “What will be my livelihood?”

The Baal Shem Tov responded, “You will be a cantor.” The surprised disciple exclaimed, “But Rebbe, I can’t sing!”

The Baal Shem Tov replied, “I will bind you to the World of Melody.”

The man became the greatest cantor in the world. Once, this cantor came to Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizensk (A disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, 1717- 1787). An intense discussion ensued between the Rebbe and his son, the Tzaddik Reb Elazar, over whether or not to honor the cantor with leading the Kabbalas Shabbos service. Reb Elimelech was afraid that the cantor would disrupt him from the state of holiness he normally experienced during the Shabbos prayers.

Finally, they decided to honor the cantor and his two accompanists with leading the Kabbalas Shabbos service. Their decision was a result of their great awe of the Baal Shem Tov, for the cantor was known as “the Cantor of the Baal Shem Tov.” Out of respect for the Baal Shem Tov, they decided to honor him, and whatever would be, would be.

When the cantor and his two accompanists began to sing the prayers to welcome Shabbos, Reb Elimelech sent word that the second accompanist should stop singing, and only the cantor and the remaining accompanist should continue. Afterward, he ordered even the cantor and accompanist to stop, for he was afraid that he would be annihilated in the Divine light emanating from their singing.

“On subsequent Shabbosim, Reb Elimelech showed honor to the cantor, but because of his fear, he would not allow him to pray before the congregation.”
From the Manuscripts of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Komarno

Translation and Commentary by Translation and commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore.

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Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah 5th Elul 5769

 

Daily Wisdom Portion of Kabbalah – 5th Elul, 5769

The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Quotes of prominent Kabbalists

Our egoism separates us from each other and from Nature. But to change that, we must first realize that this is the case.

Rav Michael Laitman PhD – Kabbalah Revealed: The Ordinary Person’s Guide to a More Peaceful Life.

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Today 5th Elul 5769 Little Mitzvos

 

Today 5th 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

Family

Work on changing a habit that annoys another member of the family.

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