How the Mighty Fall – Never Give In

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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Elul – A Time of Opportunity

Elul marks the beginning of the countdown towards the Yamim Noraim (High Holy Days). What is the significance of this month? The Ramchal writes that time does not progress in a linear fashion, in which each moment of history is completely unrelated to all the moments that follow.

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Shmiras Haloshon Yomi- Day 117 Repentance

Author: Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson A Day/Mesorah Publications The standard order of teshuvah (repentance) for sins between man and G-d is: Confession, regret and resolution never to repeat the act in the future. One who willfully listened as someone related loshon hora is required to engage in

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Elul Suggested Reading List

Elul Suggested Reading List There are many books which deal with the themes presented in this booklet. These are some of the more popular ones. You can choose to read all of them or none of them. The Book of Our Heritage Eliyahu Kitov The Complete Story

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Personal God

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) Personal Godby Rabbi Baruch Leff. Elul. The very mention of this repentance-filled, preparatory month before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, usually evokes feelings of dread. Right in the middle of our summer vacations we are forced to

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Preparing For Rosh HaShana Part Three

Part Three: Teshuva as the process of climbing the mountain; of coming to terms with the vision of the yetzer hara, of setting a mandate for next year’s spiritual successes. Part One established that the judgment of Rosh HaShana is one on potential. i.e. how much an

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Preparing For Rosh HaShana Part Two

The concept of potential is very difficult to understand because the potential is very unusual – it both exists and yet doesn’t exist. It exists because it is the stuff of which reality is made, yet it does not have substance until it does become reality, a

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Preparing For Rosh HaShana Part One

Yom HaDin – The Day of Judgment. This is the name by which almost every Jew, observant or non-observant, knows Rosh HaShana. The Jewish New Year conjures up images of long hours in shul praying more than it does of celebrations, as do other peoples’ new years, and

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Inyanei Teshuva from the Rambam

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) The Rambam writes in Perek Aleph, that when an Adom is choteh andkesheyaseh Teshuva he is chayev lehisvados-to say viduy. He should’vesaid im yaseh teshuva- if he’ll do teshuva. Why does the Rambam saythat vaday he’ll do teshuva?

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Understanding The High Holidays

Author: Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Tishrei, the month of Rosh Hashana, is the first month of the universe, and just as when G-d completed His Creation He contemplated and evaluated it, so does He do every Rosh Hashana — which means that Rosh Hashana is actually the Day

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Hilchot Teshuva Chapter Five

Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Touger 1. Free will is granted to all men. If one desires to turn himself to the path of good and be righteous, the choice is his. Should he desire to turn to the path of evil and be wicked, the choice is his.

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Hilchot Teshuva Chapter Four

Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Touger 5. There are five qualities which have the tendency to lead the transgressor to continue to commit them and which are very difficult to abandon. Therefore, a person should be very careful lest he become attached to them, for they are very bad

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Hilchot Teshuva Chapter Three

Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Touger 1. Each and every person has merits and chets. A person whose merits exceed his chets is righteous. A person whose chets exceed his merits is wicked. If his chets and merits are equal, he is termed a Beinoni. The same applies to

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Hilchot Teshuva Chapter Two

Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Touger 1. Who has reached complete teshuva? A person who confronts the same situation in which he transgressed when he has the potential to commit the chet again, and, nevertheless, abstains and does not commit it because of his teshuva alone and not because

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Hilchot Teshuva Chapter One

Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Touger Based on the translation of Maimonides Mishne Torah, Hilchot Teshuva, by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger. This text describes one mitzvah; that a transgressor should do teshuva from his chet before G-d and say Viduy. This mitzvah and the fundamental principles that follow in relation

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The Power of Cheshbon Path Ways in Cheshbon

Author: Rabbi David Nivin Introduction In yesterday’s sheet, we spoke about different pathways that can be used to allow an individual to figure out his goals. After an individual has clarified his goals, there is another very important step that needs to be done. Some sort of

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The Power of Cheshbon What Do I Do Teshuva On?

Author: Rabbi David Nivin Introduction We are now beginning the final week of the month of Elul. According to the Rosh HaYeshiva’s plan (see sheet #1), now is the time to intensify the process of Cheshbon (spiritual accounting) and come up with a plan for change. The

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