Today’s eMussar Lesson 30th Tishrei, 5771

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A Heart of Love and Joy

THE AGADAH OF THE TALMUD

Rabbi Akiva said, “‘Love your friend as you love yourself’ – is the primary axiomatic principle of the Torah.” This ideal implies that there should be an equivalency between the love we have for others and the love we have for ourselves. Meaning, just as we want the best for ourselves, we should want the best for others.

If we don’t give with the complete love within our hearts, we are not quite fulfilling the principle. Therefore, we should give our friends everything in our capacity, without holding back any benefit that is within our power to give. For instance, we should share with them our wisdom, financial resources, time, and give them honor, etc.

Avraham Avinu was a master of loving others. Yet, if someone were to suggest to us that we should wait outside our house and find guests to invite for a meal, we would say, “I am not on that level.” However, if we fully accept the value system of the Torah, we will realize that there should be no bars on our hearts.

Conducting ourselves in the kind ways of Avraham is the true and ultimate pleasure. Meaning, when we open up all the chambers of love that reside within our hearts, we will discover our true selves. The pursuit of unbounded loving-kindness and good deeds will bring us true and lasting joy. By reaching out to others and giving them our “all,” we will experience a taste of the Garden of Eden.
[Based on Da’as Torah of Rav Yerucham]

TODAY: Allow yourself the joy of awakening the Avraham Avinu within you.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Yedidah Cohen’s talks on Rabbi Ashlag’s Kabbalah, 30th Tishrei, 5771

Where I am and where I’d like to be

 
The body and the soul have three main channels to them,according to the way the Divine channels, the Sephirot, line up. These are the right hand line, the left hand line, and the middle line. Our consciousness also lines up similarly, the right hand line being the consciousness of wholeness and perfection, that all is just as it should be, and the left hand line being the consciousness of where I really am. Which consciousness should I focus on? Which one is more real?
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Today’s eMussar Lesson 29th Tishrei, 5771

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The Ultimate Enterprise

THE PSALMS OF KING DAVID\8:2

“HaShem, our G-d, how mighty is Your Name over all the earth; You place Your glory upon the heavens.”

The royal ministers were traveling to the palace with the glorious crown that was commissioned for the coronation of the new king. The elegant crown sparkled with gold and diamonds. As they approached the city gates, the ministers came upon some peasants who were plowing a field.

The ministers showed the crown to the peasants, who were amazed by the beauty of the crown. Then one of the ministers asked the peasants if they would trade their plow for the crown.

“The crown is beautiful but if we traded away our plows we would be unable to farm the land,” claimed one of the peasants.

“You are not thinking clearly,” said the minister. “If you possessed this crown you could sell it for millions of dollars. You could buy these fields and hire your own workers!”
The crown in the story represents the invaluable Torah. It is worth it for us “to trade some of our time” during the day for the precious gift of Torah study. The holiness, light, and eternal benefit that we receive from the Torah is worth far more than all the gold and gems in the world.

Even the angels desire the Torah, and proclaim, “You place Your glory upon the heavens.” For the words of Torah are set like radiant diamonds on HaShem’s Crown. Through the words of Torah HaShem created heaven and earth. May we embrace the Torah and connect to LIFE, itself.
[Based on the parables of the Chofetz Chaim]

TODAY: Set aside some time each day to study the holy Torah — and enjoy the light.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Yedidah Cohen’s talks on Rabbi Ashlag’s Kabbalah, 29th Tishrei, 5771

Loving G-d talk 2:
Loving G-d as Noah did or as Abraham did

 
Noah walked with G-d; that is he needed G-d’s support in order to come to love the One. But Abraham walked on ahead, says the Bible, and was whole. Whole in love. What does it mean for us today to love G-d in the way that Noah, the father of humanity did, or as Abraham did?
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Today’s eMussar Lesson 28th Tishrei, 5771

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Bring Light and Joy to Your Soul

PIRKEI AVOS\THE ETHICS OF OUR FATHERS 2:16

Rabbi Yehoshua said, A “bad” eye, the negative impulse, and hatred removes a person from the world.

Man stands at the gateway between the physical world and the spiritual world. The only creation composed of both a material element and a holy soul; he lives in both worlds simultaneously.

The purpose of man’s existence is to unite these two worlds. That is, to draw down holiness from the spiritual world into this world. We have the opportunity to sanctify this earthly realm, so that it becomes one with the holy world.

Since we are at the juncture we have the unique capability to access holiness. Yet, how do we bring down the sanctity from the higher worlds to the lower world?

When we perform Mitzvoth, we draw holiness, delight, and splendor upon our souls. The more Mitzvoth we perform, the more we elevate our lives. Ultimately, we reach a level of holiness in this world that is relatively equivalent to the holiness of Gan Eden!

However, if a person pursues negative thoughts and deeds, the holy light of Gan Eden does not shine on his soul. Therefore, he does not experience the sanctity of Gan Eden in this physical world.

May we pursue abundant Mitzvoth so that we fill our souls with holiness, light, beauty, and peace.
[Based on the commentary of Rav Nachman to Pirkei Avos]

TODAY: When you do a Mitzvah – heighten your awareness that you are drawing light and holiness upon your soul.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Yedidah Cohen’s talks on Rabbi Ashlag’s Kabbalah, 28th Tishrei, 5771

Loving G-d: the second root mitzvah

 
Is it at all possible? What does love mean? Can one command a feeling? These are questions we start to address as we learn the Zohar on the second commandment, that of loving G-d..
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Today’s eMussar Lesson 27th Tishrei, 5771

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Focus on the Good

PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

After being saved from the great flood, Noah, uncharacteristically, drank wine and became intoxicated. Due to his drunken state, he fell asleep when he was unclothed. His son, Cham, saw that his father was uncovered and disgraced Noah.

Shem and Yafes, Noah’s other sons, heard of Noah’s predicament, and attended to their father with great honor. Each son took the corner of a blanket and walked backwards, covering their father, with their eyes turned away from Noah’s nakedness.

This incident reveals the base nature of Cham, in contrast to the dignified nature of Shem and Yafes. Cham fell to one of the pitfalls of human nature, i.e., judging and censuring others for their flaws. When he noticed a blemish in his father, he dismissed all of his numerous good qualities and classified him as a “lowly drunkard.”

In contradistinction to Cham’s pitiful reaction, the sterling character of Shem and Yafes prompted them to act in a noble manner. Not only did they not belittle their father’s uncomplimentary behavior, they turned their face away to avoid looking upon Noah’s shame. Even more, they immediately took action to “cover up” his disgrace.

The exemplary conduct of Shem and Yafes illuminates the high path of interpersonal relationships. Specifically, they committed themselves to always seeing the good in others, NEVER giving credence to negative spots.

In addition, they made noble efforts to “cover over” the flaws of others – crowning their fellow with redemption, dignity, and peace. May we learn from their goodly ways to uplift ourselves and all of those with whom we are associated.

TODAY: Focus on seeing a full measure of GOOD – in yourself – and others.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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