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The Meaning of the Shofar and its Place in Mussaf

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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The Secret to Forgiveness

Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein

The Secret to Forgiveness Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein Director of Training and Placement, Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel  During the High-Holiday period, when Slichot are recited, the refrain that we repeat endlessly is the “Thirteen Attributes of Mercy” starting with the know words of “Hashem Hashem, Kel, Rachum, Vechanun”/” G-d, G-d, benevolent G-d, Who is compassionate and gracious.” Saying it so …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Ten

Yes, We Can Rabbanit Sally Mayer The haunting melody of Kol Nidrei resonates with every Jew who attends services on Yom Kippur night. But if you were writing the prayers for Yom Kippur, what would you choose as the opening lines? Perhaps you would open by apologizing for however we have sinned over the year; …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Nine

Contemplations Rabbi Shuki Reich There are two themes which are central to Rosh Hashana. The first is that of listening – the main aspect of the shofar is, after all, to listen – and the second theme is prayer, expressing oneself to the Creator, and understanding what his or her purpose is. The main feature …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Eight

“Ani LeDodi veDodi Li – I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” Advocate Osnat Sharon The month of Elul and the ensuing Days of Awe are a time of reflection. We are told that the “King is in the Field,” He is here among us in the month of Elul. He is readily …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Seven

The Mercy of a Father for His Children Rabbi Shlomo Vilk The laws of repentance and the prayers of the Days of Awe are more about concession and throwing up our hands in submission than about asking for forgiveness. We are supposed to repent throughout the year; we would expect intensification during this period. Yet …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Six

The Power of Speech Rabbanit Naama Frankel “שובה ישראל עד ה’ אלוהיך כי כשלת בעווניך… קחו עימכם דברים ושובו אל ה’” (הושע בפרק יד, ב-ג) “Return, O Israel to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled in your iniquity…Take words with yourselves and return to the Lord” (Hos. 14:2-3) The Talmud in Yoma 86b …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Five

Preparing to Become Rabbanit Devorah Evron A hush descends upon the synagogue. The sound of the shofar blasting is heard: tekia, shevarim, terua. The congregation immediately sings the wonderful piyyut: “HaYom Harat Olam – Today is the day of the world’s gestation.” This liturgical song compares the creation of the world to pregnancy and birth which, although …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Four

Just Think, You Can Do Better Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein אף על פי שהתשובה והצעקה יפה לעולם, בעשרת הימים שבין ראש השנה ויום הכיפורים היא יפה ביותר, ומיד היא מתקבלת (הרמב”ם, הלכות תשובה ב, ח) “Even though repentance and prayer are wonderful, during the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur they are all the …

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