The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]
The Auspicious Nature of Rosh Hashanah In the Beis HaMikdash, on Rosh Hashanah, the Mishna says that the chatzotzros finished first, and the shofaros kept blowing, because mitzvas hayom is with the shofar. Really, this is pashut pshat in the pasuk that says, “yom teruah yihyeh lachem”. Of course, this is a mitzvah that one […]
Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Torah as a day of judgment. The Torah refers to it as a day of zikaron (remembering) & of shofar.
Rabbi Grossman discusses the background of “UNetaneh Tokef” that we say in Mussaf on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. He then explains this important prayer line-by-line.
There are many aspects to Rosh Hashanah: it’s the beginning of the year, it’s a day of judgement, & it’s the day we coronate Hashem as King. What is the connection between these seemingly different aspects of the day?
Choose your path… The Mishna says on Rosh Hashanah we are judged “Kivney Maron”. 3 explanations are offered. Each represents the 3 different ways in which we are judged. It can also represent the 3 possible ways we can approach Rosh Hashanah.
On Rosh Hashanah we are judged as we are now (like Yishmael). It seems hard to believe that we can just be good for 48 hours and receive a good judgement! At the same time, we say in davening that everything is remembered on this day!
Rosh Hashanah is a peculiar holiday: when one is going to court they are usually scared, yet we enter Rosh Hashanah confident we will be judged favorably!?! Further, this attitude seems to contradict other aspects of the day!
On Rosh Hashanah we are on trial yet we don’t beg God for forgiveness! Shouldn’t we coronate God and stand on trial AFTER we are forgiven on Yom Kippur!?!