Monday, August 12, 2019

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Do or Do Not, do not just contemplate

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Reb Aharon Rubin commented:

I heard in the name of the Ben Ish Chai [apparently from his sefer Benoyohu - but could't find it there] - why does the person who was afflicted w/ tsora'ath bring two birds, one shechted and one let go? The schechted bird is a kapora on the person having spoken loshon hora. The live bird is for the good words, of encouragement, friendship etc, that he should have spoken. For that, simple shechting does not suffice. One needs to go out and actively speak ....
A famous non-Jewish cultural reference says "do or do not, there is no try", but we say "DO, it is neither enough to just learn or contemplate, nor to avoid because the task seems too large.  A mitzvah must be done."


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