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  • #599539
    BaalHabooze
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    #973169
    kapusta
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    This is something I saw a long time ago, I’m not sure who said it, but it stuck with me. On Rosh Hashana we ask for a sweet year, not just good. Why? Everything Hashem does is good, nut we ask that it also be sweet.

    This one is mine, its a little (ok, a lot) crazy. Ya gotta do something while you’re washing dishes.

    A dish starts out white. If you put something greasy or saucy on it, it’ll get dirty. To anyone looking at it, its a dirty dish. But the dish is actually white. It never changes to purple or black or any other color, it only has a layer on top that makes the whole thing look dirty. Underneath that layer, the dish is as bright and white as it ever was. Even though a Neshama can look dirty, it never actually is. Its only the surface that is. Underneath it has the same greatness it always had.

    *kapusta*

    #973170
    BaalHabooze
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    Thx kapusta….lol, I, too, sometimes have my best thoughts when I do dishes:)

    Here’s a thought that came to me recently. It’s nothing very profound, just a thought.

    #973171

    kudos to both of you! what both of you said seems so simple, something anyone would think about at this time of year, but really, both of these ideas are so deep. thanks!

    #973172
    BaalHabooze
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    Here’s a vort I saw a few years ago. Hope you enjoy:

    #973173
    Sam2
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    I don’t like that so much. Goyim have a right to defend themselves as well. See the beginning of Avoda Zara (daf 3 or 4).

    #973174
    BaalHabooze
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    I beleive he meant, that goyim would daven on their behalf and for their nation wherby they would include, directly or indirectly, things that will be detrimental and harmful for Klal Yisroel.

    #973175
    BaalHabooze
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    How bout this one from Rabbi Keller Telzer Rosh Yeshiva

    #973176
    brotherofurs
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    i read an amazing rticle on LH that may help people.. i’m not sure how to get to it, but i know if u type on google, ‘Rabbi Yaakov Luban, AN EMAIL FROM HASHEM’ then it comes up as the first one.. read it!

    #973177
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    thanks brotherofurs, just read it this morning, powerful and poignant, a very interesting read!!

    #973178
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    On R”H we do all sorts of segulos to have a sweet new year. We make an effort to serve sweet foods, bake honey cookies/cake, and of course we all dip apples in honey. But perhaps one of the MOST important, is not external omens, but one that comes from within ourselves. To have a sweet, happy, positive, optimistic attitude. To be extra loving with our spouse, extremely enjoyable to the children, and extraordinarily pleasant to our neighbors. This SWEET MOOD that we must set at the Yom Tov table, will be perhaps the most powerful segula for a sweet new year!

    L’Chaim, L’Chaim!

    #973179
    MiddlePath
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    When I daven and do all these segulos over the Holiday, I first try to ask G-d to grant a sweet new year to all those Jews in less fortunate situations than myself before asking for my own year. I just think that it’s an opportunity that G-d is giving us to ask for things and He will listen, and there are so many Jews who have much more difficult lives than me, or won’t be praying at all over the Holiday, and I feel obligated to ask that these people should be granted wonderful new years before I bring up myself, since they need a positive change in their lives so much more than I do.

    I don’t know if this is the right thing to do, but I feel right doing it.

    #973180
    aries2756
    Participant

    This time of year is really a time of reflection, usually about the past year. What hits me most is usually how fast the past year went by. Each year as we look forward it seems like so spread out and it will take forever to get to the next New Year, but each year as we look back we are usually amazed at how quickly it passed.

    That is something i reflect on, how time truly passes so quickly and years do actually slip by. Maybe it is because I am getting older and have suffered many losses, or B”H I watch my grandchildren grow and are amazed at how quickly the transitions happen. The realization that time passes so quickly makes one think more about how to use their time wisely and how not to waste any time on negativity and nonsense. Life is too short to be angry; Life is too short to hold grudges; Life is too short to put things off; Life is too short to miss opportunities. Family members are precious, good friends are gifts, health is not to be taken for granted.

    The values we hold most dear such as love, trust, loyalty & devotion lose their merit without the proper and essential personal effort and energy they require. Each relationship we have whether with our spouse, parent, child, friend, neighbor or Hashem need that effort and energy to be honest and real. Having true emunah and bitachon in Hashem, helps one with the other relationships in their lives. When we come each year to the Yamim Noraim, we are never alone. We are part of a K’lal and we go as one to hear the Shofar and to daven as one to ask Hahsem to heal the sick, to bring peace to Eretz Yisroel, to give Parnasah to the poor, to forgive us and all of K’lal Yisroel of our sins. We think of ourselves, our families, our friends, our acquaintances, all the mispallelim.

    Maybe that is one of the great big differences between us and our counterparts. They talk about their New Year’s resolutions. They might say they will: lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, clean the garage, and some other superficial concepts. They are important but they are singularly important for that individual. We are thinking more in terms of giving tzedaka, doing cheesed, helping our neighbors, etc. Our New Year’s resolutions have to do with bettering the world and other peoples lives not just our own.

    So lets all wish each other a K’siva V’chasima Tova. May we all have a sweet New Year and successful year in general, for all and their families and friends as well as K’lal Yisroel.

    #973181
    BaalHabooze
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    Last year i had the following thought.

    a Shofar is a horn on an animal. The horn was taken off the animal, went through a thorough cleansing and purifying process, and is now a Kli Mitzvah, a sacred and holy object used for Avodas Hashem. Perhaps that process of the Shofar, can symbolize and inspire US to do teshuvah.

    We must first “break away” from our animalistic side, the Yetzer Horah. Then cleanse and purify ourselves from the bad habits of Cheit, improve our actions, thoughts, and words. Then, finally, after this teshuvah process, Hashem is moichel us and we become heilig and tohor.

    #973182
    aries2756
    Participant

    Maybe when Obama is removed from “office” and the presidency is cleansed and healed with new leadership, then after the Teshuva process Hashem will help us install a “chaver” of E”Y and no longer head our fine country with Soneh Yisroel and we can also come together as Yidden and support each other in the coming year.

    #973183
    BaalHabooze
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    aries2756 Amen to that!

    Here’s another ‘verttel’:

    Why do we eat APPLES dipped in honey? Among the many various answers, one is because Tapuach (apple) is gematria Pru U’rvu, and d’vash (honey) is equal to ishoh. R”H is a day that is auspicious for tefillos for barren couple to be blessed with children.

    #973184
    kapusta
    Participant

    That says so much about the incredible power of Tefilla.

    *kapusta*

    #973185
    bein_hasdorim
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    BaalHabooze; you mean P’ru R’vu is Gematriya tapuach,

    not P’ru U’rvu. Good one!

    #973186

    Aries2756 that is the most profound and touching post I have EVER READ. I really enjoy reading your comments. So beautiful. DId you really write that? why don’t you send that into Mishpacha or Bina magazine? I could cry from those words. G-d bless you. And wishing you a k’siva v’chasima tova.

    By the way, how do you deal with all your losses? I too have had my share. It still hurts. i recall the past with a great deal of sadness. I regret many things.My husband always advises me to “Throw it over board” but I can’t. I still remember them all. And love them. Despite the hurt.

    #973187
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    Seen on Revach.org :

    Rav Tzvi Meir Zilberbeg tells a story that goes something like this. A person meets his friend after Rosh Hashana and asks him “Nu, so how did your Rosh Hashana go?” He replies “It was beautiful. The baal tefila didn’t leave a dry eye in the shul. The meals were full of divrei torah and zemiros. The afternoons we learned straight without dozing or schmoozing for a minute. The kids behaved like angels” “Wow! Gevaldig. Sounds like it was perfect” his friend replies. “Well almost perfect. The kid next to me in Shul couldn’t stop making noise during Musaf and the father the “Groisse Tzaddik” was so busy shukling away that he didn’t do anything besides keep shuckling. I had to shissss the kid half of Mussaf, besides that it was perfect.

    To this Rav Tzvi Meir says, “Fool! That was your whole test of Rosh Hashana. Maybe your whole year depended on your reaction to the kid. The rest of Yom Tov was not your Nisayon!” This Rosh Hashana don’t decide for yourself what Rosh Hashana is all about. Submit yourself to what the King of all Kings decides is your particular avodah. Hatzlacha Rabba and Gut Yom Tov!

    #973188
    aries2756
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    BaalHabooze, that is a great volt!!! Good reminder to open your heart and your eyes to what true cheesed is all about, and how to stop judging others, be accepting of others, be understanding, soften your heart, etc.

    scissors, thank you. About losses, you try to let go of the pain by remembering the love and holding on to the amazing memories. Hashem is in charge and we can’t argue with his plans we have to learn how to accept them. Of course it hurts, I just finished my year of availus for my mom and my arms ache to hold her and hear say “I love you more”. No one makes you feel more loved than your mom no matter how old you are. But I had to let her go. It was her time, she was B”H 90 and she was ready. I have to hold on to the love and let go of the pain. I have to respect her and do everything in my power to honor her and my father and make them proud of me. When I do my cheesed I do so l’zecher nishmas. Sometimes when I work with a particular client, or I have to raise money for someone I smile up to the heavens as I remember my father-in-law who used to collect for his chaverim in E”Y. I feel connected to him and as though he put me up to it. It is not an easy thing to do and I never understood how he could do it when he was alive. It was quite an undertaking.

    Keep the good memories alive by talking about their wonderful middos and the wonderful things they did and remember that they don’t want you to mourn their deaths, they want you to celebrate their lives. There is only room for the one niftar in the kever, no one else is allowed to jump in with them. There is a time for mourning and then we must get on with our lives and honor their memories and that is what I try to do.

    #973189
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    “Kol Shana Sherosh B’Techilasa, Misasheres B’Sofah” (Gemora R”H)Any year that starts off poorly, will end with riches.

    We must enter Rosh HaShana like paupers and desperate people. Like people who have absolutely nothing. Because that’s what we have. Nothing. It’s a new year, and we must ask, no BEG, the RBS”O to grant us yet another year of health, parnassa family, strength, and everything else that we have this year. Don’t think that just because you have something NOW, so you’ll have it next year TOO. We are not a muchzik over ANYTHING!. One minute we can have something, the next minute it can be taken away. We are ALL paupers on Rosh HaShana.

    There’s this fellow, had a beautiful eishes chayil this year with lovely children. Then, one day, out of the clear blue, …..they’re gone. The rich can lose his wealth, a healthy person his health, and R”L a family member can be taken away from any of us. It’s a new year, we must beg for our lives and everything that is in it. Everything.

    this is SO scary, but we MUST approach R”H in FULL AWARENESS and comprehend our situation. Not to merely stroll blindly into Yom Tov without much thought and go through the motions mechanically, by rote.

    With much love and gratitude to all CR members, a Kesiva V’Chasima Tova. May we all merit Hashem’s blessings and love, and be written into the Sefer HaChayim.

    #973190
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    A thought quoted from Rabbi Frand:

    #973191
    justsmile613
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    is there an inyan NOT to ask Hashem for personal things on R”H? (ex. parnassa, kids, etc..)

    #973192
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    Justsmile613: I have NEVER heard of such an inyan. Although our davening on Rosh HaShana focuses on the theme of Malchus, I asked my Rosh Yeshiva a long time ago if I can stick in a couple of personal requests, and he said I definitely can.

    #973193
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    *bump*

    The Mishna says in Rosh Hashana that there are four judgment days in each year; Pesach, Shavuos, Rosh Hashana, and Succos. The gemara explains that each day has a related Korban to help achieve a good judgment. On Pesach Hashem judges the grain in the field therefore in his kindness he gave us the mitzva of Korban Omer in order that with this mitzva of sacrificing the grain, Hashem will judge the grain favorably and bless us with an abundant crop. On Shavuos when Hashem judges the fruits of the tree we bring Bikurim, the first fruits, as a present to the Kohen in the Bais HaMikdash. On Succos it’s time to judge the winter rain so we pour water on the Mizbei’ach.

    What about Rosh Hashana when Hashem judges people, what Korban do we bring to assure a good year? Rav Shlomo Zalman answers that for the Korban of Rosh Hashana, Chazal point out that the Torah says “Va’Asisem Olah” you should make a Korban Olah, instead of the more typically used word “V’Hikravtem” you should sacrifice. The mefarshim say that this means that each person should make himself the Korban.

    How does one make himself a Korban? Rav Shlomo Zalman says by voluntarily standing before Hashem and subjecting ourselves to the judgment for the upcoming year we are accepting Hashem as our King. If we stand there in fear and awe understanding that everything hinges on these few moment in Shul and believe this with our whole heart, we have sacrificed ourselves to the King of all Kings. If we bring this Korban we will be assured of having a great year! (Shalmei Moed)

    revach.org

    #973194
    aurora77
    Participant

    Thank you for this post BaalHaboze, I have been thinking the past couple days that it would be wonderful to read some reflections on Rosh Hashana here!

    #973195
    SayIDidIt™
    Participant

    BaalHabooze: WOW! Such inspiring thoughts! Man, what do YOU drink??!! 🙂

    SiDi™

    #973196
    oomis
    Participant

    I don’t recall if I ever posted this, but when I was in Seminary many decades ago, my father Z”L, sent me a letter (yes, we still used snail mail in those days)in time for Rosh Hashana, and started it off with a short D”T. He said that in the word BREISHIS is contained the essence of why Hashem created the world.

    He Created/Barah – Beis, Reish, Aleph, Shisha (Sidrei Mishnah) – Shin, 10 (Dibros) – (Yud), and it all comprises the Torah – Tov.

    I really liked that one.

    #973197
    SayIDidIt™
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    oomis: very nice! (did you mean Tof?)

    SiDi™

    Gotta run … Shachris

    #973198
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    aurora77- youre welcome, enjoy, and please feel free to add any other inspirational thoughts of your own.

    “Man, what do YOU drink??!! 🙂

    Vodka’ na question is that?

    ?

    #973199
    aurora77
    Participant

    Thank BaalHabooze, you are a thoughtful and funny poster — I always enjoy reading what you have to say!

    #973200
    aurora77
    Participant

    I meant “thank you”!

    #973201
    oomis
    Participant

    oomis: very nice! (did you mean Tof?)

    yes, but I have heard it pronounced as Tov (tawv) also.

    As an aside – the way we pronounce the name of the letter just after Reish, is supposed to be Tzaddi, but everyone says Tzaddik because it preceedes a kuf. I bet most of us do not really know the correct exact pronunciation of some of the letters of the aleph bet.

    #973202
    BaalHabooze
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    #973204
    musser zoger
    Participant

    As an aside – the way we pronounce the name of the letter just after Reish,

    Doesn’t Shin come after Reish…but it has been quite awhile since I learned my aleph bais.

    #973205
    candy613
    Member

    Ok so I just heard a great speech which has really just stayed in my head and has been replaying ever since. Obviously I will not be able to write it over as well as the speaker gave it, but I will attempt to just because I really found it to be so helpful. It’s a bit long so anyone not interested just skip this post. It is from Rabbi Ephraim Twerski, Rav of Kahal Chassidim of Chicago. I might end up saying some of this a bit out of order but you will hopefully get the point.

    On Rosh Hashana we beg Hashem to give us a good and blessed year. One of happiness, success, health. parnassah, and only good. How can we ask Hashem for such a great year if we are not deserving of this based on our past actions? After all this is a world of deserving. We would not be created otherwise. We would have just stayed up in shamayim, our neshamos still right below the kisai hakavod. So Rabbi Twerski explained that we daven and admit that yes we have not been the best we could be but this was just the past we are going to be better from now on. And if Hashem can forget the past then we need to so that it does not act as an impediment for our growth.

    We say Avinu Malkeinu during the aseres ymei teshuva and most are clear. But one seems strange. Its says Zchor ki afar anachnu – Remember that we are dust. What does this come to show? It says we have a past, a past of just dirt but Hashem look at our future because we will make sure that it is a brilliant and glorious future!

    It says Hashiveinu Ainu Eilecha v’nashuva chadesh Yameinu… Why V’nashuva? this should not be the lashon, and why Chadesh- will be new? If we follow in the ways of Hashem no matter our past, and really truly forget our past and put it behind us doing teshuva to become a better person then chadesh yameinu! We will be almost renewed! Our days will become great and will be as good as new!

    He explained how so often it is our past sins which stop us and discourage us in our journey to become better. We think about all we have done and feel we can never become great if we have done these sins. Rabbi Twerski stressed how important it is to put our past behind us and do teshuva while looking into the future and hoping for the better. He ended off with a story showing this.

    He was talking to a vishnitzer chassid who admitted that he had commited a grave crime. This chassid told Rabbi Twerski that he couldn’t live with himself so went to the Vishnitzer Rebbe at that time (The name has slipped my mind) He broke down to the Rebbe and asked for what he can do to help. The Rebbe said he didn’t have an answer. He went into hysterics and was sobbing. The Rebbe said he has an answer but then said that he knew the chassid will not accept it so did not want to say. the chassid begged and pleaded and after much convincing that he would accept immediately, he said FORGET ABOUT THE SIN! The chassid was in shock and started to argue and the Rebbe reminded him that he needs to take the answer. The Rebbe showed how we need to forget the past in order to move forward. If Hashem can do it, then we need to! Last part was that We say in L’david Hashem Lulei hemanti… so lulei is spelled the opposite of elul in hebrew. Lulei means “had I not!” If we focus on the “had I not” then that is the opposite of what elul shoudl be and we are going to have a harder time doing teshuva and growing higher. May we all come to truly deserve a g’benched year!

    #973206
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    thank you candy613- that was beautiful!!

    #973207
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    What is the intent in calling it Yomim Noroyim- Days of Awe ?

    Ari-Zal writes that ‘Rosh Hashanah’, in Gematria, is the same as the words ‘Beis Hamikdash’.

    This is explained to mean that the same Kedusha that was found in the Beis-Hamikdash (which is ten levels), commences on Rosh Hashana, then spreads into the world getting stronger every day until the tenth day, Yom Kippur, we reach the level that of the Kodesh HaKedoshim.

    This explains why we do not have Aliya L’Regel on the two Holiest days of the year, because “we do not have to go to Him, He has come to us!”

    Also why only at this time of the year do we bow on the ground-something only done in the Beis-Hamikdash? Because we are in that same level of Kedusha, we are mamash living in Presence of the RBS”O, and in the kedusha of the Shechina.

    Also, we see, that the Chazan starts Davening from his seat saying aloud “HaMelech”, and only then goes up to the Amud. All year we go in front of where we associate with Hashem’s Presence. Today we don’t have to go to Him, He is where we are!!

    That is the meaning of Yomim Noraim ……

    Yaakov when he woke up, exclaimed, “Ma Norah HaMakom Hazeh” How awesome is this place!

    The Beis-Hamikdash is the Makom Norah, Hashem’s earthly abode. That’s the Yomim Noraim! That same Presence of Hashem is here now, we just have to tap into it.

    #973208
    aurora77
    Participant

    that is beautiful and inspiring BaalHabooze!

    #973209
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    Thank you, aurora77

    #973210
    Chortkov
    Participant

    R’ Chaim Freedlander ??”? (Mashgiach of Ponevezh) asks a ????:

    We say ??? ?? ???? – that Hashem should endow us with His fear. Don’t we say “??? ???? ???? ??? ????? ????” – Everything is Heavenly ordained except for fear of Heaven?

    He answers that the question is a fundemental mistake in Avodas Hashem: “??? ???? ???? ??? ????? ????” means that one must work youself for ???? ???? — THE BIGGEST ??????? A PERSON CAN DO IS TO DAVEN!!!!

    ????? is called ???????. As the ???”? says – ????? is a ?????? that it gets answered. There isn’t any doubt when you pray – every single prayer by NATURE must get answered. Sometimes the prayer is put away, sometimes it is used to divert a calamity you will never know that it was supposed to come.

    Your best method of aiming high is by Davening for it.

    #973211
    abukspan
    Participant

    in the interest of upholding our Yomim Noraim values it should be noted that a pshat recently posted was taken from one of two cites on the internet almost word for word.(other than cosmetic additions it is what I wrote with my name signed) I will say that the essence of it is found in emunas itecha from rav moshe wolfson.

    While my final rewrite of this vort did give credit to Rav Wolfson it would be nice if all us writing in this forum cite our sources

    #973212
    BaalHabooze
    Participant

    *BUMP*

    Here is a nice perspective on how Rosh Hashanah fits in to be part of the Aseres Yemei Teshuva.

    We all know that Rosh HaShana is not a day where we bombard Hashem with our wish list for the upcoming year. But is it a day of Tshuva? On one hand we don’t say Slichos and avoid all mention of any reference to aveiros on this day, but on the other hand we blow the Shofar which is very much tied to tshuva. We also know that there are Aseres Yimei Tshuva of which Rosh HaShana is part of. So is it a day of tshuva or is it just a day to coronate our King and kick off our new year?

    Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro says that indeed it is a day of Tshuva but a special kind of Tshuva. On Yom Kippur we do tshuva for each and every one of our aveiros. Not so on Rosh HaShana. The Rambam says that the blast of the Shofar is to awaken us from our slumber and remind us to do tshuva. What kind of tshuva? The Rambam continues that we must remember our creator and stop sleeping through life indulging in all the silly pleasures of this world. We need to peer deeply into our hearts and change our outlook.

    Rav Moshe Shmuel says that on Yom Kippur we do tshuva for all the actual aveiros that we did. On Rosh HaShana we repair our character and out outlook on life. We need to repent for our anger, hatred, jealousy, lust after money and food, and so on, says the Rambam (Tshuva 7:3). Rosh HaShana is a day to reflect on the year that was and to chart a course for the new year. Once we’ve made that change over the next ten days we then look at the details. We assess the actual damage and make repairs.

    On Rosh Hashana we don’t need viduy and all the outward manifestations of Tshuva. We need deep and honest contemplation. We need to recognize who is the boss, who created the world on this day, and what our job is. This we do on the first day of the year and we start by crowning our King and pointing our eyes and thoughts towards him.

    from revach.net

    #973213
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    BH for BH! What a great thread. Pls do one for each ??? ???

    #1367461
    Lightbrite
    Participant

    Bump 🙂

    #1367476
    👑RebYidd23
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    I find the OP thoughtless.

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