Thursday, 10 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 28

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness
 is prepared in the merit of
Eliyahu ben Devorah Gitta and Shoshanah bas Rachel Chanah for
blessings of Kavod in their marriage, both physical and spiritual.

Bitachon Thought

Shlomo HaMelech teaches that the wealthy man and the poor man meet. Hashem makes all of them (chapter 22 vs 2 Mishlei – Proverbs) Rashi tell us what this means he says, when the poor man says to the wealthy man, please sustain me and he answers him in a harsh manner. (This includes insulting him, distressing him, delaying payment etc – all the laws of helping one another in accordance with making the world a stable society.)  Then the second part of the verse applies, Hashem makes all of them, that means to say that Hashem makes all anew, He renews them. This one (ie the wealthy) becomes poor and this one (ie the poor) becomes wealthy. Hashem makes it that one man be wealthy and the other poor according to the decree that was decreed. It is not according to an abundance of wisdom that a person is wealthy, that comes from Hashem. But a good name because you did the right thing, that is your own doing.  (Proverbs 22 vs 1) This is the reason that a good name is better than much wealth because wealth is not a continuous situation or something that will last. There is no guarantee that one who is wealthy will remain wealthy. They go up and down the ladder until the wealthy and the poor meet because there is a wheel that goes around in the world. Hashem makes ladders in the heavens, He pushes the one down and He pulls the other up. So better than all of that is a good name which will never depart from the world.  (Rashi and Malbim)

Shmiras HaLashon

A continuation of the teaching above, the Chofetz Chaim teaches us that in the event we find we are in a situation where someone wrongs us or steels from us (G-d forbid). If the money was yours Hashem will find a way to get the money back to you and if the money was not intended for you, then the situation would have been to take away what was not yours anyway. For this reason there is no reason to speak badly of another since there is a system in place and Hashem is in charge. He will rectify anything that requires rectification. The thief will certainly receive his discipline at some point in time. You can only run so much and then Hashem's system of Justice and Mercy will catch up with him. In addition, by guarding our tongues we gain in merit which helps to create a good name, a name that lasts.

Tehillim Thought

We have been learning about Tehillim number 2. The continuation of this Tehillim has a powerful message which we can learn from in today's time. For those who like to look at the news, social media or networking, it can be scary to consider all those who are against Am Yisrael. But if we read and re-read this Tehillim, we see that Hashem is the one who fights our battles and He brings down our enemies. All we have to do is turn to Hashem. As we learn in Tanach 2 Samuel 7:23 King David says to Hashem "Who is like your nation Israel, a nation one in the earth" No weapon will be able to dash them to pieces.

Once again with the Shmiras HaLashon teaching, since we are already taught in Tanach that Hashem will fight our battles and that Am Yisrael will continue, what point is there to relay the news of which nation is trying to destroy us next. We know this happens and continues. We also know as pointed out in this and other Tehillim, that there is a special relationship with Hashem and Am Yisrael and even when the other nations try to destroy us they will never be successful, due to our special relationship with Hashem. (Me'am Loez)

We are very excited that there has been further rain in Eretz Yisrael. There is another 21.5 cm needed to reach the red line. The red line is 213 m below sea level. Keep on davening, your Tefillos are helping.

Thank you to everyone for your Tehillim. Please read the names found on our website prior to candle lighting and recite the Tehillim you signed up for. We have about 12 more Tehillim needed to complete the sefer Tehillim 5 times each Shabbos. This does not mean you can slacken and not do a Tehillim, we need all the women uniting each Shabbos through reciting Tehillim.

Have a wonderful Shabbos. Next week we have the fast of Esther. Purim is coming quickly. If anyone wants to make a contribution towards helping needy families in Eretz Yisrael and Yerushalayim in particular, please be in touch.

Shabbat Shalom


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