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…

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…

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…

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 first man, endowing him and his descendants…

“Fortunate is the Nation Which Knows the Shofar Blasts”

The Midrash Rabba (Parashat Emor Chapter 29, Section 4) states regarding the verse, “Fortunate is the nation which knows the Shofar blasts”: “Rabbi Yoshiya said: Do the nations of the world not know how to blow? They have so many horns and so many trumpets! Rather, ‘The nation which knows the Shofar blasts,’ refers to…

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….

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…

The Custom of “Tashlich”

Following Mincha services of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to go to a seashore, river, well, or pit in order to recite the order of “Tashlich.” If there is no river, lake, or pond in close proximity of one’s vicinity, it is likewise perfectly acceptable to recite the order of Tashlich…

Daf Notes Chagigah Daf 8

Daf Notes is currently being dedicated to the neshamah of Tzvi Gershon Ben Yoel (Harvey Felsen) o”h May the studying of the Daf Notes be a zechus for his neshamah and may his soul find peace in Gan Eden and be bound up in the Bond of life.   The braisa had stated: Beis Hillel…

Rosh Hashanah 34,35,Taanis 2

Rosh HaShana 34   Rosh HaShana 35   Taanis 2 Hadran Alach Masseches Rosh HaShanah.  Mazal tov! Daf Yomi Digest is compiled by members of the Ruben Shas Kollel, edited by Rabbi Ben-Zion Rand. Halachah Highlights is not intended to be relied upon for halacha l’maase. It is intended for interest and information. For actual psak consult your local rav.