Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
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Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Fathers
“Timeless Teachings on Becoming a Better Me”
At this time of the year, beginning after Passover and through the summer months it is traditional for Jews to study Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of Fathers. Ethics of Fathers is the Torah’s code and guide for ethical and proper human behavior. We are taught that proper human behavior, is a preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot. In other words, to bge a proper vessel to receive the Torah, you must first be a “mentsch”.
Join us as we explore together the Torah’s teachings on becoming a better “me” and a better “you”.
Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:00 PM at the Chabad House, 63 Vassar Rd, P’ok
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In this weeks Torah portion we read of the prohibition against gossip. “You must not go around as a gossipmonger among your people”.
According to the Talmud, gossip “kills” three people: the speaker, the listener, and the object of the gossip.
That the speaker and listener are punished is understandable, but why should the object of the gossip be punished? The answer is that speaking of another person’s evil does more than disparage him. Words have the power to bring latent energy into actuality. When we speak about a person’s negative traits, it actualizes them and reinforces them. As a result, his behavior takes a turn for the worse and he thus incurs punishment.
Conversely, when we speak about the good traits of another person, we reveal and reinforce those traits. We can thus be a positive or negative influence on people; the choice is ours.
The mother of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch, Rebbitzen Rivkah, told the following story to her grandson, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak:
“Once, when your father was around four years old, the tailor delivered a garment he had sewn for me. While the garment was being examined, your father innocently removed from the tailor’s pocket a piece of the fabric he had been given to sew the garment. The tailor was terribly embarrassed and began to excuse himself for keeping the excess fabric for himself.
After the tailor had left, I told your father that he had indirectly shamed the tailor, and your father began to cry. A few weeks later, he asked his father, Rabbi Shmuel, how to atone for the misdeed of shaming another. When his father asked why he was interested, he replied that he simply wanted to know, but said nothing more. I asked your father why he did not recount the entire incident to his
father, and he replied: ‘Is it not bad enough that I embarrassed someone? Should I have sinned further by gossiping?’ “
My beloved and dear ones! I beg you, please, exert all your heart and soul to implant brotherly love in your hearts. It is written, “Let no one think evil of his fellow.” [Such evil] should never occur to you, and if it does, push it away from your heart “as smoke is driven away [by the wind],” [treating it] exactly as if it were an idolatrous thought. For gossip is as grave an offense as idolatry, adultery, and murder, and if this is true of speech [how much truer is it of thought], for the greater impact of thought as compared to that of speech, whether for the good or for the bad, is known to all the wise of heart.
Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein
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