Thursday, February 08, 2007

"His Remainder"

Received via e-mail from Tzuriel Kastel of Parsha Parts:

And Yisro heard (Shmos 18:1).

It is fitting and appropriate to listen to one’s 'Yeser', that which remains from all his toil and effort in this world [the root of the name Yisro is yeser, 'remainder' or 'left over' - Yisro, his remainder]. Everything in the physical world is empty and meaningless. None of a person’s gold or silver accompany him to the next world. Only that which he gains in Torah and what he teaches his children about the path of goodness before the Almighty remains from his efforts in this world. It is appropriate to be aware of this constantly and direct one’s attention to it.

(Degel Machaneh Ephraim)

More teachings of the Degel Machaneh Ephraim on Parshas Yisro can be seen here and here.


At February 8, 2007 at 10:19:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reb Tzuriel Kastel shlita is an old freind of mine from our Yeshiva days, about 16 years ago. Great to see him doing good things. If ASJ could give him a link amongst the chashuvim on this blog's side-bar, it would be a mitzva raba, both l'gabei the readorship and Reb Tzuriel.

At February 8, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Just added a link on the sidebar :)

At February 8, 2007 at 12:31:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to see old friends on the interwebs...

Thanks for the comments Michoel and thanks for the links ASJ!

At February 9, 2007 at 11:54:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mistoma you also know that Tzuriel is a Baal Shem Tov's einikel via the Degel.

At February 9, 2007 at 12:23:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I sure do! And for precisely this reason I have asked him to write a future guest posting on the Degel's teachings :)


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