Friday, 24 June 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 41

This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
 Esther bas Nachum Dov Ber a"h for an Aliyah of her soul.
Her Yahrzeit was on 19th Sivan, the same day as Abarbanel.

Ahavas Yisrael Thought

 Esther bas Nachum Dov Ber a"h loved Chessed and doing acts of loving kindness, I therefore decided to share a story that illustrates love and consideration for our fellow Jew. The greatest example of a partnership is that of Husband and Wife. The story is told of Rav Aryeh Levin z"tl the Tzaddik from the book "A Tzaddik in Our Time". Rav Aryeh Levin (March 22, 1885 - March 28, 1969) spent most of his life in Yerushalayim. He is buried in the cemetery in Sanhedria.

The story is told that on one particular day, the wife of Rav Aryeh had a sore foot and needed to go to the doctor. Rav Aryeh who was usually occupied in Torah, Mitzvos and Acts of Loving Kindness, accompanied his wife to the doctor. When their turn came he rushed into the doctor's office first and stated, "Doctor, our foot is hurting us."

Rav Aryeh was so sensitive to the needs, pain, feelings, experiences of his wife that to him, it was not a case of his wife's foot hurt her or concerning him but rather that it was the foot belonging to both of them, that hurt both of them and his desire was to have the doctor treat his wife as quickly as possible so as to ease the pain to both of them.

What a beautiful lesson and a wonderful goal to work towards not just in our relationship with our spouse but with our sensitivity to the needs of every Jew.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

A continuation of last weeks Shmiras HaLashon Thought where we learned that coming before the Holy Ark in the Beis HaMikdash was like coming before the Holy Throne, here we learn from King David. King David taught us that if one wishes to enjoy the joy and bliss of the world to come, and, in addition, good days in this world, our first step is to Guard our Tongues.

Tehillim Thought

On the verse: 3:6 "I have lain down, and I slept, and I awoke; for the Lord sustains me." We look here at just one of the commentaries on this verse.

In Meam Loez we read that even though King David was being pursued by his own son, never-the-less, when time came to go to sleep he lay himself down. He did not waste time worrying about whether those pursuing him would find him in the night or bring him harm but he realised that Hashem is in charge and he went to sleep. Again with trust in Hashem as to the days events, he awoke and like any G-d fearing Jew, began his day with Modei Ani (Grateful am I that Hashem restored my soul to me).

It is very easy to avoid going to sleep at night or even stopping our work and going to bed, erroneously thinking that things will only proceed if we continue to put in our effort. Comes this verse to teach us, follow the ways of King David. Stop your work. Give your body and mind the opportunity to rest and be replenished. Let Hashem take care of what needs taking care of. And when you wake in the morning, don’t wake with complaints or delay getting up. Rather, as we are taught in Shulchan Aruch, get up like a lion, eager to greet the day and trusting that Hashem who restored your life to you, will Guide you through the day.

The names for this week are found on Loving Kindness .co

Please do read the list of names, as there is power to our reciting these names and appealing to Hashem with the act of reading with our eyes AND moving our lips and mouth to verbalise the names, that He regard the Tehillim recited by this group during daylight hours on Shabbos as sufficient merit to bring Yeshuah (salvation) to all on the list and in deed to all Am Yisrael.

Shabbat Shalom


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