Twenty five years ago, the Orthodox Union (in conjunction with Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim) published a journal entitled, Jewish Thought: A Journal of Torah Scholarship, edited by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Sosevsky. This amazing journal has been out of print, but we are working on re-releasing the articles online. In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, please enjoy this […]
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 […]
Pre-Selichos shiur 5775 by Rabbi Shalom Rosner. On the first night of selichot we ask God to listen to our “rina” and tefilla”, what do these 2 terms mean? How does this capture what we should be feeling?
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,” […]
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but when we err He expects us to do Teshuva. Free will can lead us to make a mistake but it can also lead us to repent. As we approach Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, join Rabbi Sacks on an intellectual journey to explore the concept and deep […]
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 […]
The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Eruv Tavshilin. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]
The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Rosh Hashana. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Rama, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]