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Last minute RH thought and Last Chance for Rebbe Nachman in UMAN erev RH!

Rosh Hashanah is so close!  I always worry that I didn’t do the work I needed to do. Life is just soo busy!  But I remember one thing my late husband Gershon zt”l used to say to keep in mind for Rosh Hashanah.  Rosh Hashanah is about crowning Hashem King. But what does that mean?  Do I envision some great leader on a throne with a crown on his head and me bowing in servitude towards him?  Is this really the work that’s going to give me a better din on Rosh Hashanah?  Seems so childish.  Here I remember Gershon zt”l relaying the story of Akeidat Yitzhak as Rabbi Shimon Green used to tell it.

Sacrificing one’s son is an almost insurmountable test for anyone – let’s face it.  But do we really understand what it meant for Avraham?  Avraham was the pillar of chesed.  The one who knew he was chosen to bring the world back to truth, acts of loving kindness, and justice.  Who expected that his son Yitzchak would be the head of the great Jewish people through which all of mankind would achieve perfection.  He was famous throughout the world.  He was Mr. Kiruv himself!  Everything he did brought people closer.  He stood for G-d and goodness.

What would be of his reputation?
What would be of his role in the world?  His whole life was devoted to showing people the goodness of G-d so that they would also serve G-d.
Now, he was not only sacrificing Yitzchak, but everything he had stood for amongst the masses.  The next day the world would think he was a mad man and that his G-d a tyrant, chas v’shalom.  It would turn everyone away.

And still, he did it – at the expense of his kiruv and life efforts – because G-d said so.

So we blow the shofar, the ram’s horn, on Rosh Hashanah, who was sacrificed in Yitzchak’s place.

This is what it means to crown Hashem King. We all follow Hashem in some ways.  Some mitzvot are easy – how hard is it to smile at an old lady or take her hand to cross the street?  But what about the mitzvot that are hard for us?  What about the mitzvot that run counter to our beings or offend us in some ways?  What about the mitzvot that just get in the way of our parnassa or what we want?  We all have places that are our own potential akeidat Yitzhak.  And it is davka in those places, that we are asked to truly crown Hashem King.

Here we need help, and pray “Hashem, please let Your will be my will”.

This Rosh Hashanah, pick one mitzva that is hard for you and do it anyway, just because G-d said so.  There you will be crowning Hashem King where he was not King over you before.  There you will G-d-willing earn a better din.

And if you need a little more zchuyot for this year (who doesn’t) and haven’t already done so, this is your last chance to send your prayer request for Tikun Haklali prayers at Rebbe Nachman’s kever in Uman on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Hashem should bless you that your prayers will be answered and that all of Am Yisroel merit a good, sweet year of health, fulfillment, and success in ruchniut and gashmiut.

Erev Rosh Hashanah at Rebbe Nachman’s kever in UMAN for You! Are you prepared for Yom HaDin?

It’s almost Rosh Hashanah – Yom HaDin, da dum.
There’s shopping, and cooking and outfits to pick.
There are meals to plan and shuls to pick.  There are relatives to remember.

And then there’s…. our future to consider.  Who we are. What we want.
Now is the time to put forth that last stretch effort of tzedaka, teshuva and prayer.  Here we can help put you over the top b’ezrat Hashem.

We are sending a few of our Jerusalem learners to Rebbe Nachman’s tomb in Uman, Ukraine to say the special Tikun HaKlali prayer (10 specific psalms said in a certain order) specifically for each prayer request on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Rebbe Nachman was known to have said that he will help whoever comes to his tomb and says the tikun, and that on Erev Rosh Hashanah he has the ability to do extra tikkunim unavailable during the rest of the year. What once was a strictly Breslev tradition has spread to much of the Jewish world because of the great inspiration experienced there.

So take this opportunity to add to your zchuyot before the din!

Pray for me in Uman! 
(Under “Prayer Option” at the bottom of the page, choose “($36) Uman – Erev Rosh Hashanah Tikun Haklali”)

You and all of Am Yisroel should be signed and sealed for a sweet, fulfilling, peaceful, healthy and plentiful new year!


Last Chance to Get Your Prayers In! Who Will Live. and Who Will Die… Who Will be Wealthy and Who Will be Poor…

Each year on Rosh Hashanah, “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep,” and it is decreed in the heavenly court “who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.

Since this is something serious, G-d gave us the entire month of Elul to reflect on the year gone by and prepare.  We are supposed to see where we went wrong and try to transform, to spend more time learning Torah, praying and giving charity.  To make it easier to judge us favorably, G-d illuminates His Thirteen Attributes of Mercy for us this month.

We pride ourselves on the fact that our 40-days project supports Torah scholars in Eretz Yisroel, increases prayer – at the holiest place on earth – and contributes tzedakka to the poor of Jerusalem.  It is the perfect blend of all 3 mitzvot we should be focusing on in Elul.  We also hope that it will truly help you in your goals to come close to the Almighty and to your life’s greatest potential.  Hashem wants you to succeed – and so do we!

If you haven’t already done so, this is your last chance to get your prayers to the Kotel for 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur.

May you be blessed with a sweet and happy New Year and may the world merit to see the destruction of evil and the prevalence of peace and morality once and for all,

Batya Burd