Aseret Yemei Teshuva

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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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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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Three

Chana’s Prayer: A Worship of the Heart Rabbanit Nomi Berman Tefillat Chana, which we read on the first day of Rosh Hashana, still resonates thousands of years later. It does not only touch those who in some way share Chana’s story – it impacts the manner in which each of us davens daily. Tractate Brachot …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day Two

The Sound of Joy Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The shofar makes many sounds. It also shouts – exultantly, triumphantly – through the firm and upbeat tekia sound, which precedes and follows each of the weeping terua sounds; a score of 2:1 in favor of joy and optimism. What is the basis for this joyous sound? Rosh …

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Ten Days – Ten Thoughts: Day One

Two Facets of Our Relationship with God Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander The primary mitzva of Rosh Hashana is the blowing of the shofar. Jewish law tells us that there are two sets of blasts: one, known as t’kiot d’meyushav, are the sitting blasts which are blown before or, in some traditions, during the silent amida. …

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