LISTENING TO THE SHOFAR

Shofar is one of the very few mitzvos that emphasize listening לשמוע קול rather than performance of the mitzvah. When Hashem hears the shofar, it “reminds” Him of one of the high points in His relationship with Israel: the pledge of “na’aseh v’nishma, We will do and we will hear.” […]

RETURN OF THE INNER SPARK

‪צריך האדם לבקש רחמים מהקב״ה לחדש זאת הרשימה בלבן בר״ה וע״ז מבקשין כתבנו לחיים One of the consequences of the restoration of the Jewish soul every Rosh Hashanah is the return of that inner spark of sanctity that somehow has lain dormant all year. Liberated from his material impulses, every […]

ELUL: 3 Levels of Forgiveness

3 LEVELS OF FORGIVENESS ‪#‎FORGIVENESS‬ ‪#‎ELUL‬ There are three Hebrew synonyms: “Selichah,” “Mechilah,” and “Kapparah,” all related to the idea of “forgiveness.” What does each mean? ‪#‎SELICHA‬ usually translated as “forgiveness” is the first step which must be taken if someone has committed a sin, whether it be against G-d or against Man. […]

ELUL: Just Apologize

JUST APOLOGIZE ‪#‎APOLOGIZE‬ ‪#‎MECHILAH‬ ‪#‎ELUL‬ ‪#‎SPARK‬ Sincerely apologizing is the best way to overcome the resentment and negative feelings of someone who is angry with you. However, at times it can be very difficult to apologize. When you tell yourself, “Just apologize,” it can become easier. If you really did something wrong, you have […]