Chaplaincy Commission Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
The Arizal recommends reciting the following before the start of davening: “Hareini mekabeil awlai mitzvos asei shel veawhavtaw lefeiachaw kawmochaw” (Devawrim 6:5) When one accepts upon himself this mitzvah and focuses on loving every Jew, his prayers will then be included in the prayers of all of Klal Yisrael, and on en masse will be capable of rising on High and producing results. (Shar Hakavanos). “For H loves one who loves the Jewish people, and the more a person loves his fellow Jew, the greater is the love H showers upon him” (Mesilas Yesharim 19 ). “All people are precious because they are all made in the image of G. When one showers others with kindness and respect, one honors G Himself” (The Alter of Slabodka) All three quotes are from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.  [...Click headline above for more...]