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Jewish Holidays

VaYigdal Mosheh on Elul

January 3, 2018, by

Shofar During Elul In Pirkei d’Rabi Eliezer (perek 46), Chazal say that a shofar was blown on Rosh Chodesh Elul when Moshe Rabbeinu went up to Har Sinai (for the final 40 days). This is the source for blowing shofar during the month of Elul. The text of this Chazal as brought by a number […]

Elul NCSY Young Professionals Shiur

September 19, 2017, by

Rosh Hashana davening has nothing to do with personal requests. God asks us not to pray for ourselves or others. The day is about God Himself. Recorded at Yeshiva University, NYC on September 11, 2017.

The 13 Midot of Rachamim

September 11, 2017, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Our recitation of the thirteen ‘middot ha-rachamim’ [God’s thirteen attributes of mercy] is certainly the focal point of the ‘selichot’ prayers and the highlight of ‘ne’ila’ on Yom Kippur.  But how are we to understand this recitation?  Is it a […]

Teshuva: To Fix Free Will

September 23, 2016, by

The Rambam says that “complete Teshuva” is achieved when you are in the exact same situations with all the conditions as when you sin but you refrain from sinning, Why is this so? Why does the Rambam discuss the concept of free-will in hilchot teshuva?