This Shabbes, we read Parshas Beha’aloscha. The end of the Parsha famously focuses on the topic of loshon hora- evil or negative speech- and serves as a warning against speaking ill of others, as Miriam did to Moshe Rabbenu. This is a troubling episode, though it’s an important lesson, and one we should carry with us at all times. However, the Rebbe zt’l advised us to find the good in every situation, and focus on the positive. On this note, I would like to remind everyone of the power of positive speech.
Just as negative speech kills self esteem, crushes dreams, and ruins lives, positive speech fosters confidence, creates ambition, and saves people from falling into despair. Messages of peace and love united all of klal Yisroel. A simple greeting and a smile connects you with your fellow Jew at no cost whatsoever- so this Shabbes, remember to say those two simple words to whoever you see; Gut Shabbes! Through warm greetings and messages, may we soon merit to unite all Jews and hasten the arrival of Moshiach, speedily and in our days!
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit by 8:58 PM, and Shabbes ends tomorrow at 10:30 PM. When lighting your candles, please keep in mind Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Moshe ben Hadasa, Moshe ben Genya and Chashachana bas Bryna for a refuah shleimah! Thank you, and gut Shabbes!