Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz: How To Achieve The Ever Elusive Ahavas HaBriyos
you look at the lives of many of the great tzaddikim, they all excelled
in the trait of Ahavas Yisroel. They genuinely loved every Jew. I
always wondered how that is possible. After all, I, who am not a great
Jew, have a hard time swallowing the wrongdoings of people around me.
How much more so these great tzaddikim who you would expect to become
enraged when seeing evil all around them. There are many obvious and
logical answers given by Chazal, but for some reason we can't manage to
transfer these ideas from our mind to our heart, to put into practical
In a letter, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz (ImreiDa'as vol. 2, Byad
HaLashon pg. 366) writes that if we stop speaking Lashon HaRa, Ahavas
HaBriyos can finally make its way home, to our heart. Then we can
finally fulfill the great mitzva of V'AhavtaL'ReiachaKamocha to every single Jew with a full heart, just like the great tzaddikim.
"Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L'MiriamBaDerechB'TzaischemMiMitzrayim"
The Ramban and other Rishonim count, among the Mitzvos Aseh
Min HaTorah, the mitzva of remembering and saying with your mouth each
day what Hashem did to Miriam when she spoke about her brother Moshe.
The Chofetz Chaim in ShaarTvunahPerek 12 says that being Mikayem
this mitzva can save you from the aveira of Lashon Hara. More than
just saying the pasuk, says the Chofetz Chaim, one must think about the
incident in order for it to have its intended effect.
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