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Jewish Holidays

Rosh HaShanah and the Shema

November 13, 2018, by

There is a dispute between Rashi and the Rambam in how to understand the pasuk of Shema Yisrael. Rashi understands the pasuk as a request for the entire world to come to recognize Hashem as The One G-d.  Adding some insights of others, what we are saying is: Shema Yisrael: Hear, understand, and accept – […]

The Awesome Power of Erev Rosh Hashana

September 9, 2018, by

The minhag was that everybody fasted on Erev Rosh Hashana and to wake up early before dawn to daven selichot. Why? If someone does teshuva one day a year it’s as if he did Teshuva the whole year. Why specifically on Erev Rosh Hashana? Is it merely because it’s the last day of the year? […]

Silencing the Satan

September 4, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein We all know that Hashem commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. The basic number of sounds that need need to be blown is thirty, yet we blow the shofar at a minimum of two cycles of thirty, one cycle immediately […]

Standing in the Kodesh HaKadoshim – part 3

September 3, 2018, by

Part 2 ככתוב בתורתו: וידעת היום והשבת אל לבבך כי ה’ הוא האלוקים… …as it is written in His Torah: “You are to know this day and take to your heart that Hashem is the only G-d…” ***** Knowing that “ה’ הוא האלוקים–Hashem Hu HaElokim(Hashem is the only G-d)” must be as “clear as day” […]

The Power and Structure of Selichot

September 1, 2018, by

According to the Levush Selichot are modeled after davening, we begin with Pesukei D’Zimra, then kaddish, then the thirteen middot and selichot (which parallel the amida), followed by Tachanun and full Kaddish. What are the halachic ramifications of this? The minhag is that the one who davens Selichot should daven the rest of the day […]

Standing in the Kodesh HaKadoshim – part 2

August 29, 2018, by

Part 1 Although Aleinu was composed by Yehoshua bin Nun, and the Anshei K’neses HaG’dolah instituted its inclusion in the Malchiyus section of tefilas Musaf on Rosh HaShanah, it was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakai who instituted saying it daily after each tefilah.  He did this to strengthen the emunah and spirits of klal Yisrael, who […]