The Yamim Nora’im is a very special time. This is when Jews everywhere get really serious – about life, about how we live our lives and how we relate to God.
Here is something that will speak to children and to adults as well.
This new essay has been incorporated into “Essays for Elul, the Yamim Nora’im and Sukkot.” The anthology (the link appears below) is 85 pages (A4 size – equivalent of a 125 page book) is filled with Chassidic insights, ideas from Rav Soloveitchik, a two-page Vidu’i that you can print out and take with you on Yom Kippur, and a set of insights to share and discuss with other about the Ushpizin during Sukkot, and much more. Here is the table of contents:
The Month of Elul
Elul Is a Virgo
“LeDavid HaShem Ori” and the Month of Elul
The Altar, the Blood and Repentance
Three Teshuvah Tales
Some Things to Think About Before Yom Tov
As Good and as Sweet as Honey
The Crying of the Shofar
The Malkhi’yot of Rabbi Yochanan ben Nuri
Why Isn’t Vidu’i Recited on Rosh HaShanah?
Shofar and the Avot
The Secrets of the Shofar
Two Short Notes about the Rosh HaShanah Prayers
The King and His Son: A parable for Children
The Ten Days of Repentance
Out of the Depths: Tehilim 130
Erev Shabbat Shuva Dvar Torah
The Teshuvah Transformation
Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
The Water Libations and the Rejoicing at the Drawing of the Water
Outside and Inside the Sukkah
How Can the Sukkah Represent the “Clouds of Glory”
Thoughts to Share about the Ushpizin
A Simchat Torah Dvar Torah
Setting the Tone for the Entire Year
The Letters, the Parchment and Simchat Torah
Please feel free to share the contents with friends, students and colleagues. As always, your comments are welcome. Over time new essays and Divray Torah for RoshHaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot will be posted.
Here is the link to the pdf:
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