Hope and Optimism – Ki Tavo 5775

It is customary to add a Psalm to our prayers during the month preceding Rosh Hashanah.  The Psalm is Chapter 27 and is one of most beautiful prayers in the book of Psalms. “A Psalm of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, my enemies and my adversaries, ...

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Setting the Alarm

There is a custom to begin sounding the shofar in the synagogue a month before Rosh Hashanah, the New Year.  The idea is that we have to start the process of change well before Rosh Hashanah to avoid a last minute, panicked rush.  During the month before Rosh Hashanah, known as Elul, the shofar is blown every day after the weekday morning services in order to wake us up from ...

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The Mitzvah of Israel

This week’s Torah portion includes the commandment for the Jews to take possession and to settle in the Land of Israel. Our Sages have discussed this precept at length. “The Holy One, Blessed Be He said, `The Land of Israel is more dear to me than any other land... and the Jewish people are dear to me... I will bring the Jewish people who are dear to me, into the Land ...

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