The Most Important 40 Days of Prayer of the Year Are NOW!!!

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 especially feel this close to the Kotel.  It is such a special time and I am so excited!!!  And of course, also nervous, as it does lead up to Judgment Day.  The entire world is focusing on the Temple Mount now, and so are we.

Life will start anew then and anything can happen, to us, to our friends and family, and to the world…

The future is ours to create, the past is ours to erase. There’s strength in numbers and in partnerships and we can help each other to be more successful!  I once saw a yiddishe quote/joke. It said, “if we thought prayer worked, we would pay others to pray for us.” I guess the writers never surfed this site :-)

I also heard the quote, “if you don’t have time to earn Olam Haba yourself – then buy it!”  Meaning, give money to someone who is devoted to earning it every minute, then you earn it through him!

But seriously, notwithstanding the sarcasm, the underlining message is actually true.

Hashem gave us many ways to earn merit.  We only need to pick one.  Hashem gave us many avenues and opportunities to have our prayers heard, we only need to keep trying.  Always accept that whatever happens is for the best, but never ever give up when it comes to asking for what you want! You never know how many prayers are enough to tip the scales.

And if there is nothing that you want for yourself, I urge you to think of a needy friend or acquaintance that could use something and donate money for prayers on their behalf – you can even keep it a secret for extra merit!  We need all of the merit that we can get right now and as a Jew, you have so much power to influence the course of events this year just by doing chesed and giving charity and supporting Torah-learning (you get all 3 through these 40-days).  We need you to do your part more than ever now, especially to support Jewish presence at the Western Wall.  The Gedolim say, and the world sees, that Mashiach is around the corner…

Reserve my prayer agent now for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul thru Yom Kippur!

May Hashem bless you and your family with a year full of blessings, happiness, fulfillment, and spiritual and material success,

Batya

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