simply bless everyone we know once, twice and again

By the Grace of G-d
23 Elul, 5777

Dear Friend,

With so much disruption and displacement felt by so many – especially most recently in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, here are some brief thoughts to consider, in addition to the charitable work we should all contribute to:

Let us turn our heads heavenward and, while thanking Him for sparing so much human life, beseech G-d to restore health and wellbeing to those who are suffering! Let us ask G-d for a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year for the entire universe ! Our High Holiday prayers, we are taught, have an extra…

Regardless of how we’ve been treated by others or how we’ve treated them; regardless of what we think of others’ views or what they think of ours; and irrespective of the many other modes of repentance we must each engage in now, let us each take a few minutes to simply bless everyone we know once, twice and again, in advance of the new year.

Why is this so important?

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught about the transformative effect the simple act of blessing one another has on our interpersonal relations, and on the entire universe. Our heartfelt blessings to each other have the power to elicit from G-d His deepest blessings to each of us individually, to all of us as one, and to the entirety of our universe. As Maimonides writes, one good deed has the potential to tip the balance of the entire world in the favor of merit and goodness!

Boy, could our world use this positive energy now. Let’s forge ahead and bring great blessing!

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We would be remiss if we didn’t elaborate on another very poignant form of blessing, the one elicited by the holy act of charity. Giving our hard-earned funds to help others – in a sense giving our very selves to the other! – brings immense blessing into our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, and helps saturate the entire world with goodness and blessing.

Blessings and charity. A blessed mix, indeed.

You can partner with Chabad.org to bring additional blessing to the world in the year to come here:

www.Chabad.org/High-Holiday-Appeal

Please join our High Holidays campaign. Donate today.

Or mail a check to:

Chabad.ORG High Holiday Appeal
770 Eastern Parkway Suite 405
Brooklyn, NY 11213

(You can contribute via Credit CardPayPalE-Check (ACH) or Bank Wire / Transfer.)

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As we approach the High Holidays, please consider remembering Chabad.ORG in your will. Your partnership has been key in developing the world’s most vibrant and effective Jewish website, helping millions discover the wisdom and life-tools of G-d’s Torah and mitzvot. Your legacy gift to Chabad.ORG will ensure quality Jewish education for generations to come.

We would be happy to work with you, your family, and/or your financial adviser to develop the most personalized strategy for your goals. Please contact us for more information.

[NOTE: This might be particularly poignant if you are committing your cash resources to support efforts to help people affected by the most recent hurricanes.]

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L’Shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu!

May you and yours be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year!

Sincerely,

Your friends and family at Chabad.org

Please join our High Holidays campaign. Donate today.

P.S. – For all your Rosh Hashanah needs be sure to click here.

P.P.S. – To contribute to Chabad’s Hurricane Relief Fundclick here.

PLEASE NOTE: In observance of the holy Shabbat, the Chabad.org donation page is disabled from Friday, September 15, 6:45 PM EST through Saturday, 7:45 PM EST.

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Lag Ba’Omer, From The Top

http://notajungle.com/index.php/2017/05/14/lag-baomer-from-the-top/

 

La Ba’Omer is the best. I will explain this holiday to you. But it is a long story.

In the Beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

Why he would do this is mysterious, and the matter cannot be easily adjudicated in a humble space like this. The best way to put it is that He desired to be in a new way. As He is unto Himself, but in Another place. He wished to demonstrate, to Himself, that He was as True in a false place or that all places were false in light of His truth or something. It took Him six days, and the sixth of these was Friday, and we call it the first of Tishrei, Rosh Hashana, head of the year. (We celebrate the sixth day because that is when man was created, and despite what anyone may tell you, the universe was created for him.)

However, some opinions say that man was, or could have been, or will be created on the First of Nissan — a spring month, halfway across the year from Tishrei, a time of rebirth and sprouting rather than withering and in-gathering. That the world could have been created on either says something about the world.

In any case, these two months have since then ever competed for the main focus of Jewish life. The fall season also includes Yom Kippur,

The fall season also includes Yom Kippur, day of atonement, and Sukkot, the festival of ingathering and joy, and Simchat Torah, when the yearly Torah cycle ends and begins again, for all eternity. The fall season is one half of the dance between man and G-d. It is the part when man tallies his deeds, considers his distance from the Creator, and attempts to make amends. Our motion toward the creator takes the shape, like all things born, of a pregnancy. The relationship is established on Rosh Hashana, when we convince G-d the project of creation is worth continuing. The consummation is on Yom Kippur, when we are as angels in a moment of sublime unity with the creator. The child grows through its time in the Sukkot booth, the seed becoming differentiated and fully-formed, and its birth-culmination is on Simchat Torah.

 

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Haifa fires die down, many others break out – #Israelfires

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The devastating wildfires in Haifa appear to have died down, and now one can see the level of damage caused to the city:

However other fires were still smouldering when Shabbat began, and over Shabbat more destructive fires broke out or were deliberately set, particularly in the towns of Bet Meir and Neveh Tzuf-Halamish.

Firefighters tackle the ferocious blaze at Nataf in the Judean Hills Firefighters tackle the ferocious blaze at Nataf in the Jerusalem Hills

According to security forces, after the initial fires, arsonists “jumped on the bandwagon“:

Amid signs that the wave of wildfires that have blight Israel since Tuesday was being brought under control, Israeli security officials on Saturday night gave preliminary indications that weather was the prime cause of the initial blazes but that arsonists jumped on the bandwagon increasingly from Wednesday and into the weekend.

Israeli security forces have arrested…

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