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Shul Bulletin

Announcements

  • Please make sure to pay up all your kibud pledges and outstanding membership before Yom Tov.  Click here.  Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Pinson - 118 S Detroit St.
  • Young Chevra of Sothern California are proud to present the Grand Community Simchas Beis Hashoaiva, Wednesday, Tishrei 17/October 3. Click here for more info.
  • Congregation Levi Yitzchok invites the entire community to a grand Simchas Bais Hashoaiva - Thursday, Tishrei 18/October 4, 7:30 pm at the corner of Beverly and La Brea.
  • Thank you to Mr. Betzalel Fleischman and Mr. Meilech Weiss for the help in putting up the sukkah for the shul.
  • Preparations for our world famous Congregation Levi Yitzchak Hakafos is in full swing. As usual, the shul counts on YOU!! Please email us now to remind us what you are bringing.
  • Please say Tehillim for Chaya Mushka bas Hadassah Shaina and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Shabbos Schedule - Parshas Ha’azinu

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:22 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:44 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 6:20 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:25 pm 

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman in honor of the birth of their daughter Ariella Chava. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s father Shmuel Meir ben Yisroel Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors

  • Choni Grossman in honor of yud gimmel tishrei. May he and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.

Women's Shabbos Shiur

 At the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
418 N Martel Ave. 
5:00 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Dovid Thaler

First Days of Sukkos Schedule:

For all the laws and customs
Please see the
Chabad Chodesh

Erev Sukkos - Sunday, 14 Tishrei/September 30

  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:20 pm

First Day Sukkos - Monday, 15 Tishrei/October 1

  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:45 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Minchah: 6:20 pm
  • Light Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame after 7:20 pm

Second Day Sukkos - Tuesday, 16 Tishrei/October 2

  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:45 am 
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Minchah: 6:20 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 7:20 pm

Note: The 6:30 minyan will start at 6:15 every morning during Chol Hamoed

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Fine on the birth of their daughter Chaya Mushka. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Sanowicz.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman on the birth of their daughter Sheina. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg on the bar mitzvah of their son Ephraim. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leibel Lipsker on the birth of f their daughter Chana Basya. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Perl.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman on the birth of their daughter Ariella Chava. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman. 

 Upcomming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Alon Asefovitz - 13 Tishrei
  • Mr. Shmuel Freeman - 13 Tishrei
  • Moishy Rav-Noy - 15 Tishrei
  • Meir Shlomo Thaler - 18 Tishrei

 Upcoming Yahrtzeits:

  • Sara Leah bas Yacov (Mrs. Chana Weiss’s mother) - 15 Tishrei
  • Ephraim Pinchas ben Yona Halevi (Mrs. Necha Lerner’s father) - 16 Tishrei

Devar Torah

Announcements

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter will be hosting a farbrengen this Friday night 9:30-11:00, at their home - 821 N Formosa Ave. #203, for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina.
  • Kapparos special - in memory of Reb Berel Weiss ob"m.Click here for more info. 
  • Please say Tehillim for Chaya Mushka bas Hadassah Shaina and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Shabbos Schedule - Parshas Vayeilech

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:32 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:43 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 6:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:35 pm 

Kiddush Sponsors

We are honored to have with us by this weeks Kiddush:
Rabbi Tzvi Telsner
Rov of the Chabad community in Melbourne
and Rabbi Yanky Winner
Mashpia of the Yeshiva Gedola in Melbourne. 

  • By Anonymous in honor/appreciation of Levi Raichik and his tireless efforts for the community and any Yid in need.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dovid Diamand in honor of Mr. Dovid Diamand's chavrusa Levi Raichik. May he and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld in honor of Shabbos Shuva. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman in honor of Shabbos Shuva. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler's mother Chaya Sara Rochel bas Chaim Yosef Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian in honor of Vov Tishrei. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Tzvi hakohen Friedman in honor of Vov Tishrei. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Sufrin in honor of Vov Tishrei. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of their daughters Soro & Sheina’s birthdays. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Levin
361 N Vista
5:00 pm
Speaker: Mrs.Nechama Dina Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon on the birth of their grandson (to Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Solomon).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Chazanow on the birth of their grandson (to Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Chazanow). 

Upcomming Birthdays:

  • Shneur Lerman - 9 Tishrei
  • Shmuel Chaim Plotke - 10 Tishrei
  • Yosef Yitzchok Habibian - 12 Tishrei

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chaya Sara Rochel bas Chaim Yosef Shlomo (Mrs. Ruchama Thaler's mother) - 7 Tishrei
  • Shmuel Meir ben Yisroel Dovid (Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s father) - 11 Tishrei

Yom Kippur Schedule

For all the laws and customs 
Please see the
 Chabad Chodesh

Erev Yom Kippur 
Tuesday, 9 Tishrei/September 25

  • Minchah: 3:00 pm 
  • The Shul upstairs will be open mincha time, so you can bring up whatever you will need for Yom Kippur.
  • Light Candles: 6:27 pm

Yom Kippur 
Wednesday, 10 Tishrei/September 26

  • Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 10:30 am
  • Yizkor: 12:30 pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:30 pm

Devar Torah - Parshas Vayeilech

Shabbos Teshuva

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

During these days of the eseres yemei teshuva, a time when Hashem is near to all who call out to Him I would like to wish everyone a chasima and gmar chasima tovah. 

The Gemara refers to these days as the ten days of teshuva that occur between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The Rebbe points out that there are only seven days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and then asks what the Gemara’s intention is in saying that there are ten days when actually are only seven. The Rebbe explains by first pointing out the common denominator that Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and the eseres yemei teshuva all share. He then explains the unique aspect each day has, and finally what all of this teaches us in the service of Hashem. 

The theme of Rosh Hashana is coronation; crowning Hashem as the King. We do not say vidui at all on Rosh Hashana. This teaches us not to focus on ourselves, but upon Hashem alone; how He is the King and we are his servants. This is the service of bitul; to nullify the focus on our individual lives and to accept making Hashem the center of our attention 24/7. Only once we have established Hashem as the King and us as His servants do we begin to think of ourselves as  an individual. We ask ourselves; how is this service of Hashem expressed in my daily life?

After this comes the eseres yemei teshuva. During these days we begin to analyze our past behavior, decide how well we served Hashem last year, and how we will correct and improve to better fulfill Hashem’s wishes and will in the coming year. Each of the seven days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur correspond to a different day of the week. As we go through each day, we review how we acted on that day throughout the previous year, and then plan corrections and improvements for that day of the coming year. 

After these seven days we reach Yom Kippur, a day when we do teshuva, in order to tap into ‘itzumo shel yom mikaper’, in order to allow the essence of the day to atone. For this we need to do teshuva and say vidui to let the essence of a person become united with the essence of Hashem. When this happens all of our aveiras are forgiven so completely that they were never there; the only thing remaining is the inner connection between the neshama and Hashem. It is not enough to rely solely upon the power of the day itself, ‘itzumo shel yom’ to accomplish this, but we must do our part by making ourselves a vessel in order to bring this about, which is through teshuva and vidui. There are many stories about Jews from all walks of life who went to tremendous  efforts to be in shul or fast when they heard that Yom Kippur was coming because Itzumo shel yom mikaper, its a day when the essence of a person becomes united with the essence of Hashem.

Let us all use these days of the eseres yemai teshuva and Shabbos Teshuva to do our utmost to rectify the past and prepare for the coming year. 

Through doing teshuva may we merit to see the return of the Shechina to Tzion, immediately in these days. Good Shabbos

Kapparos special - in memory of Reb Berel Weiss ob"m

Erev Yom Kippur Kapparos

Tuesday Morning, 6-10 am
at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Yard
7215 Waring Avenue
Parking Available

KAPPAROS SPECIAL 
IN MEMORY OF REB BEREL WEISS O.B.M.

From 7:30-8:30 AM ONLY

Chickens will be sold at the very affordable price of $10/chicken

Chickens are available at this price for ONE HOUR ONLY.

Regular prices apply before and after the hour.

For more information, please call 323-936-4965

Rosh Hashanah Schedule

For all the laws and customs
Please see the
 Chabad Chodesh

Erev Rosh Hashanah 
Sunday, Elul 29/September 16

  • Selichos: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 am
  • Hatoras nedarim - Annulment of Vows following Shacharis
  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:39 pm

First Day Rosh Hashanah 
Monday, Tishrei 1/September 17

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am 
    Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Tehillim: 5:00 pm
  • Minchah/Tashlich: 6:15 pm
  • Light Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame after 7:40 pm

Second Day Rosh Hashanah 
Tuesday, Tishrei 2/September 18

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am 
    Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Tehillim: 5:00 pm
  • Minchah/Farbrengen: 6:15 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 7:40 pm

Tzom Gedaliah
Wednesday, Tishrei 3/September 19

  • Fast Begins: 5:25 am
  • Minchah: 6:15 pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:28 pm

Announcements

  • To pay for membership and seats click here.
  • Please say Tehillim for Chaya Mushka bas Hadassah Shaina and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Shabbos Schedule - Nitzavim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:42 pm
  • Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Tehillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:42 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos by Rabbi Raichik: 5:40 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:40 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perokim 5-6
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:45 pm

Kiddush Sponsors

Congregation Levi Yitzchok
in honor of our wonderful community. 
May we all be blessed with a
happy and sweet new year. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn in honor of Rabbi Yecheskel Raeburn’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of their son Yosef Yitzchok’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of their daughter Chaya Mushka’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp in honor of Mrs. Bluma Esther Zipp’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of their son R’ Refoel Yehoshua Noson Zipp’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of their grandson Dovid Moshe’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of Mrs. Rochelle Fayga Cherman
458 N Fuller Ave. 
5:30 pm
Speaker: Mrs. Chani Pinson

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Getzy Rosenfeld on the birth of their daughter Ita. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Labkowsky.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky on the birth of their grandaughter (to Chaim & Mindle Zaetz).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Bukiet on the birth of their grandson Chaim (to Zev and Lakey Frimerman).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Avi & Lilly Gniwisch).

Upcomming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Yecheskel Raeburn - 29 Elul
  • Mr. Yerachmiel Altman - 2 Tishrei
  • Mr. Yonason Allison - 2 Tishrei
  • Yosef Yitzchok Wolowik - 4 Tishrei

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sholom Dovid ben Yoisef (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s father) - 28 Elul
  • Moshe ben Menachem Mendel Hilel (Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg’s father) - 2 Tishrei

Devar Torah

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Announcements

  • Please arrange for your Rosh Hashana seats and membership right away! Click here.
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda starts this Shabbos. This year marks the 11th  year for our Jr Congregation. It starts @ 10:15 am- BE THERE!!. Click here for more info.
  • If you want to send a PA”N with Rabbi Raichik to the Ohel, please bring it to the Rabbi by Monday morning.  
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy and the Friendship Circle invite the entire community to help celebrate their move into their brand NEW building at 1952 S Robertson Blvd. This Sunday, between 1-3 pm. Click here for more info.
  • The Chanukas Habayis for the new Chassideshe Kollel building will iy"h take place this Sunday. Click here for more info.
  • We have set up a web page for members to advertise their goods or services leading up to Tishrei. If you want to be featured, please email us your flyer or announcement. Attachments must be in jpeg format. Note: The shul reserves the right to reject and/or modify any submission for any reason. Click here to see the page.
  • Please say Tehillim for Chaya Mushka bas Hadassah Shaina and Menachem Mendel Halevi ben Ita.

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Tovo

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:51 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Latest Time To Read Shema: 9:40 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos by Rabbi Raichik: 5:50 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:50 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perokim 3-4
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:54 pm
  • Selichos Motzei Shabbos: 1:00 am
  • Selichos Monday through Friday: 6:05, 6:35 and 7:05

Kiddush Sponsors

  • The Pinson family for the Bar-Mitzvah of their son Yisroel. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s father Yechezkel ben Nochum Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Bassya Pinson's mother Ita bas Aharon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi Tzvi Burston in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky for the yahrtzeit of their son Dovid Yonah Hokohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Milton Goodman’s father Yisroel ben Zalmen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Martel Cartel (-Zev & Michy Rav-Noy, Melach Weiss & Shmuel Fogelman) in honor of its founder Jon Engelson and family. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • The Raichik family for the yahrtzeit of their brother Yosef Yitzchok ben harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s father Yehuda ben Tzvi Hirsch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors

 

  • Levi Goldman in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik for the yahrtzeit ofRabbi Levi Raichik’s brother Yosef Yitzchok ben harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrenge

 At the home of Mrs. Yocheved Lezak 
423 N Fuller Ave 
5:30 pm
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Pinson for the bar mitzvah of their son Yisroel. Mazal tov to the grandparens Rabbi & Dr. Nochum Pinson.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke on the bar mitzvah of their son Yosef Yitzchok.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman on the birth of their daughter. 

Upcoming Birthdays 

  • Rabbi Tzvi Burston - 21 Elul
  • Shmuel Rotenberg - 22 Elul
  • Yeshayahu Gansburg - 22 Elul
  • Yosef Yitzchok Raeburn - 26 Elul
  • Mendel Rav~Noy - 26 Elul
  • Levi Yitzchak Goldman - 27 Elul
  • Mr. Richard Rosenbloom - 27 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  •  Mr. & Mrs. Mottel Polityko - 24 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik - 26 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner - 21 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ben Tzion Novack - 21 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Yosef Yitzchok Halevi ben Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi Raichik - 21 Elul
  • Ita bas Aharon (Dr. Bassya Pinson's mother) - 21 Elul 
  • Dovid Yonah ben Menachem Mendel Hokohen (Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky’s son) - 22 Elul
  • Mordechai Leib ben Avrohom (Rabbi Yoel Edelson’s father) - 26 Elul
  • Meir Eliezer ben Yehuda (Rabbi Schneur Zalman Schmukler’s father) - 27 Elul
  • Yehuda ben Tzvi Hirsch (Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s father) - 27 Elul

Devar Torah

 Is Joyful Teshuva really possible?

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Elul is the last month of the year. Just as a business makes a yearend inventory and later a detailed analysis which provides the way for changes and improvements in the year to come; so too the month of Elul is a time that we take stock of our lives and make decisions to change and improve looking toward the new year. One might find this entire process quite upsetting. How can a person be joyful when there is a pressing need for teshuvah at the same time? It’s difficult to look at all of one’s failures and mistakes squarely in the eye as the day of Rosh Hashana, the day of judgment is rapidly approaching. The Torah says that every Mitzvah we do has to be with simcha, and how is it possible to be b’simcha when doing a mitzvah, knowing all that we have done wrong.

Chassidus explains that teshuvah does not mean to repent but to return. In the month of Elul, the last month of the year the power is given for us to return to who we really are. Ask yourself the following question: how would you feel if you were completely lost on a journey and someone showed you the proper way that you need in order to return home? Would you be sad that you lost your way or would you be glad that you now found the proper path to return? If you went to the doctor and the doctor said that he knows what is making you feel not well and he has the proper medicine to bring you back to health, would you be sad that right now you don’t feel well and need to take medicine, or happy that by taking this medicine you will become well?

Chassidus explains that this is also true for teshuva. We have the power to return and to be close to Hashem and to fix everything. Even more, one single “turn” can change everything for the better. The joy that we have for being able to restore and improve our closeness with Hashem is not only our simcha, but most importantly it is the simcha that Hashem has from our teshuva.

With all of the aforementioned, the following question still remains. It is good and fine to stress the positive outcome of teshuva; nevertheless, we know that the process of teshuva requires that we have sorrow and bitterness. We need to get involved in uprooting bad habits and sinful behavior. This can be a painful process. What Chassidus is teaching us is that although it is quite painful; when it is done its purpose is to cure. Therefore, the simcha of what is accomplished far outweighs the remorse, the sorrow and the bitterness. This is because the connection that we achieve is real and will only continue to grow. We will neither ignore nor forget what we have done wrong. We will simply revel in the fact that there is an even greater joy from being able to come close to Hashem.

Reb Mendel Futerfas once explained that there are three different approaches to saying the prayer of Ashamnu during viduy. The first person says to himself; “Me? I didn’t do all these things that are on this list! So why do I say it? The reason is because this prayer is for everyone, not just me.” This person’s intention when he prays is; “It’s someone else, I never did it.” The second person realizes that it is him. He is full of remorse, he cries and is sad. He says to himself; “I know I did these things, I did them today, I did them yesterday and I will do them again tomorrow.” At the end of the day he tells himself that he is a sinner and continues on the same path the next day. The third person says, “I sinned and I won’t return to that again.” That resolution is real teshuva.

The Baal Shem Tov was once visiting a small town. The leaders of the community approached him with a request to speak to their chazan about the way he was leading the davening for the prayer of Ashamnu. They said that he would sing it with a joyful tune and they thought that it was inappropriate way to approach such a serious prayer. When the Baal Shem Tov asked the chazzan what he thought about during that prayer he replied with a story. He heard about a simple person who got a job cleaning out the stables of the king’s animals. Although the only thing he was busy with was cleaning the waste of the animals, since he knew that what he was doing was what the king wanted done he was overjoyed with his job all day long. He was happy because of his good fortune, knowing that what he was doing was benefiting the King.  It is needless to say that the Baal Shem Tov found this man to be a most appropriate chazzan for his community. 

May we all merit to do teshuvah with simcha, and witness the immediate revelation of Moshiach, now! L’Shana Tovah uMesuka

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