Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stack the Odds: Yom Kippur

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Thank you Harry Rothenberg of Partners in Torah for the very inspiring advice.

Lawyer Rothenberg works with Project Inspire, an outreach (Kiruv) program whose motto is "Inspiring Yourself by Inspire Others."  One of the greatest attributes that Hashem wants to see from us is Ahavas Yisroel, love of our fellow Jew -- I have mentioned it many times.  If you can provide help to another Jew, especially in the way of teaching another, it is a big miztvah that Hashem looks upon very favorably.  Reaching out to someone to bring him or her closer to Hashem brings you closer and is a very big plus for you going into Yom Kippur.  It also makes the up-coming Geula, redemption even more meaningful for you and the individuals you help.

Go to  Project Inspire. Kiruv.com for more information.  You can sign up to be a mentor for someone who doesn't have learning 1 on 1.  This is done by phone, Skype, etc and is very worthwhile.  Once again, what you can do to help others is looked upon by Hashem as a very positive effort.

If you are Jewish and want to learn with someone, but do not have facilities available to you, go to Partners in Torah.org and sign up for weekly instruction.  It is a free service to match Jews for learning.  In our modern age of electronics and very available communications, there is no excuse not to be learning about Hashem and the Torah.

9 comments:

  1. Shauva Tov, Rav,

    Any help for non Jews, who wish to learn the truth?

    Thanks in advance, Rav.

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    1. Good question. If you Google Bnei Noach you will be very pleased at how many organizations are helping Noachides. One that I liked was:
      http://www.en.noahideworldcenter.org/ which is even involved in a project to create a Noachide Prayer Siddur (I have been asked that question in the past). You will also find that many Jewish sites address Noachides and provide information.

      Since a Noachide has only 7 mitzvot, versus a Jew with 613, the learning is easier and definitely available on the web.

      The most important concept for a Noachide is to just come closer to Hashem, and that can be done in the same way a Jew accomplishes it: repentance, prayer, charity, study of Jewish scriptures and love for you fellow (a great desire to help others find the great gift that you found). This blog has introduced Noachides that have become friends and keep contact with each other. It is beautiful to see righteous non-Jews sharing the goodness of Hashem and, I know, Hashem looks down on all righteous people with love.

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  2. Good morning R Menachem any news from ha Rav Arzi or is he taking a prep holiday break. Thanks! Gmar Chatima Tova!

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    1. His regular weekly lecture has not occurred during the holidays. I go to his website to see it every week and it was not on there last week. He is involved in activities such as learning sessions, but not anything that has been written out, only video lectures.

      After I typed this, I went to his site and saw that he does have a Succot message that I hope to have translated and posted this week, B"N.

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  3. Reb Menachem,

    Do you think it would be good for Noahides to hear that one thing they can work toward (and the more likeminded people that work together, the better - some of these might be people open to becoming Noahides) is turn their court systems from the corrupt, evil places they are today into righteous, law- and G-d-abiding places where justice is painstakingly served?

    Loneliness seems to be a very important problem to solve among this small, yet widespread group. Maybe you have heard more about efforts of this sort than I have.

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    1. Of course it would be a good idea to make the court system one that is in keeping with Hashem's law. We should start with the Israeli Supreme court.

      The good news is that with the upcoming Geula under King Moshiach, all systems of justice will be straightened out. Hashem will be running the show completely for all Jews and non-Jews. Even loneliness will be a thing of the past.

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  4. I heartily agree that we need to take care of our own courts. It would also be good if non-Jews in general would quit influencing our court system and those who work for it.

    Looks like you haven't heard of any Noahide efforts pre-Mashiach, either. ;)

    G'mar hatimah tovah.

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    1. The Noachides that I have known and that I am presently in touch with like to keep to themselves and not get into trouble. I believe they feel like Torah Jews that Hashem will straighten out this upside-down world and that we only need to turn to Him. Jews and righteous non-Jews should not protest, should not be in politics and, definitely should not open themselves up for persecution and even harm. Turn to Hashem, Who has it all under control and will soon make the wonderful miraculous changes that we crave.

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  5. Thank you that is highly appreciated. Tiski le Mitswot!

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