Yom Kippur Laws
On Yom Kippur (from before sunset Friday, September 13th, until the stars come out, Saturday evening, September 14th) we are prohibited from:
1. Eating or drinking.
2. Wearing leather footwear.
3. Marital relations.
4. Applying ointment, lotions, or creams.
5. Washing for pleasure.For more details, click here.
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Jokes“Serve G-d in Joy, come before Him in song”
David’s father meets the school principle and asks, “So, how is my David behaving in school?” The Principle replies, “Your David, wow! If only there were 3 boys in this school like your David, this school would be the best in the entire town, perhaps even the country!”
The father is beaming inside until the principle concludes, “The problem is we have 150 boys like him!”
It was Rosh Hashanah evening. In the old Jewish neighborhood, everyone was heading to services. And on his way to synagogue, the Rabbi notices one of his neighbors – an old timer – sitting on a park bench.
“Sam, aren’t you going to services”?
“Not this year, Rabbi.”
“Why not Sam? Don’t you think you should ask G-d for another year of good health?”
“Rabbi. I’m ninety-seven years old. Most of my friends are gone. And I have a hunch. I think that in heaven they’ve forgotten about me. And the last thing I want to do… is remind them!”
On Rosh Hashanah morning, the Rabbi noticed little Adam was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the synagogue. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.
The seven-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the Rabbi walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Adam.”
“Good morning, Rabbi,” replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. “Rabbi Resnick, what is this?” Adam asked.
“Well, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.”
Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Adam’s voice was barely audible when he asked: “Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service?”
A friend was in front of me coming out of the Synagogue one day, and as always the Rabbi was standing at the door shaking hands as the congregation departed. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Rabbi said to him, “You need to join the Army of G-d!”
My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of G-d, Rabbi.”
Rabbi questioned, “How come I don’t see you except for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?”
He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”
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The rabbi requested that they send a driver who is not Jewish.
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Jonah, the whale, and our lives.
On Yom Kippur the holiest day of the year we read in the afternoon, the entire book of Jonah.
Yom Kippur is a day of atonement because it is the holiest day of the year. Holiness equals G-dliness, and on this day, in our minds and with our bodies we are closest to G-d Himself. We are not involved in our mundane bodily pursuits or needs, we are completely immersed in prayer. On a day spent in this way, G-d assures us of forgiveness.
The story of Jonah and the whale teaches us the power of repentance for all mankind anytime of the year. Especially on this day when G-d tells us in the Bible, He is closest to all those who call Him. This day has tremendous significance and opportunity.
The story of Jonah teaches us there is nowhere to run or hide from G-d, since G-d fills the entire world. Jonah prayed from the depth of the big fish’s stomach, from deep down in his own gut, and G-d always answers the prayers of someone who prays and connects with G-d from that spot.
Joy and happiness is a vessel for G-dliness. When a person is filled with gratitude in their lives and appreciates the special unique mission they were granted to fulfill every moment of their existence, this elevates a person to a very great and deep level of consciousness.
Jonah served G-d with great joy and became a prophet of G-d. G-d communicated to Jonah that he go to the city of Nineveh and tell them that if they do not change their ways G-d would destroy them.
Jonah was afraid, that if Nineveh repented, it would look bad for the people in Israel, so he decided to leave Israel thinking G-d would not communicate with him outside of Israel. However, while Jonah was on the boat, a great storm threatened to capsize the boat and Jonah told the captain to throw him into the water and the storm would stop.
So it was, and Jonah ended up in the stomach of a great fish. Jonah realized there was nowhere to escape and prayed to G-d to give him another chance. Jonah announced to the people in Nineveh they had forty days to repent, and they all turned their lives around. Although they did slip back into their bad behavior later on, at this time they were sincere and so they were forgiven.
In the book of mysticism it helps us understand the deeper messages of the bible and explains this story on a much deeper level.
In Hebrew the word Jonah means a dove, and this is a symbol for the spark of G-d within each person. The boat is the body in which the soul is enclothed. Many times this boat and its desires will carry the soul away from fulfilling its ultimate purpose, until it hits a catastrophic storm that threatens the entire physical existence of the person. The name Nineveh, where the soul is instructed originally to reach, means, to make beautiful. This is the mission of every soul to take a dark and sometimes deceiving and ugly world and transform it to a beautiful place where G-d would be comfortable to dwell.
The mission of every person is to consciously work against the flow as difficult as this may be, and with every small success against the current of materialism and flow downwards, success has been accomplished.
Although we may fail every so often in our mission, difficulties help us reconsider the route our boat is taking. The story of Jonah reminds us we can always pray for another chance and the door of repentance is never closed.
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Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
There are two ways to ascend: You can step upward, leaving one foot in its place as the other moves ahead. Or you can crouch down and leap.
This is the true meaning of failure: Failure is not just a setback. Everything in life is a step forward, because everything has meaning.
So too, failure: It is the crouch before the jump, the break away from the past so that we can leap into the future.
Rav Saadia Gaon recounts as the ninth of his ten symbolic meanings in the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashana:
To recall our faith in the future ingathering of Israel’s dispersed, and to awaken our yearning for it. As it says in Isaiah (ch. 72):
” And it shall be on that day – a great shofar will be sounded, and those who have perished in the land of Assyria, and those who were dispersed in the land of Egypt will come…”
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Are u the ANGRY type??
There are four types of temperaments: He who is easily angered and easily pacified, his loss is cancelled by his gain… (Ethics 5:14)
The Talmud teaches:
When any person gives way to anger, if he is wise, his wisdom leaves him;
if he is a prophet, his power of prophecy leaves him.
And even if greatness was decreed for him from Heaven, whosoever becomes angry will be degraded.
Conversely, says the Talmud, among those whomthe Holy One loves are a man who does not become angry as a rule,
and one who will overlook irritating causes for retaliation.
(Talmud, Pesachim 66b, 113b)
The Rebbe writes,
Anxiety about money !!!
18th of Adar II, 5725 
Insofar as I have heard about your husband from visitors from London, I am surprised to read your description of his present state of discouragement. Surely he knows that it is not only a matter of world outlook for a Jew, but one of the very foundations of the Jew’s faith, that G-d’s Providence extends to everyone individually, and in every aspect of one’s individual life. How much more so where it is not only an individual matter, but is related to the parnasa [income] of the whole family. At the same it should be remembered that G-d’s Providence is a benevolent Providence; that G-d is the Essence of Goodness and desires to do good, for, “It is in the nature of the good to do good.” Therefore, it is easy to see how right King David was in the holy Tehillim [Psalms] when he said, “G-d is with me, I shall not fear,” “G-d is my shepherd, I shall not want,” etc. It is only necessary to reflect upon this frequently and deeply, and all anxiety and worry will be dispelled at once.
Needless to say, trust in G-d does not mean relying solely on miracles. For the Torah demands the Jew to do everything possible in the natural order of things in matters of parnasa, etc., except that he should at the same time remember success and blessing comes from G-d. And so it is written in the Torah, “G-d will bless you in all you do.”
If the above is true in every case and at all times and places, it should certainly be obvious to Jews in our own times, since every one of us has seen G-d’s kindness, especially Jews who had a miraculous escape from the dangers of the second World War. How can one allow himself to be so confused by the Yetzer Hara [evil inclination] as to be so overcome by anxiety or worry?
Of course there are times when things do not go as expected or as desired. But the Torah has already forewarned us to regard such times as temporary trials and tests of one’s faith in G-d. As a matter of fact, the stronger remains one faith in G-d even under adverse circumstances, the sooner it will become clear it was all a matter of a test. But this faith should not be merely a matter of lip service, but must have the full force of conviction. And this is not hard to achieve, if one reflects on what has been said above, and frequently, calmly and objectively.
I trust that the above lines will suffice and that you, on your part, will also be a source of encouragement and confidence to your husband. May G-d grant that you should have good news to report in the spirit of Purim on which we celebrate the reversal of the Jewish position from sadness to gladness and, in the words of the Megila, “For the Jews there was light, joy, gladness and honor.”
P.S. You may, of course, show this letter to your husband, if you think it will serve a useful purpose. The important thing is that the message of the letter should be effective, and that you should soon be able to report about an improvement in your husband’s state of mind, to go about his business with confidence and joy, and this will be the first step to an improvement in parnasa.
The repercussions of a
It was Rosh Hashana in the shul of the Baal Shem Tov. In the middle of the prayers, a snuffbox accidentally dropped from the pocket of one of the Chasidim. He bent down to pick it up, and unthinking, he took a pinch of snuff and inhaled it. The man who was sitting next to him saw the little episode and an accusatory thought passed through his mind: “How could he have done such a mundane thing here in the Baal Shem Tov’s shul and on this, such a holy day!?”
Through his holy intuition, the Baal Shem Tov perceived this thought, and he understood the repercussions this thought would have Above for the man who had taken the snuff. Throughout the remainder of Rosh Hashana the Baal Shem Tov tried his best to annul the effects of the thought, but to no avail. The man stood accused before the Heavenly Court all through the holy month of Tishrei.
Finally, during the evening prayers of the last day of Sukkot-Hoshana Rabbah – the Baal Shem Tov managed to strike a deal for the accused. If the accuser would himself, find some merit in the snuff-taker, the snuff-taker would be forgiven. The only catch was this was not to be disclosed to either man.
When the Baal Shem Tov entered the shul that night he noticed that the Chasid who had had the critical thought was preparing to pray, but he seemed unable to concentrate his thoughts and he paced back and forth. He was thinking, “I wonder why tobacco, which is something people like to smoke and inhale, was introduced to the world. I suppose it is because there is some benefit to be had from it.” As soon as that rationale entered his mind, he felt a rush of guilt and sadness at having judged his friend’s actions so critically on Rosh Hashana.
On Hoshana Rabba it was customary for the Baal Shem Tov to make himself available to answer the questions of his Chasidim, which they would prepare in advance. That night, the accusing Chasid came to him with the question, “Is there any benefit to be had from tobacco and snuff?”
The Baal Shem Tov responded with his own question: “What are your thoughts on the matter?” The Chasid proceeded to tell the Rebbe his thoughts of the previous night, that there must be some benefit in these substances.
“I have a feeling there is more than you are telling me,” replied the Baal Shem Tov. “Tell me what else you are thinking.”
At the Baal Shem Tov’s prompting the Chasid related the entire incident of the snuff which had occurred on Rosh Hashana. “When I saw my friend take so much enjoyment from the pinch of snuff on such a holy day, I immediately condemned him, thinking he must be a very coarse individual. But then, last night, I started thinking there was probably some redeeming quality about snuff, and I began to regret my negative thoughts.”
The Baal Shem Tov was then free to tell him what reaction his judgmental thoughts had caused in the Heavens. “Your thoughts aroused quite a stir Above, and a serious charge was lodged against your companion. Fortunately, your change of heart has reversed that ruling, but you must resolve to guard your thoughts carefully in the future.”
Warmest wishes for a Sweet healthy and happy year 5774.
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui