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He was born in Tunis, lost a son in the Six-Day War, and became the rabbi of the Western Wall and a rosh yeshiva who studied Kabbalah.

Twenty-three years ago this week, Rabbi Meir Yehudah Getz passed away. We can learn about his special personality from the note that was found in the inside pocket of his coat. It appears that he used to write short phrases to himself for self-improvement. Here are a few of them, which seem very suitable for the month of Elul:

  • I should always be happy, both internally and externally.
  • I should never say even a single bad word about anyone.
  • I should always judge others favorably, and not take offence.
  • I should respect my wife very, very much.
  • I should not be too strict with the children, and I should always come to their aid, both materially and spiritually.
  • I should eat less.
  • I should make sure I do physical activity daily.
  • I should make sure I take deep breaths often.
  • I should make fewer phone calls and make the calls shorter.
  • I should always make sure I wear tallit and tefillin during the day as much as possible.
  • I should always be happy doing a mitzvah.

In his memory.


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Sivan Rahav-Meir, a ba’alas teshuvah, is one of the most popular media personalities in Israel. She is a Channel 2 News anchor, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal. Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.