Friday, 3 June 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 38

 This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
on the occasion of his Hebrew Birthday, this Shabbos. May he be blessed with a year filled with  
Hatzlachah and Brachah in
all physical and spiritual matters.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

The Great sage Hillel responded to someone wanting to convert when asked to teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot : "All that is hateful unto you, don’t do unto others – the rest is commentary go and study"
With this in mind, we have two seemingly conflicting teachings related to Shmiras HaLashon. In Pirkei Avos we are taught of the value of not interrupting someone when they are speaking. Yet the Chofetz Chaim teaches us not to listen to someone speaking Lashon Hara. So which one do you do? If you respect both you and the other enough, you need to listen to his every word but, only as long as his words are permitted and not forbidden speech. How do we know what to listen to and when? Ah, says Hillel – the rest is commentary go and study.

If we ponder this, we will G-d willing come to realise that there are many factors involved and much to learn. Once we master these, being able to make a speedy decision as to whether to listen or to respectfully change the subject becomes easier. Which path is better? Again Hillel teaches us, be like Aaron HaCohen, seeking peace. Therefore if listening to the speech will bring peace in every respect, continue to listen and then learn what to believe and what not to. If the speech is either presented in an angry or dis-respectful manner or will create in the listener negative feelings or might hurt the one being spoken of, then that is not in keeping with Aaron HaCohen and a new topic of discussion is preferable.

Bitachon Thought

In the book on the insights and teachings of Rav Simchah Wasserman, entitled "Reb Simcha Speaks, we find a beautiful thought on Bitachon.

Rav Wasserman teaches us "Bitachon (trust) is when we understand not only that the Master of the World is pulling the strings and making them perform, but that He will straighten out everything. After we have applied all our Emunah to understand Providence and all our skills to become at peace with the Boss, and we realize that with all this we still need Him to help us, then this is Bitachon." (Reb Simcha Speaks by Yaakov Branfman and Akiva Tatz – an Artscroll Series book)

Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 3:4 reads "But You, O Lord, are a shield about me; my glory, and who lifts my head."

There are a number of thoughts on this verse. Firstly regarding the fact that Hashem is the one who shields and lifts King David's head the commentary teaches that it is an honour to receive help from Hashem. The difference between Hashem helping to a person helping, is a person after having acted as a shield is likely to turn abusive whereas Hashem lifts up ones head.

We learn further that King David was put down by many around him due to being a descendent of Moabites through his grandmother Ruth. However, Hashem recognized David's worth and lifted his head to become king, anointed with oil from a horn and as a result the lineage from King David is a lasting one.

There is also a reference to the 6 pointed shield of David being: Avraham, Yithak and Yaakov, Moshe, Aaron and Yosef.

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Chodesh Tov UMevorach, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Somayach for Shavuot


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