Ten Days – Ten Thoughts

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The first ten days of the Jewish calendar are known as “Aseret Yemei Teshuva – The ten days of Teshuva.” Citing the verse, “Seek God when He may be found, call upon Him when He is near,” the Talmud asserts that “these are the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,” when God is …

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Ta Shma – Come and Learn!

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As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur approach, we are all looking for inspiration, to reconnect and come closer to Hashem.  In that light we are delighted to share this special Yamim Nora’im edition of the Midreshet Lindenbaum Torah journal, “Ta Shma” – Come and Learn.  We invite you to learn from the articles from members …

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The Inspiration to Change

Rabbanit Sally Mayer

The Inspiration to Change Rabbanit Sally Mayer Rosh Midrasha, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum We will read soon in Parshat Nitzavim that the mitzvah of teshuvah is “לא בשמים היא” – it is not in heaven or across the sea, far away and unreachable, but rather it is within our grasp and our ability to …

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The Sound of the Shofar

Rabbanit Nomi Berman

The Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Nomi Berman Rosh Beit Midrash, Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum At this time of year, barely a day goes by without a moving truck pulling onto my street.  Families moving out, new families moving in; families moving to larger apartments, new olim. The moving truck …

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Justice to Mercy

From Justice to Mercy Rabbi Ohad Teharlev Director of Israeli Programs, Midreshet Lindenbaum The theme of “memory” figures prominently during the High Holy Days, particularly on Rosh Hashana, which the Torah calls Yom Hazikaron and Zichron Terua . To underscore this concept, our Sages quote God as saying, “Recite your memories to Me, so that your memories may come up …

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The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf

Rabbi David Brofsky

The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf Rabbi David Brofsky Faculty, Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah commands “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month…it shall be a day of terua for you” (Bamidbar 29:1). The Rabbis (Rosh HaShana 33) understand that this verse refers to the blowing of the shofar …

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The King is in the Field

Neta Lederberg

The King is in the Field  Rabbanit Neta Lederberg Rosh Midreshet Lindenbaum-Matat, Carmiel   The Hasidic expression, “The King is in the field” , is often used when describing the month of Elul, a month of repentance and mercy in which there is extra closeness between God and His creations. What is the meaning of this imagery of …

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Why Did Rebbe Cry?

Why Did Rebbe Cry? Rabbi Tuvia Kaplan Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Gemara recounts that on two occasions Rebbe cried upon hearing of the tshuva of an evil person. In Avoda Zara 17a, the Gemara tells the story of Eliezer ben Durdaya. After a totally degenerate life (the Maharal points …

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