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!!

(1) Anonymous, September 27, 2016 4:45 AM

I have one issue with this video. what if you are going through a hard time emotionally and overcoming your challenges? or trying to and working through them? does that show G-D that you are a worthy investment? or do you have to take something else on?

Annie;), September 27, 2016 4:04 PM

personal emotional challenges, the norm

who do you think put those ideas in your head? that's exactly what The Ribbono shel Olam wants every one of us to work on.
In one of our recent parsha - I believe Shoftim v'shoftrim we learn to put a fence on our rooftop; this year different rebbeim expounded on this physical idea to include it in our own personal space, especially emotionally to 'know our boundaries' with other people; and when it comes to being judged, to know that there are 4 levels of people, therefore the holy tzadik should always be judged favourably, the not so tzadik should be given the benefit of the doubt, the good guy should be judged carefully, and the not so good is rarely judged well because even when apparently doing good often has an alterior motive; then we have the issue of the righteousness, or not, of the one doing the judging. Gets so complicated, forget them... just relax! just have gratitude for the emotional issues you have as a great place to start feeling better and dealing with what you have to deal with. And for now, just forget what others think until you're strong enough to deal with others. If you never get there, that's even better; just know that if you were 'standing' in front of God's 'desk' to account for your behaviour, if you truly think He approves then you're on the right track. Keep in close touch with your Rabbi for these perceptions. We are all here because God chose to invest in our existence. Yours too. I just want to live as a good investment for Him: Growing everyday. May you be inscribed for an emotionally sweet year.

Anonymous, September 27, 2016 4:46 PM


I'm sorry you are struggling. It may help to know that it is none other than Hashem that gives us such challenges. It is through belief in Hashem that he is a kind and loving father who mercifully selected those challenges for you in order to bring you closer to him, to test you, and to refine you. As soon as you thank Hashem for the troubles, they will quickly resolve. Shana Tova!

Shoshana- Jerusalem, September 27, 2016 5:01 PM

yes, it shows you are worthy

Yes, because you are doing just what you supposed to be are doing, trying to stand up to the challenges He has given you (it is all from Him). The fact that He gives challenges shows you are worthy in His eyes. Because He wouldn't bother with you otherwise. Also, we need to know that H-shem never gives a person a nisayon-trial, that he can't stand up to. Because trials are to make us, not to break us. They are to make us into better people. It's not easy, but we have to keep pushing.

May you be blessed with a good year, a year of peace and success in all you do.

Anonymous, September 28, 2016 7:46 PM

Thank you!

Thank you all for your responses. they really gave me the inspiration i needed to hear.
Thank you thank you.
May Hashem bless you with a beautiful sweet new year. and amen to all your blessings!!
thank you again


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