Rabbi Tanchum said: “If someone, who has recited the Shema every day of his life, misses it just one evening, it is as if he has never said the Shema at all. (Berakhot, 63a). Imagine that! Here is someone, aged perhaps 85, who has faithfully said the Shema every day since before his Bar Mitzvah (and […]
Rosh HaShanah is the day on which G-d created Man, Adam, G-d’s final and most precious creation. Each Rosh HaShanah, the birthday of Mankind, we proclaim G-d as our one and true King. We then reaffirm our desire to serve him every moment of our lives. At this same time, G-d reviews the status of […]
Rabbi Weinberger speaks about the power of speech – both what you say and how you say it.
Rabbi Allen Schwartz, from Congregation Ohab Zedek, NYC, talks at Adereth El Congregation, NY about Bein Keseh L’Assor – Between the Hidden Moon and the Tenth of the Month. Rosh Hashana is known as the Hidden Moon. You can’t miss the hidden nature of Rosh Hashana…
Rabbi Tzvi Flaum (Senior Rabbi, Congregation Knesset Israel, Far Rockaway, NY) visits Young Israel of Jamaica Estates to deliver an inspiring message of Teshuva, according to the Rav’s conceptual analysis.
Rabbi Ari Berman, of the Jewish Center in Manhattan, visited the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY to deliver divrei hitorerut during the Days of Awe 5766. He discussed the central feature of both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as teshuva. We associate viduy with teshuva, and on Yom Kippur we express teshuva though confessing […]
Rabbi Weinreb discusses the role of simcha in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. There is a paradox in many of our observances…sometimes we are asked to contain within our selves two emotions which are contradictory…one great example of this is Rosh Hashanah.
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, author of “The Survival Kit” series, discusses the shofar and its impact on us during the yomin norayim. Check out www.JewishCheatsSheets.com to transform your High Holiday experience.
The custom of saying selichot (penitential prayers) during the Days of Repentance is quite an ancient one, and is mentioned already in the time of the Geonim, who lived only a few generations after the last Amoraim (sages of the Talmud). The Ran (commentary on the Rif on Rosh HaShanah 3a) mentions three different customs […]
About 100 years ago, the Chofetz Chaim suggested that motion pictures were invented to help man visualize Divine judgment. We will all give an accounting for our actions after seeing a “movie” of our past misdeeds. Today, with the advent of computer technology, we can find further insight into spiritual realities that we cannot see […]