Friday, 22 July 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 42

This Weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of a
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf  (A healing for the body and soul) for both   
Eliyahu ben Devorah Gitta  
and  Tikvah bas Rachel Chanah

The following poem was written by Rav Dovid Ostroff of Yerushalayim, and is published with his permission. 
I have inserted translations for the Hebrew in brackets for those who need it.

"When Aharon Hacohen’s two sons died, it says וידום אהרון, (Veyadom Aharon – Aharon was silent) Aharon was silent, because silence is sometimes the wisest thing to do, and yet, when saying something is required or requested, words might explain silence.

            What good could there be? does it make sense?
            we are all so afraid, confused and tense,
            but he was so innocent, little and pure,
            and Hashem, where was He, He knew, for sure.
            And everything else, sits well in your mind?
            are you in charge, are you the mastermind?
            don’t we all agree, that we are puny and small,
            accepting without question, from the Kindest of all?

            But please show me now, just a glimpse of You
            so that I may continue to pray and love you too,
            and always believe with a loving heart,
            that everything you do is planned from the start.

            No, we don’t understand, not much at all,
            where comprehension ends, Emunah (faith)stands tall,
            It is Emunah that says - Hashem has a plan,
            and we, His children, do not understand.

            But let us see, what happened to us,
            when the alert was sent out, wow, what a fuss,
            who cares, did we say? He is not mine or yours
            he’ll be found it’s ok, let’s continue with chores.

            That’s not what happened, as we all know,
            we all said Tehillim, the day didn’t flow.
            A little boy is missing, he couldn’t be found,
            so we all stopped playing, stopped messing around.

            We became one family, our hearts are now one,
            look, little Leiby, look what you’ve done,
            So many people now feel so near
            so many people shed many a tear.

            Kabolos, to be better, dear little one,
            are your z’chus to present to the Holy One
            how Am Yisrael is special, like no other,
            oh how much we care, and cry, for each other.

            We must improve, we must be better,
            it’s a message from above, a G-d sent letter -
            Leiby was pure, a sacrifice for the tzibbur, (community)
            so we should try and improve our dibbur. (speech)

            Talk nice about others, show that you care,
            why wait for tzorus, (difficulty, hardship, distress)
             we have enough to spare.
            Be happy for others, send קנאה away,
            Learn shmiras halashon, (Guarding your tongue) 
two halachos (laws)  a day.

            Be מכבד (honour) your friends,  place them before you,
            See Leiby, see, what you make us do,
            שלום לך לייבי, (Shalom lecha Leiby – Shalom or goodbye or
               peace to you Leiby)  pray for us too,
            because we’re trying and trying to be as holy as you."
Shmiras HaLashon Thought

The Chofetz Chaim brings us a sobering thought. On Yom Kippur we beseech Hashem to "silence the Accuser and let the Defender take its place". The Chofetz Chaim reminds us that the Accuser was created by our forbidden speech, how then can we request that this Accuser be silenced?

Conversely, those who put in effort to guard their tongues, their request to Hashem to "silence the Accuser" carries great weight as they themselves managed to overcome their negative instinct to speak negatively of others and in so doing would increase in Defenders rather than Accusers.
Ahavas Yisrael Thought

My husband posted a powerful teaching of the Holy Ari as taught by his pupil Rav Chaim Vital. On his blog  
A Dwelling Place Below, you can enjoy this thought but powerful thought by clicking on the link.  

I mentioned previously about the recent Orphans we are helping. One of our Tehillim Group members requested that I share the story of one of these. It is a touching story and the Kallah certainly is more than worthy of our assistance. 

May Hashem cause love, peace and brotherhood to dwell amongst His people, Am Yisrael.

The names for this week are to be found on our Tehillim Page

Shabbat Shalom


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