New Year's Resolution
Tzvi FishmanBefore making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter....
This year, I am going to strive to be a holier person by guarding my eyes and my speech more diligently. I have started out by reciting this prayer every morning. Rav Leon advises all of his students to say it, and he says it each morning too.
FOR GUARDING ONE’S SPEECH AND ONE’S EYES
Composed by Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi
MASTER OF THE WORLD, holy Father, may it be Thy will that You enable me and my family, along with all of the Jewish People, to guard our eyes from seeing unholy matters, and to guard our mouths from evil speech, and from vain and impure utterances, and guard over us from hearing these kinds of things and accepting them as true.
I will be very careful not to suspect any Jew of improper doings, and enable me, my Father, to have the daily merit of speaking in the praise and defense of the Nation of Israel, for their benefit and blessing, happiness and joy.
From this day forth, I will endeavor to guard over my speech from falsehood, flattery, cynicism, bitter arguments, arrogance, anger, misleading communication, and embarrassing others. For these things can, G-d forbid, bring us to a spiritual and moral decline in the ways that You have chartered for us in Your Torah. From this day forth, I will endeavor, my dear Father, to speak holy matters intrinsic to the betterment of my soul, and I will strive, from this time forth, that my deeds be in the honor of the L-rd G-d of Israel, for the sake of Heaven.
Our Father, Father of Mercy, may I merit, from his day forth, to guard my ears and my eyes from hearing, seeing, and reading profane matters, empty of Your honor, things like heresy, atheism, words of division, and forbidden images, whether prohibited by the Torah or the enactments of our Rabbis.
Our Father in Heaven, I beseech You to help me, to erase from my mind everything that I heard or saw that was not in light with Your honor – may all of these things be forgotten and nullified from my psyche like earthenware that has been shattered, which is considered as naught. Likewise, grant me the merit, that from this day forth, I won’t hear or see things that are not in Your honor. May my ears and eyes be sanctified, hearing and seeing only holy matters.
May this prayer ascend to the uppermost celestial reaches before our Father in Heaven, and may we be elevated, along with all of our kinsmen, the Nation of Israel, in the fear and love of G-d, and in the love of our fellow Jew, with the coming of our righteous Mashiach, Amen, may it be Your will.