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

Lesson 24: Sept 22 for Day 2 of Rosh HaShana

 

Please print out these materials before the start of the Rosh HaShana Yom Tov
 
Every year in the month of Elul, a yellow poster hung in the Talmud Torah of Kelm. On it was inscribed the message that the Alter of Kelm (Rabbi Simcha Zissel Ziv; 1824-1898), R’ Yisrael Salanter's premier disciple, wanted to instill in his students as Rosh Hashana approached:
 
All the Rosh Hashana prayers are designed to glorify the Kingdom of Heaven, and we, for our part, are called upon to crown the Lord as King of Kings. With what shall we crown God? With love for others and charitable acts, as Moses said in his parting blessing: “There will be a King in Yeshurun when the leaders of the people gather together, with the tribes of Israel as one.” (Deuteronomy / Devarim 33:5)
 
In what way can you take upon yourself to “crown the Lord as King of Kings?”
 
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 motivate and inspire you to act with positive middot and to love humanity. Feel free to express your thoughts and feelings in your own words:
 
Verse 13-14:
“Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of life! Place your hope in the Lord, be strong and He will instill courage in your heart, and place your hope in the Lord.”
ל֗וּ֗לֵ֣֗א֗ הֶ֖אֱמַנְתִּי לִרְא֥וֹת בְּטֽוּב־יְהֹוָ֗ה בְּאֶ֣רֶץ חַיִּֽים. קַוֵּ֗ה אֶל־יְהֹ֫וָ֥ה חֲ֖זַק וְיַֽאֲמֵ֣ץ לִבֶּ֑ךָ וְ֜קַוֵּ֗ה אֶל־יְהֹוָֽה.

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Today’s learning is sponsored by Steven and Bonni Kraus and Family, in memory of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Righteous Gentile, a true heroine, who risked her life repeatedly to save Jews during WWII. She exemplified too many middot to enumerate. What an amazing honor to have her as part of our family’s lives, especially as an additional loving, doting bobcia (grandmother). The two messages she stressed to audiences later in her life were “we are all part of one human family” and “we certainly are our brother’s keeper.” May we heed, internalize and act on those teachings in 5778.

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