Thursday, 12 August 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 9

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared and written
 in the merit of
Mira bas Tikvah for Refuat HaNefesh, Refuat HaGuf and assistance from Shamayim

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people (Vayikra 19:16).

The root principle of Lashon Hara is speaking derogatory about someone else. The speech that is spoken is actually the truth and it is this that makes it Lashon Hara. As we will learn later, if the information is false or a lie this is known as Motzi Sheim Ra – giving a bad name to another. 

Rechilus is from the word Rachil a peddlar, so too a person who speaks rachilut goes from one to another telling people what others are saying about him – he relates to stories from the one to the next, commonly known as gossip.

Onas Devarim is painful or insulting words (one does worse wrong by words, hurting someone's feelings than by money – Gemora)

Bitachon Thought

We have just started the month of Elul, a month when the King is in the field. A month that is all about the love between the Jewish People and Hashem. As the letters of the Hebrew month of Elul describe, "I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me." This month is all about remembering this special relationship and it is this that provides hope. Hope of a month that will lead us up to Rosh Hashanah in a manner that we will merit a year filled with all our hearts desires being fulfilled for the good in all spiritual and physical matters – a  good that is revealed, visible and manifest.

As Rebbe Nachman states in Likutei Moharan II, 78 (Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum in Essential Rebbe Nachman ) "Gevalt!! Never give up hope! There is no despair."

Chodesh Tov U'Mevorach. May it be a month that is good and blessed in every respect.

Tehillim Thought

In this weeks Parsha Deuteronomy 20:19: "…because man is a tree of the field." The Torah teaches us that we are not allowed to strike down a tree, for a tree is not like a man as it does not come to fight you in a war. However, if you translate the words from Hebrew literally, we read as quoted above – because man is a tree of the field which is a statement rather than a question.

If we work with this concept a bit further, just as a tree has it's roots in the ground and it's branches stretch up to the heavens, so too a man exists on the ground and his actions and thoughts reach up to the heavens. There is a beautiful thought brought in the introduction to the Torah Anthology Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez on Tehillim, that states that when a Jew recites Tehillim, an angel takes those prayers up to the Heavenly throne to G-d Himself. This process is "an awakening from below." When the angel reaches Hashem with our words of prayer, an awakening is created Above and the response to this is provision of blessing or healing or salvation, according to the needs of the one reciting the Tehillim and / or in whose merit the Tehillim are being recited. In fact, the Holy Ari teaches that just as there is a tree below with a process that flows from the bottom upwards rather like the nourishment travelling through the roots to the trunk of the tree and up to the branches and leaves that reach into the Heavens, so too there is a tree above that is positioned in the opposite direction. The blessing then flows from the roots in Shamayim, down through the trunk, to the branches and due to the prayers recited by the Jew are bestowed downwards to the branches below so that they can flow down to earth below. This is a very beautiful and powerful concept as to what happens when we recite Tehillim (and also when we perform a Mitzvah.)

The names for this weeks Tehillim list can be found on our website 

Due to money sent in for names placed on this week's list, we were able to purchase the first volume of commentary on Tehillim in the wonderful series Torah Anthology Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez. In future posts I will refer to this sefer as it is known in Torah circles just as Me'am Lo'ez.

The practise of sending in a donation for names submitted is found under General Points on the page of Rules for Our Tehillim Group Thank you to those who do send in a contribution. We do hope everyone will enjoy the beautiful thoughts on Tehillim found in the sefer. I am sure it will keep us all busy for much time, and am grateful for the donation to enable us to continue to grow and develop together.

Shabbat Shalom to you all, and once again thank you for your time in reciting Tehillim during daylight hours on Shabbos.


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