Thursday, 17 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 29



This Weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
 Tikvah bat Rachel Chanah and Mira bat Tikvah for
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

Certain statements are Lashon Hara when said regarding one person yet are perfectly acceptable when said regarding another. For example, if you say that a businessman studies Torah for 5 hours a day, that is commendable since he probably has a busy schedule and yet makes time to study Torah not just 1 but 5 hours a day. Yet, if we were to say that a Kollel member studied Torah 5 hours a day, that would be an insult as his days focus and work is study of Torah. (Chofetz Chaim – A Lesson A Day by Artscroll)

How careful one must be in knowing who one talks to or about was highlighted this week when a new member signed up with almost the same name as another member. Both share the same first name and their surnames differ by only one letter. Even their emails are only one or two letters different. This brought to our attention the wise words of Reb Elimelech of Lezinsk who recommends to put everything one is about to say through 13 sieves. As we see here, one of these sieves needs to be is your statement or comment direct to the appropriate person and would it be an insult or a compliment?

Bitachon Thought

The Talmud teaches "If your prayer was not accepted, pray again" (Berachot 32b) Therefore if a person is trying to come closer to Hashem and is having difficulty doing so, the thing to do is to pray for his /her prayer and effort to be accepted. (Rav Yitzhok Breiter)

Tehillim Thought

An interesting idea is brought in Tehillim 2: 11 "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling"

In Meam Loez we see the commentary that King David tells us to serve Hashem with fear and out of this sincere service will come joy. This kind of joy with trembling is a true joy that comes out of constant awareness that perhaps you had not served Hashem properly, a mindset that brings one to increase ones efforts. This kind of fear is the right kind of trembling and worthy of being joyous about. This is the joy we should experience on Purim, rather than one of laughter and frivolity.

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Thank you to all the new members who have joined our International Tehillim group in the last week. We have now reached about 150 Jewish women (exact number not given due to the Hallachah not to count Jews), uniting through reciting Tehillim.

Some of the new members have enquired about reciting Tehillim daily. There are already a few women who do recite Tehillim daily, thus completing the whole Sefer Tehillim every month. If you are interested in doing so too  and or in developing a special sub-group who recite Tehillim daily rather than during daylight hours on Shabbos, please do let me know.

May we hear only good news for all of Am Yisrael; a good that is revealed, visible and manifest. May you all have an easy fast and very Joyous Purim. May we merit the Final Redemption this Purim, even during the fast.

If anyone would still like to make a donation towards please email me today, or make a donation via the website.

The names for this week are on www.lovingkindness.co/tehillim.html on the page are also rules of the group and other important info related to this Tehillim group.
Shabbat Shalom and Freiliche Purim

Shoshanah

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