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Rosh Hashanah Shemini Atzeret

Joy!

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 intense bitterness; On Shemini Atzeret it is […]

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The Ten Days of Repentance

  The Ten Days of Repentance The Gemara in Masechet Berachot (12b) states: “Rabba bar Chinena said in the name of Rav: Throughout the year, one recites (in the Amida prayer) ‘Ha’el Ha’Kadosh’ and ‘Melech Ohev Tzedakah U’Mishpat’ besides for the ten days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur when one recites […]

The Fast of Gedalya this Year (5775)

The Fast of Gedalya is on the third of Tishrei, which is the day Gedalya ben Achikam was killed, the remaining flame of Israel was extinguished, and, as a result of his murder, their exile came about. All this is recorded in the book of Yirmiyah (Chapter 40 and on). This year (5775), the third […]