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Jewish Holidays

Shehechiyanu on Both Nights of Rosh Hashanah

September 14, 2017, by

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach says that the shehechiyanu on the second night of Rosh Hashana is for the zman, the new fruit is just there to satisfy all the opinions. Therefore, if you only have the fruit in mind it’s a hefsek between the bracha and what you made the shehechiyanu for (the fruit). Shiur […]

The Transformative Power of Rosh Hashanah

September 13, 2017, by

A story that illustrates an awesome power of Rosh Hashanah is the story of Joseph in Egypt. According to the Talmud, when Joseph went to sleep as a thirty-year-old man on Rosh Hashanah night, Joseph was incarcerated in the depths of an Egyptian prison. Joseph was completely powerless. Joseph was completely alone; forgotten, forsaken and […]

New vs. Different

September 5, 2017, by

The months of Elul and Adar are both the ends of the year (for months & for years). Why are their energies so different? Chodesh (new) & Shanah (different)

Rosh Hashana: Ultimate Reality

July 26, 2017, by

Shouldn’t the day of judgement be the last day of the year, not Rosh Hashana? If it’s judgement day, why do we focus on God’s kingship and make no mention of our own needs? How does the shofar fit into the theme of Rosh Hashana?

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