Watchmen On Walls first and foremost is dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Yeshua Hamachiah and His soon return. Secondly, we strive to send a wake up call to Jews first , as well as to all people, to be aware of what is happening in the world today by comparing current events with biblical prophecy. It is our prayer that this ministry will draw many to Yeshua and give Him the glory and thanks in all things and Amen!
The Watchmen Mission Statement
Watchmen On Walls first and foremost
is dedicated to proclaiming the gospel of Yeshua Hamachiah and His soon return.
Secondly, we strive to send a wake up call to Jews first , as well as to all
people, to be aware of what is happening in the world today by comparing
current events with biblical prophecy. It is our prayer that this ministry will
draw many to Yeshua and give Him the glory and thanks in all things and Amen!
prophecies referring to Yeshua:
Prayer Of Salvation
Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, have I posted guardians all day and all night, continuously, they will never be silent.
עַל חוֹמֹתַיִךְ יְרוּשָׁלִַם הִפְקַדְתִּי שֹׁמְרִים כָּל הַיּוֹם וְכָל הַלַּיְלָה תָּמִיד לֹא יֶחֱשׁוּ
al khoe-moe-tay-EEKH ye-roo-sha-la-YEEM heef-ka-de-TEE shom-REEM kole ha-YOME ve-KOLE ha-lay-la ta-MEED loe ye-khe-SHOO
The name Jerusalem is comprised of two Hebrew words according to Jewish tradition. Abraham called it Yirah meaning awe/fear, while Shem, the son of Noah, called it Shalem, meaning peace/completeness. God calculated that, "If I call it Yirah, Shem will object, and if I call it Shalem then Abraham will object. Rather, I will call it Yerushalayim.” Our Bible Book Club is meeting tomorrow at 2 pm EST to explore the role of Zion in the Bible. Now is your chance to ask all of your questions and learn with Rabbi Tuly Weisz.
It was an accident, but I feel so guilty and awfully depressed about it. I feel like my soul and body are contaminated forever. How can I make up for it?
Feeling like you want to make up for a messup is a good thing. Feeling depressed and guilty is not.
Sometimes it’s hard to sense whether a particular feeling is coming from the yetzer tov (good inclination) or the yetzer hara (other inclination). So, here’s a rule of thumb: Any feeling that brings you to do something good definitely comes from the yetzer tov. But any feeling that brings gloom and depression—no matter how noble and virtuous it may seem—is just another sneaky tactic of the the yetzer hara.
Let’s apply this to your situation:
This was an accident. But still, if you are really concerned about keeping kosher, messups like this don’t happen. So, even though you did this by accident, you still need to do teshuvah. Essentially, that means remorse for what was done, together with the pledge not to do it again. You already seem to be pretty remorseful; now all you need is to resolve to be more careful in the future. Resolve to think twice, and make sure you know what you are eating before you eat it.
But, as you recognize, you also need to remove any negative energy remaining from the deed—and from that food, which is now metabolized into your physiology. We don’t chase away darkness with broomsticks. We use light. It just so happens we have a very powerful light in our hands for zapping away all sorts of darkness. It’s called tzedakah—simply giving more money than you usually would to a worthy cause. Tzedakah is like bringing a sacrifice in the Temple—you give away something precious to you, and that takes away those things that you don’t want to be part of you.
Tzedakah helps in all situations. But here are some additional suggestions, specifically for kashrut:
1) Spend some time reading up the laws of kashrut in detail. I would be happy to suggest some books, if you’d like.
2) Inspire another Jew to start keeping kosher.
Doing these things not only erases the deed—they actually transform what happened into something positive. Now this deed is no longer a low point in your life, but a point of inspiration, driving you and others higher and higher.
Let me know if this helps.
Rabbi Yisroel Cotlar