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The last sugya in masechet Rosh Hashanah is about if the shatz (= shaliach tzibur) can be motzi everyone in shemoneh esrei. Rabban Gamliel holds yes, even when it comes to the regular shemoneh esrei of the whole year, and the Chachamim hold no, even on Rosh Hashanah. The Gemara paskens that the rest of […]
“I appoint, today, as your witnesses the heavens and the earth…” Devarim 30:19 On his last day of life, Moshe Rabbeinu addresses the Klal Yisrael. After a thorough explanation of the vast rewards and ghastly punishments that hinge on the choices made, he offers a final note: Let the heavens and the earth bear witness. […]
Silent Interruption vs. Interruption of Extraneous Shofar-Sound Each group of shofar blasts is comprised of three sets which are in turn comprised of three sounds: tekiah-shevarim-tekiah, tekiah-teruah-tekiah, and tekiah-shevarim/teruah-tekiah. Each set of three sounds is blown three times in succession for a total of nine sounds, and that is what constitutes a full group. What […]
Why did the Rambam place Hilchot Teshuva in Sefer HaMada, the book that deals with the fundamentals of Judaism? Is it because Teshuva is fundamental to Judaism or because it deals with fundamental issues such as free will?
For part I click here What Occurred and the Variant Opinions The Rosh mentions that in the town of Magentza (Mainz, Germany), in the year 4995 (1145) the following occurred during tekias shofar: in the third set of the tekiah-shevarim/teruah-tekiah group, the shofar blower accidentally started blowing the teruah after only two shevarim blasts. He […]
What is the Rambam’s approach to the commandment of Teshuva in the Mishna Torah? How does he formulate it and in what context does he place it?
How many shofar blasts must be heard on Rosh Hashana? The search for the answer to this question led the Sages to a most unlikely personality. One hundred blasts of the shofar are based on the one hundred cries of the mother of Sisera (Talmud Rosh Hashana 33b). Sisera’s mother peers intently out of the […]
Rav Soloveitchik discusses the mitzvah of tekiat shofar on Rosh Hashanah in this shiur delivered at the Boston Yarchei Kallah, August 27th, 1980. For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here.