Friday, 29 October 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 17


This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Rachel Chanah bas Esther for Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf
A complete and speedy healing on all levels.


It once happened that Three Kohanim were sitting together and conversing. Each told the others which portion of the Korban he had received that day in the Beis HaMikdash.
Why did this concern them? Because that day, the Korban was very small, and each one had only received a small part of the meat.
"I received a piece no bigger than a lima bean," said one.
"And I," added the second, "received no more than the size of a small olive."
"My portion was no bigger than a lizard's tail," the third said.
Some Sages sitting nearby overheard their conversation and were shocked by the third Kohen's choice of words. How could he compare the holy meat of a Korban to an impure creeping thing like a lizard?
"Something must be wrong with the third one," they concluded, "if he expressed himself in that manner."
They investigated his lineage and discovered that he was really not a Kohen at all!
                                                                        (Tractate Sanhedrin)

From this we see the extent to which the choice of words that we use can reveal a lot about who we are and our integrity. Is our speech in keeping with who we really are?


One method described for increasing our Trust in Hashem is by acknowledging that He prepares food and sustenance for all flesh. This can be achieved by concentrating intently when saying the verse in Tehillim 145:16 – You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living being. It is also advisable to concentrate when reciting Bircas HaMazon the Brachah after eating a meal with bread, especially where it states  "Who nourishes the entire world" and "He gives nourishment to all flesh".
In addition while contemplating on these, one should contemplate on the fact that Hashem "prepares food for all of His creatures which He created" (With All your Heart – A Practical Approach to Bitachon by Rabbi S Wacshal)

If you spend a few moments thinking about the fact that this means every ant in the whole world, is nourished when it needs by Hashem. Every other creepy crawly not just that we see but that is alive at any given moment in the whole world, receives its nourishment from Hashem. Every fish or creature in the sea, at every moment it requires it, obtains its nourishment from Hashem. Every flying creature or bird when it obtains its nourishment, does so from Hashem. Every reptile, mammal and person at every moment that it requires its nourishment, this occurs from Hashem. This thought can in fact keep one occupied for hours, considering every kind of creature that lives in the sea, rivers, on land and in the air and where its source of nourishment is. To internalize that all this happens at exactly the moment it does and exactly the moment it is needed all by Hashem, over all the world, helps us to have a glimpse as to how Great Hashem is, both in co-ordinating all of this and in knowing which of all the creatures needs fluid or food at what time and in what proportion, type etc.


Tehillim 1 vs. 5 gives us a powerful thought to contemplate.
"Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement or sinners in the congregation of the righteous"
Me' am Loez offers the following: "This verse refers to the final judgement and highlights for us that those who have spent their days concerned only with material and physical things and acquisitions, will not have a part of the treasures of the World to Come but rather will be condemned. There is a distinction made between the wicked and the sinners. The sinners being those whose motive was a desire they could not overcome."
This requires more discussion; however, the concept of being condemned for not striving for any part of the World to Come provides much food for thought and introspection. What are your motives in life? What is your focus? Do you eat in order to gain the strength to do an act of kindness, learn Torah, offer some prayers etc or do you eat just for the sake of enjoying varied sensations, textures, foods, company? The latter being purely physical.


A number of women who participated in this Tehillim group have left the group in order to start their own group. While everyone has freedom of choice, it is a pity to leave an existing group in order to begin another one as in doing so we cause splitting off rather than increasing unity. At this time, Am Yisrael needs unity. If you would like to be a part of the admin involved in managing a Tehillim group, you are welcome to send emails to friends about this group. We can look at tasks you can do for this group too. In this way we can work on increasing unity and sharing the work involved. Together lets us Hasten the Geulah.

If any of you has some good news to share or a word of inspiration or Torah from your week, please do send it in to share with the other women of the group. It would be wonderful to see a greater focus on the good, both in the choice of words used and in comments sent in, in contrast to the type of information available in most media (newspapers, magazines etc)

I am aware that many women do not like the rule of submitting names each week. A few days ago, one of our ladies submitted a few names for this weeks list. Within a few hours she emailed again that one of the names already had to come off the list. It did not even get onto our list before coming off. This is an example of why we submit names weekly. We want to increase our Bitachon that Hashem can bring about a change in the blink of an eye, yes even before a name comes on to the list for others to see it can already merit coming off, perhaps all that was needed was the act of a caring Jew submitting the name to a Tehillim group.

This weeks list of names can be found on

Hope you have a very special and restful Shabbat.


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