Friday, 6 May 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 34

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of K.M.
with gratitude from Chessed Ve'Emet for her continual support of our work and Mitzvah projects
especially helping young couples to build their new home
May these kindnesses stand her in good stead for the blessings she needs in her life.

Shmiras HaLashon

While the prohibition of speaking Lashon Hara as written in the Torah refers to how we speak about those who are living, our sages teach us also not to say anything slanderous about the deceased. (Chofetz Chaim – A lesson a day)

Bitachon Thought

In the book, "Duties of the Heart" by Rav Bachya ben Yosef ibn Paquda we read that we have a responsibility to use our intellect in order to contemplate creation and through this recognise that the world and the universe must have a Creator and Director, ie G-d

Have you ever spent much time contemplating fruit; any piece of fruit that you might enjoy? Did you notice that the skin of the fruit begins a certain colour and the colour changes as the fruit ripens? Did you notice that the colour of a ripe fruit is usually a beautiful red or orange or more appealing colour than the colour of the unripe fruit?

Have you noticed that the colour of the fruit inside is an attractive colour? Have you noticed that the colours children usually prefer are the same as the colours of ripe fruit? Consider a watermelon for example, the ripe fleshy part is a beautiful red, isn't this the colour most children love?

Have you noticed that the seed of some fruits is slippery whilst others are bitter all to help the seed to be discarded and hence to re-seed itself and begin the chain of events to lead to more fruit trees and more fruit?

Have you thought about the unique combination of nutrients that each fruit contains?

Have you ever wondered how all the information of how to become a fruit tree that will grow and produce more fruit is contained in the DNA of the tiny seeds?

Here you can listen to Rabbi Avigdor Miller discussing a few thoughts about apples:

If you stop and consider all the intricate details of fruit, is it possible that the fruit created itself? Does it help you to understand that there must be a higher power or greater wisdom that put all these details together to create fruit trees that bear fruit. (Adapted from the teachings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller)

Tehillim Thought

We have learned a bit about Tehillim 2, which focuses on the continuation of the royal house of David. In the next few Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness we will learn about Tehillim 3, whose theme is the trust David HaMelech had for Hashem even in the face of his son Absalom drove him from his throne and pursued him. As a powerful lesson in trust that also brings hope, we learn that just as Hashem saved King David from a son who tried to kill him, so Hashem will save King David's descendents and bring salvation to the Jewish people.


This weeks list for our Tehillim Group can be found on our website

If you are a Jewish woman reading this blog post and not yet a member of our International Tehillim group, please do join the group via our website

Thank you all for your kindness

Shabbat Shalom


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