Elul – Day 37

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 | 0 comments

Elul – Day 37

Tishrei 7 THE CYCLE OF FORGIVENESS Yom Kippur, which is only three days away, is called the “Day of Forgiveness” because this is the day when Moses, after pleading with G-d for 80 days to forgive the Israelites for the Sin of the Golden Calf, finally succeeded.  On this day, G-d finally said to him: “I will forgive as you have asked.” On Yom Kippur we seek to connect to the energy of this awesome day and win forgiveness for ourselves as well.  But we can hardly expect to be forgiven by G-d if we ourselves have not been willing to forgive others. Forgiveness is not...

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Elul – Day 36

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 | 0 comments

Elul – Day 36

APPROACHING THE SOURCE We have now reached the midpoint of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. This is the period, say the sages of the Talmud, of which the Prophet Isaiah (55:6) speaks when he proclaims: “Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near.” This might seem like an odd statement because we are taught that G-d is omnipresent at all times and all places in the world. How could we say that now He is closer to us? But Isaiah is not speaking from G-d’s perspective but from the soul’s perspective. Chassidic teachings explain that this special time of the...

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Thoughts for the 10 Days of Awe

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 | 0 comments

Thoughts for the 10 Days of Awe

לֹא תִשָּׂא אֶת־שֵֽׁם־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לַשָּׁוְא You will not lift up or carry the Name of YHVH in an empty, disrespectful, dishonoring way The Holy One has entrusted to us His Name. We are His Covenant people. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are carrying His Name to the world. For better or worse, we are always engaged in this greatest of all enterprises. The question is, do our lives, our attitudes, our facial expressions, our reactions, our conversations, our priorities, and our deeds bring honor to the Name of our Creator as we go through the world bearing that Name? Are we, through...

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More on the 10 Days of Awe

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 | 0 comments

More on the 10 Days of Awe

The Days of Awe have reached their midpoint. There are only five of them left. Five evenings. Five mornings. Five days. This sixth Day of Awe is dedicated to reconnecting the Awestruck Heart with the sixth Prophetic Empowerment of our Bridegroom King. This empowerment is usually translated from the Hebrew to English as ‘You will not kill’ or ‘You will not commit murder’. But the prophetic empowerment was not given in English. It was given in Hebrew, and the Hebrew verb used by the Holy One is so much deeper than the English verbs ‘kill’ or...

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Elul Day 35

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 | 0 comments

Elul Day 35

THE PERSONAL HOLY OF HOLIES Before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the Yom Kippur service was the moment when the High Priest (the Kohen Gadol) would enter the Holy of Holies. This was the only time of the year that anyone could enter this holiest of inner sanctums and only the High Priest was permitted to do so and only for a short duration. It was such an intense moment that if the High Priest was not completely pure—if he had committed even one transgression for which had had not previously atoned—he would die immediately. This was because the Holy of Holies...

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