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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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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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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