Hi, I was just your typical 19 year old Seminary girl in South Jersey (if you don't know where I mean, you are probably on the wrong blog). We all have nisoynos, challenges, and experiences, both positive and negative. Here is where I have decided to share some of them.

Location: Lakewood, New Jersey, United States

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rosh Hashana

I went to a really nice shul in Monsey over Rosh Hashana. It was a really beautiful, meaningful daverning. The Rov spoke so well that I decided to share it.

The famous question is asked why we don’t blow Shofar on Shabbos. After all we want to scare the Soton from interfering with our prayers on the Yom HaDin. If we don’t blow on Shabbos, aren’t we concerned that the Soton will prevent our prayers from being heard .Chazal tell us the reason is there is a fear that someone will carry the Shofar to Shul on Shabbos and transgress the prohibition against carrying on Shabbos. Rav Aharon Kotler had the following insight. Most people know that you cant carry on Shabbos without an eruv, so for who was this gezeira enacted. Its very unlikely that anyone in Monsey, Brooklyn, Lakewood, Jerusalem, Benei Brak will not realize that you cant carry on Shabbos and carry the Shofar to shul anyway. But, perhaps a new Baal Teshuva in Peoria that is just starting out and knows about Rosh Hashana and Shofar, but doesn’t yet understand all the laws of Shabbos will mistakingly carry the Shofar to shul. We all know that if its between all the “Choshuva” Yidden in Monsey and Benei Brak or the one baal teshuva in Peoria who takes preference and is considered more important. But obviously, Chazal views things differently. All the Jews in Monsey, Boro Park, Stamford Hill, Lakewood and Jerusalem are not blowing the Shofar on Shabbos because of the one baal tshuva in Peoria who might mistakingly carry the Shofar on Shabbos.

This past week there was a momentous event. A new Mikva was dedicated in China. It was sponsored by a Satmar chosid in partnership with a Lubavitcher Chosid who do a lot of business there. At the ceremony the Israel ambassador to China was invited to speak. When he saw the two partners sitting there, he said, you are both joined in this endeavor, now I know that Mashiach is certainly almost here. To which, the Satmar Chosid say, well, you are here, too, so Moshiach is already here..

When all the Yidden in Kiryas Yoel are not blowing Shofar on Shabbos, because of one baal teshuva in Peoria, that scares the Soton more then the Shofar does on the weekdays.

A Gemar Chasima Tova to everyone. May you all be inscribed for a good sweet year..

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Shana Tova

I want to wish all my friends and readers a Ctiva V’Hatima Tova. Hashem should grant us all a sweet and wonderful new year, and provide us with all our needs both material and spiritual.

As I think about what an exciting productive year this has been , I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Hashem for the goodness he has bestowed upon me, and for all the wonderful friends I have made both on and offline who have enriched my life immeasurably. At the top of the list is my wonderful husband, S. , followed by dearest Elisheva, who has been like the sister I never had and fills whose ever life she touches with sunshine. The Ribono Shel Olam, should pay her back with ehliche children in the near future who will follow her path of Chesed and Avodas Hashem. I would also like to express Hakoras Hatov to my sweet lovely friend from Canada. She should be zocheh to find her zivug, very soon, and he should merit to see just an infitesimal drop of her outstanding middos, and good qualities, that are even more beautiful then she is. Shosh, I cant even discuss, because I wouldnt do you justice. You make the world an infinitely better place. To all my other friends, that I met thru my blog, another blog, or in real life, (you know who you are) thank you from the depths of my heart for brightening my life with your gift of sharing of yourself with me.

With tremendous sorrow, I must also ask Mehila of anyone that I unintentionally offended . It was never my intention to hurt anyone. It is a tremendous nesoyin, to sometimes, see some commenters as just words on a screen and lose sight of the fact that there is always a Yid ( or an occasional reader from the nations of the world) with feelings who typed those words. In the future I will try and be more vigilant about how I respond and relate to everyone, from the one time commenter to those individuals who have welcomed me into their life and shared their secrets with me. It pains me greatly that I may of inadvertently, caused anyone who was vulnerable , pain or grief.

A GUT Gbenched Yor to everyone..

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