Many of the Maharal’s writings focus on the distinction between the world as it should be and the world as it is. The difference between חומר and צורה parallels the difference between the Jews and the nations of the world. Delivered 17 Elul 5778 (August 28th, 2018) at the OU Israel Center, Jerusalem.
As cognitively active beings, Man must make sense of his environment and if concepts cannot be grasped or things don’t add up, tension and frustration ensues. For some, the challenge of confusion leads to a more concerted effort to arrive at a sensible conclusion. The mathematician’s difficulty with an equation results in rigorous mental gymnastics […]
At the start of Elul, rather than plunging ourselves into cheshbon ha’nefesh (accounting of one’s soul), many advise to begin by strengthening the core areas of our avodas Hashem. Since we are involved in tefilah in this program, and since tefilah is certainly one of the core areas of our service to Hashem, we are reviewing four segments in particular, since they […]
The preparation for Teshuva begins from Rosh Chodesh Elul. The function of Elul is not just to daven but to plead so we are ready when Rosh Hashana arrives. Is Elul merely a preparation for Rosh Hashana or does it carry its own importance? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
In his breathtaking work Orot HaTeshuva, Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook zt”l wonders aloud whether he is suited to pen a new treatise on the topic of repentance. After all, he writes, the subject matter has been richly treated by a multitude of sages. Rav Kook counters that he has no choice. He feels compelled […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]