Friday, 4 February 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 24

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
Taz – Rabbi Dovid HaLevi Segal (1586-1667.) whose Yartzheit ws on 26th Shvat. In the merit of our learning and reciting Tehillim, may the Kever of the Taz be restored or the Taz be moved to Eretz Yisrael; and may the whole Jewish Cemetry be restored and the market relocated to a more appropriate place.

The Taz's shul in Lviv was kept up until the period of the holocaust when it was destroyed by the Nazis Yimach Shmam. His grave in the Jewish cemetery in Lviv was desecrated by the Soviet government, and a market place was set up to cover the entire are of the Jewish cemetery! No Jewish effort has ever succeeded until today to redeem the place of his burial and to establish the monument of his grave anew. Hence we are increasing in Torah learning and Tehillim in the merit of the Taz, that Hashem receive the efforts and unity of Jewish women and decree that the grave of the Taz be restored or moved to Yerushalayim, Ir HaKodesh.

Legend has it that 200 years after the death of the Taz, his grave was accidentally opened – revealing his body completely intact!

To learn about the Taz, please visit an article written by Rabbi Eliyahu Shear  with a special story on the blog A Dwelling Place Below  The name is highlighted as a link, so just click there and enjoy learning about the Taz.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

"Before the Blind, do not put a stumbling block" (Vayikra 19:14)
This commandment refers to placing a spiritual stumbling block in the path of others. If someone causes another to sin, then he violates this prohibition. (Rambam, Sefer Hamitzvos, Prohibition 298; Smag prohibition 168)
When one speaks or  listens to Lashon Hara, you not only sin yourself but you cause others to sin, thereby placing a spiritual stumbling block in their path. (Guard Your Tongue – Adapted from Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Bitachon Thought

The story is told that when Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Beditchev heard about Chassidus, he set off for Meziritch to study under the Magid. After several months away he finally returned home. At this time, Chassidus was not well understood and not yet accepted within the Jewish Community and Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's father-in-law was a bit concerned about this lengthy trip. So he asked Rabbi Levi Yitzhak to explain what he had learned.
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak replied: "I learned that G-d existed."
"Even the servant girl knows that," replied his father-in-law.
"She proclaims her belief, I know,'" was Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's reply.
This story is found in Derech Mitzvosecha, Mitzvas HaEmannas Elokus, sec 2; Likutei Sichos, Vol XXVI, p 114ff, What We Believe by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger and other sources.

Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 2:3 reads "(They say) Let us tear their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

There is a lot written on this verse explaining how in the Future, there will come a time when the other nations will try to separate the connection of Yerushalayim below and Yerushalayim above. They will group together and go against Israel. But Hashem will laugh at them and mock them, asking who they think they are to tell G-d, the Creator of all how to deal with His Chosen People.

The commentary explains that ever since Am Yisrael received the Torah at Sinai, the other nations became angry and hateful of us as now they are no longer able to get away with lack of morals, they too have a responsibility given by the Torah and they do not like this. Hence they try to strip Am Yisrael of their Tefillin and Tzitzit, but in the end, Hashem will laugh at them and mock them. He will take their rage against us and turn it against them (the other nations).
                 Summarized From Me'am Lo'ez

The names for this week can be found on

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov UMevorach. As we begin the month of Adar Aleph, we increase in Simchah. May we all merit a double reason to celebrate this year with two months of Adar.


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