Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Are You Up To The Test Of The Early Settlers?

In the early part of the 20th century our forefathers who came to the shores of America and steadfastly kept Shabbos often found themselves looking for a new job each Sunday morning.  Very often they were fired for not showing up to work the day before.  They dispalyed real Mesiras Nefesh and courage that we only look back at and wonder if we would have had the fortitude to make the decision they made.  But we don't have such Nisyonos today, or do we...?
The Chofetz Chaim writes (1:6) discusses a case where someone works in place where the people gather to speak Lashon Hara. If you don't join them they will think you are a fool and not very intelligent.  Consequently you will lose you job and not have money to support your family.  Nevertheless, paskens the Chofetz Chaim you must sacrifice your livelihood rather than speak Lashon Hara since the Shulchan Aruch paskens that you may not be "oveir" a Lo Sa'aseh even if it causes you to lose every penny you have.
How about that for modern day Mesiras Nefesh?  Can we stand up to that or even half that? Your Zeidy did!

"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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