Since this is a Torah blog, let us begin with a short vort (Torah words) on today's Daf and it will hopefully serve as an inspiration for all of us.
A MOURNER IS INCOMPLETE
The Gemora states: A mourner is not permitted to send his sacrifices to the Beis Hamikdosh through an agent. The Gemora cites a braisa: Rabbi Shimon said: It is written [Vayikra 3:1]: And if a sacrifice of a shelamim is his offering; the word shelamim meaning whole indicates that a person can only offer a korban if he is whole and not when he is an onein (one whose close relative passed away and has not been buried yet – the halacha of bringing a korban applies to a regular mourner as well).
The Sheim Mishmuel comments: It is evident from this Gemora that a mourner is considered "incomplete" in his ability to serve Hashem properly; he lacks perfection of the soul.
The Torah did not command a mourner to conduct the halachos of mourning as a punishment, but rather as a remedy; not only for the deceased but also for himself. When a person is incomplete, he is in grave danger of becoming complete through the powers of the Evil Inclination. When sanctity departs from a person, the Evil Inclination (Sitra Acher) desperately strives to replenish that void and reside in that area. The Torah decrees that a mourner will remain in a state of incompleteness in order to ensure that the Evil Inclination does not take up residence in the location of the mourner's incompleteness.
With this understanding, he explains why it is found that Shulchan Aruch is lenient in many areas of the halachos of a mourner. The Poskim from the later generations have even been more lenient than their predecessors. Why is this? It is because the reason that the mourner should conduct himself with all the halachos of mourning is to ensure that he remains incomplete in a manner that the Evil Inclination will not replace that emptiness. The Chachamim of every generation have weakened the strength of the Evil Inclination and therefore they felt that they can be more lenient regarding the halachos of a mourner.
An important lesson can be learned from here: A person should be extremely careful not to become depressed or sad because that creates a vacuum in which the Evil Inclination can enter, and he can become entrapped in a way that it will be extremely difficult to escape from. This is why the Torah commands that one should attempt to always serve Hashem through happiness and content.
With this in mind, let us hop aboard on a journey through the Jewish blogosphere of last week and with G-d's help, all these wonderful articles will jumpstart our day and week, and will assist us in being better and happier people, which will lead us ultimately to serve Hashem in the way He wants us to.
Josh presents Absolut Haggadah: What Do You Mean, It Would Have Been Enough Had God Stranded Us On The Shore of The Red Sea at the Mercy of the Egyptians? + My Take posted at parshablog. We would have been happy if........
Avrohom adler presents Daf Yomi - Moed Katan 6 - CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SHEKALIM AND KILAYIM posted at Daf notes. Uniting with others makes one complete.
Robert presents Shmiras HaLashon י"בּ טבת - Teves 12 - One-Hundred-and-Second Day posted at Shmiras HaLashon - שמירת הלשון. The suffering [that a person undergoes] brings appeasement [to HaShem] more than do the sacrifices.
V presents Pesach Food and Prices - It?s our fault! posted at V's Jewish Blog. Aren't you smiling when you look over those receipts? My daughter just exclaimed "$250.00 for what? Three bags of groceries?"
Carl in Jerusalem presents French Jews petition for asylum in the US posted at Israel Matzav. As a Jew, I am happy that they have awoken to their reality and are seeking to leave (hopefully in time to save themselves) and wish them well.
Gil Student presents Hirhurim - Musings - The Stability and the Flexibility of the Torah posted at Hirhurim - Musings. Stability is complacency.
Annie presents Even if it doesn't matter to you, it matters to me posted at Boker Tov Boulder. Obama does look like he's having a good time.
Yisrael Medad presents Jewish Blog Mixing-It-Up? posted at My Right Word, saying, "Seems MyRightWord has stumbled on to a bit of internecine Jewish in-fighting, started off by Failed Messiah who attacks Ezzie and Hirhurim." Fighting is almost never good.
Carl in Jerusalem presents Israel can't give enough of Jerusalem to satisfy the Arabs posted at Israel Matzav. They will never be satisfied.
Daled Amos presents BEHIND THE SCENES INVESTIGATION OF MUSLIM CHARITIE... posted at Daled Amos. They will not be cheering that this was brought to light.
A Jewish Blog presents Never Forget Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev posted at A Jewish Blog. Let us keep praying.
Judith presents An Open Letter to Members of "Breaking the Silence" posted at Kesher Talk. That group does not give us great pleasure.
Hillel presents 'Blatant Double Standards' in Police Investigations - Inside Israel - Israel News - Arutz Sheva posted at Israel National News. The suspension of the three policemen is very grave.
Carl in Jerusalem presents Haifa Chemicals plant was hit by rocket during war posted at Israel Matzav. Retroactive jubilation.
Webutante presents Israeli High School Students Talk about Their "Journey Through Israel" and Upcoming Military Service posted at WebutanteA sobering effect.
Carl in Jerusalem presents US and EU to meet with Kfar Darom murderer Muhammed Dahlan posted at Israel Matzav. This story will not make you happy, but it's an important reminder.
Jan presents Hamas claim sniping attack as Norwegian delegation visits posted at Secular Blasphemy. willing to hug them
Yisrael Medad presents The New Anti-Olmert Advert posted at My Right Word, saying, "MyRightWord does us a favor and translates a pwoerful anti-Olmert political advert from the Reservists group." They will be tickled and thrilled with your donation.
Webloggin presents Webloggin - Blog Archive » A WWII Hero That History Almost Forgot posted at Webloggin. A hero from the past.
Jon Swift presents Fred Thompson Kicks Gandhi's posted at Jon Swift, saying, "Gandhi even stuck to his principles when it came to the Holocaust. He believed that Jews in Germany should have committed suicide en masse because it "would have aroused the world and the people of Germany to Hitler's violence." It's a good thing Jews stuck to the plan they had instead of following Gandhi's advice, or a lot more of them would have died in the Holocaust."
Ryan Jones presents Palestine: Jews not welcome here posted at Zionist.com, saying, "The takeover of an empty home in Hebron by new Jewish landlords and their tenants has presented yet another opportunity to unmask the wretchedness and racism of Palestinian Arab society toward those it claims to seek peace with."
Sammy Benoit presents JIMMY CARTER HAS ANOTHER NEW BOOK COMING OUT !!! posted at YID With LID, saying, "Sorry for the last minute submission. I wrote this just before Shabbos and just got home. But Its a good satire I hope you agree." Humor and satire go great with the theme. Jimmy Carter doesn't.
TherapyDoc presents A Hollywood Purim Shpiel posted at Everyone needs therapy? Lessons from a family therapist, saying, "In Hollywood they do things differently. I think this one's hysterical." Hilarious, laughing, funny - all great words for the theme of the week.
That concludes this edition. I hope you enjoyed it and I pray that we were all inspired to try to always be happy, for as Dennis always says "Happy people are better people." Shavua Tov and Chag Sameach.
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