Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cheshvan: Prayer

Dear Friends,

This post is about the Jewish month of Cheshvan as it relates to The Chazak Plan: A 12 Month Journey to Spiritual Strength.

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan begins Monday night, the 28th of October and lasts for two days.

On the 7th of Cheshvan, in Israel, prayers for rain begin. For this month, focus on enhancing your prayers. You can pick a section of the prayers to say daily with understanding. In addition or instead, you can recite daily one Psalm with understanding (longer Psalms can be read over two to three days).

One type of prayer, popularized by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, is called Hitbodedut; this is where we talk out loud to God in our native language, unburdening ourselves to Him. Try this daily practice for at least a week, preferably a month. See if it helps you feel closer to God and to feeling His comfort and support.

Part of upgrading our prayers is showing reverence for the sanctuary, and not talking during the prayer service.

Questions for the month:

“Which section of the prayers will I focus on saying this month with understanding? Or, what else can I do to enhance my prayers?”

“What issues are weighing on my mind that I can informally speak to God about?”

“How can I enhance the reverence I show for the sanctuary?”

How to Unlock the Hidden Power of Prayer

Take care and may God grant us success in the coming month,


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Taking Refuge in a Sukkah of Faith

Dear Friends,

This Sunday night begins the Festival of Sukkot.
There will be no posts during the holiday.

Taking Refuge in a Sukkah of Faith

Have a Chag Sameach!


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Audio Download and Repairing Our Mistakes: How to Ask for Forgiveness

Dear Friends,

This Tuesday night is Yom Kippur.

Here is a link to an audio class I recently gave on the High Holidays which discusses how to enhance our prayers and 10 possible New Year's resolutions.

Preparing for the Yamim Noraim: Practical Suggestions

One area that Yom Kippur does not atone for is sins between us and our fellow. For those, we need to ask for forgiveness and make amends when appropriate.

Repairing Our Mistakes: How to Ask for Forgiveness

May we all be sealed in the Book of Life,