The high holidays are especially important to improve and be careful with our good deeds. "Repentance Prayer & Charity avert the evil decree."
Rosh Hashanah G-d opens the books of life and Yom Kippur is when our fate is sealed. NOW, is the time to go the extra mile and do MORE.
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Sunday night services 7:45 p.m. followed by kiddush
Monday morning 9:30 a.m. children program 10:30 a.m. - 1 P.M.
enjoy a candy land Rosh Hashanah and Holiday lunch
Monday eve. Mincha 6:30 p.m. followed by Tashlich
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. childrens program 11:30 a.m. - 1 P.M.
enjoy a candy land Roch Hashanah and Holiday Lunch.
Shlomo's wife was screaming at him: "Leave!! Get out of this house!" she ordered.
Moshe was talking to his psychiatrist. "I had a weird dream recently," he says. "I saw my mother but then I noticed she had your face. I found this so worrying that I immediately awoke and couldn't get back to sleep. I just stayed there thinking about it until 7am. I got up, made myself a slice of toast and some coffee and came straight here. Can you please help me explain the meaning of my dream?"
King Solomon teaches, there is a season for everything. The season for each matter is the greatest and most opportune moment for that particular matter.
These days, when G-ds infinite mercy is more radiant than other days of the year, it is the best time to perform the Mitzvah of Teshuvah. Both words, Mitzvah and Teshuvah are inaccurately translated into English.
Generally we understand Mitzvah as a commandment, an order and burden G-d places upon us. That is really not the case. G-d is Creator and King of the Universe. He does whatever he desires, and because G-d is infinite, he has everything and needs nothing from anyone. When G-d asks us to do something for Him, it's not for His sake, it's purely and totally for our own benefit. We are lucky and fortunate that He has noticed us puny little things and affords us with the opportunity to be important in His eyes through this Mitzvah (commandment) and, earn a reward.
A mitzvah therefore is always for our own good, both physical and spiritual.
Teshuvah is generally understood as repentance from sin. The more accurate understanding of the word is to return and, to re-establish.
Our souls enter our bodies pure and pristine. The soul at birth is bright, full of warmth, and totally connected in faith with G-d. As we grow older and become independent in our thinking, our complete unadulterated attachment to G-d becomes compromised at least on the surface.
The Mitzvah of Teshuvah therefore is the opportunity G-d gives each single one of us to reestablish once again this very powerful and intense bond, notwithstanding any of the choices we made in the past that compromised and challenged our soul's connection with G-d. Choices that covered over and suffocated the flame inside, choices that hurt the vessel that holds the oil, are all given a chance to be mended during this season.
My teacher and mentor, Rabbi Mendel Futerfas learned a great lesson from a spider and his web. As long as the fly doesn't give up and keeps on flapping its wings, the spider (which in classic Judaism is compared to the evil inclination within), will not go after the fly.
The Bible tells us no one is perfect. Everyone has an area in which they can improve. The most important thing is that a person must never give up flapping his wings, to free himself of the schemes of the evil inclination. As long as a person never gives up, he is assured by G-d that he will not lose his battle with the spider and more so, in the end good will always prevail.
The essence of this act Teshuvah - that gives us the most blessings of strength and re-establishes our bond with the eternal G-d comes from the words of the prophet, "return Israel, to G-D your G-D." In Hebrew, the two times G-d's name is mentioned refers to two separate dimensions and aspects of G-d. #1. There is G-d who created a natural world where laws of nature, probabilities and statistics rule. Predictable patterns conceal the awareness of G-d, the energy and root cause inside and behind everything.
#2. Then there is G-d in his full glory who is never limited or constricted by anything and in His full glory is in every nook and cranny of existence. He hides beneath the surface and at the same time is all pervasive, to do whatever He desires in an unnoticed fashion and sometimes, peaks out in the form of unexpected occurrences and miracles which are very much noticed.
Teshuvah, is recognizing that G-d is everywhere all the time, in the natural and in the miracle equally the same.
ACTION - THE MOST IMPORTANT.
That you should enter into the covenant of G-d and into His oath (Deut. 29:11)
The purpose of a covenant is to ensure that the love and respect which exist between two parties continue.
We learn this from the way this ceremony was performed in ancient times. The two parties would split an animal in half and pass between the two sections (symbolizing that they, too, were both halves of the same entity).
Just as a person has self-love, a love independent of any outside force and not governed by logic and reason, so too should such a love between the two parties continue and never cease.
This is the eternal bond which exists between G-d and the Jewish People.