The Torah tells us it is important to be Nosay b'ol im chaveiro – literally "carry your friend's burden." In other words, be aware and share the pain of others.Read More
Rabbi Pinchas Landis
Introduction by Rabbi Pinchas Landis from Partners Cleveland on the symbolism of blowing the shofar during Elul.
לְדָוִ֨ד יְהֹוָ֤ה אוֹרִ֣י וְ֭יִשְׁעִי מִמִּ֣י אִירָ֑א יְהֹוָ֥ה מָעוֹז־חַ֝יַּ֗י מִמִּ֥י אֶפְחָֽד
Of David. Hashem is my light and my help whom should I fear? Hashem is the stronghold of my life, whom should I dread?
And, because God is his light, he is able to find many openings from which to depart the darkness and exile in which he is enclosed. For the truth is that there are many openings there.
-Likutei Moharan 112:1:7
One who comes in order to become impure, i.e., to sin, they, in Heaven, provide him with an opening to do so, and he is not prevented from sinning. If one comes in order to become purified, not only is he allowed to do so, but they, in Heaven, assist him.
-Talmud Avodah Zarah 55a:10