Your Feedback Matters

We hope you are enjoying The Foundation Stone™.
Please take a few moments to complete the survey
so that we can continue to improve our website.
Thank you for your time and support.

Take this survey

Your Feedback Matters

Please reconsider your decision.
A few minutes of your time will be
a great help and will allow us to make
The Foundation Stone™ even better.

Thank You!

Take this survey

Exclusively designed for The Foundation Stone Hand Crafted Metal Lace Thank You Machine

To order yours please contact

Midot Hayom: Day 9: Gevurah in Gevurah Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

midotRabban Simon ben Gamliel says: Sometimes a man may recite the Shema twice in one night, once immediately before dawn rises and once immediately after the dawn rises, thereby fulfilling his obligation for the day and for the night. Hearing this, the Sages made a fence for their words, ruling that you are allowed to recite the evening Shema only until midnight. Avot of Rabbi Nathan 2:8


The Sages realized that Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel had clear and absolute boundaries. He had absolute definitions of both day and night according to Halachah lived with those definitions. They understood that, however, most of us do not have such clear definitions of the boundaries necessary in our lives. We do not have absolute definitions of what is considered Lishon Harah – The Vocabulary of Evil – usually expressed in the way we speak of others. The Sages therefore demanded that we construct clear signs of the boundaries of our lives. We must have clearly delineated “fences” marking what is proper speech.

It is appropriate to use this day of the Sefirah to focus on boundaries that need better definition: Speech, personal modesty, food, blessings or our behavior while learning and praying.

Joomla 1.5 Templates by