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The Key to Success
 

Posted on: September 19th, 2012

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Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.

Frightened
 

Posted on: September 14th, 2012

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Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.

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Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.

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Posted on: September 12th, 2012

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When you are sick, do you go to the doctor, or the student of the doctor? So why go to Uman where Rebbe Nachman is buried, when you could go to the cities in Israel where his teachers are buried?

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Posted on: September 11th, 2012

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Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2012

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Even if you haven’t yet atoned for all of your sins, Don’t worry! Be Happy! As long as you are sincerely trying, this is what really counts.

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you are what you think
 

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

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Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

Hackers are focusing their efforts on government agencies from one continent to the next -- and from one country to the next.
 

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.

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The Lone Ranger.
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
 

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

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Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

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Author and Jewish Press blogger Tzvi Fishman on his way to Migron to protest the evacuation on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?

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saturdaynightfever
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

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There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.

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fishmanhealing
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

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When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.

Happiness can be hard to find. This man found it through aliyah -- moving to Israel.
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

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Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s path to wellbeing, to physical and emotional health, as well as his path to the deep self-discovery which connects him to God. T’shuva can happen suddenly, in a burst of illumination […]

Train
 

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

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Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.

Tikun Olam
 

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

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The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden describes man’s existential plight. In effect, the sum of world history is mankind’s journey to return to the Garden. Not only man, but the world itself wants to return to its original state. This yearning is one of the most powerful forces of Creation. Thus the world “roars like a mighty lioness” to return to its original, ideal closeness to God.

T'shuva
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

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The Gemara teaches that t’shuva existed before the world was created. In a similar vein, Rabbi Kook writes that the spirit of t’shuva hovers over the world and gives it its basic form and the motivation to develop. It is t’shuva which gives the world its direction and its inner energy to constantly progress. The desire to refine the world and to embellish it with beauty and splendor all derive from the spirit of t’shuva.

Happiness
 

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

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While t’shuva is normally translated as penitence or repentance, the root of the Hebrew word t’shuva means “return.” T’shuva is a return to the source, to one’s roots, to one’s deepest inner self.

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

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The month of Elul is known for being the time of the year most favorable for t’shuva - generally known as penitence or repentance. But t’shuva is much more than feeling bad over the transgressions which we have committed. Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva is the force that makes the world go around.

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Posted on: August 17th, 2012

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If a Jew is thrown into prison and he doesn’t have tefillin, then he can’t perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. But the mitzvah of tefillin isn’t cancelled because of this. The very first morning that he gets out of jail, he once again must perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin

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