Tishrei

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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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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