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September 2020

The Balance Scale of Baghdad

Today's 8-minute podcast is a 4-in-1:

1. It's a preparation for Succoth, telling about the significance of the Four Species;

2. It tells a traditional story, well known to Iraqi Jewry;

3. It's an ethics lesson, and -

4. It has a special message about rescinding the harsh decree of the Corona-virus pandemic.

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Ten Benefits of a Pure Soul

Rav Yosef Galimidi shlit'a of Miami asked me to post a synopsis of the Zoom lesson we gave earlier this morning, "Emuna, Effort and Expectations", particularly the ten benefits of a pure soul.

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Yom Kippur only atones for those who return to Hashem and believe in its power of atonement, but it doesn't benefit a person who scoffs it and doesn't believe in its power of atonement (Code of Jewish Law, O.C. 607:6)

From this Halacha, we derive a formula for success on Yom Kippur, success that will influence a person's entire year for the very best –

EMUNA – believe in Yom Kippur's power of atonement and believe that Hashem will forgive you of all your sins

EFFORT – asssess yourself, make teshuva and return to Hashem

EXPECTATIONS – a clean bill of spiritual health: not only forgiveness for all your sins, but purification of the soul which is a magnificent gift from Hashem, with the following 10 benefits:

1) inner peace, 2) happiness, 3) patience, 4) no anger, 5) forgiveness, 6) prayers answered, 7) spiritual awareness, 8) understanding of Torah, 9) no outstanding judgments, 10) no fear

Gmar Chatima Tova and much love from the Land of Emuna, LB


Emuna News: Avalanche or Birth?

Welcome to Emuna News, where you find out what's really happening in the world. Today's news update and message is, "Avalanche or Birth?" It sounds weird, but it's an exact description of current events right, where we find out the connection between COVID 19, wildfires, BLM, Geula, Moshiach and Yom Kippur.


Tending the Vines

Throughout Tanach, "Hashem's vineyard" (see Isaiah 5:7, for example) is a metaphor for the Land of Israel and the vines symbolize the Jewish People. On the Sabbath, we sing the ancient "Dror Yikra" sonnet that was composed over a thousand years ago by Donash ben Labert from Spain, where he alludes to a prophecy in Jeremiah 2:21 when Hashem promises that He will replant the "cuttings" - those who have been cut off from their ancient homeland - in His vineyard. As such, the flourishing vineyards in the Land of Israel are a clear sign of the imminent redemption and ingathering of the exiles, as is we see today with our own eyes.


Fate or Faith

Our sages all through the Gemara juxtapose Jerusalem and Rome – when one succeeds, the other fails; when one rises, the other falls. This is the same battle between faith and fate, and it's the secret of Rosh Hashanah, when the outcome of our entire coming year is determined, as we see in the current events that manifest themselves, such as Coronavirus. This is an eyeopener, and a vital tool to prepare for Rosh Hashanah: