Monday, 13 December 2010

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 20



This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Shoshana bat Pesa z"l and Michel ben Yaakov Omri z"l
for an Aliya of their Neshamot


Shmiras HaLashon Thought

The mother of the Gaon of Vilna and a friend of hers together managed a charity fund. Together they went from one address to another, collecting funds for their various causes – a poor family, bride to be, sick mother etc. The two women had a pact between then that whoever died first would come to the other in a dream and describe her experience in the Heavenly Court.

The friend was the one to die first and true to her word, she visited the mother of the Gaon of Vilna in a dream.

"Matters here are very complex," she revealed. By way of example she continued, "Do you remember the time we went collecting together for the poor and saw a woman from the community across the street? I suggested that we cross over and approach her for a donation, but you made a disparaging gesture with your hand as if to say, 'Why waste your time?' I convinced you to go, after all and she gave us a donation. Know my friend that that simple gesture was taken very seriously here in Heaven and counts heavily against you!"

This was all that the friend was permitted to reveal. With those words, she vanished, leaving the righteous woman with much to contemplate.
                                                                                                (Toras Zev)

There are other versions to the story and each provides many lessons that we can practically take into our daily lives. Lessons of how a small gesture can make a difference in a positive or a negative way. Lessons that even our small gestures are noted in Shamayim (in Heaven). Lessons to judge favourably and not to waste time when working towards doing good for another, whether that be considering a person would not give only to find that they in fact did or not to stop or delay another giving.

Bitachon Thought

A thought to contemplate when you go about your day. We are taught to remember that everything is G-d, there is nothing but Him as we learned in last weeks "Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness" If we stop to think of how this practically affects our lives, consider for a moment a comment many make that you have to decide one thing you are in need of and daven that Hashem provide that only. Why?

If Hashem is all powerful and is in fact everything, and everything is a part of Hashem, why ask for only one thing? Why not ask for your entire needs and then add to this how this will help you serve Hashem more effectively.

Consider for a moment that you met a person who was not able to see or hear or smell (lo aleinu) This person lacked the basic senses necessary to interact with the world and experience the world about him. Would you tell him to ask Hashem only for vision and sight? What about hearing? What about sense of smell? What about sense of taste? What about being able to function independently? What about all the other ramifications of the life he has being confined to such a limited body?

Why not give the person the hope to ask Hashem for ALL his needs?

This is in fact what the Rabbi Nachman of Breslav teaches us. Ask Hashem for everything even the smallest item or thing that you need. Not because He needs to hear your prayer, but to remind you that G-d is the one who provides everything and is the One who Can provide your every salvation and need. This in turns gives one hope, strengthens our belief and enables us to function in this world with joy and inner peace. These feeling in turn fill our hearts with love for the One in charge of all. When one contemplates correctly these thoughts should help one to be able to increase or improve our fulfilment of His will in this world. Don’t just tell G-d that you will be able to serve Him better, but that you will be able to do more and give more to others who may not yet have.

Tehillim Thought

We move on now to Tehillim 2. In the first Tehillim David HaMelech begins with some ideas and thoughts about the happiness of the righteous and the difference between one who is righteous and one who is wicked. In the second Psalm, David HaMelech begins to show us how to both call out to Hashem in every moment and to praise Him even when things are difficult. We are taught that King Davids description of his afflictions and visitations represent the afflictions and difficulties that will be experienced by every Jew and by the Jewish people as a whole, throughout the generations. However, the afflictions and suffering are all linked to his yearning for redemption, the same yearning felt by all Jews. (Meam Loez)

Mazal Tov to Sharon in our Tehillim group who came to Chuppah during this week and is now enjoying being Mrs Klass.

Hope you are enjoying the last day of Chanukah.

The names for this week are to be found on http://lovingkindness.co/tehillim.html

Please remember, if you want names to go onto the list, names must be submitted by midday Wednesday Jerusalem time. Names must have a capital letter for each name and they must be the Hebrew name of the Jew we are davening for.

Thank you for your part in making this Tehillim group successful.

Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah




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