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The proper attitude for doing for others is not “I have what to offer” but to do good because I want to do good. Whatever I have to offer is really from God. This is the attribute of David HaMelech. … Continued
The Arba Minim (4 species) – the lulav, etrog, aravot, and hadasim – represent our ability to perform and accomplish. The 7 Noahide laws represent the other nations’ ability to perform and accomplish. On Hoshana Rabbah we show our deeds are … Continued
Sukkot was given before the sin of the Golden Calf. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana only came about afterwards, as a result of the sin. How are they connected? If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a … Continued
Rosh Hashanah is not mentioned in the Torah as a day of judgment. In the Torah Rosh Hashanah is identified as a day of zikaron (remembering) & of shofar. If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, … Continued
There are many aspects to Rosh Hashanah: it’s the beginning of the year, it’s a day of judgement, & it’s the day we coronate Hashem as King. What is the connection between these seemingly different aspects of the day? If … Continued
On Rosh Hashanah we are judged as we are now (like Yishmael). It seems hard to believe that we can just be good for 48 hours and receive a good judgement! At the same time, we say in davening that … Continued
Rosh Hashanah is a peculiar holiday: when one is going to court they are usually scared, yet we enter Rosh Hashanah confident we will be judged favorably!?! Further, this attitude seems to contradict other aspects of the day! If you’re … Continued