Day Twenty Eight – Divine Assistance 7th Tishrei, 5771

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DAY TWENTY-EIGHT:
“DIVINE ASSISTANCE”

“In turn, this will bring upon him the following blessing: “One who strives to purify himself is granted Divine assistance.” He will then ascend from level to level in fulfillment of Torah and mitzvos – even in the difficult aspects, which will benefit him-the “self”-in the World to Come.” (Ohr Yisrael, Letter Six, Page 187)

How will fulfillment of the easy aspects facilitate his eventual fulfillment of the difficult aspects?

Rav Yisrael concludes his masterful exposition of preparing for Yom Kippur through Mussar study with yet one more sparkling diamond. In a previous segment, Rav Yisrael presented two concepts concerning our fulfillment of Divine service. Both of these approaches to serving HaShem are “in our control”:

“The first one is that at all times; every person has the free will to be completely devoted to HaShem’s service. Also, during the Ten Days of Repentance, a person has the opportunity to entirely transform himself – to be a tzaddik, a man of peace in the upcoming year.

The second factor concerns improving the standing of one’s Divine service according to his current status – at all times, but particularly during the Ten Days of Repentance. Regarding this, the essential principle is to reflect and contemplate on one’s ways. Then, he should see to it that he at least observes the easier part of a precept – each person according to his situation and fear of Heaven. By following this procedure he will be delivered from transgressing the graver aspects of that particular sin.” (Ohr Yisrael, Letter Six, Page 177-178)

Since initially he actively rectifies the easy aspects which are “in his control,” Divine assistance will then help him master the difficult aspects. Again, Rav Yisrael is a source of encouragement, “One who strives to purify himself is granted Divine assistance”.. Thus, we see, that if one merits Divine assistance, through his efforts to fulfill easy injunctions, and the person uses this Divine assistance to fulfill the difficult injunctions, nevertheless, this is classified as “in his control.”

As Rav Yisrael postulated regarding our spiritual endeavors, both aspects of a Mitzvah, the easy and the difficult, are in one’s control. Therefore Rav Yisrael assures us, “Also, during the Ten Days of Repentance, a person has the opportunity to entirely transform himself – to be a tzaddik, a man of peace in the upcoming year”.

Implementation: Vocalize the axiom: “One who strives to purify himself is granted Divine assistance.”

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 7th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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A Precious Daimond

PIRKEI AVOS\THE ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS\5:26

“Ben Bagbag said: Turn it and turn it – for everything is dependent upon it.”

What is this great thing that everything, i.e., all success, depends upon it? It is the dedication to Torah study.

We understand Torah is important because it teaches us the path of goodness. However, why didn’t the text simply state “All success depends on Torah study?” Why is it that all success depends on “the dedication” to Torah study?

Every Jewish soul was present at Mount Sinai and experienced HaShem giving us the Torah. Therefore, our souls are naturally filled with love of Torah. Just as a spark ignites a fiery material into a flame, so too, the mere remembrance of our relationship to Torah sparks the holy flame within our soul.

Intuitively we grasp the greatness and goodness of Torah. Just as a parent’s love for their children instinctively inspires them to do everything for their children, so too, once we remind ourselves that the Torah is our very life, we will be inspired to dedicate ourselves to Torah and reap its precious fruits.

In this light the text said, Turn it and turn it because all success depends upon it.” That is, just as we look at a precious gem from every facet to gaze at each aspect of its beauty, so too, the more we reflect on our precious relationship to the holy Torah, the more we will be drawn and attracted to its incomparable and endless beauty.
[Based on the writings of the Vilna Gaon]

TODAY: Reflect on your opportunity to become one with the Torah – and ignite your soul.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily Dose 7th Tishrei, 5771


The Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freemani’s book, “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth”, click here.

Rebbe means teacher. Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson is seventh in a prestigious line of chassidic rebbes. Even after his passing, he is known worldwide as simply “The Rebbe” – a Rebbe for any person in the world.

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Daily Kabbalah Reality Check, 7th Tishrei, 5771

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Daily Kabbalah Reality Check
Examples in the daily Kabbalah lesson elucidate spiritual concepts through explanations of situations in this world.

A Spiritual Example

We must be like the Higher One in each thing, also in independence.

If you would feel that someone Above was taking care of you, you would develop like an animal even towards spirituality, because you would be dependent on that same Higher One. You would receive, forcibly, His example, like children who receive an example from elders, and thus advance.

Spiritual development is a special development, unlike development in our world. I myself must find my future state without an example from the Creator. I must search which actions I must do and in what way. I must search for myself which patterns of behavior, which thoughts, and which desire I need to have. I myself create the Creator and build within myself the example.

We must be like the Higher One in each thing, also in independence. And just like there is not another like Him, there is also not another like you. You must build by yourself all of the rungs on the path.

-from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/02/10 (minutes 87-90)

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Daily Kabbalah Bites, 7th Tishrei, 5771

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Daily Kabbalah Tip
Advice in the daily Kabbalah lesson is recommended, practical tasks for advancing spiritually.

Bestowal To The Group

It is only with regards to the group that is it possible to examine whether I am bestowing.

I am able to perform the following examinations only in relation to the friends; that is, to the group: use of the two forces of right and left in the correct combination; use of the force of the desire to receive and also the awakening I received from the desire to bestow; the heart, the point in the heart, and arranging them in order to make a middle line, meaning to rise above it all in order to bestow.

It is impossible to make this examination in relation to the Creator since we don’t feel him and don’t know what He is. However, the ability to examine in relation to the group is given to us to the extent that we are ready to bestow. If I see that I am not ready, then it’s possible to pray. I need to awaken the Upper to give me strength to bestow to the group. The force of bestowal towards the group does not exist in me and is not able to exist in me before I receive it from Above.

Mutual studies awaken the desire to be together, as one man with one heart, and clarifies within us the deficiency. This is called the force of the Torah: “I created the evil inclination”; that is, the mutual rejection between us. “I created the Torah as a spice”; that is, the force to correct the evil inclination. We need to discover the evil inclination and the rest will come from the Light.

-from the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/04/10 (minutes 3-6)

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Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 7th Tishrei, 5771

Motivational Quotes

Love Life

How ready are you to give away a year of your life, or even month? How about a week, a day? How about 10 minutes?

Unless we know of some magnificent, vital cause, we won’t give away even five seconds of the life the Creator gives us. Isn’t it a puzzle then, how we allow days, weeks, months and even years to slip by, while we continue simply to exist — to survive as unfulfilled, empty beings?

Passive, tired, unenthusiastic living is a form of death. How much of our precious time do we lose to such an approach, to such an attitude? We need, instead, to gallop through our days like horses of fire. Our hearts need to burn with passion — a passion for life. To think actively — to speak with purpose — to move positively towards shining goals — this is life.

To love life is to love the Creator. To love life is to live as the Creator wishes us to live. To love life — every second of it — is to fulfill ourselves — and to win.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 7th Tishrei, 5771


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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 32
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 31
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 4:6
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 541:2
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 14
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Yom Kippur

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