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Rosh HaShana: Kabbalat Ole Malchut Shamayim / Accepting God’s Kingship

Lesson 20: Sept 18/Elul 27

 
Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a primary student of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro (1935-2017), who was a close student of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler and of the Slabodka Mussar tradition. Rabbi Tatz lectures internationally and has written several popular books on topics of Jewish faith and Mussar.
 
The spiritual path here is to sharpen the will, to hone to a razor’s edge the drive of the will, to fan the flames of raw motivation and desire into a blaze - and fully active and flamingly alive, to give it to HaShem. [Living Inspired, Akiva Tatz]
 
In what way can this quote be a good definition for "Kabbalat ole Malchut Shamayim"? In what way can this quote inspire you to accept God’s Sovereignty?
 
Your practice for this week is to focus on prayer using Psalm 27 as your guide. As you recite L'David today, concentrate with special intensity on the meaning of the following verse and how it applies to you. Allow the words of the Psalm to guide you to an acceptance of God’s sovereignty. Feel free to express your thoughts and feelings in your own words:
 
Verse 8:
“On behalf of You, my heart says, ‘Seek My face.’ Your face, O Lord, I will seek.”
לְךָ֚ אָמַ֣ר לִ֖בִּי בַּקְּשׁ֣וּ פָנָ֑י אֶת פָּנֶ֖יךָ יְהֹוָ֣ה אֲבַקֵּֽשׁ.

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