Friday, July 13, 2007

Code 22:22 - Ropes End ?

How does one deal with a situation that seems desparate ?
Rav Pam ztl taught a life-saving attitude changing tip from when Bilam was blocked by an angel ( Bamidbar 22:22).
The Torah says it was a Satan (adversary ) to him. But Rashi explains it was actually an angel of mercy to save him from sin.
Thus we need to utilize this eye opener !
What seems like the end of the rope... Is actually Divine intervention for * your * benefit.
# to remember this source we have code 22. This stands for the 22 letters of the Hebrew alpeh beis which can represent coming to the end of the road.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wonders 23 - Timely Miracle

When a child comes out into the airspace of this world , its mouth which had been closed until now opens up & its navel which had been open is sealed. Without this switch one could not remain alive.
Yevomos 71b
Why did Hashem cause two parts of the body to switch their functions ? Why not have the same mouth gain nourishment before & after birth ?

When a person takes care of his physical needs we thank Hashem - Who created a person with wisdom. The Shulchan Oruch Siman 6 has many insights on the meaning of the great wisdom we should thank for.
One pshat includes this unique miraculous switch we need to always be grateful for.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wonders 22 - Leaf Secrets

Huge libraries can be written concerning a leaf without exhausting the subject.
- Rav A. Miller ,Rejoice O Youth pg 221.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Repay Hashem - Wonders 21

How many times a day should we say ,
How can I repay Hashem for all of His kindness to me ??(Tehilim 116).

Consider thanking Hashem for the next 500 days for your liver which performs more than 500 significant functions to keep us alive. It produces more than 1000 different enzymes which causes other reactions in the body , Baruch Hashem.
The liver is called " kovaid " , it is the heaviest organ in the body & it serves to detoxify the blood , which in a sense purifies it , making it more honorable & usable for the bodys needs.
All honor is due to Hashem for this greatest & most life sustaining of all inventions.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Grass Lessons - W 20

Why are the wicked compared to grass , whereas the righteous are like trees (Tehillim 92 ) ?
Blades of grass & huge trees have the capacity to convert sunlight into fuel which produces food ,growth & life. The difference is that grass grows quickly & spreads all over. It is flimsy & can easily be destroyed.
Trees however need more care , the right environment & they develop into solid , long lasting majestic stuctures.
We can step on grass , but not on trees. This serves to remind us to build for long term , righteous growth , planted in the house of Hashem to truly enjoy our stay in this world as we prepare for eternity.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Balanced Listening -W. 19

Which part of the body has enough circuits to provide phone service for a city & is also the automatic pilot that keeps the body in balance to prevent it from toppling over ?
Why did Hashem link these two machines together in the headphones on our body called ears?
A balance scale in Loshon Hakodesh is called moznayim which contains the word Oznayim (ears ).

One lesson is that all of our listening needs to be balanced. Did they say a sharp right turn or bear right ?
Is it hot for drinking or for bathing ?
Put it downstairs. All the way down, or halfway ?

When we thank Hashem in the mornings for preparing the footsteps of a person , we need to include this aspect of the balance system in the ears which helps us maintain our balance while walking. Thank You Hashem.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Mitzva Count - Masai

There are 6 Mitzvos in this Parsha-
* Set aside 48 cities for the Leviim , 6 of which were also for refuge.
* A murderer may not be put to death before he is judged.
* Every killer , even unintentional , has to go to a city of refuge.
* One witness may not testify or judge a case of a capital crime.
* Money can never be accepted to excuse a murderer from a death penalty.
* or to excuse someone from a city of refuge.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Mitzva Count - Matos

There are 2 Mitzvos in this Parsha-

* Always try to keep your word.
To avoid getting into trouble say - Bli Neder , to avoid a committment of a vow.

* In a situation of error there are ways of permitting or cancelling a vow with Torah guidelines.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.