Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz: How To Achieve The Ever Elusive Ahavas HaBriyos

If 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 use.

In a letter, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz (Imrei Da'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'Ahavta L'Reiacha Kamocha to every single Jew with a full heart, just like the great tzaddikim.

"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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