…asking G-d for forgiveness…


Excerpted from Aish.com: On Yom Kippur the opportunity to re-experience God’s love for us is greater than it is at any other time. What that means is that God makes it possible to break down the most resilient barrier that we can erect separating us from our Father — the barrier of sin. The word “sin” has a terrible reputation. It is associated with paralyzing guilt that reduces our souls to dust. In fact, there are three words in Hebrew that describe “sin” which is really a failure of honest self-expression: One is chet, which literally means missing the mark.

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The Month of Elul


“I have set before you life and death . . Therefore, choose life, that both you and your seed may live.” –Deuteronomy 30:8 I want to live more than anything, I want to know life and a life full of love and prayer and obedience to HaShem. I suppose you can say that I live an emotional life, not always predicated by my intellect, but a life in which I respond to things with a feeling more often than with an intellectual response. In some cases, being emotional has saved my life, because I felt danger and I reacted. In

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Haveil Havalim #95 – Thanksgiving Edition


“Hinei ma tov uma na’im shevet achim gam yachad.” “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is to be united like brothers and sisters in one family and one community.” — Psalm 133:1 Folks, I am pleased to host this edition of Haveil Havalim, the weekly round up of posts from all over the JBlogosphere. There were lots of great submissions to choose from this week, resulting in a profound reflection of thought, opinion, rant, observation, religion, and talent. The JBlogosphere is a great community and I’m proud to part of it. Ok, let’s get started. For starters, what in

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Kristillnact, 1938


Munich, September 1938. What happened? Britain and France generously donated a big slice of Czechoslovakia to Hitler, in exchange for “peace with honor,” “peace in our time”. What followed? Kristillnacht – in November of 1938. What caused Kristillnact besides the irrational hatred of Jews? Appeasement. Appeasement doesn’t merely fail to prevent catastrophe, it provokes catastrophe. King David made the city of Jerusalem his capital. Mohammed had never been to Jerusalem. In the Jewish Bible, Jerusalem has many names: Salem (Shalem), Moriah, Jebuse (Yevuse), Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and Zion (Tziyon). The most common term for the city, Yerushalayim, is mentioned 349 times

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Why, despite everything, Jewish-Americans keep voting for Democrats


Folks, this Election Day, November 7, 2006, vote Republican, not Democrat. Here’s why, in an article from Joel Engel dated 2004: For nearly 60 years, since the birth of Israel, American Jews have faced accusations that they care more about the well-being of their ancient homeland than of their home. Well, barring some unforeseen circumstance, the canard of dual loyalty should be retired forever on November 2, 2004. On that Tuesday, Election Day, up to 80 percent of American Jews will pull the lever for John Kerry, thereby proving that they not only do not care about Israel’s well-being, but

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Crown Heights outrage


Sorry I am so late with this story, folks:—————A 16-year-old Hasidic boy walking home from a Brooklyn synagogue on Yom Kippur was jumped by a group of teens who called him a “f—–g Jew,” witnesses and his family charged. Mendel Chesney was heading home about 10 p.m. Sunday when he was attacked by as many eight young men on Carroll St. in Crown Heights, witnesses and police said. “At first, I thought they might be playing around, so we walked over to where the crowd was. That’s when I see the talaisim [prayer shawls] and know it’s a Jewish person

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Lesson from Yom Kippur by Levi Cahzen


The Talmud teaches us that the First Temple stood for 410 years. During that time, only 18 High Priests served in that position, averaging a 25-year term for each High Priest. The Second Temple stood for 420 years, and yet more than 300 High Priests served in that position. Moreover, we find that the first few High Priests of the Second Temple served for many years, such as Shimon HaTzadik (Simon the Righteous) who served for 40 years, and Yochanan served for 80 years. So in the last 279 years that the Second Temple stood – some 300 High Priests

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