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Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashana – Understanding Choice

September 18, 2006, by

A discussion of the following ideas: “Naseh Adam”, choosing can only be for the good, Rosh Hashanah and Teshuva from fear vs. Yom Kippur and Teshuva from love, eternal life and instant death.

Requests on Shabbat and Rosh Hashana

September 6, 2006, by

The Yerushalmi Talmud rules that one is prohibited from making personal requests from God on Shabbat…but it should be permitted for us to make requests from God at the end of the Shemona Esrai of Rosh Hashana…

The Ten Days of Repentance: 2 Types of Teshuva

June 29, 2006, by

Although the mitzva of teshuva (repentance) is of a universal nature, and therefore not limited to any specific time period, the ten days from Rosh HaShanah until Yom Kippur are singled out as “days of repentance.” In what way are these days unique with respect to teshuva? The Rambam in Hilchot Teshuva focuses his discussion […]

The Shofar of Elul and the Days of Awe

June 29, 2006, by

We did not blow the Shofar on the last day of Elul, the morning before Rosh HaShanah, in order to “confuse the Satan.” Perhaps this means that the Satan would think that “they’re finished blowing, and have nothing left for the Day of Judgment.” But we say “Ashrei HaAm Yod’ei Teruah!” “Fortunate is the People […]

Eating Symbolic Foods

June 28, 2006, by

The Gemora in the tractate of Kerisus (6a) states “Abaye said ‘Now that you have said that an omen is significant, at the beginning of each year, each person should accustom himself to eat gourds, fenugreek, leeks, beets and dates…’.” Because of this Gemora, it is a custom to eat these listed foods, as well […]

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