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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? […]