Rosh Hashanah Which Coincides With Shabbat – Coronavirus

By Popular Demand: Since there will unfortunately be many people forced to pray Rosh Hashanah prayers alone at home, the Halacha is that one should recite all prayers, as usual, obviously besides for the Chazzan’s repetition of the Amida prayer. Such individuals are also obligated to her Shofar blowing. If one knows how to blow Shofar one his own, one should do so. Otherwise, one … Continue reading Rosh Hashanah Which Coincides With Shabbat – Coronavirus

Unetaneh Tokef: Do We Control our Fate?

The prayer that asks us to consider our mortality is an urgent call to examine our lives. By Cantor Matt Axelrod If there’s one word that is closely connected with the High Holiday season, it’s teshuvah, repentance. It’s a part of the vocabulary taught to even young religious school children: looking at one’s behavior and then taking steps to make better decisions and live a … Continue reading Unetaneh Tokef: Do We Control our Fate?

Rosh Hashana- The Power of Shofar

We find an allusion to the Misva of Shofar in Parashat Nisavim, where the Torah warns, “Pen Yesh Bachem Shoresh Poreh Rosh Ve’la’ana” – “Lest there is among you a root of evil of rebellion” (Debarim 29:17). The first letters of the phrase, “Shoresh Poreh Rosh Ve’la’ana” are “Shin,” “Peh,” “Resh” and “Vav” – the letters of the word “Shofar.” This allusion is very significant, … Continue reading Rosh Hashana- The Power of Shofar

Parsha Summary – Parshas Haazinu

Parshas Haazinu 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. 1st Aliya: Moshe begins by describing the presence of Hashem in nature as being as evident as the rain or dew that nourish the fields and gardens. … Continue reading Parsha Summary – Parshas Haazinu

Laws of Candle-Lighting on Rosh Hashanah

Lighting Candles on Rosh Hashanah and Preparing on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah for the Second The Laws of Candle-Lighting on Rosh Hashanah On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Tov we customarily light candles before the onset of Yom Tov similar to the way we light them on Erev Shabbat. If the candles lit Were not before the onset of Yom Tov, … Continue reading Laws of Candle-Lighting on Rosh Hashanah

The Human Dimension of Shofar

Based on a shiur by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein Translated by David Strauss     Enhance your deeds, do not break the covenant! Heaven’s enhancer shall heed your prayer, Which pleases Him better than sacrifices. O holy One. (from the Rosh Ha-shana liturgy)   I. THE KINGSHIP OF THE SHOFAR   When we think about shofar blowing, we intutitively imagine a primal cry that breaches the … Continue reading The Human Dimension of Shofar

Musaf Prayer of Rosh Ha-shana

By Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon Translated by Rav Yoseif Bloch     NINE BERAKHOT The centerpiece of each one of our prayer services is the Amida, the silent, standing prayer, which usually follows one of two templates: the weekday nineteen-berakha (blessing; plural, berakhot) structure or the holiday seven-berakha structure.   The first three and last three berakhot are basically the same in all cases, but the … Continue reading Musaf Prayer of Rosh Ha-shana

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