Friday, 25 February 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 26


This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness has a dual sponsorship.
The Shmiras HaLashon and Tehillim thoughts are prepared in the merit of
Rachel Chanah bas Esther for an Immediate and Speedy
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf.
The Ahavas Yisrael Thought is prepared in  the merit of an Iluy Neshama of Shmuel Yechezkel ben Shlomo, whose first Yahrtzeit was on Friday (21 Adar)


Shmiras HaLashon Thought

If Someone's evil inclination entices him to associate with a group of people who speak Lashon Hara, he should respond (ie to his Yetzer Hara) "it is sufficient that I will be held responsible for my own sins, why should I have to suffer on account of the sins of others?" With this reasoning, the person should therefore strengthen him/herself against his/her Yeitzer Hara and find more appropriate company or even be happy to spend time on his / her own, rather than be exposed to hearing Lashon Hara which is forbidden and may lead us to speak Lashon Hara too. (Guard Your Tonuge – Adapted from the Chofetz Chaim by Rabbi Pliskin)

Ahavas Yisrael Thought

In Pirkei Avot 1: 12 we are taught that Hillel used to say "Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving your fellow creatures and bringing them near to the Torah."
What do we know of Aaron? Aaron HaKohen was the elder brother of Moshe Rabbeinu. We are taught that when Moshe Rabbeinu had a conversation with Hashem at the burning bush, Hashem commanded Moshe to be the leader and bring Am Yisrael out of Egypt. Moshe in his humility, asked what about Aaron. After all, he was older than Moshe and already a Navi, a prophet. The response from Hashem is an amazing one, He told Moshe that he, Moshe need not worry as Aaron would be happy for him. And so it was that Aaron felt no jealousy at all for his younger brother, but instead was only too happy to act as assistant and spokesperson, permitting Moshe to be the leader of the Jewish people.

It is this level of love for his fellow that enabled Aaron to become peacemaker between Jews. Each time that Aaron heard of two Jews arguing he would go to the one and say "Shimon is really upset about what happened" and help Reuven to open up to making peace. Then he would go to Shimon and say, "Reuven is really upset about what happened" and help Shimon to want to make peace. By the time Aaron had finished, Reuven and Shimon would be walking towards one another willing and able to make peace and return to being friends.

This level is truly a unique one, yet it is within our reach as Hillel taught that Aaron acts as a role model of how to love ones fellow Jew and that our task is to become like Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace.

Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 2:7 "I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me: You are my son; this day I have begotten you"

This verse has a few levels of meaning. On one level it is referring to King David who became king of Israel. We are taught that in his humility, King David did not feel worthy of becoming King, and hence Hashem took him as His son and made him king.

On another level it refers to Meshiach from the line of David. We are taught that Hashem offered him, Moshiach ben David anything, however, having seen Moshiach ben Yosef killed, Moshiach ben David asked just for life.

On yet another level we are taught that when the other nations try to annihilate Am Yisrael, which is like a son to Hashem, Hashem responds, that "He will tell of the decree". Meaning that just like a son can not be torn away from his father and that special relationship can not be altered, so too, the decree of Am Yisrael being like a son to Hashem can not be changed. So when anyone tried to bring down Am Yisrael, Hashem's response is to show them the decree, a fact that can not be altered. (Me'am Loez)

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Once again we welcome a few new members to our group. Please do familiarise yourselves with the rules of the group that can be found on LovingKindness.co

Please remember to recite your Tehillim during daylight hours on Shabbos. The names for this week can be found on the same link, Please note the names should be read prior to candle lighting, or you can print the names if you wish to read them on Shabbos, or keep in mind that you are reciting your Tehillim together with this group and for Am Yisrael. We do encourage everyone to read the names though as this has additional power in Shamayim for every name read.

Thank you for your participation in this Tehillim group. We are slowly gaining members. We are currently reciting the sefer Tehilim a little over 4 times, if everyone recites the Tehillim they agreed to recite. At the rate we are going, it will take us about 3 more years to reach our target of 1000 Jewish women in our group. Please help to spread the word so that we can reach our target sooner.

If anyone would like to participate in sending Mishloach Manos to a needy family in Eretz Yisrael please either email me or visit
This is the post from last year, we are about to add an updated one, so please do watch the blog or stay in touch. In general though we would like to give more significant Mishloach Manos than last year, hence your contribution may not go to a complete Mishloach Manos but rather may go together with a few other donations to enable us to give a monetary gift and the food package.

If you would like to send a specific Mishloach Manos gift to a Jewish family that you know in Jerusalem or Beitar Illit, please visit our Website.


Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah

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