Fitness trainers have an expression: “Get it right!” Any exercise, from simple breathing to the most complex routine, must be done in the best possible form to ensure optimal performance, gain and benefit to the body. Just as doing exercise is a workout for the body, doing mitzvas is a workout for the soul, making the soul strong and healthy. In that respect, good spiritual form is important for fulfilling a mitzva, so when it comes to observing the Torah, we have to "get it right" too.
How do I repay a person who taught me how to light Shabbat candles or to put on tefillin? A million dollars? A billion dollars? That doesn't come close to compensate for even one time of lighting Shabbat candles or putting on tefillin. There's a big difference between paying back a material favor and paying back a spiritual favor...
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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The terrible aspect about failing to judge others fairly is that it's a 2-in-1 transgression that is also considered Lashon Hara, or evil speech. Many people don't even know that they're violating this important commandment, so they invoke troubles in life that cannot imagine, Heaven forbid. Here's an eye-opening true story of how failing to judge a person fairly lead to tons of Lashon Hara on social media. This podcast is a must-hear, especially before Rosh Hashana, because it could save you tons of grief.
Many of us want to change, yet we expect it to happen automatically, with no effort on our part. Life doesn't work that way. An old Hebrew expression says, "Even a journey of a thousand kilometers begins with a first step." What does that have to do with Moshiach, Geula? Do we really want them, or do we want to continue with exile, Diaspora and fasting on Tisha B'av?