Elul – Eys Ratzon – Time of Favor –Teshuva – Returning to Who You Are – Shiur at Shapell’s Yeshivat Darchei Noam – 2023-09-06 – Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
00:00 – Introduction by Rabbi Dovid Schoonmaker, Rosh Yeshiva at David Shapell College of Jewish Studies / Yeshivat Darchei Noam.
01:00 – Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Retrospect of the Teshuva movement in Klal Yisrael.
03:29 – The forty days from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur are called an עת רצון – Eys Ratzon – Time of Favor – a window of opportunity for reconciliation between Hashem and Klal Yisrael.
06:27 – Shabbos is also an עת רצון – especially at Mincha time.
16:00 – What is success in life?
19:41 – Reference to Tehillim 15. Havakuk HaNavi condensed the entire Torah into one word: Emunah – faith.
24:40 – The physical world is called Olam HaSheker.
26:18 – Faith begins with Emes – honesty.
*30:25 – The importance of staying young in serving Hashem. The Yetzer Hara is called an old, foolish king (Koheles). The Yetzer Tov is called Yeled Miskeyn v’Chakham – a poor boy who is wise.
31:44 – The power of renewal.
38:57 – True life is change, movement, spiritual advancement.
*40:00 – Saying the Shema – why do we begin with the word “Listen”? We are proclaiming something new to ourselves.
42:13 – The privilege of prayer. Analogy of having an audience with a head of state.
44:13 – Healthy joy is a combination of Yira – respect – and Ahava – love.
44:56 – Closing blessing.