Monday, 16 January 2012

Which pleasure do you choose?

by Blind Beggar (See all authors)

This is the second time in my life that I have gone 100 days without HZ"L.

The first time was before I came to GYE, when I read a sefer, "Veha'er Einaeinu" by Rabbi Yosef Goldschmit of Kiryat Sefer. The main point of his sefer is based on something that Rav Chaim Friedlander zatzal wrote.

Rabbi Chaim Freidlander zatzal wrote a great eitza for guarding our eyes. (Look in Sifsei Chaim on Moados, Chelek Alef in the section Derech Shel Aliya.)

He says that if we give ourselves the choice of either enjoying the pleasure of looking at women or not giving ourselves the pleasure, we are in for a struggle: Enjoy or don't enjoy? A plate of ice cream or an empty plate? Instead, what we have to do is realize the positive benefits of guarding our eyes, the tremendous zechus and kedusha that we can gain from shmiras eynayim. If we do that, now we have a choice between one pleasure and another pleasure, between a plate of delicious treife ice cream which will eventually make us sick, or a geshmake seudas Shabbos with our families. That is a much easier choice to make.

I posted this in a special thread in the forum's Beis Medrash, and I encourage others to buy the sefer and join me in posting highlights in this thread.

Notes:

The sefer "Vhaer Eineinu" is distributed by some friends of the mechaber. In N.J call: 732-363-8033. In Brooklyn, call: 718-252-7480.

Our daily Shmiras Ainayim phone conference makes extensive use of the sefer "Vhaer Eineinu". Join the daily Shmiras Ainayim Phone Conference at 4:45, Mon-Thurs. Call in: (209) 647-1000, Participant PIN: 616701