i get really emotional thinking about JewishPotters like just think about it:

  • harry and james trying to flatten their hair enough to get a kippah to stay on without bobby pins but having to give up
  • can you imagine the look of pride on james potter’s face during harry’s bris i mean i just
  • young harry learning he’s jewish and hanging a mezzuzah on the door frame to his cupboard
  • it adds another reason for petunia’s hatred how could her sister lower herself so much
  • despite that james potter having the biggest most ridiculous grin on his face when underneath the chuppah (which of course is the silvery liquid material of the invisibility cloak) stepping on that glass because Lily Evans married him and he doesn’t think he will ever be able to thank HaShem enough
  • harry sitting shiva for sirius and how he can’t stop crying but then the entire order is there with food and stories and he feels a little less alone and a lot thankful for his religion
  • harry whispering the sh’ma as he sees the flash of green hurtling towards him and even though he’s ready to die he needs to say the sh’ma he wants those words to be his last
  • harry teaching all the other gryffindor boys in his year to play dreidel during hannukah and seamus and dean making a killing
  • every year harry going to the yizkor service and lighting
  • harry lighting yahrzeit candles three times a year once on may 2nd, for everyone who perished in the battle, once on june 18th, for sirius, and once on october 31st, for his parents
  • harry whispering the shehecheyanu against ginny’s lips the first time he kisses her after defeating voldemort
  • i just 
  • JewishPotters guys
If it were in heaven, you would be required to climb up there and learn it.
—  Feeling the sass from the Talmud, Eruvin 55, on this week’s Parsha: “This mitzvah which I command you today . . . it is not in heaven”
Chinese Government Cracks Down on Practices of Small Jewish Community
JNS.org — The Chinese government has been cracking down on the religious practices of a small Jewish community whose ancestors settled in a central...

Chinese Government Cracks Down on Practices of Small Jewish Community

by JNS.org

Young Chinese men from the Jewish community of Kaifeng pray with Tefillin. Credit: YouTube screenshot.

JNS.org — The Chinese government has been cracking down on the religious practices of a small Jewish community whose ancestors settled in a central Chinese city over 1,000 years ago, according to The New York Times.

Some 100 to 200 individuals in the town of Kaifeng — out of 1,000 total who claim Jewish ancestry — remain actively observant, and they have been targeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government campaign to squash non-licensed religions.

According to the report, the government has shut down organizations that helped to rebuild the Jewish community, prohibited gatherings for Passover and other Jewish holidays, closed Hebrew and Judaism classes and removed Jewish historical signs and objects from public spaces.

“The whole policy is very tight now,” Guo Yan, 35, a tour guide who runs a small museum on Kaifeng’s Jewish past, told the Times. “China is sensitive about foreign activities and interference.”

No arrests have been made and the Jewish community can still gather in small groups to pray, but they are closely monitored by the government.

The approved state religions in Communist China are limited to Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism [sic] and Taoism.

  • HaMelech!
  • Nusach Chassidi

There is a famous story about Reb Yisroel Friedman zt”l, the holy Rizhiner, that when he would get to the words “HaMelech” on Rosh Hashana morning he would faint. Asked why he fainted the Rebbe replied with a story from the gemorah, “When R’ Yochanan Ben Zakkai was smuggled out of Yerushalayim during the Roman siege to meet with general Vespasian, he called Vespasian “Kesar” [King].

Vespasian accused Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai of two counts of treason.

  1. That he called him king while the real king was in Rome.
  2. Vespasian said, “If I am the King, what took you so long to get here to show me proper respect?”

With this in mind the awesomeness of the realization that for two days -two hours, or two minutes- Hashem is the king can be too great to bear at times. Particularly when one asks, “If Hashem is really the King, and I realize that now, What took me so long to get here?”

May we all crown Hashem King over our lives in everything we do without any delay.

There is an old tradition that the day on which, for the first time, the Pentateuch was translated into a foreign language-into Greek- was considered by Jews as a day of great national calamity. It was feared that the translation, being incorrect, might become the source of error instead of being the fountain of divine truths. The fear felt and expressed about two thousand years ago has been fully justified by the history of the several versions that  have since been undertaken, and by the large number of false doctrines, supposed to be founded on the authority of Holy Writ, whilst really originating in mistakes made by translators.
—  Michael Friedlander

anonymous asked:

Hello! Coming to Elul and to Rosh Hashanah I've been thinking about teshuva a lot. I'm having a weird problem with it this year: I had, in terms of spiritual growth, one of the best years I've ever had despite some of the worst obstacles. Obviously, there are things I've done wrong and that I could have done better, but I'm kind of proud of myself - I don't feel hugely remorseful. Am I doing something wrong? Or, generally, how can I approach teshuva? (PS: before RH is best but no pressure!)

Teshuva isn’t about feeling bad about yourself. Teshuva comes from a root meaning to return; you are returning to your essence, which is pure G-dliness. Teshuva isn’t about feeling bad, it’s about becoming more yourself. It happens to be that in ORDER to become more yourself, you have to realize that up til that moment you have been less your true self than you could be, and then decide that you want to do better. That’s the regret meant by teshuva, not thinking about how you’re a failure or a bad person or so far away from Hashem (the latter lead to depression, atzvus, which is unproductive or counterproductive because it leads to inaction - in contrast to bitterness, merirus, which spurs a person to act to change).

Teshuva is also not limited to the period just before Rosh Hashanah. It sounds like you have been doing a fair amount of teshuva all year ‘round! And the last thing you should do is feel like that’s wrong and you should have saved it up until Elul so you’d have more teshuva to do now.  There’s nothing wrong with feeling like you had a spiritually good year. You can’t become complacent; you have to acknowledge the areas where you still have more work to do, and you have to consider how you are going to do that work. But giving yourself credit for having worked hard up until this point is not a bad thing.


The Making of a Shofar.