Tag: Rosh HaShana

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 […]


Shemini Atzeret and Rosh Hashanah are parallel in many of the kavanot and higher yichudim. On Rosh Hashanah, though, these are in a mode of elevation and on Shemini Atzeret in a mode of elicitation from on High downward. On Rosh Hashanah man’s avoda is with supplication, submission and […]

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 […]

Rosh Hashanah 5775

Rosh Hashanah 5775. As the shofar is sounded during our prayers on the two days of Rosh Hashanah we will be reciting the following time-hallowed supplications. From our Machzor. היום הרת עולם Today is the birthday of the world; on this day He calls all the created beings […]

Rosh HaShanah

The Season of Teshuvah A special season known as Teshuvah, which in Hebrew means “to return or repent,” begins on the first day of the month of Elul and continues 40 days, ending with Yom Kippur. Thirty days into Teshuvah, on Tishrei l, comes Rosh HaShanah. This begins […]

The Behavior of Maran zt”l

Customs Related to the Days of Rosh Hashanah-The Behavior of Maran zt”l It is customary to eat red meat and sweet foods on the days of Rosh Hashanah, as the verse in Nechemia states, “Go eat fatty foods and drink sweet beverages and sent gifts of food to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dvar Torah – Rosh Hashanah

D’var Torah Elul / Rosh Hashanah The Ever-Present By Rabbi Label Lam Rosh HaShana is the birthday of humanity. It coincides with the creation of man. The blowing of the Shofar may well be a reenactment of the blowing of the “breath of life”into the nostrils of the […]