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Please learn for the merit of a complete recovery for the following individuals:

Ya'akov Don ben Esther Ahuvah Sharona
Avraham Yishayahu ben Aviva
Perel Leah bas Sima

Please learn in the merit/memory of Eyal ben Uriel, Gil-Ad Michael ben Ophir, Ya'akov Naftali ben Avraham, and Alter Aryeh Leib Reuven ben Sima

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Shmiras HaLashon ט"ו טבת - Teves 15 - One-Hundred-and-Fifth Day

© 2007 by Robert Lepor. All rights reserved.

This attribute [of overlooking the sins that others have committed against oneself], at times, benefits the person, [in addition to being pardoned for all of his sins], by [leading to a] lengthening [of] his life. [The above applies] even if it was already decreed against him [in Heaven], that he would die. [This follows that which] is [taught in maseches Rosh HaShanah (17a)], regarding an incident involving Rav Huna the son of Rabbi Yihoshua, who became ill, and [thereupon] Rav Pappa came up to visit him. [Whereupon seeing Rav Huna, Rav Pappa] saw that [it seemed that Rav Huna] was about to die[1] [and thereupon] said [before those present] to present his burial shrouds. [However], in the end, [Rav Huna] recovered [from his sickness. As a result of his statement concerning the preparation of Rav Huna’s burial shrouds], Rav Pappa was embarrassed to [come to] see [Rav Huna. Nevertheless], Rav Pappa asked Rav Huna, as follows]: “What did you see [when you were deathly ill]?” [Rav Huna responded to Rav Pappa by] saying to him: “Yes, this was the case (that death was decreed upon me), and The Holy One, Blessed is He, said to him, “Since he’s non-combative regarding personal matters do not be exacting concerning [his actions].”[2] Concerning [attaining the benefits of] such [a possibility of increasing one’s lifespan], a person needs to constantly cling to this holy attribute [of overcoming his negative impulses], and, [as a result of this], it will be good for him in this [world] and in [The World to] Come.

[1] The literal translation of this phrase in the gemara is “the world was weakening him”.

[2] The gemara continues with a support for Rav Huna’s miraculous recovery for it says in the pasuk, “He pardons for the intentional sin and passes over the rebellious sin…” (Michah: 7; 18) This follows that which we have learned previously, “For whom does [HaShem] pardon [their] intentional sin? [HaShem pardons the sin of] one who passes over rebellious [sins].”

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