We just spent 25 hours in shul on Yom Kippur praying for a year of life and goodness. The Chida tells us that one annuls 100 of his own prayers for each chilul Hashem he causes. Perhaps on the way to shul this Sukkos, as we extend holiday greetings to our fellow Jews, we should extend our good wishes to our non-Jewish neighbors as well. As we shop for the holiday and take Chol Hamoed outings, let us try and perform acts that will cause others to “Bless the G-d of the Jews.” Create a kiddush Hashem by extending kindness and modeling a fine, honest character, generating respect for the holy Torah amongst the nations of the world.
About the Author: Rabbi Gil Frieman is the pulpit Rabbi of Jewish Center Nachlat Zion, the home of Ohr Naava. He is certified as a shochet, sofer, and has given lectures in the United States, Canada, and throughout Eretz Yisroel. Rabbi Frieman is currently the American Director of seminaries Darchei Binah, Afikei Torah, and Chochmas Lev in Eretz Yisroel, and teaches in Nefesh High School, Camp Tubby during the summers, and lectures weekly at Ohr Naava. In addition, Rabbi Frieman teaches all tracks in Ateres Naava Seminary. He is a highly anticipated speaker on TorahAnytime.com where he speaks live most Wednesday nights at 9:00pm EST.
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