Leil Selichot / סליחות

Selichot or slichot (Hebrew: סליחות) are Jewish penitential poems and prayers, especially those said in the period leading up to the High Holidays, and on Fast Days. In the Ashkenazic tradition, it begins on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. If, however, the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday, Selichot are said beginning the Saturday night prior to ensure that Selichot … Continue reading Leil Selichot / סליחות

Need a Reason to Repent?

Need a Reason to Repent? The Answer—No Matter Who You Are—Can Be Found Here The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future By Helen Plotkin|September 3, 2013 12:00 AM On the High Holidays, we read a poem known by its first two words in Hebrew: Unetaneh Tokef—Let Us Cede Power. It was … Continue reading Need a Reason to Repent?

Parsha Summary Netzavim – Vayeilech

Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. It’s about time we stopped making excuses and took responsibility for who and what we are. It’s long overdue. Here we are at the threshold of a new-year and … Continue reading Parsha Summary Netzavim – Vayeilech

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah

It is a positive Torah commandment to hear the Shofar blasts on the day of Rosh Hashanah, as the verse states, “It shall be a day of [Shofar] blasts for you.” One may not speak between the various sets of Shofar blasts and certainly not during the blasts themselves. The Poskim disagree regarding whether or not it is permissible to recite the order of confession … Continue reading Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah