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Yom Kippur Speech by Rabbi Moshe Krasnanski, Neila

 Time of Clarity

We are in the final moments of Yom Kippur – Neila is the time that the gates are closing, this is the climax of the day, of the last 10 days since Rosh Hashana. What are we trying to accomplish at this moment? What is the bottom line?

The answer is to leave here with a clarity. Neilah ends with three statements which we repeat them 1, 3 and 7 times.

“Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad.”                                … Read More »

Yom Kippur Speech by Rabbi Moshe Krasnanski, Kol Nidrei


Be Invested Not a Spectator

Two old friends met each other on the street one day. One looked

forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has

the world done to you, my old friend?”

The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you: three weeks ago, my uncle died

and left me forty thousand dollars.”

“That’s a lot of money.”

“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left

me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”

“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”

“You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt

passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a… Read More »

Rosh Hashana Speech by Rabbi Moshe Krasnanski, Day 2

 The Power of One Small Act

A boy enters into a barbershop. The barber says to his client, this is the stupidest kid I know. Just watch, he says, and takes out two quarters and one dollar. Which do you want, he asked the boy. The boy takes the two quarters and leaves. You see what a fool he is. Later, the client meets the boy on the street. Why didn’t you take dollar she asked? The boy answers, you think I am stupid, the day I take the dollar the game is over.

Yesterday we spoke how we must define ourselves as a Jew. Today I want to talk about what comes next.

Do I have to radically change the way I live and become totally observant in one day? Like the Israeli fellow in the early days of Israel’s establishment when… Read More »

Rosh Hashana Speech by Rabbi Moshe Krasnanski, Day 1

Who am I?

Four students had an exam. They were so sure that they would pass with flying colors that they stayed up the night before and partied. They became drunk, hung over and slept in through the test. They came to school late and told their teacher that they went to visit older sick person at an old age home and got a flat tire on the way back and that is why they missed the test. The professor agreed for them to take the test and put them in four separate rooms. On the first page for question one, worth 5% and was so easy. They were sure that it would be a breeze to get a good mark. They turned the page to question 2, for 95% of the test; which tire got a flat?

We are here today, praying together, listening to the shofar. What… Read More »

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