Sunday, 5 December 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 19

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness
 is prepared in the merit of an immediate cease to the fire in the Carmel Mountains and to the start of good rain in Eretz Yisrael to fill the Kineret.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

The story is told of Rav Shalom Hadaya, a renowned Kabbalist that when he moved to Eretz Yisrael from Aleppo in Syria, his followers rented an apartment for him. They found a comfortable, spacious apartment in the Burkhrin section of Jerusalem. Sounds like a wonderful start, but Rav Shalom preferred to live in Ohel Moshe neighbourhood, near Batei Broide, even though the only apartment available was a cramped one.

He explained why he preferred the smaller apartment to the one chosen for him. In Burkarin section, people spoke their native Arabic, a language that Rav Shalom knew well. He was afraid that being fluent in Arabic, he would be prone to overhearing Lashon Hara, which he wished to avoid at all costs.

In Ohel Moshe area, the language spoken was Ladino, a Spanish-Jewish dialect which he did not know. "My family will be much better off not understanding what is being spoken of in the streets," said Rav Shalom. This thought provoking story can be found in "Tales of the Tongue" by Esther Ehrenreich and Chaya Kahan

Bitachon Thought

The second Mitzvah listed in the Concise Book of Mitzvot by Chofetz Chayim is a positive Mitzvah, meaning something we are commanded to do as opposed to abstain from doing. This positive Mitzvah is to know the unity of the Blessed G-d, to believe with complete faith that He is one, without any partner or associate. As we read in Chumash, Devarim 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: Hashem our G-d, Hashem is one.

This Mitzvah is one of the core principles of Judaism as we are taught "Ein Od Milvado" There is nothing but G-d.

A few more details related to this concept include that Hashem is complete and absolute unity. He is not physical or a physical being. No concepts about physical being can apply to Him, nothing that affects a physical being affects G-d, there is nothing like Him and without Him there is no G-d.
We are duty bound to bear this belief in mind at every occasion and moment, this is applicable to both men and women.

Tehillim Thought

We have been looking at the first Psalm. The last verse of this Psalm ie Tehillim 1:6 reads: "For the Lord knows well the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked will perish."

There are two important ideas here. One is how closely Hashem knows the ways of the righteous, supervising everything for the Tzaddikim whereas He removes His supervision from the wicked. Secondly, the ways of the righteous both provide inspiration in this world and last even after they have left this world. In contrast to this, the only good the ways of the wicked pose is to teach us what not to do, and in the end they perish.

This first Tehillim begins with the happiness of the righteous and ends showing that the way of the wicked will perish, teaching us how far apart these different paths are.

A few ladies are stopping the Tehillim Group. Thank you to them for their Tehillim, we do hope they will return to the group soon. In the meantime, we need more women to join our Tehillim group so as to at least fill these spaces, or even better to come closer to our goal of 1000 Jewish women, uniting through Tehillim.

We are happy to relay that two names have come off the list for good reasons, may we continue to hear good news for Am Yisrael.

Chanukah Somayach to everyone and Shabbat Shalom


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