CategoryRosh Hashana

Canine Messages

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The Baal Shem Tov taught that everything we see and hear can teach us a lesson in serving G-d. COVID has seen a rise in dog-ownership. What lesson can we learn from dogs and their relationships with humans?

YOU CAN’T PASS THE BUCK

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Many people would be happy to delegate Mitzvos, like Tefillin, Shabbos and Yom Kippur. Still, we are told to do them ourselves. Because, just as in your own business, “nobody is going to do the dirty work for you.” How does that apply to Jewish education?

G-D’S CREDIT CARD

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The Baal Shem Tov taught that G-d grants us a good year on credit. We might assume that we don’t pay very well, but the Rosh Hashanah prayers reflect our relationship with G-d as His only child, and for an only child, there is always more credit available.

FACTS SPEAK BETTER THAN WORDS

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How are we to judge a politician, a potential suitor, or prospective work partner? Do we dig deep into their past or evaluate them in the current state? The answer can teach us a lesson about how we approach questions about Judaism, and how we approach G-d on Rosh Hashanah.

The Five Love Languages and G-d

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Over years of practice, Dr. Gary Chapman identified five “love languages,” five distinct paths in which people choose to express their feelings for their loved ones. What are the “love languages” in our relationship to G-d?

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