Close your eyes and imagine what the world must have looked like on the first day of creation. Pristine, fresh, untainted, healthy and unpolluted. Man is created. He is naive, pure and innocent. His face shines from the goodness of his unadulterated soul. His tongue is holy because he has never told a lie. His […]
One fateful Rosh Hashana Day, the soul of Gershon Kleinbard stood in an endless line of living souls, each waiting to appear before the Master of the Universe for the moment of judgment and reckoning. Only the great tzaddikim sense this encounter; the vast majority of mankind is oblivious to this occurrence. Nonetheless, in the hidden recesses […]
Powerful Example: In pre-exile times, the Jewish people were governed according to the Torah and its system of justice. One aspect of this system was the administering of capital punishment for certain most grievous transgressions. Read the text version
“Why Rosh Hashanah Musaf is the Most Misunderstood Tefillah of the Year”: The 3 sections of Rosh Hashanah Mussaf parallel the 3 essential principles of our theology as presented in the Sefer HaIkkarim – God’s control of the universe (malchuyot), reward and punishment (zichronot), and that God didn’t just create the world but interacts with […]
Judy Bart Kancigor, OUcooking.org Columnist – Melting Pot Memories says: CHERRY VISHNYEK My grandfather, Papa Harry, used to make a cordial with the sour cherries from his cherry trees. When my Aunt Estelle was three years old, she uncorked the bottle when no one was looking and helped herself to the cherries. Fortunately they soon […]
A Look at Sefer Bamidbar, when an entire nation of people became Baalei Teshuva. Lessons learned to incorporate into the time of reflection prior to Rosh Hashana. Presented by Rabbi Steve Burg, NCSY International Director at Yeshiva University on September 24, 2008.
The symbolism of the Rosh Hashana Mussaf service. Lessons learned – God alone is King, you must have a dream, we have the strength to overcome challenges. Presented by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Rabbi of OU Synagogue Ohev Sholom/The National Synagogue in Washington, DC.