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Editor's Note: Shaking Awake

Dear Friend,

We are beginning the month of Elul, when we blow the shofar every day in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah. The shofar blasts serve as a wakeup call, reminding us that we will soon stand in judgement before G‑d as we crown Him King of the Universe.

This week, I spoke on the phone with Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum of Chabad of Napa Valley, who had just experienced a different kind of wakeup call: a 6.0-magnitude earthquake.

He told me how thankful he was that the quake had taken place in the middle of the night when everyone was in bed, not near the heavy bookcases that had tumbled over and smashed a solid wood table.

Even in the challenging times, G‑d’s hand is always there, guiding, steering, and supporting. During the month of Elul, G‑d leaves the palace, so to speak, and meets us in the fields, accessible to all. Now is the time for us to recognize His loving presence and reciprocate in kind.

Menachem Posner,
on behalf of the Editorial Team

The Human Traffic Sign

He was standing at the entrance of the strip mall, his front and back covered by identical, cumbersome cardboard signs.
Thinking or Feeling—Which Is More Important?

The tree’s greatest benefit is the fruit it produces; man’s greatest hallmark is the fruit of his intellect.
Being Simple

The simple faith of a sophisticated man has more dimensions and a richer texture . . .
Shoftim in a Nutshell
Two mountains, from which blessings and curses are announced.
Elul Observances in a Nutshell
Introspection and stocktaking, mercy and forgiveness, sounding horns and whispered psalms, prayer, charity and repentance . . .
High Heels and High Holidays

During services today, my three-year-old daughter ran into the shul, parading in my wife’s high-heeled shoes.
With the King in the Field

When the King enters the field, our consciousness becomes elevated
Not Mediocre

We rarely ever saw her, save for the few times a day when she came outside for a smoke, wearing dirty pajamas and mumbling to herself.
Small Changes, Big Differences

Even when internal and external factors pull on the child’s heartstrings, there are things that a parent can do to increase his or her own power of influence.
Your Questions
I’m Scared of Going to Hell . . .

Will I go there simply because I don’t observe the Shabbat, Jewish holidays or the laws of kosher?
What Is the Jewish Stance on Marijuana?

I have strayed far away from the hard drugs I once took, and feel that marijuana is a safe way for me to indulge myself from time to time.
Give Life. Get Life

Now, on orders from the Big Boss, Heaven Disincorporated offers you the opportunity to partner in this cosmic venture of giving life.
A Month to Prepare
Throughout the month of Elul, the Jewish people has a collective task: to prepare itself to be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year.
Positive Prophecy

Being a positive prophet, remaining optimistic in the wake of disaster.
The Child and the Slave

Turnus Rufus asked Rabbi Akiva: “If your G-d loves the poor, why doesn’t He feed them?”
Round Raisin Challah with Sweet Crumb Topping

It’s traditional to use round challahs for Rosh Hashanah, to represent the cycle of life. It’s also customary to eat sweet foods at this time, to symbolize our desire for a sweet year ahead, hence the raisins and sweet crumb topping.
With Gratitude

Even if our mouths were filled with song . . .
Jewish News
Mumbai Celebrates Reopening of Chabad Center

Surrounded by guests from around the world, local dignitaries, and more than 25 Chabad emissaries in Asia who are in India for a regional conference, Chabad of Mumbai’s headquarters—also known as Nariman House—opened its doors once again today.
As Earthquake Strikes, a Focus on Others

Hours after a 6.0 earthquake tore through Napa Valley—now declared a disaster area by California Gov. Jerry Brown—Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum says he is thankful to G‑d that the many people he contacted are alive.
Exceptional Anniversary Gift: 450 Kids Enjoy Tel Aviv’s Luna Park

A New Yorker gives her husband something unreturnable—a day out for widows and orphans associated with Colel Chabad
Five Days of ‘Wow’ at National Jewish Retreat, With Every Topic Under the Sun

Rohr Jewish Learning Institute’s annual program, this year held in Chicago, draws 1,000 participants.
In the sixth century of the sixth millennium, the gates of supernal wisdom will be opened, as will the springs of earthly wisdom, preparing the world to be elevated in the seventh millennium
— Zohar