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Jewish Holidays

The Duality of Rosh Hashana (5767/2007)

September 27, 2015, by

Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned as a day of judgement in the Torah (the Rambam’s Hilchot Shofar follows this pattern as well). The Torah only discusses the mitzvah to blow the shofar. Only Chazal discuss it as a judgement day. Why is this significant component of Rosh Hashanah left out?    

An Unesanu Tokef Companion

September 8, 2015, by

As told to Chaia Frishman The chazzan begins to hum the familiar tune of Unesanu Tokef. Familiar, not because I’ve heard its melody in shul for the last few decades, but it is a part of me as I see its consequences every waking day of my life. As the Associate Director of Project Chai, Chai Lifeline’s Crisis […]

The Merry Go Round

August 25, 2015, by

The Malach (angel) sat behind the desk and looked sternly at Sam Stein. “79 times,” said the Malach. Sam had no idea what he meant. “Where in the world am I?” Sam asked with much trepidation. “Am I in heaven now?” “No. In a time warp,” the angel answered tersely. “A time what?” “Time warp,” […]

Halacha L’Maaseh on Rosh Hashana

August 25, 2015, by

Introduction Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the Jewish calendar year (there are three other dates that begin other aspects of the Jewish year). Rosh Hashana is observed for two days, which are considered to be one continuous day. In Temple times, a Kohen would offer a sacrifice but might not know until the following […]

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