From Rabbi Krauss
In our Jewish tradition creed is important, primarily because it should lead to proper behavior and kindness. Fasting on Yom Kippur has a crucial purpose to develop sympathy for the world’s hunger.
A classic story is told of our great sage, Rabbi Israel Salanter. His congregation wondered and was concerned as he failed to appear on Kol Nidre Eve. After hours of searching he was found in a neighbor’s barn.
He had, with difficulty, gently freed his neighbor’s calf entangled in a bush. When he was found, he was tending the calf’s wounds. He was asked, “Don’t you know that the Rabbi’s duty is to be and serve at prayer?” Reb Israel replied, “God is merciful, thus an act of mercy is prayer as well.”
Rabbi Israel Salanter is the legendary founder of The Musar Movement designed to create a spirit of compassion, morality, in Yeshivot within Judaism and the world.
Ner Israel, the famous Yeshiva in the Baltimore area was named after him.
RABBI, MILDRED KRAUSS AND FAMILY WISH ALL OF OUR BETH EL FAMILY AND OUR READERS A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 5780. TO KLAL ISRAEL AND THE WORLD – A YEAR OF PEACE, HARMONY, AND GOOD WILL.