Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Never say "I can't" and the month of Tishrei and Wiser Choices

Wiser Choices

If you make a serious mistake, and you see that the consequences of that mistake are truly terrible, you still have a choice. As long as you are alive, you can decide at this very moment to make wiser and more elevated choices.
Only time can tell you if you made a mistake. In the moment, you think you have made the best choice and would probably do it over again if you did not have any new information. With time however, you can see if you made a serious mistake, and since you are still alive, you can chose again!!!

Love Yehuda Lave

 Shana Tova
Shana Tova ! Who would have believed this possible? If anyone had told Abraham that his people would be around this long he probably would have been astounded.
Imagine, we did this without beheading anyone one , without a single suicide bomber without kidnapping and murdering school children, without slaughtering Olympic athletes, or flying airplanes

into skyscrapers.

We lasted this long despite 400 years as slaves in Egypt, 40 years of wandering in the desert.

The mighty Roman army which nailed us to ten thousand crosses; despite the best efforts of fervent Crusaders, the Spanish Inquisition, Hitler's third Reich, Stalin's gulags, Arab wars of annihilation and 100 years of hateful terrorism, numerous hate-filled UN resolutions. How did we Jews do it?
We survived by concentrating our efforts on education, love of family, faith, hard work, helping one another and a passionate dedication to life no matter what evil befell us. We hung in there in hope the rest of the world would one day overcome its hatreds, jealousies, violence and join us in a life of cooperation and mutual respect. We're not there yet, but we're still hopeful. And when so many of us enter our places of worship next month, this is what we'll pray for with all the strength in our hearts.
Best wishes for a Jewish New Year filled with good health, happiness, success, and may this coming year bring peace and security to Israel , to the Jewish communities in the Diaspora and to our planet.

year 5774 and counting.
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The month of Tishrei incorporates the three major holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. These give us an opportunity to improve the three major components of self: mind, heart and limbs.
Rosh Hashana is a holiday when we use our mind and intellect to serve God as we acknowledge and accept the sovereignty of God over the world. It is a time when we re-affirm our belief that God rules the world, and we contemplate our outlook and Jewish perspective on life. Even the name of the holiday - Rosh Hashana - 'Head of the Year' is indicative of the predominant involvement of the mind on this holiday.
Yom Kippur, however, is more of an emotional day as we pour out our hearts to God in prayer and supplication. It is a solemn and awesome time when we re-connect to God on an emotional level, therefore representing the heart, the second dimension of Man.
Finally, Sukkot represents the body/limbs, as it involves much movement and physical activity, for example, building a sukkah prior to the holiday, sleeping and eating in the sukkah, shaking the four species, and lots of dancing at Simchat Beit Hashoeva celebrations. It is a time when we serve God predominantly with our body.

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