DAY 1/8 – RABBI BARRY KATZ – #8days8teachers The best teachers aren’t those who wish to dazzle their students with their own bright light. Instead, they are those who help each of their students find and nurture the light within themselves – and one such teacher was Rabbi Barry Katz. In the years that I … More #8days8teachers
דרשה לכל נדרי – שערי תשובה שלום וכתיבה וחתימה טובה לכולכם, המשנה בסוף מסכת יומא מתארת את יום כיפור כמקווה, והלילה אנחנו מתחילים את הטבילה הארוכה שלנו לעשרים וחמש שעות של יום כיפור. כציבור וכיחידים תוך התפילות שנתפלל, החרטה שנתחרט והחמשה עינויים שנתקיים, אנו מקווים לטהר את עצמנו ולהשיג חתימה חיובית לשנה החדשה. עם זאת, … More Kol Nidrei Drasha: The Gates of Repentance (Hebrew & English)
Below is a collection of insights for the Kriat HaTorah and Musaf prayers on Rosh Hashanah which I delivered at Machon Ma’ayan on Rosh Hashanah 5777. While the insights originate from a variety of sources, the core theme of the ideas shared on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah was ‘Self-Change’, while those which I … More INSIGHTS TO THE ROSH HASHANAH TEFILLOT
Over the years I have collected hundreds of inspirational quotes from a variety of Jewish and general sources. Here are 40 of those quotes which I hope you find both helpful and inspirational as we begin our 40 day spiritual journey from the 1st of Ellul to Yom Kippur: ASPIRATION: “If a person doesn’t constantly … More 40 QUOTES FOR 40 DAYS
This Motzei Shabbat is the first of Ellul, and from Sunday morning onwards until Yom Kippur, with the exception of Shabbatot and Erev Rosh Hashanah, a Shofar will be blown in Jewish schools and shuls each morning across the world and sefardim will start reciting selichot. For many people, the sound of the Shofar at … More Is Ellul about renewal or repentance?
Tonight, Jews throughout the world are celebrating Tu Bishvat, often referred to as the ‘birthday for trees’. The source for Tu Bishvat is the Mishna Rosh Hashanah 1:1 in which we are told of 4 New Years: 1) The New Year for kings and for bringing gifts to the Temple during festivals (1st Nissan), 2) the … More Tu B’shvat
INTRODUCTION We’ve just started the hebrew month of Ellul, which means that we will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, in just under a month. One of the greatest lessons in Judaism is that we begin the year by planning for the future and by trying to identify how we can be our … More Avoiding spiritual numbness, maintaining spiritual awareness (Teshuva)