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Six Constant Mitzvos

In an introduction to Sefer HaChinuch, the author singles out six mitzvos (commandments) that one is obligated to fulfill on a constant basis. These mitzvos, he writes, should not be absent from a person’s consciousness for even one second of his life. The six constant mitzvos are: – Emunah: Faith in Hashem – Lo Yihiyeh: […]

What Are You Doing to Make Yom Kippur Last?

How was your Yom Kippur? Do you feel like you achieved some level of Kapara (atonement) and Tahara (purity)? What are you doing to make the effects last? How are you preparing spiritually and mentally to increase your joy on Succos?

R’ Moshe Schwerd – Attaining Spiritual Purity on Yom Kippur and Shoes – mp3

R’ Moshe Schwerd – Attaining Spiritual Purity on Yom Kippur and Shoes – mp3 can be downloaded here.

A Mother of a Child-at-Risk

By “A Hopeful Mother” Do you have a child who’s at risk, or maybe already gone off the derech? Well, I know how misery loves company, so I just wanted to share with you a shocking piece of news I heard… about someone (someone really big) who’s kids also went off the derech (don’t worry […]

Eat, Drink…For Tomorrow

by Rabbi Mordechai Rhine The day preceding Yom Kippur is an anomaly on the Jewish Calendar. Although Yom Kippur is a solemn day, the day before it is a day of semi-celebration. We do not recite tachanun; it is a mitzvah to eat and drink. What is the significance of this day before Yom Kippur? […]

The Teshuva Diet

Its now been nearly two weeks since I stepped on the large metal scale at my produce market and discovered that I was overweight Until then, I rarely weighed myself.. I didn’t even own a scale because, hey, I wasn’t fat. I wore a small dress size and nothing I owned (except for two skirts […]

A Kesiva v’Chasima Tova Thought

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning… Rabbi Yosef Albo in the Sefer Ha’Ikarim categorizes the Rambam’s 13 principles of Jewish belief into three: (1) Hashem created the world (2) Hashem gave us the Torah (3) Hashem scrutinizes, punishes and rewards us for our deeds in this world and the next The Sefer Ha’Ikarim says that […]

Rosh Hashona Resolutions- A Deeper Look

By Aryeh Taback Rosh Hashona resolutions are not so much about changing what we do, as much as they are about changing who we are, and close to the core of who we are stand our middos. The word middos is often translated as “character traits” but a more literal meaning would be “measures”. Middos […]

Eric Bruntlett’s Elul

By CJ Srullowitz ( One of the joys of being an “ex-pat” Phillies fan, living in New York, is that I can watch my team’s games over the internet. This sure beats the good ol’ days when, in order to listen to my favorite team play, I had to drive around the county in my […]

Dealing With The Pain of a Difficult Year

Last Rosh Hashana, 2008 – I can’t even remember where I was. I mean in the sense of where my wife, myself and three children were for the Jewish New Year. How can one forget something like that? Either we were in Passaic, or in Far Rockaway or Pittsburgh – as well, we lived in […]

Four Common BT Road Bumps

Partners in Torah recently listed four road bumps a BT might hit: • Daily life as an observant Jew is not always easy. Many demands are made of us, and life is infinitely more complicated for a person concerned with Shabbos, Kashrus, a large family and yeshivah tuitions than it is for one with 1.2 […]

A Different Sort of Religious Experience

The hard science types out there will disagree, but it really wasn’t what I expected at all. In fact, I wasn’t expecting anything as far as I can tell. Let me go back a bit and lay the groundwork here. My father, alav hashalom, was a very intelligent erudite individual who was also very good […]

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Label and Mrs Chaya Lam on the Wedding of Their Son

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Label and Mrs Chaya Lam on the wedding of their son Chaim Moshe Lam to Rochel Kammer last night in Monsey.

Can We Say No to Simchas?

Dear Beyond BT Whenever we get invited to Simchas, I’m conflicted. On the one hand I know how much I like people to share in my Simchas. On the other hand, leaving my children is very hard for them and me. How have other people handled this? Thanks Julie

The Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit

Excerpt From The Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit ________________________________________ (From Introduction) Just Do It and Don’t Ask Questions The dominant medium for communicating Judaism to this generation has been the synagogue or community Hebrew schools. Whatever Jewish education most Jews possess today came from those after-school or Sunday morning classes that we all swore […]

Simple Kavannas for Elul

Elul is the Time to Start on the Little Things At the beginning of Shaarei Teshuva (The Gates of Teshuva), Rabbeinu Yonah teaches that if we make our efforts in Teshuva, then Hashem will assist us in return, even to the extent of reaching the highest level of loving Him. But we have to make […]

Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh Author Speaking Schedule For Sept 2009

Rav Itamar Shwartz, the author of the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh seforim will be arriving in the U.S. next week for about one week. He will be speaking in Lakewood, Boro Park, Flatbush, Monsey, and Toronto. The following is the schedule of his public speaking engagements. Lakewood: * Sunday, September 6th – 2:30 PM – Yeshiva […]

How [Do] I Know I Made the Right Choice?

As I became frum [20 years ago at age 19 and fully observant by age 20] and for the first couple of years and afterwards, I would always question “How do I know I made the right choice?”. The answer I came up with then was: • Everything physical is temporary. • I believe in […]

How Can We Appreciate the Routine in Our Lives?

We’re drawn to the exciting things in life like Simchas, vacations, new purchases, etc., but most of our life consists of the routine. How can we better appreciate the routine and use it as a springboard for growth?

Should Our Kiruv Focus Be All Jews or Just the Best and Brightest?

A reader wrote in stating that only the best and the brightest have a real chance of succeeding as Baalei Teshuvah and contributing to the overall Orthodox Jewish community, implying that our kiruv efforts should be focused on the best and the brightest. If we view Kiruv as helping people to reach and maintain an […]

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