Broken Vessels Pleading to be Mended – 5777

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger Former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007) Currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel   Broken Vessels Pleading to be Mended Not every biblical character manages to get himself swallowed by a whale. But if...

Forgiveness is Freedom

Rabbi Hanan Schelsinger Former Rosh Kollel Boca Raton (1999-2006) Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel   Two sisters in their early eighties are sitting on the couch. One turns to the other and whispers – with the pent up...

Sisyphus and the Stone that Would Not Roll

A story is told in Greek mythology about Sisyphus the king of Corinth who angered Zeus king of the gods. As punishment, he was to hoist a mighty rock up to the top of a mountain and rest it upon its peek. Unfortunately, Sisyphus could never complete this task since as...

Yom Kippur – The day we stand before G-d

Yom Kippur is probably the holiest, most uplifting day of the year. It is a day of fasting, prayer and closeness to G-d. And after all that, it probably has one of the most anti-climactic endings possible – according to the Rosh (רא”ש), on Motzei Yom Kippur we...

Harnessing The Energy

The emotions we experience as the chazzan intones Kol Nidrei, of fear, of awe, of connection to Yom Kippurs past, to our grandparents, our parents, connect us as a people united in our need to be together on this night. The challenge we face is to harness this...

The Differing Aspects of Teshuva

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   While teshuva, repentance, is a fundamental aspect of Jewish faith and is applicable at any time, it is particularly relevant during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva, the ten days commencing with Rosh Hashana and...

Concerning Yom Kippur – 5769

1. The Reason for the Commandment to Eat on Yom Kippur Eve 2. The Certainty that God Will Judge us Favorably 3. Some Laws of Yom Kippur 4. Ask an Observant Doctor   The Reason for the Commandment to Eat on Yom Kippur Eve It is a Mitzvah to eat on Yom Kippur eve...