Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
A Letter Home From The Vilna Gaon

In a letter to his family during his unsuccessful voyage to Eretz Yisroel, the Vilna Gaon wrote a letter his family to instruct them how to act.  In the letter he wrote, “Until the day of his death a person should torture himself.  Not with fasting and physical pain only with putting a muzzle on his mouth and his desires.  This is all the fruit of Olam Haba.”

“Zachor Eis Asher Asa Hashem L’Miriam BaDerech B’Tzaischem MiMitzrayim”

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 Shaar Tvunah Perek 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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