Teachings of the Sages 8th Kislev 5770

Two Tzadiks

ON REPENTANCE

“A chossid once asked Rav Pinchas of Koretz, zt”l, ‘We find in the Sefer Chassidim, that even though the Gemara in Taanis 12 tells us that fasting is good for destroying the bad parts of a dream like a fire destroys the bad parts of flax, it only refers to one who has repented. All the fasting in the world, however, will not avail for one who does not do teshuvah. The Sefer Chassidim goes on to tell of someone who had a bad dream on Shabbos and tried to ameliorate it by fasting that day and the next. Unfortunately, his dream came to be in all its detail because he failed to do teshuvah. My question is, if someone has a bad dream why not just concentrate on doing teshuvah instead of fasting, since this is the main objective of the fast anyway?’

“The Rebbe answered, ‘Fasting is preferable for a very simple reason. The more physical something is, the more we find of it in this world. For example, there is more inanimate matter in the world than animate life. Likewise, there are far more non-Jews than Jews in the world. Even within the Jewish people itself, there are more wicked people than righteous. And within the overwhelming majority of people, there are more bad or useless thoughts than good. Most people have a hard time focusing on any good thought for more than half an hour or so. This is especially true of someone whose day is almost entirely focused on mundane matters. To feel connected all the time to spirituality in such a situation is rare indeed! Anyone who fasts in order to come to teshuvah is involved in doing a mitzvah the entire day, and this is true even if he finds it difficult to focus on the teshuvah aspect of the fast throughout the day.’ Rav Pinchas added, ‘Another reason why fasting is better is that it naturally subdues the physical. This is a great help for one who wishes to do teshuvah. One can come to the highest levels while fasting. It is very rare that one who understands the purpose of the fast will fail to come to true teshuvah!’”.*

*“Like Fire to Flax,” in Daf Yomi Digest (C)

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Joke of the day 8th Kislev 5770

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The town fool thinks that he is one of the wisest of the community. The town folk tell him he is a fool. One day he hears the rabbi explain the sentence of the Bible “Shomer Psayim Hashem,” – The Almighty protects the foolish… He says to himself this is my opportunity. I’ll jump off the highest building, if the Almighty protects me then I am truly a fool, but if I get hurt then I’ll have proven to all that I am a wise man. Off he goes to the top of the highest building and jumps off the roof of the three story building. Of course he broke many bones. While they rushed him off to the hospital they heard him moaning, “I knew I was a wise man. I didn’t realize how wise I was.”

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On this day Limud yomi for 8th Kislev 5770

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Limud yomi

  • Daf yomi: Bava Batra 96
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Avodah Zarah 21
  • Mishna yomit: Parah 8:9
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 365:8
  • Tanach yomi: Shmuel Seder 12
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Vayeitzei
  • Torah Reading: Gen. 28:10-32:3*
  • Haftara: Hosea 12:13-14:10*
  • Optional addition: Micah 7.18*
  • Sephardi ritual: Hosea 11:7-12.12*

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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov 8th Kislev 5770

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The Baal Shem Tov said that a heartfelt chapter of Tehillim, the effort expended in doing another Jew a favor, whether material or spiritual, and love of one’s fellow Jew are keys which can unlock the gates to the Heavenly Palaces of mercy, healing, salvation, and livelihood.
(Sefer HaSichos 5700, p. 73, cited in Kesser Shem Tov, Hosafos, 127)

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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 8th Kislev 5770

Meditations on Children

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SelfGrowth Keep Smiling 8th Kislev 5770

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Negative forces distract us from thinking through our life situation. Nevertheless, when we overcome our natural sloppiness, thinking out and planning our actions, we merit heavenly rescue.

(Moed Katon 5a)

With thought, we can tackle our highest dreams. The Creator will help us to reach them. However, when we refuse to think, we lose it all.

(From Mesillas Yesharim, Chapter Two)

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