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When a High Priest Accuses a Broken Woman in Drunkenness

Can I Daven Rosh Hashanah for a Cleaning Lady? Why Are Jews Moved Most by "Unesana Tokef"?

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This women's class was presented on Tuesday Parshas Nitzavim, 24 Elul, 5779, September 24, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY

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    Issac -4 years ago

    Quoted from Torah Wellsprings

    Quoted from Torah Wellsprings-Rosh Hashanah

    It appears from the Zohar that one should primarily pray for ruchniyos (spirituality) on Rosh Hashanah. The Zohar says that those who daven for their personal needs on Rosh Hashanah are like dogs who shout, "hav hav — Give more! Give more!"
    However, tzaddikim taught us there are exceptions to this rule. When one requests gashmiyos (material things) and his intention is so he can serve Hashem better, it is permitted, and even advised, to daven for material matters on Rosh Hashanah. 

    One year, before tekiyas shofar, the Baal Shem Tov zy'a told his students to pray for their parnassah and material needs, even on Rosh Hashanah. He explained that since the gashmiyus will lead to improved avodas Hashem, it is called praying for ruchniyos. 12 

    Rebbe Pinchas of Koritz zy'a also encouraged people to daven for their material needs on Rosh Hashanah. He said, "Those who don’t ask don’t have." 13

    Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin translated the following words, from the Rosh Hashanah Shemonei Esrei: קדוש אתה ונורא שמך, “You are holy, and Your name is awesome. [So how can I speak to You about money issues and other mundane issues? The answer is] ואין אלו"ה מבעלדיך, I don’t have another G-d other than You.

    12. Another benefit of praying for your material needs is that such a tefillah is often more sincere, since these matters lay heavily on one’s heart. The Tzemech Tzedek said that when one requests for his personal needs, it is teshuvah iloya (a very high level of teshuvah) because his words are coming forth with sincerity and truth from the depths of his heart to Hashem.

    13. Rebbe Asher of Stolin zy'a said "The Zohar prohibits shouting "hav hav — Give more! Give more!" This means that he has his needs, only he wants more. This is forbidden to request on Rosh Hashanah. But for someone who doesn’t have enough, there is nothing wrong for him to ask. The tzaddikim of Karlin zy'a taught their chassidim to read Parashas Haman every day of Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. Hashem is rationing our parnassah for the entire upcoming year, so we should daven for parnassah.

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    Issac -4 years ago

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    Qouted from Torah Wellsprings-Rosh Hashanah

    It appears from the Zohar that one should primarily pray for ruchniyos (spirituality) on Rosh Hashanah. The Zohar says that those who daven for their personal needs on Rosh Hashanah are like dogs who shout, "hav hav — Give more! Give more!" 

    However, tzaddikim taught us there are exceptions to this rule. When one requests gashmiyos (material things) and his intention is so he can serve Hashem better, it is permitted, and even advised, to daven for material matters on Rosh Hashanah.

    One year, before tekiyas shofar, the Baal Shem Tov zy'a told his students to pray for their parnassah and material needs, even on Rosh Hashanah. He explained that since the gashmiyus will lead to improved avodas Hashem, it is called praying for ruchniyos.   12 

    Rebbe Pinchas of Koritz zy'a also encouraged people to daven for their material needs on Rosh Hashanah. He said, "Those who don’t ask don’t have."     13 

    Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin translated the following words, from the Rosh Hashanah Shemonei Esrei: קדוש אתה ונורא שמך, “You are holy, and Your name is awesome. [So how can I speak to You about money issues and other mundane issues? The answer is] ואין אלו"ה מבעלדיך, I don’t have another G-d other than You. [Where else should I go to ask for parnassah and for my other needs if not before You?]"

    12. Another benefit of praying for your material needs is that such a tefillah is often more sincere, since these matters lay heavily on one’s heart. The Tzemech Tzedek said that when one requests for his personal needs, it is teshuvah iloya (a very high level of teshuvah) because his words are coming forth with sincerity and truth from the depths of his heart to Hashem.

    13. Rebbe Asher of Stolin zy'a said "The Zohar prohibits shouting "hav hav — Give more! Give more!" This means that he has his needs, only he wants more. This is forbidden to request on Rosh Hashanah. But for someone who doesn’t have enough, there is nothing wrong for him to ask. The tzaddikim of Karlin zy'a taught their chassidim to read Parashas Haman every day of Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. Hashem is rationing our parnassah for the entire upcoming year, so we should daven for parnassah.

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    Quoted from Torah Wellsprings

    Quoted from Torah Wellsprings-Rosh Hashanah 

    It appears from the Zohar that one should primarily pray for ruchniyos (spirituality) on Rosh Hashanah. The Zohar says that those who daven for their personal needs on Rosh Hashanah are like dogs who shout, "hav hav — Give more! Give more!"

    However, tzaddikim taught us there are exceptions to this rule. When one requests gashmiyos (material things)  and his intention is so he can serve Hashem better, it is permitted, and even advised, to daven for material matters on Rosh Hashanah.

    One year, before tekiyas shofar, the Baal Shem Tov zy'a told his students to pray for their parnassah and material needs, even on Rosh Hashanah. He explained that since the gashmiyus will lead to improved avodas Hashem, it is called praying for ruchniyos.   12

    Rebbe Pinchas of Koritz zy'a also encouraged people to daven for their material needs on Rosh Hashanah. He said, "Those who don’t ask don’t have."   13

    Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin translated the following words, from the Rosh Hashanah Shemonei Esrei: קדוש אתה ונורא שמך, “You are holy, and Your name is awesome. [So how can I speak to You about money issues and other mundane issues? The answer is] ואין אלו"ה מבעלדיך, I don’t have another G-d other than You. [Where else should I go to ask for parnassah and for my other needs if not before You?]"

     12. Another benefit of praying for your material needs is that such a tefillah is often more sincere, since these matters lay heavily on one’s heart. The Tzemech Tzedek said that when one requests for his personal needs, it is teshuvah iloya (a very high level of teshuvah) because his words are coming forth with sincerity and truth from the depths of his heart to Hashem.

    13. Rebbe Asher of Stolin zy'a said "The Zohar prohibits shouting "hav hav — Give more! Give more!" This means that he has his needs, only he wants more. This is forbidden to request on Rosh Hashanah. But for someone who doesn’t have enough, there is nothing wrong for him to ask. The tzaddikim of Karlin zy'a taught their chassidim to read Parashas Haman every day of Aseres Yemei Teshuvah. Hashem is rationing our parnassah for the entire upcoming year, so we should daven for parnassah

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    Rachel -4 years ago

    Your teachings are so awesome.

    It’s like listening to Pavarotti day in and day out and after every concerto, giving amazing feedback. It can almost feel repetitive and diminishing....

    And I can’t even begin to compare the Torah, the Divine infinite truth, inspiration you share with us day in day out, to Pavarotti ....

    I have no other tool than words to let you know the deep everlasting impact that every class leaves on me and on so many others, yes every class of yours touches and awakens another aspect of Divine truth and allows for new and more light into my life.

    This class again that you are teaching us from the Rebbe  is mind shattering.

    It shine the light of Yidishkeit with love and compassion. Embraces and invites the human condition to join into the spiritual dance of Rosh Hashanah and create holy music for God.

    It allows us to be very human and own every part of ourselves, our desires and our needs with pride and dignity.

    And bring them to shul and share them with God without guilt, shame or needing to amputate them.

    This kind of Yidishkeit is what opens up the door for me to be able to experience real transcendence with “all of me”!

    Thank you, thank you for all!!!

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    Judith -4 years ago

    Rabbi Jacobson This Shiur......is can I say the best ever?(I think so very often) it will let me daven with serenity because so often I feel bad bothering Hashem with so many earthly things (I should finally be able to move to Monsey etc....) and so you invigorated me......and my list will be long.....but Hashem it will be all for You at the end of the story.Thank you Rabbi YY what a privilege to listen to you.Thank you Hashem for giving us Rabbi YY. A Git gebenscht Juhr

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    Bella -4 years ago

    Rabbi Jacobson,

    Yesterday’s shiur was truly next level.  I’ve struggled internally for many years with the conflict of crowning Hashem versus begging for my personal needs... Chana’s lesson, portrayed so vividly and in such a moving way, struck a deep chord within my heart as well as clarified Rosh Hashana’s power in such an awesome way.

    If the Melamed in a shtetl in Belarus taught Rabbi Soloveitchik about Rosh Hashana, our Melamed in the Forshay tent did much the same.  I hope to carry yesterday’s unforgettable shiur with me for many years to come, bsD.

    Thank you for another beautiful year of life-altering lessons.  I am at a loss for words as to how I can describe what Tuesday morning classes have done for me.  It is one of Hashem’s enormous treasures He has bestowed upon me, my family, and Klal Yisroel.

    Wishing Rabbi Jacobson and the whole mishpacha a Gut Gebentched, lechtige, gezunte, nachasdige yahr filled with every Brocha in the Torah.

    Ksiva vechasima Tova!

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    Summary of the class:

    How could Eli confuse drunkenness with a woman pouring out her heart to Gd?

    Eli Tells Chana "you're drunk on yourself - you're drunk on your own needs"

    Only worshipping Gd for what you can get from him is a drunken form of worship

    especially on RH the day of coronation when the focus is on Gd and his kingship

    sometimes intoxication can look very spiritual

    I'm doing Torah and mitzvos for the reward (my olam habah, my nachas, my wealth, my spirituality)

    brute spirituality.  G-d created in Man's image. spiritual narcassisim

    CHANAS RESPONSE shows us a deeper dimension and gives us a glimpse into what RH is really about which is why we
    read it on RH

        "ואשפך את נפשי לפני ה'"
    My tefillah is an expression of the deepest relationship I have with Hashem

    A Jew needs to realize who they are - a soul that was brought into this world to reveal infinity and create a reflection of Hashem in this world.

    For a Jew to ask Hashem for his  physical desires on RH is not crude or selfish - it's ultimately to allow Hashem's divine will, objective, and purpose of creation to be fulfilled!

    I am a reflection of divinity in this world!
    For my light to be able to emerge and be powerful, my blessings, my wealth, my health, my prosperity, and my success are actual G-dliness!

    It is all dependant on how you define what you are and what your needs are.

    My needs are Hashems needs because Hashems needs are my needs - because I am a  "חלק אלקי ממעל ממש"

    When you understand this there, is no arrogance only deep humility.

    Eli who was on the holiest level spiritually (Kohen Gadol!) agrees with Chana and tells her "go in peace, Hashem will fulfill your request".

    We see through Chanas actions what the ultimate purpose of everything we want is for, she gives her child to Hashem!

     

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    What I want, what Hashem wants. Or....

    On Rosh Hashona  one can daven for one's needs for the coming year. Or, one can think about Hashems needs like to recoronated and make a "dira" down here.

     Are these two mutually antagonistic ?

     No. In a ruchniousdik jujitsu the Rebbe says, yes, daven for what you need and want, but not for your own sake but to better serve Him..Lessons there for all relationships. 

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    1. Earthly monarchs coronated just once. 2. Yes, don't ask what Hashem can do for you, ask what you can do for Him. But cant one ask for the others' needs also?

    1. Earthly monarchs coronated once.  Elderly Brits remember the Queen's coronation long ago. Shes happy, doesnt need constant reassurance and recoronating. Does Hashem need annual recoronation? . Apparently yes. Is He insecure? Low self esteem? Or is it for us? When Goldie asked Tevye if he loved her, he said "I told you so at our chuppa. If anything changes I'll let you know!" 

    2.. It  was said, quoting JFK  (the president , not the acronym for coming to shul  "Just For Kiddush") that we should ask what we can do for country/Hashem  not what Hashem/country can do for us. Are those the only 2 possibilities? Cant we ask for what the other person needs? Or can we say that we love whom Hashem loves and He loves the other so asking for the other is also what Hashem wants.

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Women's Rosh Hashanah Class

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