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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Jewish History

R. Yoel Baal Shem was a saintly rabbi and miracle worker who led the Society of Hidden Tzaddikim (righteous men) after the passing of its leader, R. Eliyahu Baal Shem. He was succeeded by R. Adam Baal Shem, who was in turn succeeded by R. Israel Baal Shem Tov.

Link: What Does Baal Shem Tov Mean?

Laws and Customs

The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of Repentance"; this is the period, say the sages, of which the prophet speaks when he proclaims (Isaiah 55:6) "Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near." Psalm 130, Avinu Malkeinu and other special inserts and additions are included in our daily prayers during these days.

The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Psalms each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur (on Yom Kippur the remaining 36 chapters are recited, thereby completing the entire book of Psalms). Click below for today's three Psalms.

Chapter 97 Chapter 98 Chapter 99

Links: About the Ten Days of teshuvah; Voicemail; more on teshuvah

Daily Thought

People know Yom Kippur as a day of repentance and forgiveness. But Yom Kippur takes you far beyond that.

Because repentance means regretting who you’ve become. Yom Kippur is a day when you are embraced for who you truly are.

You are a pure, divine soul. Today, in that embrace, you experience the bond that divine soul has with G-d, and you want to live that way.

So you rid yourself of some unbecoming things you picked up on the road, and you return home, picking up some beautiful mitzvahs along the way.

On Yom Kippur you return home to the One who embraces you because you are who you are.

On Yom Kippur you return home to the One who embraces you because you are who you are.

See Likutei Sichot vol. 29, pp. 203-210.