May 30, 2022

Aliza Taub 05-29-22 (28 Iyyar 5782)

Shavuot shiur

Shavuot is a day of judgment. We are judged by how much spirituality we have gained in the preceding year. Have we gained in Torah? Mitzvot? Midot? We read the book of Ruth, (David haMelech’s grandmother), to (re)teach acceptance of Torah, chesed toward family, patience and following in the ways of Hashem. Hardship can be a tool for learning and growth. Tell Hashem you want to do better and to be closer to Him.

Raize Guttman 05-22-22 (21 Iyyar 5782)

Parsha Vayetzei – Ch 31, V 19
Sefirat Ha’Omer - Week 6  – Middot of the week 

Lavan berates Yaakov for not telling him that he was leaving.The people realize that Yaakov had been the source of blessing: of sheep, water, etc. Rachel steals her Father’s idols and places them under her seat on her camel. Lavan searches for them, but Rachel explains that "the way of women is on her" and she cannot get up. Later, Hashem punishes Rachel for causing her Father despair over the loss of his idols.  Lesson is that we may not cause a parent grief, even if it is for a good reason. 

Sefirot, week 6: As chesed (kindness) and gevurah (strength) lead to tiferet (harmony) so do netzach (eternity) and hod (splendor) lead to yesod (foundation). Focus on the existence of Hashem. I shall bring HaShem into my life, place Him before me always, talk to Him. A tzaddik provides the foundation of the world.

May 21, 2022

Raize Guttman 05-15-22 (14 Iyyar 5782)

Pesach Sheini
Sefirat Ha Omer - Middot of the week - Hod
Lag B'Omer

 Hod is splendor, the beauty within. Learn to look beyond the external to see the beauty of a person inside. Netzach is eternity — our neshama is a piece of eternity within us and we can connect to it each morning by reciting Modeh Ani. We can connect to it also by thanking HaShem: l’hodot (to thank). 

Pesach Sheini given to those who missed Pesach because they had tzaares but wanted to celebrate.

Raize Guttman 05-08-22 (07 Iyyar 5782)

Sefirat Ha Omer - Middos of the week - Netzach

Raize Guttman 05-01-22 (30 Nisan 5782)

Parsha Vayetzei – Ch 31, V 17 -18
Sefirat Ha’Omer – Middot of the week - Tiferet

After 20 years, Yaakov told his wives that Hashem came to him and it time to leave.  Yaakov gets up and he lifts up his children and wives upon the camels.  And he takes all of his cattle and all of his possessions while he was in Lavan’s house to go back to his father Yitzhak to the land of Canon.   It has been a roller coaster, Yaakov hardly slept and now it is time to go.