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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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.

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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.

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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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Todays eMussar Lesson 15th Tishrei, 5771

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Special Succus Issue!

THE FESTIVALOF SUKKOS

The Festival of Sukkos celebrates the “Time of Our Rejoicing.” This rejoicing refers to the forty years that we dwelt in the desert surrounded – and protected – by the “Clouds of Glory.”

Through these “Clouds of Glory,” HaShem illuminated His light and holiness upon the People of Israel. HaShem dwelt among His nation and His splendorous Presence filled every soul with the highest spiritual delight, i.e., “The Time of Our Rejoicing.”

Each year, during the Festival of Sukkos, HaShem reveals the same holy illumination that shone upon us through the “Clouds of Glory.” As we sit in our Sukkah, the schach (the Sukkah covering,) recreates the Clouds of Glory. The Presence of HaShem dwells amongst us, just as he dwelt amongst the People of Israel in the desert.

May we rejoice in the splendor of HaShem that illuminates upon us in our Sukkah, just as we rejoiced in His presence that emanated from the “Clouds of Glory” when we dwelt in the desert!
[Based on Derech HaShem of the Ramchal]

TODAY: When you sit in the Sukkah rejoice – knowing that HaShem is shining His light upon your soul.

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Todays eMussar Lesson 14th Tishrei, 5771

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A Song of Trust and Faith

THE FAITH AND TRUST OF PSALMS____31:24-25_

“Love HaShem, all his devoted ones; HaShem protects the faithful. Strengthen your faith and He will encourage you, all who trust in HaShem.”

When HaShem miraculously saved King David from the clutches of his enemy, he sang a song of thanks to HaShem. He concluded his praise with a call to the devoted servants of HaShem, “Love HaShem, all his devoted ones.” What is the relevancy of instructing others to love HaShem at the time of expressing gratitude to HaShem for his own deliverance?

King David’s profound gratitude and excitement at the time of redemption inspired him to increase the love of HaShem in the world, saying to the devoted servants of HaShem, Now that you have seen how HaShem has saved me; you will be inspired to love HaShem. Why? Because through my miraculous salvation, HaShem has revealed to all mankind that he protects the faithful – saving them from the hands of their arrogant adversaries.

No matter how dire the situation, those who trust in HaShem always can find inner peace and hope. They can rest at night, with full confidence knowing that come morning, HaShem will release them from their troubles. Even more, if they will make a small effort to strengthen their faith in HaShem, then, HaShem, Himself, will send them encouragement, confidence, and moral support, i.e., Strengthen your faith and He will encourage you, all who trust in HaShem.

Absolute faith – and the tranquility that it instills deep in the spirit- is the ultimate healing of the soul. King David illuminates the path to faith by proclaiming the great wonders that HaShem performed for him. When the “devoted ones” learn of HaShem’s kindness to David their faith in HaShem will be revitalized and the love of HaShem will fill their heart. May the awareness of the miracles that HaShem has performed for us awaken the love of HaShem within our hearts.
[Based on the commentary of the Radak to Tehillim]

TODAY: Reflect on the wonders that HaShem has performed for King David and feel completely confident in HaShem’s protection.

By Rabbi Zvi Miller.

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Day Thirty – SUMMATION – 12th Tishrei, 5771

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DAY THIRTY:
“SUMMATION”

We have completed the path of preparation for repentance on Yom Kippur. Now we are ready to make a plan to study Mussar for the rest of the year.

The first task is to establish daily periods of Mussar study. These sessions should be about 15-20 minutes. It is helpful to connect them to an already existing habit. For instance, you may schedule your Mussar session before or after one of the daily prayer services or perhaps before or after one of your meals. Some people prefer to study Mussar as soon as they arise in the morning while others study it before they go to sleep at night. There is no standard time; rather every person must devise a plan that is most efficient for them.

A classic and successful method entails selecting a Mussar passage that relates to the aspect of growth that one wants to improve. The passage should be verbalized in order to arouse one’s emotions so that the Mussar will be internalized. Forming a group that meets on a regular basis to learn Mussar together is highly recommended. The synergy of the group helps to strengthen Mussar concepts among the group as well as in the individuals.

The incremental approach, a little bit each day, is the best way to successfully absorb Mussar and transform oneself. If you miss a day do not fret-just continue the next day. Eventually the study of Mussar will become a beloved routine, bringing you endless joy, inspiration, fulfillment, and holiness.

Select a Mussar book, such as: The Path of the Just, The Ways of the Righteous, Duties of the Heart, Tomer Devorah, and Ohr Yisrael. There are many other books and resources for you to choose from. For instance, The Salant Foundation publishes online, a daily, concise Mussar lesson, culled from a wide variety of sources.

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May your daily study of Mussar evoke abundant Heavenly mercy for you and all Klal Yisrael. Together may we be inscribed in The Book of Life!

Implementation: Choose a Mussar book and make a daily schedule for study-and realize that by doing so you are giving Life to Your Soul.

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.

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