Praying for a Better Future Last week and this week, in preparation for Elul, we are reviewing some of the first segments from the start of the Shemoneh Esrei series. At the start of Elul, rather than plunging ourselves into cheshbon ha’nefesh (accounting of one’s soul), many advise to begin by strengthening the core areas of our avodas Hashem. Since […]
HaRav Aharon Kotler zt”l highlighted in a very strong way the extraordinary opportunity and gift of the month of Elul, which Hashem has granted to us. He wrote: ונפתחים שערי חסד ורחמים, ואפשר להשיג בין בתשובה ובין בתורה ועבודה במעט עמל מה שצריך עמל רב בזמן אחר …and the gates of chesed and rachamim are opened; and perhaps one can […]
Elul is a time when we become empowered to lead our lives to our deepest spiritual goals. Discover the message of human accountability at the heart of this Jewish month.
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Many years ago, before the common use of cell phones, I had the unfortunate experience of being trapped alone in a hotel elevator in Israel. Although the elevator was stuck for only a few moments, it felt like an eternity. Aside from the overwhelming fear that I experienced, the sense of complete isolation at not […]
Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 24, 2019, 24 Elul 5779
The Rebbe of the Ben Ish Chai, and his Mysterious Burial and Transmigrations
Our great king and poet, David, gave voice to his deepest desire when he wrote, “One thing I ask of the Lord…to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…” To live in the House of the Lord! Who could contemplate anything grander or more worthwhile? And yet, after the […]