Why we Eat so much on Erev Yom Kippur

One of the reasons Chazal stressed that we should eat well on Erev Yom Kippur is so that we will be in a good mood and be willing to forgive each other. 

The Sfas Emes writes: “I think the atonement takes place more on the 9th day than on the 10th. Because on the 9th day, the Jewish nation makes peace with one another. As Chazal say, if you sinned to your fellow man, you aren’t forgiven before receiving his forgiveness. When one fasts, he is angry, and that divides people. But when one eats and drinks, he has a happy heart, and all Yidden unite.”

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The Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur

The Arizal says that the Kohen Gadol did not actually utter Hashem’s Ineffable Name. He merely opened his mouth, and the Ineffable Name emanated from him; it was the Shechinah speaking through his mouth. 

When all the people merited to hear the voice of the Shechinah, they sensed Hashem’s presence. Overcome with Awe, they prostrated themselves out of deep veneration of Hashem.  

~ Avodas Yisrael

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The Choice is Yours

We cannot wait for others to do teshuva for us, and we cannot blame others for our failure to do teshuva. It is not because our parents raised us poorly. It is not because our environment was bad. There are no excuses! The ability to do teshuva is within our own mouths and hearts.  ~ R’ Yissocher Frand

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That Impulse

If you have an impulse to do teshuva, don’t dismiss it.  That impulse is a message from Hashem Yisbarach. Surely no one would disregard a message that comes directly from the King of kings.  Can there be a greater contempt of G-d than that?

Feelings of teshuva are sparked by yiras Hashem, and yiras Hashem is G-d’s most precious treasure.

~ Yismach Moshe

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Teshuva is a Decision

The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvah 2:2) states, “What is teshuvah? It is (1) to leave the sin, (2) to remove it from his thoughts, and (3) to be determined never to commit this sin again.”

In other words, teshuvah is a decision. When one decides that he won’t commit this sin anymore, this is teshuvah, and that conclusion can be made in a moment. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

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Chazal (Rosh Hashanah 2:) tell us, “One day a year is counted like a year.”

The Chidushei HaRim zt’l says this alludes to erev Rosh Hashanah. This one day is equal to the entire year. If we do teshuvah on this day, it will be considered as if we were righteous the entire year. ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman

Shana Tova and Kesiva Vichasima Tova! 

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Important Reminder

Giving tzedakah on erev Rosh Hashana is considered a great mitzvah.  In fact, as a result of Jews giving tzedakah, the Heavenly Gates of Mercy are opened wide.  For in the same measure that we take pity on the poor, Hashem takes pity on us. ~ Ohr Hachayim

On that note, I just wanted to remind you to set yourself up with one or both of these wonderful organizations before Rosh Hashanah to ensure that a day does not go by the entire year without giving tzedaka.

Daily Giving –   https://dailygiving.org/

Sign up to donate $1 per day to charity, which they will distribute to over 50 wonderful charities that serve the greater Jewish community, most of which you are probably familiar with.  I encourage you all to check out their website.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Keren Hashana – https://www.lubavitch.com/donate/keren-hashana/

Many years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe established “Keren Hashana,” a fund that will also disburse your tzedaka  to worthy causes, daily, giving you the benefit of this mitzvah every day of the year!

You can give as little as 5 cents per day ($17.75 for the year) for you, and if you want, each of your family members, which will ensure that you and your family don’t go a day without giving tzedaka.

Don’t wait!  These organizations are a lifesaver and now is the time to take care of this.  

Lastly, don’t forget that “causing others to give tzedaka is greater than giving tzedakah yourself” (Bava Basra 9).   Therefore, pass this on!  By forwarding this to friends and family, who knows how many people will sign up for this great mitzvah and how much of an effect it will have on your neshama going into Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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Investment Advice

Invest less in the stock market, and more in emuna.

~ R’ Lazer Brody

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If Only

If people would only be satisfied with essentials, try to improve everyone else’s well-being and share in their common concerns, they’d conquer the world and have more than they ever wanted.

~ R’ Bahya Ibn Paquda zt”l

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Fate of the World

Each of us carries a great responsibility, for the fate of the world may hinge on one single mitzvah we perform.

~ Kuntres Chiddushei Torah

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