This Week's Thought - Praise

This Week's Thought - Praise



 This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation  


- Sherri Mandell



Yesterday I led a spiritual healing workshop for one of our groups of bereaved mothers. I asked them to tell us about a gift that they had received from their children.
One of the mothers said her child was a boy who never spoke lashon ha ra slanderous speech.  He always tried to stop her when she gossiped about somebody else.
That was one of the gifts he gave her. Then other mothers spoke and said that their children had also been very adamant about not speaking or hearing lashon ha ra. It was startling that so many of the children had been similar in that way.
The Torah teaches us the danger of  lashon ha ra.  Commentators attribute Yosef 's  slavery and exile in  part to speaking lashon ha ra about his brothers.
Bereaved parents face the temptation to speak badly about God, to excoriate God, to be so angry with God that they see no good in Him, in the world, or in their lives.
 To speak lashon ha ra about  God.
But at the moment  we most want to speak badly about God, we are instructed to  praise Him and his great name.
What is Kaddish, but the refusal to speak lashon ha ra about God?


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