Menachem Av and Elul

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The King and the Woodsman

This is Rabbi Lazer's adaptation of an old Chassidic parable that he heard in Yiddish from the Melitzer Rebbe. Hidden within the parable are the secrets of Elul and Rosh Hashana.

The Judgment Trap

Who would be so daft to agree to a guilty verdict against themselves? You're right - no one. Yet, we get tricked into incriminating ourselves constantly…

High Treason

As minister of internal security, Puzhnikov ran a crooked reign of internal terror based on bribery and protection; he swore to dispose of Vassily at all costs...

Why the Window?

Why does a Baal Teshuva need the special window in the letter “heh” ? Why doesn't he simply climb back in through the bottom hole through which he fell?

Final Request

A noose is about to be placed around Vassily’s neck, but first he is granted his final request and allowed to don his forest clothes and address the King and Parliament...

Livelihood and Teshuva

People used to “believe” in the banking system, or “believe” in the stock market, or “believe” in the dollar. But, every week, you read about another major financial disaster…

Morality and Money

Elul is a gift: when we do teshuva and clean up our souls, we are also removing obstacles that prevent us from enjoying an adequate and easy income…

Forgiving and Forgetting

For transgressing the laws between man and G-d, such as keeping kosher, we can repent to Him directly. But for hurting our fellow man, Hashem will not forgive us...