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Relating Good News

Rabbi Yehoshua Alt

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Relating Good News

The Pele Yoatz[1] tells us that if a person has good news for someone, he should quickly inform him. This gives life to the recipient of the news. Quickly informing the other person is considered a mitzva![2] He writes further that this is included in Gemilus Chasadim.


The Meor Einayim[3] tells us that one who relates good news has a spark of Eliyahu Hanavi because Eliyahu relates all good news in the world.[4] For this reason, when the opportunity arises to say over good news, everyone wants to run and tell it over since his Neshama feels Eliyahu. One can use such a time to ascend spiritual heights. Additionally, a spark of Eliyahu enters the one whom the news is being said to and he is more easily able to connect to Hashem!

[1] בשורה, s.v. אם.

[2] Serach the daughter of Asher informed Yaakov that Yosef was alive and thus she merited to enter Gan Eden alive (See Targum Yonasan, Breishis 46:17 and Derech Eretz Zuta, chapter 1).

[3] Vayeitzei, s.v. וישא יעקב.

[4] In Birchas Hamazon we say הרחמןאליהו הנביא זכור לטוב ויבשר לנו בשורות טובות ישועות ונחמות, May He send us Eliyahu—he is remembered for good—to proclaim to us good tidings, salvations and consolations. In the Zemer of אליהו הנביא which we sing on Motzai Shabbos, it says איש פקיד על כל בשורות טובות, the man appointed over all good tidings.

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