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Everyone needs encouragement

September 24, 2011

This week’s double Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech  is always read just before Rosh HaShanna. It contains the last commandment in the Torah; that every Jew must write, or  at least participate in writing, a Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll).

I saw a nice Vort in the Kollel Beth Ha Talmud Newsletter – Moshe summoned Yehoshua and said to him before all of Yisrael “Be strong and courageous because you shall bring this nation to the land”

This statement is astounding! Hashem had already assured Yehoshua that he would lead the Jewish nation to Eretz Yisrael (see verse 3). Nevertheless Yehoshua had reservations about the conquest of Eretz Yisrael and required words of encouragement from Moshe Rabbeinu to placate him.

We can deduce from this the importance of giving each other positive words of encouragement to improve our performance in our service of Hashem, particularly in the month of Elul. (Ayeles Hashachar)

Sam and I normally try read his weekly Parsha Sheet. This week one of the questions read – “Which Type of Jew is able to keep the Torah?” The answer given is – EVERY JEW IS ABLE TO STUDY AND KEEP THE TORAH. EACH JEW HAS TO JUST DO ONE THING – TRY THEN IT WILL BECOME EASY.

As with writing a Torah we do not have to all physically write a torah, we can participate by buying a letter or even buying a book on Torah.

The same applies with excercise. Not everyone has the desire to try do a 70.3 IronMan, but we can all try to do some excercise. Some of us need more encouragement than others.  The more you try the easier it gets (It is never easy getting up at 5am, but…)

My weekly quote from Joe Friel – The common denominator for all of the best athletes I have known is a ‘can-do’ attitude. With Rosh Hashana a few days away we all need to have that “can do” attitude. The attitude that we can try improve ourselves both spiritually and physically.

On behalf of Family & Myself I wish you all a Ketiva ve-chatima tovah which translates as “May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year.”


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