Todays eMussar Lesson 5th Tishrei, 5771

Todays eMussar Lesson

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A Joyous Yom Kippur

THE PATH OF REPENTANCE

The Talmud (Pesachim 86b) tells us that a guest should display good manners by eating whatever food his host offers him. However, there is one situation in which the Talmud tells us not to listen to the host. Specifically, if the host tells the guest to leave, the guest should not listen!

Why does the Torah tell us on one hand to courteously comply with the host’s requests and on the other hand to refuse his demand to leave his home?

The great Kabbalist, Rabbi Moshe Kordevaro, sheds light on the meaning of this curious statement. He explains that this passage is an allegory, in which the host represents HaShem and the guest represents a person. There are times when a person sincerely dedicates himself to perform repentance, yet all of his attempts seem to be rebuffed. It is as if Heaven is resisting his efforts. In this light, the person may translate the events as a message that HaShem is saying, “Leave my house. I do not accept your return to Me.”

In response to this situation, in which a person falls into despair, the Torah tells him, “Do not listen to the Host!” Meaning, do not interpret your difficulties in performing repentance as a sign that HaShem has rejected you. Rather, rest assured that HaShem is merciful and He always shows compassion and love to people who strive to come close to Him.

If your challenge is difficult, do not give up because HaShem NEVER gives up on you. This is especially so during the Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kippur, as King David said, “Seek HaShem when He is present, pray to Him when He is close.”
[Rabbi Moshe Kordevaro]

TODAY: Rejoice in knowing that HaShem is Merciful and will always welcome you into His presence.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Todays Mussar Quote 21st Tishrei 5770

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TODAY:

Visualize the light of Torah emanating from your heart – and filling your soul with wisdom.

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Infinite Kindness and Eternal Compassion – Todays eMussar Lesson 21st Tishrei 5770

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FAITH AND TRUST

We can best begin to understand the infinite goodness of HaShem by contrasting the ways of HaShem to the ways of man. For instance, let’s assume a poor man approached a good hearted philanthropist for financial assistance. He cried and begged for help. The wealthy man had mercy on him and gave him a nice sum of money. However, if the poor man begs for more, it will be to no avail because the wealthy man has a limited amount of mercy.

Whereas the mercy of HaShem is unlimited. The more a person prays and pleads for mercy, the more mercy HaShem will grant him. Indeed, the mercy of HaShem has no end, i.e., “You are Good, for Your compassion never ends!”

Alternatively, there are people whose heart overflows with compassion and they desire to provide more assistance to those in need. However, they are unable to help because they lack the resources.

Whereas HaShem, the Source of all good, has infinite capabilities to bestow benefit upon His creations. Therefore, once HaShem’s mercy is awakened there is no limitation to how much good He can provide, i.e., “You are Compassionate, for Your kindness never finishes!”

How amazingly fortunate we are that HaShem is INFINITELY GOOD, COMPASSIONATE, and KIND! May we internalize these holy concepts and sincerely declare: “We have always trusted in You!”
[Based on Cochvei Ohr of Rebbe Yitzchak Blazer]

TODAY: Repeat and internalize: “You are Good, for Your compassion never ends, and You are Compassionate, for Your kindness never finishes – we have always trusted in You!”

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Todays Mussar Quote 20th Tishrei 5770

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TODAY:

Visualize the light of Gan Eden shines upon you with each Mitzvah that you perform.

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The Torah Welcomes Every Person – Todays eMussar Lesson 20th Tishrei 5770

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THE PARABLES OF THE BEN ISH CHAI

Some people consider themselves “unworthy” to study the holy Torah. The following parable proves that the Torah welcomes every member of Klal Yisrael to study and follow her ways.

A wealthy man moved to a new county where he did not know a soul. He needed to open a bank account, but he did not know which bank was trustworthy. That very day he met a man who worked for – and highly recommended – a certain bank.

However, being unfamiliar with this foreign country, the wealthy man expressed his reservations. “You have nothing to worry about,” said his new acquaintance, “the reputation of this bank speaks for itself!” The man was not convinced, “What do you mean?” he asked. “This is the fastest growing bank in the country. Here, look at this report,” he said, “In the past two months, 200 new accounts have been opened! This popularity patently demonstrates that our bank is reliable and efficient.”

In the same way that the popularity of the bank proved its worthiness, so too, the fact that the entire Klal Yisrael accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai, proves that the Torah is the perfect path for every type of Jew. HaShem chose to give the Torah to the generation who left Egypt who — because of their life in bondage – were on a low spiritual level. Although they were far from the ways of the holy Torah, nevertheless, they were capable of living and sanctifying themselves through the Torah. Indeed there was not one member of the entire multitude of well over 600,000 men, women, and children who did not accept the Torah.

However, if HaShem would have given the Torah to our Patriarchs — Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov – some of us might have assumed that the Torah is only for individuals who are on the high spiritual level of the Avos. Whereas, the unanimous acceptance of the Torah by the spiritually disadvantaged generation that went out from Egypt proves that a Torah life is appropriate for every Jew. No matter what spiritual background they come from, the Torah will elevate them to the highest levels of goodness and purity.

TODAY: Reflect on the fact that you are worthy and capable of living a life devoted to Torah.

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Todays Mussar Quote 19th Tishrei 5770

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TODAY:

Reframe your situation – and channel your fear – into a new, fresh level of faith and trust in HaShem.

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The Humble Prayer of Moshe – Todays eMussar Lesson 19th Tishrei 5770

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PARSHA INSIGHTS\THE SAGES OF MUSSAR

When Moshe prayed to be allowed to enter the land of Israel, he did not base his pleas on his merits. Rather, he asked for a “free gift”. Yet, a gift, by definition, is free. If so, what message is conveyed in the phraseology a “free gift”?

There are various categories of remuneration and compensation. Payment is an obligation that rests upon an employer to pay his employee. Reward, on the other hand, implies a non-mandatory payment. For instance, if someone returns a wallet that he found, it would be a nice gesture for the owner to reward him for his kind efforts. However, he is under no liability to compensate the finder because the finder voluntarily returned the wallet.

In addition, an employee has no claim to any remuneration beyond his fixed salary. For instance, when a general wins a war, there is no obligation on the king to pay him more than his predetermined salary. On the other hand, if he loses the war, he might be reprimanded by the king for inefficiency. If the king is pleased with his general’s daring victory he might want to give him a gift as a token of appreciation. While in times of peace, when the general does not actively fight a war, a gift from the king would be undeserved or a “free gift”.

In conclusion there are three categories of non-mandatory payment: 1) a reward for a voluntary good deed, 2) a gift as a bonus for doing exceptional work, 3) a free, undeserved gift.

Although Moshe was the greatest of all the Jews, he was the humblest man on the face of the earth. Despite all of his incomparable accomplishments, he considered himself devoid of merits. Therefore, he asked HaShem for a “free gift”. In Moshe’s humble perception of himself; he did not assume that he was entitled to any “reward” or “bonus”. The only thing he could hope for was a free gift from HaShem.

Our Sages teach us that humility is the most precious attribute. To consider oneself empty of merit before Hashem is the state of true humility. Let us follow in the footsteps of our master and teacher, Moshe Rabenu and aspire to the path of humility.
[Based on the K’sav Sefer, Parshas Devarim]

TODAY: When you pray, ask HaShem to grant your request as a free gift.

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