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The Most Important Thing You Need to Know about Rosh Hashanah

How to show God you’re a worthy investment this New Year.

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(5) David Benjamin, September 27, 2016 5:10 PM

Deeply Disturbing

His message seems to be that we have to bribe God to give us one more year by being good. What if we are good and get sick or die ( and of course, this happens all the time), How would the Rabbi explain that? No, we should be good because it is simply the right thing to do. It has nothing to do with God.

Shoshana - Jerusalem, September 27, 2016 7:29 PM

We don't have to bribe G-d. But we have to know, if we haven't taken notice of this until now, that we are here on Temporary Resident Visas. We are tourists in this world. Here in Israel there is also a status called "Permanent Resident". But obviously, H-shem doesn't give anyone that status. So on Rosh Hashana we want to renew our visas. It will be decided who shall live and who shall die. Whose visa will be renewed and whose will not. So the above video gives a very good idea on how to get it renewed.

You said that we should be good because it's the right thing to be, with nothing to do with G-d. But that's not exactly so. It is G-d's will that we be good people. So we are fulfilling His will and His commandments when we act in a proper Torah way. And it is the Torah that teaches us right from wrong. Furthermore, when people are not G-d-fearing there is a lot less goodness in the world.

Highly suggested reading : "World Perfect" on this webcite.

Of course good people, even great tzdikim, die. And they arrive in the next world filled with mitzvos, and have a very close connection with G-d, instead of arriving empty.

Shana Tova v"mesuka!

(4) Annie:), September 27, 2016 4:13 PM

This type of talk is needed more and more in Jewish circles

With so much sense of entitlement out there, people have become takers, and there is less & less giving of themselves ... what ever happened to 'get on your feet and make it happen? and then you shall Thank God and set the next set of goals to have more to be Grateful for' - that's what the history in chumash really expounds on, yet in daily life so many are 'waiting' for their lives to happen, the whinning is unbelievable, also like in chumash, but this was also followed by punishment, now a civic offense! I think the Jewish communities need more tough love and gratitude will follow. Welfare minded communities never begot gratitude. Only entitlement. Get on your feet...

(3) jim, September 27, 2016 5:37 AM

energy & drive

great role model, just goes to show what one can do. hang in there rabbi, good for you and all those with you. of course you know Who to thank.

(2) C.G., September 27, 2016 4:50 AM

Shana tova!!

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