Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day today --recuperate from Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yehuda Lave From Jerusalem
Focus on the Benefit of Doing Mitzvahs
Whether you subjectively find something easy or difficult, depends to a great degree on the perceived benefit. If there is no gain, then even a minor action might seem difficult. But when you gain an immense fortune by taking some action, even a difficult one is now considered easy.
When you focus on the eternal benefits gained from performing mitzvahs, you will be far less bothered by any difficulties or hardships involved.
Australian Steven McRae, Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet has shown his versatility by stepping out of his princely classical roles and...
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people's. A grandfather is a man grandmother. Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us. When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on "cracks." They don't say, "Hurry up." Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums out. Grandparents don't have to be smart. They have to answer questions like, "why isn't God married?" and "How come dogs chase cats?" When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television, because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us. They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time, and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
A 6 YEAR OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED. ''OH,'' HE SAID, ''SHE LIVES AT THE AIRPORT, AND WHEN WE WANT HER WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN WE'RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.''
Send this to other grandparents. It will make their day!!!
Knowing how to speak Hebrew is not just knowing 1,000 words in Hebrew. It's about knowing the slang and other terms that are used by the average Joe Israeli.
This short video will allow you to get through a slang-filled discussion.
She is great at really communicating the langua
Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day
What, why and how we mourn on the day after Rosh Hashanah
After theBabyloniansdestroyed the HolyTempleinJerusalemand exiled many Jews in 3338 (423 BCE), they appointedGedaliah ben Achikamas governor of the remaining Jews in the Holy Land. Jews who had taken refuge in the surrounding lands of Ammon,MoabandEdomheard of his appointment and returned toJudeato join his group—the last remnant of the once-mighty Judea. Under his wise and pious leadership, they tilled, planted and cultivated, coaxing the ravished land back to health.
Prior toRosh Hashanah3339,Gedaliahreceived word that a certainIshmaelbenNetaniah, jealous of his position of power and dissatisfied with his tactical alliance with the Babylonians, was planning to kill him and usurp the leadership for himself. But the trusting Gedaliah refused to believe that Ishmael would act treacherously, and restrained those who wanted to kill Ishmael.
On Rosh Hashanah, Ishmael came to Gedaliah with ten men, ostensibly to celebrate the holiday with him. While they were eating together, Ishmael and his men got up and killed Gedaliah, as well as all the other Jewish men and Babylonian soldiers who were present.
This treachery was followed by more bloodshed. It also caused the Jews to flee to Egypt, effectively ending the prospects of Jewish settlement in the Holy Land until the return of the Babylonian exiles in the year 3390 (371 BCE). 1Thus, the Babylonian exile was absolute, and Judea was left bereft of her children.
In memory of Gedaliah's tragic death and its disastrous aftermath, we fast every year on the 3rd ofTishrei, the day after Rosh Hashanah. 2If the 3rd of Tishrei falls out onShabbat, the fast is postponed to the 4th of Tishrei. Like other "minor" fasts, it begins at dawn(alot hashachar)and ends at nightfall.
During morning services, it is customary to add specialselichot, penitential prayers. During both morning and afternoon prayers, theTorahis taken out, and we read the portion fromExodus 32:11–14 and 34:1–10 in whichG‑dforgivesIsraelfor the sin of thegolden calf. During the afternoon prayers, we also read ahaftorah, fromIsaiah 55:6–56:8.
As it is written inZechariah 8:19,Tzom Gedaliahis one of the four fasts that will be converted to joy and feasting with the arrival ofMoshiach. May it happen soon.