Joey (in NYC) meets with his Rabbi, Yitzchak Schwartz (in Israel) by Skype on a twice weekly basis as part of his studies. This week, the lesson was about The “High Holidays” and the transformational power of Tzedaka / Charity.
For a change, Joey’s responses during his Rabbi’s teaching was recorded throughout the lesson. Joey’s comments and reactions are in all caps.
1. ELUL; DAYS OF POTENTIAL TRANSFORMATION
We presently find ourselves in a time zone that is charged with incredible energy. We are in the Hebrew month called ‘Elul’. Elul is the last month of the calendar year–the month that is meant to be a preparation for Rosh Hashonah–the new year and new re-creation of our world and our lives….. The energy is one of awe and potential—-
MAKE NOT WAR PONDER THE WAYS TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY. YOU KNOW THAT I’M TOTALLY TRYING TO SEE THE END TO THIS WONDERFUL YEAR WITH THE LOVELY PEOPLE AT RODOLPH SHALOM.
an awe of realizing our mortality and our responsibility for having succeeded and/or failed at what we have attempted to do all year…….a potential for transforming ourselves into becoming the best possible individuals that we can become……
STOPPING RADICAL PROGRESS IS NOT SOMETHING I CAN EVEN MAKE A POSSIBILITY. LIFE IS TOTALLY SWEET LIKE A MINT IN THE MOUTH.
The Kabbalists teach that every day of this month of Elul parallel the various evolving stages of the creation of the Cosmos……Creation and potential self creation and self transformation are in the air nowadays inviting us to participate in the process…..
WON’T YOU LNOW I’M FROWNING BECAUSE PLANNING MY SELF-TRANSFORMATION IS A DAILY ACTION I TAKE. PLAIN TO SEE I’M STUPIDLY GRINNING BECAUSE I’M NOT SOPPING PLANNING MY SELF IMPROVEMENTS ANY TIME SOON.
One of the most powerful means of self-transformation as well as being a means of wiping the slate clean of all past negativity , is to engage in Tzedaka/Charity in all of it’s various forms….
MAKING OTHERS HAPPY, SNOW GOING ON IN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS, IS WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT AND I’M INTO THAT. LISTEN TO GIVING IMPULSES TO SELF IMPROVE AND ADD SOMETHING TO THIS WORLD.
Finishing remarks and/or thoughts:
REACHING UP TO THE SKY FOR HIS HOLY HELP IS WISE AND BRAVE.