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Section: Daily Reminder   Category: Zechiras Miriam
Become A Talmid Of Rebbi Eliezer
The great Rebbi Eliezer ben Hyrkanus was on his deathbed.  The great tannaim who were his talmidim gathered around his bed and as he lay dying they beseeched him, "Rabbeinu! Lamdeinu Orchos Chaim V'Nizkeh Bahem L'Chayei Olam Haba", Rebbi, tell us the secret to inheriting Olam Haba.  Rebbi Eliezer gave them the secret.  "Hizharu B'chvod Chavreichem", be careful in the honor of your friend.

Surely there were other things on the list of do's and don'ts, but this was top of the list.  We can never reach the status of a tanna in learning or performance of mitzvos, but we can all become talmidim of Rebbi Eliezer if we put our heart to it.

 

"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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