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 […]

SHALOM ALEICHEM

A short thought based on a question from Naftali Skaist. When we return home from Shul on Shabbos night, we traditionally sing “Shalom Aleichem” welcoming the angels into our home, for them to witness the special Shabbos spirit and, according to the Talmud, to receive their blessing. But almost as […]

ALL FOR THE BEST

Ultimately whatever happens to us is for our good. The Talmud relates a story about two people who wanted to travel by boat. One broke his foot and was unable to make the trip, while his friend got on the boat. The one who missed the boat cursed his misfortune. […]

“I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent”

“I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent” – Rabbi A.Y. Kook This quote embodies the depth of love every Jew needs to feel for another. The connection between Jews is instinctive, therefore one has no choice […]

PARSHA: Bo

‪#‎PARSHA‬ ‪#‎BO‬ ‪#‎SPARK‬ Different Strokes for Different Folks And so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son’s son that I made mockery of Egypt and my signs that I placed among them – that you may know that I am Hashem. (Ex. 10:2) God sent 10 […]

HOSHANA RABA & SIMCHAS TORAH: Rabbi Dovid Charlop

I saw a beautiful insight about Hoshana Raba, hitting the aravos, and Simchas Torah. Hoshana Raba, the seventh day of Succos, is represented by Dovid HaMelech (King David). His contribution to the Jewish people was his Tehilim (Psalms), words that have touched the Jewish heart for thousands of years. The […]

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 […]

ASERET YIMEI TESHUVA: Rabbi Mansour

ASERES YIMEI TESHUVA ‪#‎10DAYS‬ ‪#‎TESHUVA‬ ‪#‎TISHREI‬ ‪#‎SPARK‬ A baby must cry out to his mother when he is dirty and needs to be cleaned. The mother won’t come unless she hears the infant’s desperate cries for help. And the same is true of us and our “Mother.” Gd comes to clean us only after […]

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 […]