Friday, 29 April 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 33

Picture of Rav Chaim of Sanz

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of D.H with gratitude from Chessed Ve'Emet for her continual support of our work and projects and for sharing these with so many others.
May these kindnesses stand her in good stead for the blessings she needs in her life.

We have three beautiful thoughts for this week

Last week, this week and next week we read three Parshiot called: Acharei Mot, Kedoshim, Emor. (after death, holy, say) These parshiot hint to the fact that many assume that holiness comes only after death and there is a feeling of not having to do anything while in this world.  Let us keep in mind that there is holiness before one leaves this world in the actual performance of mitzvoth and the study of Torah. This is for ourselves and for our own merit. But let us also keep in mind that holiness is something that must continue even after we die. This is achieved through the mitzvoth that others do for the departed through preparation of the body, burial and the laws of mourning which bring additional holiness to the body and the soul of the departed. In addition to this, all of these accompanying mitzvoth make those taking part in these mitzvot, holier and more sensitive people to those that they have assisted along their soul journey, through life and onwards.

Linked to this is a beautiful thought: "Each Jew is a candle. A candle's purpose is not to remain stored away in a box, but to be kindled in order to spread light throughout the world…." (the Lubavitcher Rebbe)

Today is the Yartzheit of the Sanzer Rav, Rav Chaim Halberstam (1793 – 1896) and so we bring just one of many stories of the sensitivity of this Tzaddik.

The story is told of a poor woman who came to the Rebbe of Sanz for assistance. She sold fruit in the market but even so was needing help. The Rebbe was aware that this woman sold fruit in the market and so asked why she was in need of charity.

The woman explained that it was true she had bought a wagon load of apples to sell but a rumour had been spread that the apples were sour and rotten and so no one would purchase them. The Rebbe asked who said such a thing about the apples and then called his Gabbai to accompany him to the market.

The Rebbe had an injured leg and still he limped all the way to the market and stood along side the woman and her wagon load of apples, calling out "buy good, sweet apples" When people saw that the Sanzer Rav and Tzaddik himself took interest in these apples, they came to buy them and the woman was able to earn what she needed without having to rely on charity or the pain of rejection from her good produce that a false rumour had prevented her from selling.

The sensitivity and kindness of the Sanzer Rav is just one example of what it means to be holy, and to bring light to others. May we all merit to live our lives as Kedoshim – Holy rather than leaving our light to be stored in a box as the candle rests unlit.

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Wishing you all a very special Shabbos

Shoshanah

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