Rosh Hashana

Yachad: Connecting Jews to the High Holidays, their Heritage and Each Other The High Holidays are a time when Jews of all backgrounds seek meaning and opportunities to connect – even Israelis who identify as secular or who may feel alienated from synagogues and Jewish institutions they view as “religious.”  During this uniquely reflective time …

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Israelis Prepare to Celebrate the Year’s Holiest Days Under Lockdown As the pandemic in the country worsens, officials warn that new restrictions might not be enough to cut infection rates significantly. Many people question the logic and motives behind the rules. By Isabel Kershner | Sept. 18, 2020 JERUSALEM — As Israelis prepare to celebrate …

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The breath of life and the shofar blasts The one biblical mitzvah that characterizes Rosh Hashanah reenacts the creation of humankind, an event that occurred on this very date in history Rabbanit Dena (Freundlich) Rock teaches Talmud and Halakha at Midreshet Lindenbaum, in addition to coordinating the school’s Matmidot Scholars program. Rosh Hashanah appears to …

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How can we celebrate the upcoming holidays without breaking the lockdown? ILTV’s Aaron Poris spoke to OTS’ President and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, about the OTS condensed halakhic machzor as well as the “Shofar BaPark” inititative designed to bring the shofar to all Israelis. Tune in:  https://ots.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Your-News-From-Israel-Sep.-17-2020-nmQCDzG485A_x264-online-video-cutter.com_.mp4

Praying Like the Poor by Rabbi Shaul Robinson  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Rabbi Shaul Robinson has served as the Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue since 2005. He received rabbinic ordination from Ohr Torah Stone’s Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. We approach the Yemei HaDin and Yamim Noraim in a manner that would have …

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This week’s “Shabbat Shalom” has been sponsored by the Charif Family of Sydney Australia in memory of Harry Sher (Hillel ben Chona) whose 23nd Yartzheit is on 2 Tishrei, 5781 Shabbat Shalom: Rosh Hashana By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  What is the essence of our faith, the purpose for which the Jewish people …

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Can You Hear Me? Multiple Meanings of the Sound of the Shofar Rabbanit Sally Mayer, Rosh Midrasha, Maria & Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The sound of the shofar is always shocking at first, piercing the synagogue during the month of Elul, reminding us that Rosh Hashanah is near. It seems like ages …

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From Soul Searching to Holy Joy: the Festivals of Tishrei in the Shadow of COVID-19 Rabbanit Devorah Evron, Director of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership One of the magical moments in the month of Tishrei is immediately following Yom Kippur, when we begin building the sukkah. The Holy Day is behind us, …

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Despite this Challenging Year, Still Seeking a Personal Rendezvous with God Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva There is a tradition to recite Psalm 47 as an introduction to the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, based on a statement in Masechet Sofrim (19:2) — כף תקעו העמים כל אומר השנה ובראש …

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Who by Earthquake and Who by Plague? Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin Founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva We enter this Rosh HaShanah 5781 with heavy hearts in Israel, in the midst of a second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic Plague which has, as of the first week in September, claimed the lives of more than …

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U’Netaneh Tokef: Opening our Hearts and Creating Hope Pnina Omer Director, Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center for Agunot For many months now we have been living with a sense of powerlessness in the face of a global pandemic. The spread of COVID-19 throughout the world has badly shaken humanity’s sense of …

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