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    A thought that came to mind: QE 2 was the longest-ruling monarch in Great Briain and the second longest in the world. She had an incredible amount of wealth and a very public position from which she (arguably) could have been a spokeswoman of sorts. I searched for her life’s accomplishments and could not find anything substantial. In the olam haemes will she not be asked, “what did you do with the life I gave you?”
    We are approaching Rosh Hashana and will be asking for another year of life and probably a list of other stuff. What will we answer when asked, “What did you do with the life I gave you? What will you accomplish if I give you another year?

    Feel free to argue or add your own lesson


    I agree. She spoke inane thoughts and smiled a lot. That is it.
    Worth waiting 20 hours to see the box she is in?
    Men darfur sein meshuggah!


    Most goyim don’t go to the olam ha’emes, they simply cease to exist. Exceptionally good and bad goyim are rewarded and punished respectively.

    I disagree; the queen and her family did a tremendous amount of charity, reached out to countries who were newly independent of the UK…she was very friendly to the Jewish community as well.

    Sam Klein

    Powerful messages and for the perfect time of Elul coming up to Rosh Hashanah

    1)This is the only lesson i realized that takes us a life time to learn (we never learn it ) although it gets revealed to us so many times each year. HOW LIFE GOES BY IN AN INSTANT. One second, father just made הבדלה from שבת & Mother is already lighting the candles, something is wrong here something has to be wrong 6 days just flew by .this is how every year goes by we go from חנוכה & Before you know it its time to order משלוח מנות for פורים Then its exactly 30 days to פסח we then count exactly 7 weeks until שבועות then its exactly 4 weeks until שבעה עשר בתמוז then comes the 3 weeks & then 3 weeks of summer & Before you know it its time to blow the שופר already YES A YEAR JUST FLEW BY & IS GONE FOREVER.

    2)What can we learn from Birthday’s? Why did Hashem invent a day to celebrate a persons birth? There’s nothing wrong or goyish with having a birthday cake or party. The lesson we can learn is, that last year on this day i was 39, today i became 40. A complete year has just gone by. What have i accomplished during this time? Was my time spent wisely? (Wisely does not need to mean Learning & Davening etc.., going shopping & spending family quality time is also considered time spent wisely & actually very important to raise a happy & healthy family) Can I actually face Hashem now & say truthfully that I spent this past year wisely? Maybe we can learn that every minute counts & is so precious & now another full year is gone forever.

    3)I don’t know about everyone else here, how often we think about our life, most people make an account of their life once a year-before Yom Kippur- Tzaddikim make an account once a month-before Yom kippur Kotton. I know a person that makes a account of his life almost everyday of his life. He told me this is the final last thing he thinks about almost every night AFTER saying Krias Shma al Hamita he makes an account thinking did i learn today, daven, give tzedaka, help another yid etc… is Hashem going to say to his Malachim i have Charata (pity) i gave this yid an extra day to live. How precious life is. Hashem doesn’t just say this yid will live to 98 this one to 108 & this one to 110, every day & hour is a gift from Hashem, U’vacharta B’chaim-you should choose life-lets learn this now while we are still young.

    4)the age of 60 is the year when a person starts to look back at his 40 years of Adulthood (from 20 to 60). Statistics say that 90 percent of people feel bad that they’re time was not spent wisely-a person promises Hashem, if you turn me back into a twenty year old (if he gets back his 40 years) i promise i will spend my time more wisely-NOW THATS BAD NEWS. How precious life is & every hour is a gift from Hashem. (how lucky i am that i got this message already when I was Young) LET US WAKE UP NOW & START TO LIVE A REAL LIFE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. A day gone is gone forever & cannot be made up. Anything pushed away or delayed because of laziness is too late to make up for.

    Reb Eliezer

    The Ramban says in parshas Achrei on אשר יעשה האדם וחי בהם, what a person does to live by that one gets the reward according to the intention for one’s service. If done for the benefit of this world, so will the reward be. The goyim would get rewarded for their actions in this world.

    Reb Eliezer

    The Chasam Sofer quotes Rav Nassan Adler who interprets the pasuk כי יתן איש אל רעהו כסף או כלים לשמור Hashem, who is called Ish, gives to His friend, to us money and utensils (eyes, ears and mouth includes also time) לשמור, to guard and use it properly וגונב מבית האיש, one still it away by not using it for the right purpose, אם ימצא הגנב ישלם שנים, if the burglar is found guilty, one must pay double כפלים one time for not listening to Hashem and twice for not letting Hashem do good אם לא ימצא הגנב, if one does teshuva from love so the violation is converted to benefits, ונקרב בעל הבית אל האלקים then the one will gets closer to Hashem provided אם לא שלח ידו במלאכת רעהו did not violate the laws of בין אדם לחברו of interaction of each other. This covers what we say at Kol Nidrei night in the Tefilas Zakai.

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