Friday, 16 July 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 6

This weeks Tehillim Reminder with its Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared, compiled and sent out in the merit of
Shmuel Yechezkel ben Shlomo z"l and Shulamit bat Ben Zion Mordechai z"l
l'iluy Neshamot
and Tikvah bas Rachel Chanah for Heavenly Assistance.

 Shmiras HaLashon Thought (Guarding Your Tongue)

The Torah gives us advice on how to guard our speech. In fact it this advice is written in the Six Remembrances that are recited at the end of morning prayers. We are taught to "Remember what the Lord, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way, when you came out of Egypt" (Devarim 24:9)

Since it is now the 9 days, we are reminded of the Sin of the Spies. If we take a moment to remember the history of the Jews, we see that the series of events beginning with our leaving Egypt, contains the events leading to Miriam talking in private to her brother Aaron. What she said to her brother regarding their brother Moshe, came out of concern. Miriam loved her brother and even saved his life, her talk was therefore not out of spite or anything negative. Yet we see that G-d was not happy with what she said and for this she was punished. The Parasha of the week that describes the death of Miriam directly precedes the Parsha regarding the Sin of the Spies. This comes to teach us that the Spies were supposed to learn from what happened to Miriam.

The Spies, after returning from checking out the land what they spoke was truth, however the way in which they presented their findings to Am Yisrael caused us to complain. Clearly they had not learned from Miriam and the result lead to the whole Jewish Nation being punished. A severe punishment that we feel every year on the anniversary of this episode. This date is Tisha B'Av.

As we prepare for Tisha B'Av, it is a powerful thought to realize that the nature of speech lead us to this day of mourning. As we see from both scenarios, the speech was based on truth, but the way in which it was presented was the problem.

In future weeks we will begin to look at the laws of Lashon Hara, beginning with the important distinction that this speech is in fact truth or from truth, as opposed to the common mis-conception that what we say is OK because it is not a lie.

Bitachon Thought

Due to the time of the year, for this thought we will share a very short story. We are told that there was an occasion when Napoleon passed a shul on tisha b'av and asked why everyone was crying. He was told "for our Temple that was destroyed 1700 years ago". To this he replied "a people that cry over a temple destroyed 1700 years ago will surely see it rebuilt".

Though more years have passed, we still are a people that cry for our Temple. May we merit to see it re-built speedily in our days.

Tehillim Thought

On the website  Aneinu A beautiful story is told.
In the Sefer “Chesed L’Avrohom” (written by the grandfather of the Chida) it is brought “that in the year 1352 c.e. there was a poor righteous man who only knew how to learn the basics. He became old and passed away at a ripe old age. Within the thirty days after his death, he appeared in a dream to an exceptionally learned man. It seemed to the learned man that the poor man was standing in front of him in shrouds and was holding a small book. The learned man asked, “Aren’t you the one we buried on such and such a day?” The man answered, “You have spoken correctly, it is I”. The learned man said, “What is that book you are holding in your hand?” He answered, “The book of Tehillim. And I have come to warn you to warn the people of my town where I lived that they should run away and save their lives. Because a tragedy will strike whoever stays in that town. While I was alive and I finished Sefer Tehillim every day for al those years, that merit allowed the people to sojourn in peace and they were saved from tragedy until now. But from now on there is no one to guard them.”

Upon awaking in the morning, the man shook with terror and he sent a special messenger to that town with a letter warning the inhabitants. There were some people who listened to the words of the Chosid and ran for their lives and there were some who were not afraid of the punishment and they stayed in that town, until the hand of Hashem touched them (and they lost their lives.)

From that day forward, he (the learned man) completed Sefer Tehillim every week. Therefore say Tehillim constantly because the constant repetition of Sefer Tehillim will prevent many disasters and tragedies from coming upon us and members of our household, our families and all of our generations.

This weeks Tehillim list can be found on our website, Torah Online Please do click on the link to read the names prior to Shabbat. In the event you are delayed and unable to read the full list, please just keep in mind that your Tehillim is for this group, in the merit of the names on our website, in the merit of a speedy and peaceful release of Gilad Shalit and the other MIAs listed on our webstie and for all of Am Yisrael.

Tizku le mitzvos


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