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Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, marks the beginning of the Year on the Hebrew Calendar as it is the day on which man was created. It is the day when our deeds of the past year are judged. We blow the shofar and the prayers of the day center around proclaiming God as our king.

Rosh Hashana: Aleinu – parts 2 and 3

September 18, 2020, by

Banim La’Shem! – Always and Everywhere! 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 were living through the painful times of the […]

Shabbat: Silent Shofar

September 17, 2020, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein When the first day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbat, we do not sound the shofar on that day. The Gemorrah explains that our Sages were concerned that perhaps a Jew would take the shofar to learn how to blow it, and momentarily forget that he […]