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Here's a Rosh Hashanah Gift for You!

B"H Greetings & Blessings! Most probably you are much more organized than I am, but if you are anything like me, perhaps you sometimes leave things till the last minute and panic a bit. Tonight, (Oct. 2nd) Rosh Hashanah begins. We've had the full month of Elul to prepare ourselves to get ready to greet and crown the King of the world. It's very common to feel a bit panicked today, preparing food, nice clothing, and all that's necessary for this two day holiday - including our spiritual preparations. Remember in my post to you, I invited you to consider which precious jewels of your life you would choose to make into a beautiful crown for the King of the World? Did you...

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The Jewels of the King - Chai Elul

Imagine that the King has invited you to his palace. He leads you to his treasure house and shows you his chamber filled with the most magnificent jewels. “Here,” says the king, “Gather my beautiful and precious jewels in your hands. Choose the ones you like best, any kind you like, and put them together to make a beautiful crown.” This is how I began my jewelry-making class last week with the 4th and 5th grade girls. After I said that, I thought of the story of the King in the Field that I mentioned to you in my last letter. “Hmmm…” I thought, “This sounds like another parable.”   The problem is, I can’t make up my mind about...

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If you're not doing this, you're missing out...

Greetings & Blessings, This month we have a very special opportunity and I didn't want you to miss out! This past weekend, we celebrated Rosh Chodesh, the newHebrew month of Elul. The special spiritual energy of this timeis to review our lives, and reconnect and strengthen our relationship with G-d. The spiritual power of the month of Elul is explained by a beautifulparable based on the teachings of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi,the first Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch: When the king is in his palace you dress in your best, you makean appointment and if you are lucky and the ministers let you pass, you are admitted to the fabulous, impressive chambers of the King. But when the King is out inspecting his fields, he is closer and easier to approach. You...

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Moshiach Seudah - The Feast of Liberation

  Greetings & Blessings! This morning, just before I woke up I had a wonderful dream that I wanted to share with you. I dreamed that it was the last day of Passover. We were sitting down at the last meal, the special Feast of Moshiach (the Jewish leader who will redeem Israel in the End of Days), eating matzah, drinking the four cups of wine, telling stories and singing. Suddenly, we heard the great shofar that signals the arrival of Moshiach! We ran out to the street - everyone ran out of their homes - and that's when I woke up. It felt like a true dream - you know, the kind that will really happen - may it be so! Moshiach's Seudah...

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Happy Purim! Here's How to Be Happy Today

Purim is a day to be happy. A day to forget about our physical problems, material problems, even our spiritual problems. Forgetting our problems on Purim doesn't mean getting drunk and ignoring our problems, hoping they will go away. It means...

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