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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

BOOK: Sefer Hamedot



1. Someone who has the potential to write some book, and does not, it is considered as if he had lost his children.

2. A writer must weigh the words of his book on the scales, to see if there is in them enough to justify the book. For the essential aspect of the book is only the words which have a direct connection to souls, as expressed in the verse, "This is the book of the generations of man (Bereshit 5:1)." And if there is only a small amount of such words, then there is not enough to justify the book.

3. Those with depth of understanding can distinguish, when they see novel Torah teachings in a book, whether the author conceived of them himself, or whether they were already existing beforehand, and because there had not been within them enough to comprise a book, they had remained hidden until this author came. But in truth, he did not labor for those teachings, and they came to him with ease, for someone else had already strained to conceive and reveal them.

4. When some new Torah book is printed, the crying through which the book was created -- in the aspect of "I anointed my (check) with tears", this crying rises up against the decrees of the nations, that they should not overpower us. Also, the main power of their government is only drawn from the crying of Asav. A hint for this from scripture: "And the number of the children of Israel was as the sand by the sea." (The initials of the words of this passage spell "crying" in Hebrew.)

5. One who avoids looking upon women merits that his descendants will author commentaries on the Torah.

6. When holy books by tzaddikim are concealed, lost and forgotten from the world, as with several books by ancient Torah sages which were lost and forgotten, this is in fact beneficial. For through this, many books of heretics and blasphemers are lost, uprooted and erased. Also through this is annulled the jealousy and hatred between an upright couple, who live in holiness.

7. Through a significant book that comes into the world, barren women conceive. A hint for this: "This is the book of the generations of man."

Note: Sefer Hamedot- Book of Traits was posted on with the permission of the translator Dovid Nanach. He has already given printing rights to Keren Rebbe Yisroel Ber Odeser. Content is for personal use only. If you wish to reprint or distribute this translation, we can not give you permission. For that you must contact the above parties.