Category: Feasts and Traditions

Yom Kippur in the Days of Awe

“God, God, benevolent God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness and truth; He preserves kindness for two thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and He cleanses.” (Words of the Amidah according to Exodus 34:6-7) On this Yom Kippur, May you always be reminded it is the Compassion of God which

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Have You Confessed With Your Mouth? Repent in the Days of Awe

“Light is sown for the righteous, and for the upright in heart—joy.” Yom Tov, a festive day; for although we stand prepared to be judged in the supernal courtroom for our deeds of the past year, we are confident that God is a merciful judge, and will decree a year of life, health and prosperity

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How Do You Walk with God? Hatznei’a in the Days of Awe

Hatznei’a…, “Walk discreetly with your God” One must take care not to be conspicuous or ostentatious in the slightest. It is said, “Man should always be artful in piety.” The artfulness lies in seeing that his piety not be noticed at all. We know that a number of the early Chassidim concealed their true selves,

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How Well Do You Know Him? B’chol in the Days of Awe

B’chol…, “In all your ways, know Him.” A person who sets his heart and mind to observe all that happens to him and around him, will perceive Godliness tangibly in evidence. Men of affairs have an advantage over secluded scholars, in that the former can witness actual manifestations of Godliness. This form of the service

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Do You Love Your Fellows Well? V’ahavta in the Days of Awe

V’ahavta…, “Love your fellow as yourself.” It is taught that this love is an instrument, a means to, “Love the Eternal your God.” This is explained in the statement, “Whoever is pleasing to man is pleasing to God.” This service of teshuva stems from goodness of heart. 📖 Luke 10:17-24 “The seventy returned with joy,

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