9/11 & Elul

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

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.

(6) Daniel Kasnitz, September 6, 2011 8:00 PM

Excellent message.

Excellent message. Thank you.

(5) david frankel, September 6, 2011 6:18 PM

its sad what happend on sept 11 but lets not forget what the same goverment of the usa have done to israel and its civilian population every time the muslim terrorist kill a jewish life it was ok for the westren countries they tolled the jewish people to restrain them selfes i look at it mesure for mesure its sad to losse human life but i was not sad to see the attake on the buildings a lot of things have change since 911 incluiding we lost lot of oure freedom we were tollod that islam is a peace loving relegion {we know better than that} terrorist are now freedom fighters yes rabbi a lot of things have change incluiding the american people elected a muslim president that alone have changed this nation to worst

Shulamis Mallet, September 7, 2011 11:17 AM

How can you not be sad?

Are you forgetting that many of those lost were Jews? And even if they weren't, think of all the people traumatized or physically affected. All the people with no bodies to bury. How can you not be sad? Those buildings represented the freedom that this country offers us, including the right to practice our own religion, or to elect a Moslem president (G-d forbid not radical Islam or one that would bow to the pressure of the radicals), if that's what the country chooses. Even if you're right and the attack was a judgement against this country, it's sad that such a judgement was necessary.

(4) Lisa, September 6, 2011 4:17 PM

Speaking words of wisdom...let it be!!

I was at the airport the other day....waiting forever....then a man & his son come strolling by & inched their way in front of me....usually I would say something , but I said to myself......just look away.....it's a 5 minute difference for me......let it be. That may be a mundane scenario but sometimes its the little things that set us off. I am going to try to say to myself...will this situation bother me in 10 minutes? In an hour?? In a week? if not than I will try to just let it be!!!

Ann, September 7, 2011 2:12 PM

And All We Need is Love

I love the way you think, Lisa. Yours is a wise suggestion. I shall think of your words the next time...

(3) Leah, September 6, 2011 3:40 PM


(2) Rabbi Jeffery Feinstein, September 6, 2011 3:05 PM

The letter I sent to my community

As we have entered the month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah, it is the time we turn our thoughts to the past year and recount how we might have been better and how we have erred. We are reminded that for sins against G-d, G-d forgives. But for sins against our fellow persons only they can forgive. In knowledge that I have sinned and erred during 5771, I ask each of you to find it in your hearts to forgive me for any wrong I may have done to you either inadvertently or, heaven forbid, on purpose. Also knowing that S’licha (forgiveness) must be asked for, so too, it must be granted. Please know that I forgive any perceived or actual wrong done to me. May we all be granted a clean slate to move into 5772 and participate in not only tikkun olam, the healing of the world, but also tikkun leb, the healing of our hearts. L’Shanah Tova

(1) ruth housman, September 6, 2011 3:00 PM

Look Homeward, Angel

ELUL 1 1 There is something significant about 1, and by extension 11. It is said 11:11 is a cosmic number. People seem to be focused on this, many, and seeing the clock at 11:11 and multiples. What can this, signify? EL is the ancient and current name, for G_d. One of, many. And so is allah, all AWE. We are approaching a solemn time in the Jewish Calendar. I do so appreciate your beautiful words. I often wonder, being a wondering Jew, whether through all this time of responding on line, to many Aish articles, anyone actually reads our responses. I would, if I had written a piece and solicited commentary. But I am saying, there is no feedback from the authors. None I have seen, about my words. There is a LUL(L) in ELUL. A time of silence, a time of contemplation of what is sacred, and I so totally respect your words, about going inward, about looking at Judaism, spiritual words, and words also about how, HOW, a disaster does bring everyone, together. Must we have disasters to move the humane heart? Did G_d write us all into a STORY that will bring us all toward a Promise, an echoic promise, we still cling to, about WORLD PEACE. Is there truly more, in the word, AMORE itself? I see an arrow to evolution. I see there is love within the word itself, running backwards. Let's run it backwards, meaning Time. Let's stand at Sinai together, receiving the Commandments, and let us ponder a story that brought us forward, and backwards, as tide, the moon by which we measure our days, the Jewish calendar, that ebb, that flow. Let it be a story deeply about ONE and what is WON, by the holding of hands, around the world. One day I want to dance, to really do the hora. As ahora, in Spanish is for NOW! Mark my Words. We are all of us, shining stars!

Patty Ann Smith, September 6, 2011 4:19 PM

Shinning Stars

Daniel 12:3 backs up your last words "shinning stars" "He that turneth many to righteousness shall shine as the brightness of the firnaments of the heavens and as the stars forever". The commandments were't given to just talk about, we must doers of them!.


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