Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 30



This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of sweetening the decree for Am Yisrael. During the month of Adar is supposed to be a time of Redemption. There has been enough this month. Hashem is clearly not happy, may He receive our heartfelt prayers, may the words of Torah and Tefillah inspire us to do complete Teshuvah and may we merit the Final Redemption IMMEDIATELY.

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

Hashem said to Israel: "My beloved children, what do I ask of you? Only that you love one another and respect one another (Tana Dvei Eliyahu Rabbah ch 28)

Bitachon Thought

"Whoever sins but is then embarrassed that he sinswill be forgiven" (Berachot 12b) Thus if a person wants to repent and is genuinely embarrassed by his sins, he then comes closer to Hashem.

Tehillim Thought

A commentary to Tehillim 2:11 "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling"

Although it is in G-d's power to punish you with rods and scorpions, that is not what He desires. His will is that you repent. (Meam Loez)

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The names for this week can be found on our website 

Thank you everyone for your kindness.

Have you been enjoying these emails? Did you know that Chessed Ve'Emet are an organization devoted to acts of goodness and kindness. Currently we act in a private capacity due to lack of funds to operate as a registered Non Profit Organization. Ideally we would like to be able to set up and register our organization in order to be able to do so much more. If you feel you are gaining from what we are doing, or would be able to gain even more from our further activities and wish to provide the funds to help us make this a reality or know of somebody who would be prepared to aid us in this project, please email either Rabbi Eliyahu or Shoshanah

We do have one name from todays events on our Tehillim list. If anyone has more names, please let us know.

May we hear only good news for Am Israel, a good that is revealed, visible and manifest.

Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah

Monday, 21 March 2011

Passing the Purple Hat To YOU!!

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).



I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle..

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later... Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's, more 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us...

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 29



This Weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness is prepared in the merit of
 Tikvah bat Rachel Chanah and Mira bat Tikvah for
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf

Shmiras HaLashon Thought

Certain statements are Lashon Hara when said regarding one person yet are perfectly acceptable when said regarding another. For example, if you say that a businessman studies Torah for 5 hours a day, that is commendable since he probably has a busy schedule and yet makes time to study Torah not just 1 but 5 hours a day. Yet, if we were to say that a Kollel member studied Torah 5 hours a day, that would be an insult as his days focus and work is study of Torah. (Chofetz Chaim – A Lesson A Day by Artscroll)

How careful one must be in knowing who one talks to or about was highlighted this week when a new member signed up with almost the same name as another member. Both share the same first name and their surnames differ by only one letter. Even their emails are only one or two letters different. This brought to our attention the wise words of Reb Elimelech of Lezinsk who recommends to put everything one is about to say through 13 sieves. As we see here, one of these sieves needs to be is your statement or comment direct to the appropriate person and would it be an insult or a compliment?

Bitachon Thought

The Talmud teaches "If your prayer was not accepted, pray again" (Berachot 32b) Therefore if a person is trying to come closer to Hashem and is having difficulty doing so, the thing to do is to pray for his /her prayer and effort to be accepted. (Rav Yitzhok Breiter)

Tehillim Thought

An interesting idea is brought in Tehillim 2: 11 "Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling"

In Meam Loez we see the commentary that King David tells us to serve Hashem with fear and out of this sincere service will come joy. This kind of joy with trembling is a true joy that comes out of constant awareness that perhaps you had not served Hashem properly, a mindset that brings one to increase ones efforts. This kind of fear is the right kind of trembling and worthy of being joyous about. This is the joy we should experience on Purim, rather than one of laughter and frivolity.

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Thank you to all the new members who have joined our International Tehillim group in the last week. We have now reached about 150 Jewish women (exact number not given due to the Hallachah not to count Jews), uniting through reciting Tehillim.

Some of the new members have enquired about reciting Tehillim daily. There are already a few women who do recite Tehillim daily, thus completing the whole Sefer Tehillim every month. If you are interested in doing so too  and or in developing a special sub-group who recite Tehillim daily rather than during daylight hours on Shabbos, please do let me know.

May we hear only good news for all of Am Yisrael; a good that is revealed, visible and manifest. May you all have an easy fast and very Joyous Purim. May we merit the Final Redemption this Purim, even during the fast.

If anyone would still like to make a donation towards please email me today, or make a donation via the website.

The names for this week are on www.lovingkindness.co/tehillim.html on the page are also rules of the group and other important info related to this Tehillim group.
Shabbat Shalom and Freiliche Purim

Shoshanah

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 28



This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness
 is prepared in the merit of
Eliyahu ben Devorah Gitta and Shoshanah bas Rachel Chanah for
blessings of Kavod in their marriage, both physical and spiritual.


Bitachon Thought

Shlomo HaMelech teaches that the wealthy man and the poor man meet. Hashem makes all of them (chapter 22 vs 2 Mishlei – Proverbs) Rashi tell us what this means he says, when the poor man says to the wealthy man, please sustain me and he answers him in a harsh manner. (This includes insulting him, distressing him, delaying payment etc – all the laws of helping one another in accordance with making the world a stable society.)  Then the second part of the verse applies, Hashem makes all of them, that means to say that Hashem makes all anew, He renews them. This one (ie the wealthy) becomes poor and this one (ie the poor) becomes wealthy. Hashem makes it that one man be wealthy and the other poor according to the decree that was decreed. It is not according to an abundance of wisdom that a person is wealthy, that comes from Hashem. But a good name because you did the right thing, that is your own doing.  (Proverbs 22 vs 1) This is the reason that a good name is better than much wealth because wealth is not a continuous situation or something that will last. There is no guarantee that one who is wealthy will remain wealthy. They go up and down the ladder until the wealthy and the poor meet because there is a wheel that goes around in the world. Hashem makes ladders in the heavens, He pushes the one down and He pulls the other up. So better than all of that is a good name which will never depart from the world.  (Rashi and Malbim)


Shmiras HaLashon

A continuation of the teaching above, the Chofetz Chaim teaches us that in the event we find we are in a situation where someone wrongs us or steels from us (G-d forbid). If the money was yours Hashem will find a way to get the money back to you and if the money was not intended for you, then the situation would have been to take away what was not yours anyway. For this reason there is no reason to speak badly of another since there is a system in place and Hashem is in charge. He will rectify anything that requires rectification. The thief will certainly receive his discipline at some point in time. You can only run so much and then Hashem's system of Justice and Mercy will catch up with him. In addition, by guarding our tongues we gain in merit which helps to create a good name, a name that lasts.

Tehillim Thought

We have been learning about Tehillim number 2. The continuation of this Tehillim has a powerful message which we can learn from in today's time. For those who like to look at the news, social media or networking, it can be scary to consider all those who are against Am Yisrael. But if we read and re-read this Tehillim, we see that Hashem is the one who fights our battles and He brings down our enemies. All we have to do is turn to Hashem. As we learn in Tanach 2 Samuel 7:23 King David says to Hashem "Who is like your nation Israel, a nation one in the earth" No weapon will be able to dash them to pieces.

Once again with the Shmiras HaLashon teaching, since we are already taught in Tanach that Hashem will fight our battles and that Am Yisrael will continue, what point is there to relay the news of which nation is trying to destroy us next. We know this happens and continues. We also know as pointed out in this and other Tehillim, that there is a special relationship with Hashem and Am Yisrael and even when the other nations try to destroy us they will never be successful, due to our special relationship with Hashem. (Me'am Loez)

We are very excited that there has been further rain in Eretz Yisrael. There is another 21.5 cm needed to reach the red line. The red line is 213 m below sea level. Keep on davening, your Tefillos are helping.

Thank you to everyone for your Tehillim. Please read the names found on our website prior to candle lighting and recite the Tehillim you signed up for. We have about 12 more Tehillim needed to complete the sefer Tehillim 5 times each Shabbos. This does not mean you can slacken and not do a Tehillim, we need all the women uniting each Shabbos through reciting Tehillim.

Have a wonderful Shabbos. Next week we have the fast of Esther. Purim is coming quickly. If anyone wants to make a contribution towards helping needy families in Eretz Yisrael and Yerushalayim in particular, please be in touch.

Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah




Friday, 4 March 2011

Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness - 27



This weeks Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness and Tehillim reminder is prepared in the merit of Eliyahu ben Devorah Gitta for
Refuat HaNefesh and Refuat HaGuf

Shmiras HaLashon

"No word is lost, for all is recorded. Angels are sent to every person to note each and every word, and they never part from him. 'For the bird of the sky transmits the voice and the accompanying angel testifies.' (Koheles 1:20 (Excerpts from a letter by the Vilna Gaon)

If one contemplates the above thought makes us aware that even if we say something in private and think no-one else will know of it, still the words go up to Shamayim and are recorded.

Bitachon Thought

G-d has infinite compassion over everything He has made. An important concept taught by Rebbe Nachman and elsewhere in Chassidus, is that any time a person falls, whether wittingly or unwittingly, it is always direct by Heaven for the purpose of drawing the person closer or bringing them up to a higher level. This concept helps us to judge others and ourselves favourably and to know, when one is in a difficult situation, that the thing to do is to turn to Hashem in prayer and pour out your heart to Him of anything you have done that is keeping you far from Him and appeal to G-d to bring you closer.
                                      (The Seven Pillars of Faith by Rabbi Yitzhak Breiter)


Tehillim Thought

Tehillim 2:8 "Ask it of Me, and I will give the nations as your inheritance: and the ends of the earth as your possession."

This verse is referring to David HaMelech that each time he went out to battle, G-d told him to pray to G-d prior to going out to battle and G-d would then help King David to be successful. As we read in 2 Samual 7:9 and I Chronicles 14: 17 that this is what King David did and hence his fame spread. G-d promised King David that not only would He deliver King David from neighbouring nations but from lands that are "at the ends of the earth as your possession." (Me'am Loez)

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Thank you to everyone for your participation in this International Tehillim Group. Welcome to our new members.

The names for this week can be found on LovingKindness.co - Tehillim Page

Once again, please familiarize yourselves with the rules of the group and of submitting names. In the event that you need to read the names for the week prior to reading this reminder, please make a note of the web address and read the list there. Or keep in mind that the Tehillim you recite is part of this International Tehillim Group, uniting women around the world through the reciting of Tehillim.

If you would like to sponsor the Words of Prayer, Words of Kindness email or a part thereof, please visit 
www.lovingkindness.co/tehillim.html where you will find the information of how to do so and costs for each section or the whole email.

With grateful thanks to Hashem, the Kineret has risen further. We are still in need of rain to reach the lower red line. Please keep on davening.

Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanah

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