Friday, 11 June 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness.

Today's Tehillim Reminder Email is prepared, compiled and sent out in the merit of
Rachel Chanah bas Esther
For Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf, Hatzlachah, Brachah and Yeshuot.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought (Guarding our Tongues):

Removal of the Yetzer Hara

 If a person diligently applies himself to studying the laws of Lashon Hara, Hashem Yisbarach will remove his yetzer hara (evil Impulse) for forbidden speech. (The same applies to all other transgressions)  (see Bamidbar Rabbah - Nosso) (Guard Your Gongue - Adapted from the Chofetz Chaim)

Chassidic Thought

Last week we were reminded of the tremendous love that Hashem has for every Jew. Today we look a little more at the unique connection between Jews and G-d. The Alter Rebbe in Tanya teaches us that every Jew is comprised of two souls: an animal soul and a godly soul. This godly soul is in reality a "Chelek Elokim Mi Maal Mamash" A portion of G-d Himself. It is this portion of the soul that the great Tzaddikim are able to see and that lead to the Rebbe regarding giving dollar bills to so very many every Sunday not as a chore or a burden but as counting diamonds, real jewels.

When we internalise that behaviour we don’t like or enjoy is probably an expression of the animal soul but that the Jews essence is a portion of G-d Himself, it becomes easier to overlook the problems and see only the treasure before us. This in turn enables us to treat every Jew with the respect, dignity, love, care and inspiring words fitting for who they really are. With this approach we help to strengthen our fellow Jew and remind them in turn of the soul that they too should focus on.

Tehillim Thought

I came across a beautiful thought on Tehillim Lamed or 30. This Tehillim (Psalm) is a song for the Inauguration of the Temple and yet it talks about the illness of David HeMelech – King David. The question is asked as to what the connection could be. Here is a beautiful answer: "The Temples purpose is best achieved when each individual Jew recognizes G-d's presence and help in his personal life.  Accordingly, by never losing his faith in G-d, and by finally being vindicated through G-d's deliverance, David is the perfect embodiment of the Temple's role in the life of the nation" (Rabbi Hirsch) This Psalm therefore describes for each of us, how to relate to G-d in our own difficulties and demonstrates that this is the approach in life that will help to hasten the building of the Temple, may it be soon.

The list of names for Tehillim were updated on Wednesday and can be found on  Torah Online Website

Thank you for your participation in this Tehillim group.

For a little additional chizuk as to the importance of this International Tehillim Group and my thank you to each of you who give of your time each Shabbos, I was doing a little learning yesterday to find the sections to add in today's Torah thoughts. One of the books I looked at was ' I Will Write it in Their Hearts- A treasury of Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson" In one of the letters he mentions his father -in- law, The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe's call for every Jew to go "immediately to Teshuvah, immediately to Redemption". He later lists 4 things we can do that will assist with this. The fourth of these caught my attention

-    " seeing to it that everyone joins one of the Societies for the Recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) which is, in turn, registered in the International Society for Tehillim in Jerusalem (may it be speedily rebuilt). In this manner, their prayers will include the entire Jewish people. (letter 23 page 9)

This Tehillim group did begin in Jerusalem and although we are now in Beitar Illit, some do consider Beitar still part of greater Jerusalem ;0). I am not sure whether the Rebbe regards this Tehillim group as one of these societies, but it is my heartfelt prayer that we can continue to increase the number of Jewish women in this group and that our efforts will reach all of the Jewish people so that we can all merit to enjoy the re-built Jerusalem and the joy of greeting Moshiach.

Have a wonderful Shabbat


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