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Special Dvar for Yom Kippur 5765

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the short, practical Lelamed Weekly Dvar, bought to you commercial-free weekly. For those keeping track, I'd like to announce that I'm officially a father, as of Rosh Hashana. I highly recommend having a child born on Rosh Hashana! So that means that our list of weekly subscribers officially grew to 15,001 (yes, he already has an Email). Anyway, this Dvar comes courtesy of Rabbi Shraga Simmons. Enjoy...

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As Yom Kippur nears, one might be thinking, "But I'm so far away from G-d. I don't even know where to start. I'll never be able to change. It's not even worth trying." Nonsense! G-d knows it's not realistic to change everything overnight. And in fact, he might well advise against it. The contemporary leader of Torah Jewry, the 94-year-old Rabbi Eliezer Shach (of Bnei Brak, Israel), revealed his own method of doing Teshuva on Yom Kippur: He selects one small, specific improvement, and commits to doing that for SIX MONTHS! (For example, one year he committed to say a certain prayer while reading it from the prayer book.) One small resolution from one of the greatest Rabbis!

We're all familiar with the cliché of "New Year's Resolutions." Most people don't take them seriously, because in all likelihood they'll be broken by the time the hangover wears off. The reason is because they are too broad, too sweeping, too impractical. If we have a larger goal, it's better to break it down into smaller, incremental steps. That way you can measure your progress, and re-evaluate along the way.

Quotation of the week (thanks to Heidi):
"Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will" --James Stephens

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