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 שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל:  יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד(“Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One”) (Deuteronomy 6:4) 

20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet (the Shofar), resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.  Nehemiah 4:20
 

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JNN: KEEPING YOU INFORMED ON ISRAEL’S "OPERATION DEFENSIVE EDGE” WITH DAILY UPDATES AND IMPORTANT PRAYER POINTS: The IDF launched "Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza last Tuesday, in order to stop the terror Israel's citizens face on a daily basis. JNN editors are keeping you updated each day as events unfold in Israel’s military operation against Hamas and other terrorist organizations operating out of the Gaza Strip. Please take the JNN updates to your prayer gatherings for the following suggestions on how to pray for Israel at this time. 1. That Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s Negev communities and across the country will fall short of civilian areas, and for the infallible accuracy of Israel’s Iron Dome system. 2. That terrorist bases and infrastructures, arms factories and weapon’s tunnels will be pinpointed and destroyed. 3. Intercede for the safety and protection of Israel’s military men and women involved in anti-terrorist activities and for civilians in targeted cities. 4. For the comforting and emotional shielding of victims young and old in the midst of constant life-threatening explosions and disruption of their daily lives. 5. Intercede for the peace and safety of Jerusalem. 6. That all terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel will be detected and dealt with. 7. For the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government, security and military leaders as Israel deals with unrelenting antagonists and terrorist murderers piloted by Hamas. 8. Please pray also for the safety of the Vision for Israel team and their families in the country as some family members have already experienced the shock of being close to exploding rockets.

 

 

 

  prophecies referring to Yeshua:
  • Where He would be born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MICAH 5:2
  • He would be born a virgin birth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  ISAIAH 7:14
  • He must be a descendant from King David . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 SAMUEL 7:12,13
  • He would be called out of Egypt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOSEA 11:1
  • His ministry would start in Galilee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISAIAH 9:1-8
  • He would come riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. . . . . . . . . ZECHARIAH 11:12
  • He must die before the destruction of the Second Temple. . DANIEL 9:26
  • They would cast lots for his clothes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PSALM 22:18
  • He would make atonement for our sins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISAIAH 53:5

 

Shalom Mishpocha!
 
We are now in an important 10-day period known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im), which started last week with Rosh HaShanah (Head of the Year) and will end this Saturday night with the close of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
 
Today is the 5th day or middle of the Days of Awe.
 
A more common name for this 10-day period is the 10 Days of Repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuvah).
 
 

A Jewish man praises God at the Western (Wailing) Wall in Jerusalem.
In his hand is a Yemenite-style shofar, which is blown during the High
Holy Days.  (Psalm 98:6)
 
Traditionally, Rosh HaShanah, also known as Yom Teruah, is a day of judgment when God opens His book, examines our deeds, and decides who will live, who will die, who will have a good life, and who will have one filled with troubles.
 
While it is believed that God makes His decree on Rosh HaShanah, that decree is not sealed in the Book of Life until Yom Kippur.
 
During these Days of Awe, we repent of our sins of the past year, ever mindful that God is a righteous judge; all His ways are just and true.  He will reward the righteous and not allow the wicked to go unpunished.
 
“Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”  (Psalm 58:11)
 
 

Seeking God with an attitude of earnest repentance for the High Holy
Days at the Western (Wailing) Wall.
 
The concept of the Book of Life and its connection to judgment is entirely scriptural.  The Bible, in fact, contains many references to the Book of Life.
 
The Hebrew Prophet Daniel wrote that “everyone whose name is found written in the book will be delivered.”  (Daniel 12:1)
 
We also see references in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament):
 
“He that overcomes… I will never blot his name out of the Book of Life.”  (Revelation 3:5)
 
“Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:15)
 
May our family, loved ones, and the Jewish People be found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
 
 

In this Bible text, the Hebrew word Elohim (God) is surrounded by the Star
of David.
 
 
Teshuvah and Tzedakah
 
Judaism traditionally holds that actions consistent with teshuvah (repentance), tefilah (prayer), and tzedakah (charity / good deeds) during the Days of Awe can alter God’s decree that was issued on Rosh HaShanah.
 
For this reason, it’s customary during these 10 days to spend time getting right with God and with our fellow man.
 
Spiritual and Orthodox Jews will seek forgiveness from anyone they have wronged and try to make amends.
 
Also, shortly before Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox (Chassidic) Jews and some Orthodox Jews perform a ceremony called kaparot from the Hebrew root k-p-r, meaning to atone, where a person’s sins are symbolically transferred to a chicken.
 
 

The “kaparot” ritual is held on the eve of Yom
Kippur in Jerusalem's Mea She'arim neighborhood.
 
A live chicken is held over the head by the right hand and moved in a circular motion three times around the head while reciting this prayer:
 
“This is my substitute, my vicarious offering, my atonement (kaparah).  This rooster (hen) shall meet its death, but I shall find a long and pleasant life of peace.”
 
The origin of this practice is unknown.  It isn’t mentioned in the Talmud (Rabbinic writings), and many rabbis view it as a foolish or pagan custom.
 
Nevertheless, the practice has survived in some communities.  The chicken is slaughtered afterward and given to the poor.
 
The hope for this ceremony is that it will inspire people to teshuvahreturn to God through repentance and mend their ways.
 
 

The shofar is thought to awaken the sleeping soul to repentance to
prepare for coming judgment.
 
In another ceremony of penitence, some religious rabbis will use a belt strap to inflict light lashes to the back of a boy or man so that the person feels a very small amount of pain or discomfort to symbolize repentance from their sins.
 
The person then says prayers of repentance and gives money to the rabbi, which he gives to charity (tzedakah).
 
However, most just offer tzedakah rather than sacrifice a chicken or take the lashes.
 
Instead of waving a chicken, they wave coins, which are then given to charity.  Some Jewish people practice this custom simply out of religious ritual without any real understanding of the concept of atonement.
 
 

This Chassidic Jewish boy is participating in a
kaparot ceremony in which his sins are
symbolically transferred to the chicken.
 
Hoping to obtain divine pardon through the sacrifice of a chicken or the giving of tzedakah is a vain hope.
 
No amount of silver or gold can deliver us from the wrath of God.
 
“Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath.”  (Zephaniah 1:18)
 
We have been redeemed without money through the precious and costly gift of the blood of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).  (Hebrews 9:12)
 
“You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.”  (Isaiah 52:3)
 
 

Handwritten text of a Torah scroll
 
 
 
Though we cannot atone for our sins with gifts of money, God does command that we be generous to the poor and needy in the Land.
 
He promises that if we are obedient to this, then He will bless all that we set our hands to!  (Deuteronomy 15:7–11)
 
“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”  (Deuteronomy 15:10)
 
In the Torah, giving to the poor in the land of Israel is not optional:
 
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother.  Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.”  (Deuteronomy 15:7–8)
 
According to Jewish tradition, tzedakah is so fundamental to Judaism that if a Jewish person fails to show mercy to the poor, his or her lineage is considered suspect.
 
Throughout these Days of Awe, however, tzedakah will be offered over and above what we would normally give throughout the year.
 
 

A Jewish boy places his contribution in the pushka
(little box), a special box found in many Jewish
homes for the giving of tzedakah (charity).
 
 
Closing the Gate
 
On Yom Kippur, the closing service is called Nillah, which means the closing of a gate.
 
The tradition in Judaism is that up until this very last moment, we can repent and pray for God’s mercy; but when dusk comes and the fast of Yom Kippur is finished, the gate is closed and judgment is sealed.
 
Contrary to the perception of a closing gate that must be narrowly slipped through before it shuts completely, access through this gate is never easier than in the hours before Yom Kippur.  This is a time when the heavens are open wide.
 
In the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), Yeshua (Jesus) said He is the gate for His sheep.
 
"I am the Gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved.”  (John 10:9)
 
To understand what Yeshua mean by this, let’s examine the purpose of a gate.
 
1. A gate gives us access to a place; to get to the other side, we go through the gate.  Through Yeshua, by faith, we gain access to eternity:
 
"Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in Me, and will never perish.”  (John 11:25–26)
 
 

A gate in ancient Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), which is located on the
northern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
 
2. A gate also provides a way through a barrier.  Our sins separate us from God, but through Yeshua, Jew and Gentile have access to the Father in Heaven (Abba b’Shamayim).
 
"Yeshua said, 'I am the way, the truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father but through Me.'”  (John 14:6)
 
3. A gate controls who may or may not enter:
 
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”  (Revelation 22:14–15)
 
4. Yeshua tells us that anyone trying to climb in by some other way is a thief and robber:
 
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”  (John 10:1)
 
 

During this period of self-examination and soul-searching,
sin is confessed and remorse is expressed.
 
 
That None Would Perish
 
God’s desire is that everyone would repent and no one would perish.  (Matthew 18:14)
 
That was the reason for instituting atonement and for sending Yeshua the Messiah.  His very name means salvation!
 
Yeshua did not come to judge or condemn, "but to save the world through Him."  (John 3:17)
 
Even while dying on the execution stake between two criminals, Yeshua offered a place in Paradise to the one who placed last minute trust in Him.
 
Yeshua told him, “This day you will be with Me in Paradise.”  (Luke 23:43)
 
Even until someone’s very last breath, the gateway to salvation through the Messiah Yeshua is still open.
 
 

Praying at the Western Wall

 
As we pass through these Ten Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im), let’s take time to get our lives right with God and one another.
 
This is the time to let go and forgive, as well as to seek forgiveness.
 
These Ten Days of Awe are an opportunity to seriously seek the face of God, to examine our lives, and repent before Him for our sins.
 
It’s a time to call upon His mercy for ourselves, our families, our nations, and for Israel.
 
 
 
As Jewish People turn their hearts to God in repentance and examine their ways during this week, please pray fervently that they will see Yeshua in the prophecies of their Bible and enter through the Gate to Eternal Life.
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions."  (Psalm 51:1)
 
 

The Secret Shema of Yom Kippur‏

 

Dear Friend,

My most treasured Yom Kippur moment is at the very end of the day, during the Ne’ilah prayer. Ne’ilah means “closing,” and is a reference to the shutting of the heavenly gates at the conclusion of the holy day. According to chassidic teachings, the gates lock us in, as opposed to out, as we stand alone with G‑d. More often than not, I cry during those prayers, as I find them to be very moving.

And I think of the Yom Kippurs I spent in my youth in 770, the synagogue where the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, prayed. Despite the crush of people, we were able to pray with devotion and awareness. That awareness reached a crescendo when we cried out the Shema together: Hear O Israel, the L‑rd our G‑d, the L‑rd is One.

The unity, awe and joy which permeated the air were palpable and incredibly special.

And then, after the shofar heralded the end of Yom Kippur, the Rebbe would face the crowd, still wearing his tallit, and start the melody known as Napoleon’s March. The crowd would sing and sing with mounting intensity as the Rebbe swung his arms and encouraged the singing, bringing it to unimaginable heights. I can still feel the energy of those moments. I can picture the expressions on the Rebbe’s face, the victory, the elation, the holiness . . .

No matter where I spend subsequent Yom Kippurs, during Ne’ilah I was and still am always transported back to those incredible moments.

And they remain the highlight of my Yom Kippur . . . every single year.

May you be sealed and inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year,

Chani Benjaminson,
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team
 
 

 

The Ten Days of Repentance

 

Out of His great love for His people, G-d seeks to be merciful and would prefer that man repent rather than perish so that He might grant him good in the end.

He therefore awaits and anticipates the repentance of those who transgress. In His abundant mercy, he granted us special days when He is closest to us so that our penitence might be immediately accepted.

As the verse (Isaiah, 55:6) states: Seek G-d when He is to be found, call out to Him when He is near.

Our Sages commented: This teaches us that there are times when G-d is to be found and times when G-d is not to be found, times when He is near and times when He is not near. When is He to be found and near? In the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Therefore, even though repentance and prayer are always appropriate, they are especially appropriate in the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and are immediately accepted.

During these days, additional prayers are recited, and we are especially careful in fulfilling mitzvot. In some communities, special Selichot [penitential prayers] are said before dawn.

It is fitting for a person to decrease his involvement with wordly occupations during these days and to increase his study of Torah and practice of charity.

The pious and G-d-fearing take care of their debts and obligations before Yom Kippur.

Scrupulous people who are eager to perform mitzvot make a point of buying an especially beautiful etrog early, during these ten days.

During the entire period of the Ten Days of Repentance, some have the custom of adding a word to the Kaddish prayer, the word L'eila ["beyond"] is repeated, and we say "L'eila u'leila." Others, for example the Chabad community, add the word only during the Neilah prayer on Yom Kippur.

The year-round wording alludes to the exaltation of G-d beyond all earthly benediction; the doubled usage for the ten days of repentance bespeaks an even greater Divine exaltation, in keeping with the central motif of the Days of Awe - the acceptance of Divine sovereignty. In addition, since the specified total number of words in the Kaddish has a particular significance, we contract two other words, so that the total number of words remains constant [instead of min kol birchata, we say mi-kol birchata].

 


Joshua 1:6-9Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

“Be strong, be bold; for you will cause this people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers I would give them. Only be strong and very bold in taking care to follow all the Torah which Moshe my servant ordered you to follow; do not turn from it either to the right or to the left; then you will succeed wherever you go. Yes, keep this book of the Torah on your lips, and meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to act according to everything written in it. Then your undertakings will prosper, and you will succeed. Haven’t I ordered you, ‘Be strong, be bold’? So don’t be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.”

 
 

Sing, O daughter of Zion!  Sound the trumpet, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

ZEPHANIAH (3:14)
 

רָנִּי בַּת צִיּוֹן הָרִיעוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל שִׂמְחִי וְעָלְזִי בְּכָל לֵב בַּת יְרוּשָׁלִָם

צפניה ג:יד

ra-nee bat tzee-on ha-ree-u yees-ra-ayl seem-khee v'-al'-zee b'-khol layv bat y'-ru-sha-la-yeem

 

Jerusalem Inspiration

The prophet Zephaniah, one of the 12 minor prophets, calls for song and praise over the redemption of Jerusalem. The Torah itself rejects a stern and ascetic approach towards religion, and commands us to serve God in happiness and love. As Yom Kippur approaches, our days are filled with conflicting emotions; the understandable fear of judgement day, as well as comfort and satisfaction knowing that God seeks to shower us with blessing, and wants us to worship him with joy and love. Learn more about bestowing blessings in our free eBook!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 


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Ezekiel 33:1-20 (NIV) Call of the Watchman 33 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 Son of man, speak to your people and say to them:When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone life, that persons life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood. 7 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 8 When I say to the wicked, “You wicked people, you will surely die,and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, those wicked people will die for[a] their sins, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 9 But if you do warn the wicked to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sins, though you yourself will be saved. 10 Son of man, say to the house of Israel, This is what you are saying: Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of[b] them. How then can we live? 11 Say to them, As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel? 12 Therefore, son of man, say to your people, “If someone who is righteous disobeys, that persons former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that persons former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous, if they sin, will not be allowed to live because of their former righteousness.13 If I tell the righteous that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things they have done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. 14 And if I say to the wicked,You will surely die,but they then turn away from their sins and do what is just and right 15 if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil, they will surely live; they will not die. 16 None of the sins they have committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live. 17 Yet your people say,The way of the Lord is not just.But it is their way that is not just. 18 If the righteous turn from their righteousness and do evil, they will die for it. 19 And if the wicked turn away from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live by doing so. 20 Yet you say, house of Israel, “The way of the Lord is not just. But I will judge each of you according to your own ways