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Jewish Holidays

Selichot Sichot: Day II

September 7, 2007, by

A discussion of the structure of selichot. Selichot are modeled after Mincha, the afternoon prayer. They are introduced & highlighted by the 13 attributes of mercy.  

Selichos Sichos: Day III

September 7, 2007, by

Selichos Sichos:Day III – presented by Rabbi David Polsky. We plead God using the husband-wife motif & ask for protection. We then use a vineyard motif. After that the paytan asks why the wicked prosper.

Selichos Sichos: Erev Rosh HaShanah

September 7, 2007, by

Selichos Sichos: Erev Rosh HaShanah – presented by Rabbi Yosef Goldberg In selichot for Erev Rosh Hashanah we ask God not to enter into strict judgment with us because we can’t survive. We ask God to listen to us.

Selichos Sichos: Day V

September 7, 2007, by

Selichot Sichot: Day V – presented by Rabbi David Polsky In selichot we admit that we have sinned, acknowledge God’s power, and ask God to forgive us.

Articles for Elul by Rabbi Yaakov Luban

September 19, 2006, by

Short stories for the Days of Awe The Pendulum A Story for the Days of Awe Changing Perspectives The Grand Slam If you received e-mail from an angel, would you heed…The Heavenly Call The Merry – Go – Round

Making A Plan for Your Life

June 30, 2006, by

God created us with a specific set of talents. Our purpose in life is to maximize that potential. Cheshbon is the way to do it. A key to the teshuva process is to make a plan that will liberate you from the things that hold you back. Without a plan, it is hard to show […]

The Grand Slam-Changing Perspectives: A Short Story

June 30, 2006, by

At first, the Malach (angel) did not plan to use the RMTF program on Henry. After all, it was very powerful and left some people in a permanent state of shock. For many, a few good conversations combined with DVD and E-Mail Therapy was all that was necessary, but this approach did not work for […]

Jewish Optimism: Eternal Words with Contemporary Echoes

June 30, 2006, by

THERE ARE THOSE who view Jewish life as confining, gloomy and pessimistic. They claim that Judaism enforces restrictions, a life filled with obligations, somber occasions, all year long prayers three times a day. We have Yom Kippur preceded eight days earlier by Tzom Gedaliah, fasting on Tisha B’Av when only three weeks earlier we cleansed […]