|The Rosh: Awareness of God|
In Honor of the Yahrtzeit of the Rosh (Tuesday the 9th of Cheshvan): Rabbeinu Asher ben Yechiel, the Rosh (1250-1327). One of the three primary rishonim on whom Rav Yosef Karo relied for the Shulchan Aruch. Rav Asher’s family traced its lineage to Rabbeinu Gershon. Rav Asher learned under Rav Meir of Rotenberg. After 10 years as the successor of Rav Meir and the leader of German Jewry, he escaped German persecution and settled in Toledo, Spain.
Be aware of the Lord of your ancestors: One of the best tools to maintain awareness of God is to be meticulous with your speech. Try to always phrase things in the positive, and to focus on that which is good, as we find that the Torah added 8 extra letters to say, An animal which is not pure” rather than ‘an impure animal.’(Pesachim 3a)
One should also remember that if we are responsible for what we say to other human beings, how much greater is our responsibility when speaking to God.
(Orchot Chaim, #30)