Rosh HaShana: Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot – “Nahama D’chasufa” and the Brit of Chessed. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Rosh Hashanah. This world is a world of din – judgment and truth and Rosh Hashanah, the day the world was created, represents these 2 ideas. God wants us to earn our reward so we aren’t embarrassed by the kindness.
Sometimes even the corniest of old jokes has a profound lesson to teach us. “How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?” In case you haven’t already heard the answer to this example of tired “light bulb” humor, it goes like this: “Just one. But it has to be willing to change!” […]
There are calendars which provide the convenience of viewing one day at a time. At the end of the day, the day’s page is torn off and disposed of. When the year ends and all the days and pages have been discarded, all that is left is the pageless, empty cover. Then there are calendars […]
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.