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9/11 & Elul
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9/11 & Elul

Ten years later, is it true that nothing is the same?

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Published: September 4, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 14

(11) Shulamis Mallet, September 8, 2011 2:06 PM

The fifth commandment

The commandment I was referring to was the fifth commandment. (I left that out). Happy Birthday to your granddaughter. May she and your entire family continue to be a shining light in Israel.

(10) Anonymous, September 8, 2011 12:49 PM

response to a tragedy

I believe one of the best responses to a tragedy was that offered by Chabad on their website after the attack and murders in Mumbai a few years ago. Their video stated that if a handful of individuals can produce so much hate, imagine how much love 10,000 people can produce. It was suggested that everyone commit to performing one new mitzvah such as joining a Torah class, putting on Tefillin or helping a stranger find his or her way. I think this was a great idea.

(9) Shulamis Mallet, September 8, 2011 11:27 AM

My word is respect

Dear Rabbi Salomon, amv"s, I find your clips to be very thought provoking, sometimes you even pinch a nerve. Thank you. I can remember seeing the footage of the planes hitting the towers on 9/11 and my first response being that it was an act of war. Have our lives changed? I think there is a lot less trust and confidence in the world around us. What can we do? Pray and do our part to improve the world around us, where we can. What would I suggest? In one word, respect. If you look at our commandments, the first word that is directed to us concerning the relationship between man and man, is respect. It is also on the same tablet as the commandments regarding the relationship between man and G-d. The next word, is "es", aleph through suf, everything. It's interesting that this part of the posuk is very similar to the first words of Bereishis. The commandent then seems to focus on our parents, but isn't anyone who is your teacher considered a parent? Since we can learn something from everyone, that includes everyone. If you put all that together, we have to respect G-d (He is our #1 parent), we have to respect each other, and we have to respect our world (creation). We have to respect ourselves, as well, because we are, after all the ones responsible for learning things everyday of our lives. The word "kobaid" meaning respect, is very close to the word "kovaid", meaning heavy or weight. Respect isn't always easy, it's sometimes burdensome, but the mitzva is in the effort. You'll never achieve success if you focus on the "it's too hard". You have to try. That means when someone insults you, don't hit back. Instead tell them that they insulted you, respectfully ask them for respect. If you can't do that, walk away. The time may come when you can. Remember that when you treat others with respect, ultimately you'll gain self respect. Remember also, to treat our environment with respect. The more we take care of our world, the more G-d will take care of us.

(8) zipporah jacobs, September 7, 2011 9:42 PM

The eerie face of death bottom left of cloud !

Shalom on the eve of 9/11 ten years later I can never forget. I started a new job that very day, ironically the job turned out to be far removed from what I applied for and am now happily doing Community Service for the past 10 years b"h L'Shanah Tovah in Peace !

(7) Ann Brady, September 7, 2011 1:13 AM

Boruch HaShem

A beautiful, beautiful commentary Rabbi Salomon. Thank you.

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