A Misplaced Fast – 5778

  Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England   A Misplaced Fast A unique attitude to the years cycle is taught by the Ramchal in Derech Hashem. Every time of year has its special potential and its exclusive light. This light was unveiled in...

Rosh HaShana: Time to Move​ -5778

   Rabbi Yisrael Cohn  Director of Aliyah, Jerusalem Municipality Rosh HaShana: Time to Move​ אמר רבי כרוספדאי אמר רבי יוחנן: שלשה ספרים נפתחין בראש השנה, אחד של רשעים גמורין, ואחד של צדיקים גמורין, ואחד של בינוניים. צדיקים גמורין – נכתבין ונחתמין לאלתר לחיים,...

Rosh Hashana Around The Corner – Be Prepared! – 5777

Hanoch Shalev Former Shaliach in Melbourne (2003-04) Rosh Hashana Around The Corner – Be Prepared! “If I catch you smoking”, I was warned, “we’ll send you for a week of volunteering at Dr. Ploni’s Oncology Department”. This, I would have thought, is the appropriate...

Love Still Stands a Chance – 5777

Rav Yakov Nagen Ram in Yeshivat Otniel   Love Still Stands a Chance The Sefer Yetzirah (Chapter 1, Mishna 1) relates that God created the world with a story. This teaches us that life itself is an ongoing story, and a true story does not end. Five years ago, on...

A Work Plan for 5776

Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12)   When I was in a summer camp in Memphis, I heard a great line from the local fixit man, who also happened to be a preacher: “If you aim low you have nowhere to go. If you reach...

Renewal and Repentance

“Blow the shofar on the new moon, when [the moon is] concealed, for our festival day; for it is a law for Israel, a ruling of the God of Yaakov.” (Tehillim 81:4) Chazal comment on this pasuk, “Which is the festival on which the moon is concealed?...

The Redemption Of Sin

The time is late; less than two weeks to Rosh Hashanna and many of us are trying to fix our ways and prepare for the important festivals that lie ahead of us. After much painful introspection one is perhaps left with the question, why does G-d allow evil to exist? Why...

The Shofar and The Force of Habit

Rav Sam Thurgood Former Rosh Kollel, Cape Town Kollel   The Shofar And The Force Of Habit   The Rambam famously said, regarding Shofar blowing, in Hilchot Teshuva 3:4 Even though the sounding of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah is a decree, it contains an...