Nitzavim- Rosh Hashana 5779

  During this time of the year, at the end of the month of Elul, we say Selichot, special prayers said before the regular morning prayers, asking Hashem for forgiveness for our transgressions and for mercy.  Part of the Selichot prayers is a confession of our transgressions.  The above ‘confession’ is actually a ‘confession’ ofContinue reading “Nitzavim- Rosh Hashana 5779”

You Shall Love- Part Four

By Rav Eyal Israel Sternlieb Translated by Moshe Neveloff Okay, it’s understandable- to put the emphasis in our life on loving instead of succeeding, to connect to the courtroom of Hashem where I’m loved and I’m just trying to improve myself, instead of having guilty feelings and beating myself up in the courtroom that IContinue reading “You Shall Love- Part Four”

You Shall Love- Part One

By Rav Eyal Israel Sternlieb Translated by Moshe Neveloff “You shall succeed like your friend”, was the title displayed at the top of an advertisement for a certain college.  After a minute of shock and digestion, I began to understand the depth of the distortion. It’s not just a title, it’s the sickness of anContinue reading “You Shall Love- Part One”

Who Do You Love? Part Three

By Rav Avraham Greenman Translated by Moshe Neveloff “The Torah is acquired by means of forty eight qualities, which are… being beloved, loving Hashem, loving (His) creatures…”[1]  This means that in order to receive the Torah upon myself, it’s not enough to love, I also need to be loved. The question is, how can thisContinue reading “Who Do You Love? Part Three”

Who Do You Love? Part One

בס”ד By Rav Avraham Greenman Translated by Moshe Neveloff “The world depends on three things- on Torah study, on the service of God, and on kind deeds”.[1]  Regarding these three areas we are commanded to love- to love the Torah, to love Hashem and to love other Jews. How?  Is it possible to command someoneContinue reading “Who Do You Love? Part One”