Are You Listening?

As we approach Rosh Hashana and anticipate the blowing of the shofar during prayers, I would like to present five different shofar soundings from our history. The sixth will be, G-d willing, the shofar that heralds the redemption and the Mashiach. Shofar During the Inquisition - Sefer HaTodaah, Rosh Hashanah, Eliyahu KiTov Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Spain, expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492. It was the ...

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A Brief History of Time

According to Jewish tradition, before God created the first human being, a debate took place in the heavenly court. When the Holy One blessed Be He came to create man, the ministering angels formed into groups, some saying that man should be created, some saying that he should not be created… Kindness voted to create man, because people would perform acts of kindness, Peace voted not to create man, because people ...

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The Month of Elul – Preparing for the High Holidays

We have just entered the month of Ellul, the month during which we prepare for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  One of preparations is the addition of certain prayers to our daily service and also the daily sounding of the shofar.  According to Jewish tradition, before G-d created the first human being, a debate took place in the heavenly court. When the Holy One blessed Be He came to create man, ...

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On Being Good – Ki Teitzei 5775

The Talmud states that we are judged every day, and according to one opinion, every moment – so what is special about Rosh HaShana as the Day of Judgement?  One answer to this question is alluded to by Maimonides, and I think is central to our goals at this time of year.  The month of Ellul and the approaching Days of Awe, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. are not about ...

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