Jul 30, 2018

Raize Guttman 07-29-18 (17 Av 5778)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 20 – Verse 7

Jul 22, 2018

Jul 15, 2018

Raize Guttman 07-15-18 (3 Av 5778)

The Nine Days

What is the purpose of the 9 days and what are we supposed to be doing?

This is the period of the mourning for the destruction of our 2 Holy Temples. The Gemara in Yoma states that the First Holy Temple was destroyed because of the 3 Cardinal sins
gilui arayot (adultery), avodah zora (idol worship) and shichut damin (murder), and the 2nd Holy Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam ( baseless hatred.)

We need to do a cheshbon hanefesh ( to analyze & account for these reasons the 2 Temples were destroyed), so we can serve Hasehm with avodah shebalev, merit redemption from this long gallus and be zoche to see the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple.

Jul 8, 2018

Raize Guttman 07-08-18 (25 Tamuz 5778)

Bein ha-Metzarim (the 3 weeks), 9 days and Tisha B'Av

3 weeks are the 21 days between the 17 Tamuz and 9 Av.
The Three Weeks, and especially Tishah B'Av itself, is a time of introspection, when Klal Yisrael as a whole tries to feel the pain of the Churban Beis Hamikdash and relate to it on a personal level.

Jul 1, 2018

Raize Guttman 07-01-18 (18 Tamuz 5778)

Shivah Asar B’Tamuz – The fast on 17th day of Tamuz