364

The  numerical value of the Hebrew word “HaSaTaN” (the Satan) is equal to 364. That is because on the 365th day – Yom Kippur,  Hashem silences the Satan enabling us to emerge meritorious in judgement.

Gemar Chasima Tovah!

 

 

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What if You Didn’t Do Any Sins? 

Teshuva (repentance) means to come back to the greatness which is expected of us, even if you did not do any sins at all. Did you learn enough Torah? Did you love Hashem enough? Did you think about His greatness enough? Did you do kindness to your fellow man enough? So many things to do! Teshuva means to come back to perfection, not merely to stop doing sins. ~ R’ Avigdor Miller zt”l

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Better than Perfection

If G-d wanted perfection, He would have been perfectly happy sitting on His heavenly throne surrounded by angels or he might have created a man that can’t sin.

But G-d desired something more, something better than perfection. He created this world, and in it placed the most imperfect of beings – humans. G-d understands that we are not perfect, and He loves us for it.

G-d wants to see us striving to improve, persevering against all the obstacles of the world in which we live, and in which He placed us. Nothing G-d does is without reason, and the reason why we are here is to slip up; and to learn and grow from our mistakes.

Yom Kippur is a day given to us to celebrate, to rejoice over all those times that we fail at our mission here in this world, because those failings give us the opportunity to improve, and to grow stronger in our commitment. – R’ Zalman Wolowik

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Achas – That First Precious Moment!

On Yom Kippur, the Kohen Gadol would say Achas, Achas v’Achas, Achas u’Shtayim until ‘Achas va’Sheva’

The Imrei Emes explains that the most precious moment for Hashem is when one makes a strong resolve to improve his ways. Afterwards, he may have ups and downs, but it is this first firm resolve which is so precious to Hashem.

That is the reason the Kohen Gadol continually repeats achas (one) representing that first moment that he accepted upon himself to improve his ways.

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Sparks

Every aspect of creation possesses a Godly spark that gives it life and maintains its existence; but the material nature of the world conceals this inner Godliness and prevents its expression. The purpose of a Jew’s life is to elevate and refine the environment in which he lives, revealing the Godliness concealed in the world’s physical substance. ~ The Arizal

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Keren Hashana – Do it now!

I try to post this every year before Rosh Hashana because it is just such an amazing opportunity that everyone should try to take advantage of right now.

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

You can give as little as 10 cents per day ($38.50 for the year) for you and each of your family members to ensure that you and your family don’t go a day without giving tzedaka.

While I normally pay for each of my young children to participate in this great mitzvah, last year they decided to start using their own money and are so excited about the idea.

Right now, before Rosh Hashana is the perfect time to set it up.  You can easily do it online by using this link https://lubavitch.com/donate.html?o=2026760=lubavitch.com1  If you wish, you can then email hq@lubavitch.com to send the names of your family members so that it is clear that the charity is coming from each member of your family.   If you prefer to call them, the phone number is 718 774-4000.

Don’t wait!  Now is the time to take care of this.  

“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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Head of the Year

Rosh Hashana is the “head” of the new year and not the “beginning” of the new year because Hashem lets us start off on top and it’s up to us where we go from there.

May you and your family have a year filled with health, clarity, strength and inner peace.

‏כתיבה וחתימה טובה

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