Day Twenty Nine – The Book of Life 8th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

eMussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth
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DAY TWENTY-NINE:
“THE BOOK OF LIFE”

“If a person desires to merit a virtuous life, he must act in a fair and upright fashion, and amass mitzvos and good deeds in order to counterbalance his many transgressions.
Yet, what can a person do, when he must face life’s vagaries each and every day?

It requires just a simple skill which involves neither clarity of mind nor a lengthy commitment. Let him repeat the Mussar teachings of Chazal several times, until the hispailus (emotional arousal) is awakened in his soul. (And even if it does not initially stir him to improve his ways, he is still considered as being inscribed in the Book of Life!) Since he is alive with feeling [the desire to change], he fulfills the verse (Koheles 9:4): “For he who is attached to all the living has hope,” and he is numbered amongst those who repent.”
(Ohr Yisrael, Letter 30, page 336-337)

Why should the study of Mussar, in and of itself, grant merit for a person to be inscribed in The Book of Life, even if he did not improve his actions?

If one endeavors to improve his conduct and character by virtue of Mussar study, even if he does not change his ways-he has initiated a dependable healing process within his soul. His effort to inculcate Mussar-and the internal impressions that resonate within his subconscious-are fully acknowledged by Heaven. Although he may not yet see the difference, his nature is continuously changing and improving-with the same certainty that an impression is made when water continuously flows over rock.

Moreover, while the curative power of any other medicine is not absolute i.e. maybe it will heal, maybe it will not-the curative powers of Mussar are absolute and effective. What’s more, the healing power of Mussar not only heals the soul, it actually imparts life, as King Solomon declared (Mishlei 4:13): “Strengthen your grasp on Mussar, do not weaken your grip; protect it, for Mussar is your life.”

Therefore, if a person studies Mussar, whether or not there is an obvious change in his conduct, he has injected his soul with a surefire remedy. Mussar is life itself! In light of this, HaShem will inscribe his name in The Book of Life!

Implementation: You are learning Mussar-and as you are learning–visualize your name being inscribed in The Book of Life.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 8th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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

A Prescrption for Spiritual Survival

FAITH AND TRUST IN HASHEM

The prophet, Habakkuk, condensed the entire Torah into one principle, “The righteous live by virtue of their faith in HaShem.”

Yet, how can the entire Torah – the Chumash, Talmud, Midrash, etc. – be represented by one simple axiom?

Shimon was onboard a ship that was caught in a great storm. As powerful winds and crashing waves pounded the ship, Shimon was thrown overboard into the churning sea. As he fought for his life, he noticed a tree growing far away from him. Shimon swam with all of his strength towards the tree. Finally, he grasped a branch of the tree and held on for dear life.

The people of our generation are challenged by great spiritual tests and trials. “Winds” of unimaginable force and “tremendous waves” bombard us from every side. Yet, HaShem has sent us a lifesaving message, through Habakkuk, “The righteous live by the virtue of their faith in HaShem.”

The tree in the parable represents the Torah – the Tree of Life. Trust in HaShem is the very root of the Torah. Just as Shimon grasped the branch in order to survive, so too, if we grasp the branch of TRUST IN HASHEM we will survive the great tests of life.

When we grasp the branch of Trust in HaShem, we connect to HaShem and Torah – the true lifeline of our souls!
[Based on the writings of the Chofetz Chaim]

TODAY: Grasp the branch of trust in HaShem, and connect to eternal life!

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily Dose 8th 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.

These Daily Doses offer every person a taste of the Rebbe’s wisdom, condensed from over 50 years of letters, public talks, private conversations, and written works.

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Daily Kabbalah Bites, 8th Tishrei, 5771

The most outstanding Questions and Answers, excerpts, examples, illustrations, definitions, and advice from the Daily Kabbalah Lesson of Dr. Michael Laitman and Bnei Baruch.

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

Finding The Creator In The Connection Between Us

A change in my relation to others is necessary in order to reach spirituality.

I should be anxious for my connection with others, since spirituality is found in this connection. If I want to reach spirituality, I need to convince myself that my correction is found through connection with others, others who are strange to me and who I don’t care about. In order to reach my correction, I need to change my connection with them, to stop taking advantage of them, stop using them, and just the opposite, to bestow to them. This is what my spiritual attainment depends on.

The discovery that I must turn to others and change my attitude towards them, in order to reach spirituality, isn’t simple and involves suffering. It is not something abstract, but we need to reach a concrete social understanding in which each one will be committed, as in “each person to help the other.” Without this, it is impossible to reach spirituality.

-from the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/11/10 (minutes 41-43)

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Keep Smiling Video, 8th Tishrei, 5771

While the Keep Smilings stopped for some five months, the weekly Mesilas Yesharim classes in Kiryat Sefer continued. Here is the latest recording, as well as access to all the other classes until now…
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

Mesilas Yesharim
~ The Path of the Just, a translation and a commentary ~

Part 40 – click here to download and listen.

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To view all the Mesilas Yesharim classes, click here.

Best wishes, Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day!

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Keep Smiling, 8th Tishrei, 5771

To those who read “Keep Smiling” before, I hope you will enjoy reading them once again…
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

       Intentions

The Talmud teaches that our good thoughts the Creator attaches to our good deeds. A person receives reward for his intentions, even when he does not carry them through (Kiddushin 40a, Rashi there).

It follows though, that the more sincere our intentions are, the more weight they carry. Likewise, the less sincere our intentions are, the less weight they carry.

Let us then be amongst those who genuinely strive to carry through our wonderful ideas, that we may rise to become the wonderful people we so much want to be.

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day!

by Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 8th Tishrei, 5771

Motivational Quotes

As a Director

We can live our lives as a director directs his movie — looking to enhance each scene with more emotion, feeling, turning every moment into something special, such that the audience walks away with new inspiration.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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