Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wonders 15 -the Amazing Tongue

Why is the tongue so slippery ?
Why does it stay in a laying position ?
Why is it the only organ which resides inside of the body but it can stick out of the body ?
Why does the tongue have two barriers , of bone (teeth) & of flesh (lips) ?
See Erechin 15b.
Our Sages teach that Hashem arranged for the tongue many lessons of HANDLE WITH CARE.
This instrument can be misused as a lethal weapon. It can also be utilized in many ways to bring blessings into the world.
May you all merit great success in all of your endeavors.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wonders 14 - 16 Gifts

* What gift do you receive about 16 times a minute , 23 thousand times a day ?
* Which gift is like champane mixed with 78 % nitrogen
21 % oxygen
Some carbon dioxide etc?
*Which gift circulates throughout your body with stops at 300 million stations ?

Yes , you are right. It is the gift of breathing which Hashem keeps providing for us every day & every minute of our lives. Our Sages teach " for every breath a person should sing Hashems praises ". Medrash , Breishis 14:11.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Answer for 13 -

The ears are for listening to the oral law , thus we are reminded of the teaching - a wise person learns from all people , Avos 4:1 , on all sides.
The eyes are for focussing on the written Torah which we should keep in front of our eyes. Thus , don't stray after your eyes to take you away from serving Hashem. The Talmud says that a blind person is considered as dead. One reason is because he is unable to see & study the basics of the written laws.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wonders 13- Eyes & Ears

Why did Hashem design the ears to stick out on the side of our head , whereas the eyes do not protrude , rather they are recessed?
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wonders 12 - Clean Vision

We mentioned how the ears are protected & kept clean. Similarly , the eyes have built in windshield wipers that removes all dust & injects antiseptic cleaning fluid every 5 seconds.
A tear gland factory , above each eye , produces & links to the eyelids the necessary lubrication to keep the eyes moist & clean.
There is a message in these protective devices - Hashem is pointing the way for us to always gaurd our eyes & ears , watch what we see & hear so as not to pollute our systems.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Wonders 11 - Connections

An ear that listens ,
An eye that sees --
Hashem made them both.
Mishlei 20 : 12.

Why do link these two together in one verse ? What is the connection between listening & seeing ?
The Gra explains that Hashem created us with the ability to hear so that we learn Torah shebaal peh the oral law , & with sight to study the written law.
That is why Hashem created us with two ears & two eyes to study His two forms of teachings. But only one mouth , because we should limit our speech.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Wonders 10 - Mouth or Ears ?

Which organ did the first man in history use first , his ears to listen or his mouth ? It is obvious from Breshis that he listened first to Hashem. This serves as a model for us to utilize our ears to listen.
The ears are remarkable machines which can receive and process invisible sound waves which fly all over.
There are 4000 wax glands which serve as fly-paper to block dust , insects etc.
Then we have drums in our ears which vibrate , playing the most beautiful music & meaningful messages.
Don't miss the anvil , hammer & stirrup & much more for us to thank Hashem for everyday.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wonders 9 - 3 Functions

Hashem created our mouths to serve in 3 ways -
- as Eating machines
- for Speaking
- for Smiling.
This coresponds to the Mishna that the world stands on 3 pillars :
* Speak Torah
* Serve by eating with the intentions to maintain your health in order to serve Hashem.
* Use your Smile for Chesed.

This may also correspond to the Mishna , Avos ch. 5 , that Hashem created 3 unique mouths in History
- the mouth of the earth to swallow up those who would quarrel with who received the Torah.
- the mouth of a rock producing water for those who would eat & drink in order to have the energy to Serve Hashem who provides everything.
- the mouth of a talking donkey to admonish those who want to use their mouth to curse instead of blessing others.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.