Daily Reminder, 27th Tishrei, 5771

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Stop Loshon Hora
Stop Loshon Hora

Not Too Quiet, Not Too Loud, And Nothing In The Middle

What happens if you tell someone Lashon Hara and swears him to secrecy? The Torah says (Devarim 27:24) you are cursed, “Arur Makeh Rei’aihu B’Seser” – cursed is he who smites his friend, secretly. So much for low key.

What about if you say it in front of him, is that better? True, the curse does not apply, however in that case aside from the fact that you’ve told Lashon Hara, you are also treading on arrogance and audacity. You are also creating friction among people. Lastly, you may also lose your Olam Haba if you make him turn white of embarrassment.

Half quietly, half in front of him? I doubt it. There is no way around this, give it up!

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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Avodah – Perek Shirah, 26th Tishrei, 5771

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Perek Shirah: The Mule – If I Were Hashem I Would…

A wise man once proposed marriage to a beautiful woman telling her “with your good looks and my brains we will have the most incredible kids.” Her blunt response was “what happens if the kids have your looks and my brains?” Hashem made the world with an enormous array of creatures. Every creature he created no matter how destructive has benefits that outweigh the damage.

Man in his narrow view of things sees a donkey and horse and says “wow if we can get the benefit of the strengths of both these animals we can create the perfect animal”. The results speak for themselves. The mule cannot produce any offspring and is considered to be a most destructive animal. The gemara says (Chulin 7b) nobody kicked by a mule will survive. The lesson of the mule is that it is better to let Hashem run the world although we may have some very seemingly good ideas.

The Mule Sings “Yoducha Hashem Kul Malchei Aretz Ki Shamru Imrei Picha”. After seeing man’s handiwork compared to Hashem’s all the kings of the world will admit that it is worthwhile to let Hashem be the big boss!

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Daily Reminder, 26th Tishrei, 5771

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The Epitome Of “Cool”

Some of us are obsessed with being “cool”. It is the ultimate title conferred on someone in their lifetime. More often than not we do all the wrong things to try to earn that title. Here’s something that you can do that will make you one of the coolest people on the planet.

There has always been a mystique attributed to secrecy and privacy. This is a trait of some really cool people. Think about how cool you would be if no one would ever know what you thought about another person. How cool would it be for people to always guess what you thought about last night’s speech, chasuna, etc., and never really know because you never gave away your opinion in words or even by facial expressions.

I think you’d get lots of votes for the coolest person around, and more importantly, Hashem’s as well. What’s really great is that although titles don’t go with you to the grave, after 120 you’d continue to be “cool”. That’s important because it can get really hot up there!

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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Avodah – Perek Shirah, 25th Tishrei, 5771

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Perek Shirah: The Rivers Sing, What About The Mountains?

During the week leading up to Shavuos as my little son was singing the Har Sinai song, I was wondering why in Perek Shira the mountains don’t say Shira? The next day I said Perek Shira and when saying the Shira of the rivers, “Neharos Yimcha’u Kaf Yachad HaRim Yiraneinu”, let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together I realized the mountains do sing! But what are they singing about? Why don’t they sing alone? And what is their connection to the rivers?

Maybe we can offer as follows. Water comes from the skies in small drops. These drops fall on the mountain which channels them in small streams that turn into raging rivers whose rushing waters and roaring rapids sound like people clapping.

We know that Torah is compared to water. “Yaarof KaMatar Likchi” (Haazinu 32:2). Drops of Torah fall from Shamayim onto the mountain. The mountain is the Rebbi who responsible to put the torah together and pass it along to Am Yisroel. The mountain is merely a link in the chain from Shamayim. This why, although, “Hashem Moloch Gei’us Laveish”, Hashem dresses in pride (Tehilim 93:1), the Torah is delivered through a low and humble mountain who recognizes that it is really Hashem’s Torah and it plays only a middleman’s role. That is why the Torah was given on the humble Har Sinai through the most humble person on the face of the earth, Moshe Rabbeinu.

The mountain does not boast of its individual accomplishment. Only when it hears the loud noises of Am Yisroel learning Torah way downstream, does it delight in knowing that its mission was accomplished and the sounds of Torah indeed fill the world. “Neharos Yimcha’u Kaf” when the rivers roar with the sounds of torah, then, Yachad HaRim Yiraneinu, together with them but in the background the humble mountains will rejoice.

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Daily Reminder, 25th Tishrei, 5771

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Stop Loshon Hora
Stop Loshon Hora

Rav Elya Lopian Chooses Bombs Over Bombshells

Lashon Hara is a very dangerous matter for those “in the know”. Rav Elya Lopian was such a person. During the war years he was once hiding in a shelter because of the artillery bombardment raining down mortar shells on the city. Deep in thought, his concentration was suddenly disturbed by another person who was frantically telling him that the people were speaking Lashon Hara. Rav Elya said in that case we better run away from here immediately.

This story as retold in B’Yad HaLashon (pg 235 in the name of the Sam HaChaim) does not end there, and you can probably guess the ending. However for our purposes we do not need to continue.

Whether Rav Elya was afraid to stay because of the spiritual danger or the physical danger caused by speaking Lashon Hara, is not our issue. What this story clearly teaches us is that Lashon Hara to Rav Elya Lopian is a real tangible danger. It is cause enough to run out of a relatively safe haven to the streets where bombs are exploding all around.

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe. The Chofetz Chaim in Shaar Tvunah Perek 12 says that being Mikayem this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the incident in order for it to have its intended effect.

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Avodah – Perek Shirah, 22nd Tishrei, 5771

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Perek Shirah: Shine Like The Moon

The moon rules the night. But does it really? The moon has no light of its own, it merely reflects the light of the sun. Some times the moon is full and shines bright. Sometimes it is so thin you can barely see it. Sometimes it is hidden and not visible at all. It doesn’t even come and go at a fixed time. Sometimes it shines a whole night and sometimes it sets very quickly right behind the sun.

The moon has nothing of its own, it is only a tributary of the sun, reflecting its light on the side of the earth that cannot see the hiding sun. The moon represents Klal Yisroel and each individual Yid. The sun represents Hashem. In this world Hashem is in hiding. We don’t have our own light, our task is to reflect Hashem’s hidden light on the world and make it a brighter place.

As much as we’d love to shine bright all the time, this is not in our control. Sometimes we are afforded the opportunity and resources to do great things and make a tremendous Kiddush Hashem. We also go through tougher periods where we try to stay afloat ourselves and have no opportunity to shine Hashem’s light elsewhere. This all depends on Hashem’s will and we must accept it happily.

The Moon sings (Tehilim 104:19), “Asa Yarei’ach LiMoadim” the moon is made to shine at unpredictable intervals. “Shemesh Yada Mivo’o”, only the sun knows when the moon will shine. The moon doesn’t ask, it takes advantage of every opportunity afforded it without question. Either way it sings a happy tune, eagerly awaiting the sun’s bright light so that it can light up the darkness of the night.

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