Todays eMussar Lesson 9th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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Standing Before the King


Once, a pious Jewish man was praying by the side of the road. A non-Jewish royal minister passed and greeted the man. However, the man, who was immersed in prayer, did not respond to the minister. The minister waited for him to complete his prayer and then proclaimed, “You fool! Doesn’t it say in your Torah, “Just protect your soul…” How dare you not return my greeting! What is to stop me from cutting off your head?”

“Please give me a minute to explain,” said the Jewish man. “Imagine that you were speaking to the king. As you are standing before the king, your friend passes by and greets you. Tell me, would you respond?”

“Certainly not,” answered the minister. “And if you would respond what would happen?” asked the Jewish man. “They would behead me with a sword,” replied the minister.

“We can draw the following logical conclusion from your own words,” asserted the Jewish man. “If you conduct yourself in this manner when conversing with an earthly king, who is here today and gone tomorrow; how much more so is it correct for me not to respond to a greeting, when praying before the King of Kings, the Holy One, Who is everlasting.
The minister immediately accepted the import of the Jewish man’s words and sent him home in peace.

Throughout the ages, the belief in G-d, the Creator of Heaven and earth, has been the incontrovertible cornerstone of our faith. In the face of every conceivable threat, the people of Israel have loyally upheld their faith. Even more, our faith in HaShem endures despite the unspeakable persecutions that we have suffered throughout our exile.

What makes us so steadfast in our conviction? Our sages of Mussar reveal that our deep-seated faith issues from a “Prophetic spirit” that rests in the heart of every Jewish person. Meaning, HaShem, in His compassion, has bestowed upon us the most precious gift – He has indelibly etched pure and lasting faith into our souls.

May our phenomenal ‘gift of faith,’ awaken the merit for us to experience an immediate and miraculous redemption.

TODAY: When you pray, remember that you are standing in front of the Eternal One, the King of Kings.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Daily Dose 9th 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 Bites, 9th 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.

Knowing What Is Studied

Knowledge is the attempt to connect to the material being studied.

The studies tell us about our advanced and corrected states. “Knowing what is studied,” is called to attempt to connect to the material being studied. We learn about advanced states and want to be in them. I need to yearn to be with everyone as one man with one heart, one system, and I imagine this situation to myself: that we are all one Kli and that we receive the revelation of Light for the sake of bestowal to the Giver of the Light, and not for the sake of enjoying the Light. This is called that I know what is studied.

In addition to efforts for myself, I also need to make an effort for the friends and worry that the picture is as clear as possible for them. If each one behaves this way towards everyone else, then due to the mutual support, personal passion unites and changes into MAN (Mayin Nukvin, Female Water).

Our efforts awaken the concealed corrected state within us and pulls it out by force, since it is hiding there. Our intention during the time of study should be that it will be revealed to us.

-from the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/05/10 (minutes 30-33)


Keep Smiling ~ Self-Wealth, 9th Tishrei, 5771

Motivational Quotes


With each slap of wet sand, the child’s sandcastle grows greater, swells grander. Its walls become thicker. Its towers become taller. Now, if that child will keep at his work — not losing concentration, not pausing in his labors — how awesome that castle will be.

We too build a castle with our daily activities. Every action we do, every word we speak, every thought we think, is another slap of wet sand against its walls. Positive activities make our towers larger and taller. Negative activities make them smaller.

What is our castle? It is the person we become. It is our stature, our power, our wisdom. It is our confidence and serenity, our enthusiasm, our passion — the joy of life that shines from us. The greater our castle, the more pleasure we have from ourselves, and from others.

We need to know our castle. We need to focus on it. For, the more we focus on it, the better it comes out. We look at our project, and we become excited about it. And in our excitement, in our eagerness, we build it faster and more beautiful than ever before.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Limud yomi, 9th Tishrei, 5771

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 34
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 33
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 5:3
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 543:1
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 16
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Yom Kippur

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Self-Growth Qoutes, 9th Tishrei, 5771

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

The Present Quotes

From “PiCK-ME-UPs” the book.

The Perfect Moment
Focus on now being the perfect moment, full of life, joy and energy – and nothing else will bother you.

By Rabi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

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Baal Shem Tov, 9th Tishrei, 5771

Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov

My grandfather [the Baal Shem Tov) said: It is known [from the writings of the Ari z” l) that Adam could rectify his sin only through the holy Patriarchs. Thus, the perfection of teshuvah is impossible to attain without the Tzaddik only through him is one able to ascend.
(Degel Machaneh Ephraim, Sh’mini)