Saturday, July 24, 2010

Word Dreams - 74

Hashem gave us the power to develop magnificent word portraits that are a delight to behold. Developing our vision , a grand & glorious one of where we are headed , is the key to staying on track to eventually arrive at our destination.
A wise person sees ahead to that which will develop.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Word Awakening - 73

A mean word coming at you can change ones life & awaken a person to some major blessings. People have decided to focus on what do they really want to do with their lives.
We need to listen well to the gentle nudge so that we can be spared from having to deal with a rude awakening. Every word has a purpose.
Should we get angry at the messenger ?

Not much. When we realize that it was sent by Hashem who has tons of messengers at His disposal , we will relax a bit.
Instead , we should consider thanking & appreciating a critic who may be one of your best teachers.

If its true , correct it ,
If not , forget it.
But either way , Hashem is sending you a caring , loving message - we are in this world to grow , keep on improving & coming closer to Hashem.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Words of Envy -72

The Tenth Commandment is not to be envious of others. This is so significant because it is a form of counting other peoples blessings instead of your own.
Rather , we are taught to learn from all others. We should realize if Hashem showed me what He gave so & so He is hinting that He is eager to do the same for me.
No one can take anything away from you , if Hashem wants it for you. Hashem closes the 10 with this Mitzva to highlight how significant it is to know that Hashem is always giving us all that we need to become who we can be.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Words we should Repeat - 71

There was a great Sage who would always say - This too is for our benefit !

His disciple Rebbi Akiva taught a person should always say - All that the Merciful one does is for Good !

This practice will go along way in preventing Loshon Hora - it is good - why say something negative ?
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Word Clarity - 70

Begins when we learn the laws of how to speak properly. When we don't study & review the laws regularly , we tend to see things & say things that are inappropriate.
We need to learn how to view the world clearly , how to avoid saying the wrong things & how to use words properly.

No one is hurt by the words they avoid saying.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

One Word - 69

One small word at a time is the way to get there.
We do need to strive to the exalted vision of eventually reaching the level of becoming completely Loshon Hora free , but it takes time to reach that stimulating , expansive , ultimate goal.
We need to visualize it as we buckle down to take small steps , such as reading one point at a time of this book.
To create healthy & happy relationships with words is one of the greatest opportunities & challenges of our lives. Every word can be a gift from Hashem to use for our well being in an uplifting & elevating manner.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Avoid Foolish Words - 68.

What about saying things that can be called facts of life such as so & so passed away ?

Even that the Talmud explains should be avoided , because it is considered behaving as a fool , Mishlei 10.
Why ?

1- why cause pain to the listener ?
2- Why say things that can have a negative effect on the speaker also to think as a fool , who do not understand the real truth , Tehilim 92:7.
The Righteous are considered alive , even after they seem to have passed away.

Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Words of Abundance -67

Yaakov Avinu was blessed by Hashem with very great wealth. When he spoke about it , Breshis 33:11 , he said - I have everything !
But did he say that only after he had billions in his account ?

The answer is that He was connected to Hashem the source of all wealth. The secret to abundance is to open our mind & heart to Hashem. The key to prosperity is to rejoice with ones portions - all those gifts we keep on receiving from Him.

We need to focus on Hashems unlimited supply , the abilities He gave us to be creative , to expand & increase. Hashem is our supplier , we will never lack , Tehilim 23.

How do you prepare to receive what you want ?
Focus on the thoughts , sayings & prayers that work.

You set my table ... My cup is overflowing.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Words that fit most - 66

The C. C in chap. 4 offers some suggestions of what can be Loshon Hora in most cases.

* He refuses to study Torah.
* He said a lie.
* He is so stingy he does not spend a dime to honor Shabos.
* I saw him transgress a law of the Sages.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Beyond Words -65

Are words the greatest form of expression ?
Often , there are other forms , such as simply being there , that matters even more. Some people have said to others , the one thing that meant the most was knowing that you are always there for me. Being there for someone is so vital , so meaningful.
The benefit of a bikur cholim visit is well known to assist in recovery , just being there matters most , well beyond words.
This helps us understand the Mishna in Avos 1:15 -
Greet & accept every person with a pleasant , thoughtful face.
The Mishna does not mention saying words at this point. Right before this we actually say , talk less & do more. Put the proper expression in your face & body language that is the key.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Time to Leave. W - 64

If someone is sitting with a group & they begin to speak Loshon Hara , if he feels that his offering rebuke will not help at all , that will only make things worse , it is a great Mitzva to leave the area. (6:5).

We need to get away , not to sit it out. Your time , attention & life are valuable , you need to invest your presence in experiences that are worth your while.
It may be uncomfortable or awkward to leave , but staying should be more uncomfortable.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Self-Talk - 63

Which is worse , having others say Loshon Hora about a person or having that person say it about themselves ?

Imagine someone who protects himself from stray germs from outside , but they inflict themselves with constant negativity & pollution.

A person can hurt himself with internal criticism & negative self - talk. When a person cries & complains when they should be thinking & thanking Hashem for the constant flow of happiness He is sending our way all the time.
Some of it is in digiused forms but it is none the less precious & beneficial & we need to claim it now.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Boring Words ? -62

What makes something boring ?

We can transform every situation into an interesting , meaningful experience by utilizing our curiosity to develop a positive attitude.
You can learn to glow with enthusiasm by tuning into the right attitude. Everything can be made fascinating by thinking Hashem made this just so. Why ?
What is the purpose ?
What messages are there for me ?
We can learn to stimulate our mind to soar with joyous , uplifting thoughts.
There are special days such as Tisha Bav where we are obligated to focus on concepts of mourning for that is the Mitzva for that time. Hashem should bring the geula shleima.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Speed of Words -61

Words can motivate us
To release our energy , talent & passion ,
The speed one travels on the roads of life are determined by Hashem based on ones beliefs , concepts & the words you choose to use.
The Talmud declares - a person is led on the path he chooses.
When you release your true passions about something , Hashem will enable you to achieve it.

Your attitude is developed by the words you say when you speak to yourself.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Joyuos Words -60

Happiness leads to wealth , Avos 4:1.

Happiness is a choice we need to decide to commit to. When we choose to rejoice with our portion , we will experience happiness. We can develop & maintain our joy , with Hashems help because it is an inner job , up to us.

Choose to be positive & fun & Hashem will help you succeed at it. The road to wealth is paved with words of joy.

We need to avoid sin , which is said to stand for , self - inflicted - nonsense , & ask Hashem to help us grow in an ideal way. Don't stop until you ask Hashem for what you really want. What is the biggest truth you can dream of now ?
Hashem is our ultimate Employer & He is eager to hear from us !
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

One Word Away -59

You are never more than one word away from delivering your message.

The C. C. States clearly 5:7 ,
Just as it is forbidden to speak against a person , so too , it is forbidden to speak against his merchandise or any of his things out of envy , etc.
One can take any question or comment , add a one - sentence segue & use it to proclaim a message or clarify the truth. We can learn to move conversations into meaningful zones.
Instead of focusing on critical , negative issues, you can steer the conversation to the right track with a wisely chosen bridge of words.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Word Trouble - 58

The mouth of a fool knock him down , Mishlei 18:7.

Life & death are in the hands of ones tongue , M. 18:21.

The tongue can become a lethal weapon. The gemara tells a story of a person who did a seemingly perfect crime & would not be caught. But than he bragged about it to someone who made sure to get him caught.
This illustrates how Hashem designed the mouth to trap someone when he deserves that.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.