Rabbi Avigdor Miller ztz”l was one of the pioneers of taping and diseminitating shiurim and writing seforim for the English speaking public. I listened to his tapes and read some of his books, but I wouldnâ€™t have called myself a chassid. That has changed.
TorasAvidgor.org has been producing a weekly parsha booklet, taken directly from the words of Rav Miller. Each parsha booklet is based on a wide range of the Rav’s tapes and seforim, and is edited slightly to allow for easier reading. For me, every week has been a homerun! Itâ€™s longer than the average parsha sheet, but it is packed with amazing ideas that you can actually implement.
Last week it discussed the idea that when we bless others, G-d blesses us, as G-d promised to Avraham, â€œI will bless those that bless youâ€ (Bereishis 12:3). In the gemora Chullin (49a), Rav Nachman bar Yitzchok teaches that when the Kohanim bless the Jews, Hashem blesses them, and this applies to any Jew or non-Jew at any time. The gemora there learns that even if a non-Jew says â€œGood Morningâ€, he will receive a blessing.
Rabbi Miller teaches that if you say â€œYasher koiâ€™achâ€ with some thought of the meaning – â€œMay your strength increaseâ€, then youâ€™re davening for him! Rabbi Miller continues: â€œThose words now have an entirely different power. And weâ€™re learning now that itâ€™s not going to remain unanswered â€“ in your own life! Youâ€™re going to get a blessing for that too. In the measure by which you bless others, thatâ€™s how much you will be blessed.â€
â€œYouâ€™re walking on the street on Shabbos and you say, â€œGood Shabbos, good Shabbos.â€ All day long youâ€™re passing by people and wishing them well. And then you pass by and forget all about it. Itâ€™s a tragedy to waste the opportunity! So five paces later say â€œGood Shabbosâ€ to him again. This time he doesnâ€™t hear it. But this time you mean it more.
â€œAnd under your breath you should add the peirush hamilos â€“ with a few peirushim! How much thought, how many blessings could be included in a good Shabbos! â€œYour meals should be geshmak; your wifeâ€™s challah and kugel should taste exceptional.â€ â€œHashem should help you enjoy your family.â€ â€œYou should have a good Shabbos nap and be matzliach in your learning over Shabbos.â€ â€œYou should get shlishi and it shouldnâ€™t cost you too much money!â€ Thereâ€™s so much to think about when you wish somebody a good Shabbos.â€
â€œBut there is something else here that is very important – maybe even more important than what you just heard – and that is to rejoice in somebody elseâ€™s happiness; to have an actual love for the Am Yisroel – a love that causes you to desire the happiness of others.â€
â€œHakodosh Boruch Hu loves His people more than anything else. And so when we fill our days with blessing the Am Yisroel because we love them, we are fulfilling the mitzvah dâ€™oraisah of vâ€™halachta bâ€™drachav – â€œAnd you should walk in the ways of Hashemâ€.
â€œIf you want to become a big baâ€™al deiâ€™ah, a baâ€™al machshava, a baâ€™al emunah, then thereâ€™s a lot of work to be done. In order to achieve middos tovos, to acquire good character, thereâ€™s training you must follow, a lot of important things. And theyâ€™re not easy, but theyâ€™re worth the effort.
But Iâ€™m not proposing that for all of you right now; Iâ€™m saying easier things. Weâ€™re learning here about an achievement that is immensely easy. And the profit is immensely great. And that is the career of blessing fellow Jews. Now, when I say career, I mean that you must take the ideas that youâ€™re studying here tonight, impress them upon your minds, and consider how to incorporate them into your regular practice, your regular routine of life. Because with a little bit of thought and some planning, you can live a life of â€œI will bless those who bless youâ€. Because, tell me, what difficulty lies in this exercise of good character? Nothing really! Itâ€™s one of the easiest things in the world to do â€“ to bless your fellow Jew.â€
â€œLetâ€™s make it clear to ourselves that this is what weâ€™re in this world for. Weâ€™re here to pick up all those diamonds on the floor. Thatâ€™s our purpose. When a person is discouraged as he walks through the diamond fields, so heâ€™s thinking that he has rachmanus on himself, he has pity on his status in life – â€œIf only this would have happened;â€ â€œIf only I would be in his shoesâ€ – so he walks through life not even looking where heâ€™s goingâ€
Please read the whole article at https://torasavigdor.org/parshas-naso-blessing-his-beloved-people/
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