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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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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”


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