Thursday, 2 September 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 12

Photograph of the Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Amir ben Eleanora Mira and Miriam Nesse Faiga bat Bayla Chayah
For Hatzlachah and Brachah Be Kol HaInyanim (Success and Blessing in all matters)

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

This Friday, the 24th of Elul is the Yartzheit of the Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838 – 1933). Rabbi Kagan became known as the Chofetz Chaim after one of his books dealing with the laws of guarding your tongue. However, he was a prolific author and also wrote: Shmirat HaLashon, the Mishna Brura, Beiur Halacha (more Indepth Look on Hallachah explanation on the Mishna Brura), Sha'ar haTzivyun, Ahavas Chesed, Machaneh Yisrael, Tiferes Adam, Geder Olam, Nidchei Yisrael, and about 12 or 13 more seforim. For more information of the work of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, see Wikipedia
The Chofetz Chaim was a modest and humble man. However, in addition to his many Seforim, all great Torah works, he also founded the Yeshiva in Radun which later became world famous.

The Chofetz Chaim outlines 31 Torah commandments that are transgressed each time a person either speaks or hears Lashon Hara. Exactly how many commandments are involved in each interaction varies depending on the situation, but on each occasion, many commandments are transgressed.
Anyone reading the list of commandments will understand that it is not only a meritorious act to guard ones tongue but in fact an obligation of the highest degree. (Guard Your Tongue – Adapted from the Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Bitachon Thought

Both Rabeinu Yona and the author of Duties of the Heart highlight that an important part of faith is to know and to trust that the one in whom we place our faith has the ability to follow through with what is promised. The only One who is fully reliable in this area is G-d.

Rabbi Wagschal in his book "With All Your Heart – a Practical Approach to Bitachon) adds to this that trust then applies only to those things that G-d has promised which include that there will be Moshiach, that there will be resurrection of the dead, that the Torah will never be forgotten.

Tehillim Thought

In the Introduction to the Me'Am Lo'Ez commentary on the Book of Tehillim, the author points out that the Sefer Tehillim covers all of Chumash. In Tehillim one can find a reference to anything a Jew will encounter during their daily life and through their life cycle. It mentions something about Redemption, something about Yerushalayim and Yerushalayim being re-built. It mentions about the qualities of G-d, the relationship between Am Yisrael and G-d and of G-d's system of justice and promise for Redemption and more. Since Tehillim is so all encompassing, it offers hope, strength and faith to all Jews no matter where they might find themselves.

Welcome to the new ladies in the Tehillim Group. We hope you will all benefit from participating in this International Tehillim Group and that our combined efforts will be received in Shamayim (heaven) positively, with an immediate sweetening of any decrees.

This weeks list of names can be found on our website 

Thank you all for your efforts and participation

Kesiva ve Chasima Tova

We look forward to hearing very good news for all of Am Yisrael and for each member individually.

Shabbat Shalom


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