Holidays

Rosh Hashana – Understanding Choice

September 18, 2006, by

A discussion of the following ideas: “Naseh Adam”, choosing can only be for the good, Rosh Hashanah and Teshuva from fear vs. Yom Kippur and Teshuva from love, eternal life and instant death.

Requests on Shabbat and Rosh Hashana

September 6, 2006, by

The Yerushalmi Talmud rules that one is prohibited from making personal requests from God on Shabbat…but it should be permitted for us to make requests from God at the end of the Shemona Esrai of Rosh Hashana…

Eating Symbolic Foods

June 28, 2006, by

The Gemora in the tractate of Kerisus (6a) states “Abaye said ‘Now that you have said that an omen is significant, at the beginning of each year, each person should accustom himself to eat gourds, fenugreek, leeks, beets and dates…’.” Because of this Gemora, it is a custom to eat these listed foods, as well […]

The Shofar: A Wake-Up Call

June 28, 2006, by

We find that when the Torah speaks of Rosh HaShana, it tells us “Yom Teru’ah yih’yeh lachem”, “a day of teru’ah (sounding the horn) should be to you”. Although the verses do not elaborate on what type of horn or instrument is being sounded, our sages have taught us that it refers to the Shofar, […]