Responses to Questions on Kabala l’atid

The Questions : What is the minimal requirement for the Kabalah l’Haba? Is one required to definitively state that he will never do whatever Aveirah that he is attempting to do Teshuva for ever again? There are certainly some Aveirot where this would seem to be either impractical or downright dishonest! Even in those areas

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How the Mighty Fall

As we review our year and wonder what happened to our New Year resolutions from last year – we may want to give up trying to improve ourselves.  But never do that!  We can learn from Winston Churchill and the best selling business author Jim Collins, who

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The Seven Steps Prior to Teshuva

Author: Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt’l based on the Chovos HaLevavos   1)      Focus on one specific moment when you did this עבירה.   2)      Know that what you did was unequivocally an עבירה. 3)      Know that you will be punished for this עבירה.   4)      The punishment is on its way (the bullet has been

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Letting Go Of Aveirot

Author: The Salant Foundation There was once a man who decided to hide his valuable gold coins in the bottom of a jug filled with wine. The container had a narrow neck and widened out to a broad bottom. The man dropped the coins in the jug

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The Compassion Of Hashem

Author: The Salant Foundation Mussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth We would assume that the logical sequence of repentance would entail first cleansing oneself from transgression, followed by the granting of forgiveness by HaShem.  However when the Torah (Vayikra 16:30) speaks about Yom Kippur it first

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Lost Oppurtunities

Author: Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson A Day/Mesorah Publications When one ponders his great poverty in Torah study and performance of other mitzvos, he realizes that he has nothing to be arrogant about. As the Sages put it, “If you lack knowledge, then what have you acquired?” (Bereishis

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Yosef Meets His Brothers

Breishit 35  Yosef Meets His Brothers:Playing the Teshuva Game (Ch. 42—44:17) Ask: How many people here like to admit that they are wrong? (No one will raise their hand) Judaism teaches that every human being wants to do good. Even Saddam Hussein doesn’t wake up in the morning and

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The ShoeMaker’s Repair

Author: Rabbi Yisrael Bronstein *    *    * THE SHOEMAKER’S REPAIR Rabbi Yisrael Salanter was returning home very late one night. As he walkedthrough the dark alleyways, he suddenly noticed that a light was stillburning in the home of the shoemaker. He knocked on the door and entered

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Status As A Symbol

The topics of repentance and Yom Kippur need not be all fire and brimstone. There is much about repentance that is positive, inspiring, and meaningful. Maimonides writes: “Each and every person has merits and transgressions. Whoever has more merits than sins is called a tzaddik – a righteous person.

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Ascent or Descent

Rabbi Sima’i taught: At the moment the Jewish people answered “Na’aseh ve’nishma – We will fulfill and learn the Torah,” 600,000 angels descended and crowned each Jew with two crowns, one for na’aseh and one for nishma. (Talmud – Shabbos 88a) The commentaries have discussed at length the greatness the Jewish

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Teshuva V’Yira

Author: Rabbi Bourch Leff (Based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) Teshuva V’Yira The Avoda of Rosh HaShana is an avoda of yira. The crying out to KaVeyochol is yira.  We are working on 3 general ikrim on Rosh HaShana: Metzios Hashem, Toras hashem, and

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A Parable about Rosh Hashana

Author: Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne tells a story about a successful businessman who meets a former colleague down on his luck. The colleague begs the successful business man for a substantial loan to turn around his circumstances. style=”mso-spacerun: yes”Eventually, the businessman agrees to a 6 month

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Musar Movements Spreading in America

Mussar Movement Spreading in America- Strategies for the Heart and MindLeonard Felson Hartford, CT Far from the hype of the kabbalah craze, American Jews across the religious spectrum and across the country are working at ethical and spiritual improvement through a religious discipline called ‘musar.’ And the

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Self Responsibility

The Mishna (Dmai 2:2) says that if a person eats in the house of an Am Ha’aretz he is not believed himself, i.e. one should not eat in his house. It stated the reason as being that if this person cannot be trusted to take care of

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How I Save Time

I try to get satisfaction out of every minute. I try to enjoy whatever I’m doing. I’m a perennial optimist. I build on success. I don’t waste time regretting my failures. I don’t waste time feeling guilty about what I don’t do. I remind myself: “There is

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Loshon Hora and the Non-Observant

Author: Chofetz Chaim A Lesson A Day/Mesorah Publications Based on the rules we have just studied, the rules of loshon hora vis-à-vis the totally non-observant Jew become clear. (1) The average non-observant Jew today has been deprived of a meaningful Jewish education. Whether or not he has

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Kafuy Tov

How Far Does One Go to be a Kafuy Tov? The pasuk says that a new Phaaroh became king that did not know Yosef. Rashi brings a machlokes between Rav & Shmuel whether the new king was literally a different person or was the same person but

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God’s Love For Man

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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