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Rosh HaShanah

One of the most important aspects of Rosh HaShanah is not to say bad things about another person. As you want G-d to give you a chance, also give everyone else a chance to begin again.

So, my dearest brothers and sisters, it’s only after Rosh HaShanah when our beginning is so strong, when we get a taste that our inside has never been blemished, and we go to the Holy Cleaner, the Master of the World, who takes out all the stains from our hearts and the dust from our souls. And He is doing it while we are singing and dancing. On Yom Kippur, we tell Him all our mistakes because we now already have so much inner strength.

Please, please, give each other strength. Don’t ever stop giving compliments to each other, and, most of all, give compliments to your children, whose self confidence depends on you! On Rosh HaShanah, every second counts like a thousand years.

Our holy master Rebbe Nachman says: The greatest gift we can give someone is to give him back his self confidence.

When we make a mistake, not only do we do wrong, but our soul also is shriveling, and we look down at ourselves. A whole year of mistakes – Gevalt! How do we look at ourselves? It doesn’t take much to give up on somebody else, but to give up on ourselves is always Federal Express.

To have the guts to really begin again takes a lot of inner strength. So on Rosh HaShanah, the holiest day of beginnings, we don’t mention our mistakes, in order to have the strength to stand before G-d like newborn babies. Our holy Rabbis teach us that the sound of the shofar is the sound of our innermost soul and heart and also the sound of a newborn baby. It is everything. It wakes us up, it gives us strength, it reminds us how holy we are, and how holy we can be, and also how close we are and how easy it is to be the best and most exalted.

Blessings and love,

Shlomo


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The Ropshitzer Rebbe was famous for his sense of humor.

Once one of his followers asked him, “What is the reason for your custom to dress in only white cotton clothes?”

The Ropshitzer Rebbe said, “I cannot reveal this to you now. You must first prepare yourself. Immerse yourself in the ritual bath eighteen times every day. After three weeks come to me and I will reveal the reason to you.”

The follower did exactly as the Rebbe ordered, and after three weeks time he proudly went to the Rebbe.

“I did all that you asked,” said the follower. “Please reveal to me the secret.”

The Rebbe said, “Because it is cheaper.”

The follower was confounded: “What? Because it’s cheaper? Why did I have to immerse eighteen times a day for three weeks? Why couldn’t you just tell me?”

The Rebbe answered, “If I would have just told you, then you would have just told someone else, and he would have told someone else, and so on…. And before you know it the price would go up.”