Friday, 15 October 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 16

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Rachel Imeinu whose Yartzheit will be on 11th MarCheshvan, the day she gave birth to  
her son Binyamin and his Yartzheit too.
According to one opinion Rachel Imeinu was just 36 years old and according to another she was 45 years old; her son Binyamin lived to be 109 years.
May the merit of Rachel Imeinu and all her tears bring a complete Geulah for All Am Yisrael immediately.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

A powerful thought is brought in the book Tales of the Tongue by Esther Ehrenreich and Chaya Kahan regarding the reward for being careful with ones speech.
Our Sages say that some people are lax regarding morality, most are lax regarding improper use of money belonging to others, but everyone sins with traces of gossip and slander. It is a rule in the physical / material world that the more rare something is the greater its value. As an example if we look at metals, copper is more rare than iron and therefore worth more, silver is more rare than copper and hence worth still more, gold is rarer than all the above and hence has the greater value.

The same rule applies regarding guarding our speech. It is rare to find people who master guarding their speech and hence these people are highly esteemed in Shamayim (Heaven) and their reward is consequently immeasurable. One who guards his tongue is given a place in Gan Eden that outshines all of the others.

An aspect of guarding ones tongue that makes it both challenging and more special is that it can be performed from wherever you are. At work, at home, on the street, while travelling, whenever you talk to another, write to another, even in the Shul – basically it is a mitzvah applicable everywhere you are all hours of the day or night. The profit from guarding your tongue can be gained even from just being silent.

We are taught that a person who refrains from doing a sin merits a mitzvah as if he performed a positive mitzvah. Hence if you are able to hold your tongue and not say just 10 words of Lashon Hara a day, that gives you 10 mitzvahs. If you do this every day for a week, you obtain 70 mitzvos, if you maintain this for a month you get 300 mitzvos and 10 words that you managed not to say of Lashon Hara every day for a whole year earn you 3 600 mitzvos a year. All of these mitzvos are gained from not saying 10 words of Lashon Hara.

A powerful thought, may we each manage to master keeping silent for 10 words each day and to keep building on this until we can guard out tongues completely, with Hashem's help.

Bitachon Thought

The Chazon Ish teaches that one should internalise that every situation is brought to us by G-d and therefore not fear a situation itself but rather G-d, the One who brought it about and pray to Him for deliverance.

Tehillim Thought

A beautiful idea is brought in Meam Loez to the verse of Tehillim "And he will be like a tree planted by streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither; and in all he does he will prosper." Tehillim 1:3

Trees are named according to the type of fruit they produce. Hence a new sapling is called an apple tree as it will produce apples even before it is actually big enough to begin producing flowers and fruit. It is the same for all other kinds of trees that bear fruit. In the same way, a Jew who meditates in Torah of the Lord night and day, even his preparations for study are called Torah study. Even his eating and drinking and everything he does is called Torah study as everything he thinks, says and does is for the sake of Heaven.

For this reason, a Tzaddik whose every thought, speech and action is completely in keeping with Torah and for the sake of Heaven is likened to a tree planted by streams of water for when he begins a good deed he does not leave it uncompleted. He is like the tree the grows and bears fruit. In contrast the wicked whose every deed is purely for his own sake and desires, without thought to the correct intention or consequences does not produce fruit.

The names for this weeks Tehillim list can be found on

For those in Eretz Yisrael, remember today we begin davening ve ten tal umatar libracha, completing our prayer for rain in Shomne Esrei.

Shabbat Shalom


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