August 12, 2008

Sefer Yom Lyom Daily Practices #2

Filed under: Blog Torah,Daily Concepts,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 8:49 pm

1. It is good to learn or pray standing from time to time to increase Devekus

2. Open your eyes in the mikvah to purify them from seeing that which is unholy

3. Think about the 4 compartments in the Tefillin & how they compare to the 4 letter name

4. Confess your sins regularly at the grave of a Tzaddik

5. Always keep the body clean & without oder

6. Look at the blue sky & think about Fear of Hashem

7. Cast a good eye on others, especially strangers & change their merit from bad to good

8. Drinking liquids arouses a person t pray & sing

9. Look at children & draw from the holiness in their face

10. Train yourself to see nature & relate it to Torah passages

11. Memorize many psalms by heart to later recall on the road in your travels

12. Overdress for most occasions in order to give extra respect to Hashem

13. Think of yourself as holy & eventually it will rub off on you

14. There is only one thing you should fake and that is to always appear happy to others. Eventually, it might become a reality & at least you will make others smile in the meanwhile.

15. Don’t be afraid to buy necessities you need when you are lacking them. Hashem will refill your pockets.

16. Picture yourself alone in the desert & call out to Hashem in simplicity & humility

17. Stop yourself from doing anything in the extreme in order to teach yourself balance

18. If you are worrying, you are not living


  1. Very nice!

    Comment by A Simple Jew — August 12, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

  2. #2??!!!

    Unless you want an eye infection! Where do you learn this?

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 13, 2008 @ 1:45 am

  3. These are my thoughts & chiddushim that I do & I find to work though some are known. That must be some pretty nasty water you are dipping in. Maybe keep your eyes closed then. I was talking about just opening them briefly.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 13, 2008 @ 2:51 am

  4. These are good. Thank you. I like 2. What is Devekus??

    Comment by jodi — August 13, 2008 @ 5:54 am

  5. B”H
    “D’veikes (Devekut) – cleaving, clinging, holding on with all one’s might. In Chasidus it means the effort and passion to connect deeply with Ha Shem, (blessed is He). …you can ‘t have devekut without yearning, and you can’t have yearning without loss, even if it’s mitigated by the joy of seeking. The first time the word is used in the Torah it describes the way a man cleaves to his woman to be joined with his missing half.” from .

    Things such as Deveicut or Cavanna are very important issues in Chassidus and maybe Reb Moshe should write some good explonation for our friends, who are not yet deep enough into it. 🙂

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 13, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

  6. I opened my eyes briefly in the mikvah this morning. I hope it helps. When we gaze upon something, it is a form of Devekut. Hence the idiom “glued to the television”.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — August 13, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  7. Wow! I’m so glad I asked! That’s amazing! Thanks for the info.

    Comment by jodi — August 14, 2008 @ 6:03 am

  8. I already have 6 unpublished books that are online. Does everyone like the idea of this new book as then I will begin making an index, categories, organize my ideas and then start writing it more formally.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 14, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  9. B”H
    If you have the time and the resources, it surely won’t be a bad idea to make some index and upload it on the main ilovetorah site and on the askthereb. as soon as you’re ready organizing it, I’ll be glad to translate it into German if you wish.

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 14, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  10. thanks, I will have you in mind for German. I think I have translators for my books in every language except enough editors for english and translator for good hebrew (the most important). This book isn’t written yet, I am still gathering ideas for it & will begin to organize it so I can write it. After writing many books, I learned that when you start, you must already know the end & structure of everything in between. You have to also understand your weakness & strength in writing. Having lived now with israelis for 6 years, it is difficult to write proper english sentences anymore. My wife and I are sometimes having a conversation & we are pausing to remember a basic english noun. Right now I wanted to write something and I haven’t heard this word in so long, I can’t think of it even though it is very basic. Hmm, not an index, not a summary but when you use numbers 1,2,3 a,b,c in a list. Maybe it is just old age and stress, lol.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 14, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  11. An ‘outline’. 🙂

    Comment by jodi — August 14, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

  12. Moshe, you have no idea what I find in the mikva.

    the water in our mikva hasent been changed in years and years.

    only more and more chlorine and chemicals. infact, sometimes i feel like i came out of a dishwasher in mid-cycle.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 14, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  13. Jodi, an outline! ahhhh

    Asa, wait till you use the mikvah in uman! It might be the largest mikvah in the world.

    Womens mikvahs are clean and neat as they would not stand for what we put up with. I am very particular about the mikvah, on shabbos it is very important that I am the first person in the morning to use the mikvah.

    You know the technology is there to filter the mikvahs well. It can be done. If anyone wants to build a mikvah, I have a friend who makes them inexpensive & will fly out to make it for you even in your house. We had come up with a mikvah plan together once that complied with almost all shitas.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 14, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

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