מחק ברחמיך הרבים שטרי חובותינו… On the Yomim Noraim we ask Hashem, in His mercy, to erase all of our spiritual debts. The Roshei Teivos of the tefillah spell out the word בשמחה , because it is only through joy that the decrees … Continued
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As I sit at my desk and reflect on the past year, I cannot help but
feel like it has gone by so quickly, while at the same time, it was one of
the slowest moving years of my life.
Within nature, there are positive potentials that can be used for holiness, and undesirable qualities which must be discarded. Differentiating between these two categories is not easy.
Even in the world of OK Kosher we are seeing things that did
not seem possible in the past.
To commemorate Chanukah our chachomim instituted the mitzvos of l’hodos u’l’hallel (to give thanks and praise to Hashem) and to commemorate Purim they instituted mitzvos to eat, drink and be merry. Why do we give thanks and praise on Chanukah, … Continued
The word “Chanukah” comes from the same root as “chinuch”, meaning to teach, train and educate. There are many ways to teach and learn new skills, but the best tried and proven methods include hands on learning and leading by example.
When we ask Hashem to fulfill our requests, it is befitting to first do teshuvah. We see this in the words of the prayer “…Shome’a tefillah”.
Rosh Hashanah is a time for improvement and new beginnings.
It has been said that in order to move ahead we must know from where we come;
The Bread of Afflication The opening line of Maggid is “Hei lachma anya… (The Bread of Affliction eaten by our ancestors…)” The Aramaic phrase “di achalu avhasana” conventionally translated as “eaten by our ancestors” can also be interpreted as meaning, … Continued