Friday, 21 January 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 22

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf of Eliyahu ben Devorah Gitta and
 for blessings on the Hebrew Birthday of Mira bas Tikvah.

The story listed last week one of our members kindly sent in the source. It comes from he story you quoted is from the Gemara, Masechet Taanit and the Rabbi is Rav Bruka, I've enclosed the quote for you in Hebrew:

עוד מעין זה מספרת הגמרא (מסכת תענית) על רב ברוקא שהיה בשוק והתגלה אליו אליהו הנביא. שאלו רב ברוקא: "מי הוא בשוק הזה בן העולם הבא?" ובהמשך לתשובת אליהו הנביא מובא הקטע הבא: בינתיים באו שני אחרים, אמר לו (אליהו לרב ברוקא): אלו גם הם בני העולם הבא. ניגש (רב ברוקא) אליהם ושאלם: "מה מעשיכם?" אמרו לו: "בדחנים אנחנו, כשאנו רואים אדם שדעתו עצבה אנו מבדחים אותו, או גם כשאנו רואים שיש מריבה בין שניים אנו טורחים ועושים שלום ביניהם"
Those wanting to know the English can refer to last weeks story.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

The Gaon of Vilna teaches us a powerful lesson on the extent to which one should go to protect a fellow Jew. A certain trust was set up by the Gaon's ancestor Rabbi Moshe Rivkas to support Torah scholars in the Vilna community. As a descendant, the trustees included the Gaon of Vilna as on of the Torah scholars who would receive a weekly stipend.

The Shamash appointed to deliver the stipend to the Gaon, one week decided to keep the money for himself. The Gaon of Vilna did not utter a word. Seeing that nothing had transpired from taking the Gaon's stipend, the Shamash continued to keep this money for himself.

Meanwhile in the home of the Gaon, his wife asked her husband to do something as there was no food for their children. The Gaon instructed his wife to send their children to visit friends, saying if they visited just before meal time, when the friends began to eat, the children would naturally ask if they could also eat and in this way they would receive a daily meal. Things continued in this way in the home of the Gaon.

The news of what really happened to the money only came to light when the Shamash took ill and was on his deathbed. Then the Shamash himself confessed as to what he had done with the Gaon's stipend. Were it not for this confession, no-one would have known that the Gaon chose keeping quiet and going without food as being preferable to revealing what was happening to his weekly stipend.

Tehillim Thought

Me'am Lo'ez highlights an interesting and powerful thought regarding the second verse of the second Psalm. The words read: "The kings of the earth stand forth, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed"

There are commentators who state that this Psalm was composed for the Messianic time when the other nations will try one last time to eradicate the Jewish People and their G-d. History demonstrates how repeatedly they have striven to replace Hashem with various forms of idolatry but the Almighty thwarts all their designs, plans and attempts.  May we merit the Final Redemption speedily, even before Shabbat, a time when the world will recgonize G-d as King.
We hope you enjoyed Tu B'Shvat. For those interested, there is still time to make a donation towards a group contribution of planting trees in Eretz Yisrael. Thus far just 2 of the members of this Tehillim group have made a donation for this. If you would like to participate, we would love to be able to contribute as a group to a Grove of trees here in Eretz Yisrael. Since we lost so many trees in the fire in the North, Eretz Yisrael is in need of more trees. Donations can be sent via the green donate button on Loving Kindness

The names for this week are up on our website

Shabbat Shalom


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