Rabbi David Kastor graduated from Gallaudet University in 1986 with a B.A. in Computer Science. He received his semicha (rabbinical ordination) from Ner Israel in Baltimore MD 17 years ago. He founded the Ahavas Yisrael School of the Deaf in Frederick MD and taught there for two years. He has worked for deaf Jewish outreach, Our Way as Regional Representative of Maryland for 31 years.  

The Hebrew month of Elul (September or October) is a sign as the acronym for the verse: 
Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li (I alone am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine). It means that G-d comes to be closer to Jewish people as Beloved. It encourages the Jewish people to have some thoughts about the relationship with G-d such as how we can get better than last year as showing signs to Him that we cherish Him as He gives us unlimited kindness and love. The closer to Hashem is happier because He creates our souls and He is our best psychologist as he makes the grass green, not purple so we can feel serenity. So, let us do more such as learning Torah, helping people what they need, judging favorably to others, & greeting others with smile. Those mitzvos make more merits greater in order to have a wonderful Happy & Healthy New Year.

Shana Tova!

Rabbi David Kastor’s thoughts on the upcoming Holy Holidays

Contact Rabbi David Kastor: david.kastor613@gmail.com

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