Hope and Optimism 5781

It is customary to add a Psalm to our prayers during the month preceding Rosh Hashanah.  The Psalm is Chapter 27 and is one of most beautiful prayers in the book of Psalms. “A Psalm of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, my enemies and my adversaries, ...

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To Be or Not to Be? The Question of Rosh Hashana

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…[the angel of] Kindness voted to create man, because people would perform acts of kindness,[the angel of] Peace voted not to ...

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An Introduction to the Rosh Hashanah Prayers

An Introduction to the Rosh Hashanah Prayers – The Rosh Hashanah prayers are divided into three main sections, each focusing on one of the primary themes of the day.  As we progress through the prayers, these meditations help us achieve a mental and spiritual state conducive to real change and self-improvement.  One of the central themes of the Rosh Hashanah prayers is the emphasis on recognizing God as the King.  ...

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