Friday, 30 July 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 8

The Torah learning and compilation of this weeks "Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness" and Tehillim reminder is sponsored in the merit of
Yehuda Leib Ben Devorah
for Refuat haNefesh and Refuat haGuf

Shmiras HaLashon Thought (Guarding our Tongues)

The Chofetz Chaim enumerated thirty – one (31) Torah commandments which may be violated when a person speaks or listens to Lashon Hara. The number of infringements will vary in accordance with circumstances, but on each occasion when Lashon Hara is spoken many commandments are violated. Anyone reading this list will see that refraining from Lashon Hara is not merely a meritorious act, but an obligation of the highest magnitude. (Guard Your Tongue by Rabbi Pliskin Adapted from Chofetz Chaim)

Bitachon Thought

It is stated in the book Kad HaKemach that just as trust in Hashem helps one attain fear of G-d, so does the fear of G-d lead to trust in Him. In Mishlei / Proverbs 29: 25 we read "A man's fears become a trap for him, but he who trusts in Hashem shall be safeguarded" This point can best be illustrated in the thought on Tehillim below.

Tehillim Thought

This weeks thought on Tehillim shows the hand of G-d in our every day events and experiences. In the commentary on Psalm 34 which begins with the words "Of David: When he disguised his sanity before Abimelech who drove him out……" we learn a beautiful thought. This Psalm teaches us that everything has its place.

David HaMelech once said to G-d " 'All that You created is beautiful, and wisdom is the most beautiful of all. However, I fail to understand or to appreciate the value of madness. What satisfaction can You derive from having created a lunatic who walks about ripping his clothing, is chased by little children and is mocked by all?'

G-d replied, 'David, you will some day need this madness which you now criticize. Furthermore, you will even pray that I give this madness to you.'

A short time later, David was forced to flee for his life from King Saul. Only among the Philistines, Israel's sworn enemies, did he find safety. But even there he was recognized as Israel's greatest warrior and threatened with death. He pretended to be insane and King Abimelech – disgusted by David's lunatic behaviour – drove him out. (I Samuel 21: 11 – 16) Instead of feeling despair, David composed this beautiful and profound psalm. Its verses begin according to the letters of the Aleph – Beis, to show that we are to praise G-d with our every faculty, and to acknowledge that whatever He created  - from aleph to tav – is for the good." This commentary is found in the Artscroll siddur.

Mazal Tov to Sharon, one of the ladies in our Tehillim group on her recent engagement. May her path to Chupah be a joyous one.

This weeks list of names can be found on our website Loving Kindness

Thank you everyone for the Tehillim you recite.

Shabbat Shalom


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