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Øear. my son. the instruction oI your Iather and don't Iorsake the teaching oI your mother (Mishlei 1:8). Get into the habit oI always speaking
calmly to everyone. This will prevent you Irom anger. a serious character Ilaw which causes people to sin. As our Rabbis said (Nedarim
22a):Whoever Ilares up in anger is subiect to the discipline oI Gehinnom as it is says in (Koheles 12:10). "Cast out anger Irom your heart. and
|by doing this| remove evil Irom your Ilesh." "Evil" here means Gehinnom. as we read (Mishlei 16:4): "...and the wicked are destined Ior the
day oI evil." Once you have distanced yourselI Irom anger. the quality oI humility will enter your heart.This radiant quality is the Iinest oI all
admirable traits (see Avodah Zarah 20b). (Mishlei 22:4). "Eollowing humility comes the Iear oI Hashem." Through humility
you will also come to Iear Hashem. It will cause you to always think about (see Avos 3:1) where you came Irom and where you are going. and
that while alive you are only like a maggot and a worm. and the same aIter death. It will also remind you beIore Whom you will be iudged. the
King oI Glory. as it is stated (I Melachim 8:27; Mishlei 15:11). "Even the heaven and the heavens oI heaven can't contain You" -- "How much
less the hearts oI people!" It is also written (Yirmeyahu 23:24). "Do I not Iill heaven and earth? says Hashem."
When you think about all these things. you will come to Iear Hashem who created you. and you will protect yourselI Irom sinning and
thereIore be happy with whatever happens to you. Also. when you act humbly and modestly beIore everyone. and are aIraid oI Hashem and oI
sin. the radiance oI His glory and the spirit oI the Shechina will rest upon you. and you will live the liIe oI the World-to-Come!
And now. my son. understand and observe that whoever Ieels that he is greater than others is rebelling against the Kingship
oI Hashem. because he is adorning himselI with His garments. as it is written (Tehillim 93:1). "Hashem reigns. He wears clothes oI pride."
Why should one Ieel proud? Is it because oI wealth? Hashem makes one poor or rich (I Shmuel 2:7). Is it because oI honor? It belongs to
Hashem. as we read (I Divrei Hayamim 29:12). "Wealth and honor come Irom You." So how could one adorn himselI with Hashem's honor?
And one who is proud oI his wisdom surely knows that Hashem "takes away the speech oI assured men and reasoning Irom the sages" (Iyov
12:20)!? So we see that everyone is the same beIore Hashem. since with His anger He lowers the proud and when He wishes He raises the low.
So lower yourselI and Hashem will liIt you up! ThereIore. I will now explain to you how to always behave humbly.
Speak gently at all times. with your head bowed. your eyes looking down to the ground and your heart Iocusing on Hashem. Don't look at the
Iace oI the person to whom you are speaking. Consider everyone as greater than yourselI. II he is wise or rich. you should give him respect. II
he is poor and you are richer -- or wiser -- than he. consider yourselI to be more guilty than he. and that he is more worthy than you. since when
he sins it is through error. while yours is deliberate and you should know better! In all your actions. words and thoughts.
always regard yourselI as standing beIore Hashem. with His Shechinah above you. Ior His glory Iills the whole world. Speak with Iear and
awe. as a slave standing beIore his master. Act with restraint in Iront oI everyone. When someone calls you. don't answer loudly. but gently and
soItly. as one who stands beIore his master. Torah should always be learned diligently. so you will be able to IulIill it's commands.
When you arise Irom your learning reIlect careIully on what you have studied. in order to see what in it that you can be put into practice.
Examine your actions every morning and evening. and in this way every one oI your days will be spent in teshuvah (repentance).
Concentrate on your prayers by removing all worldly concerns Irom your heart. Prepare your heart beIore Hashem. puriIy your
thoughts and think about what you are going to say. II you Iollow this in all your daily actions. you will not come to sin. This way everything
you do will be proper. and your prayer will be pure. clear. clean. devout and acceptable to Hashem. as it is written (Tehillim 10:17). "When
their heart is directed to You. listen to them." Read this letter at least once a week and neglect none oI it. EulIill it.
and in so doing. walk with it Iorever in the ways oI Hashem. may he be blessed.so that you will succeed in all your ways. Thus you will
succeed and merit the World to Come which lies hidden away Ior the righteous. Every day that you shall read this letter. heaven shall answer
your heart's desires. Amen. Sela!
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