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...

A Moment Before Rosh Hashanah

Very soon yet another year is done; We approach the final moment of the year, Twilight of the final day, the final night. In the twilight between one year and another – One picture after another, one vision after another, From the entire year that has passed....

Inscribe Us in the Book of Redemption and Salvation

When I was very young my teacher explained to me that on Rosh Ha’Shana, Hashem has three books open on his desk: one for Tzadikim who will live; One for Rashlanim who will be sick or die; and one for those who Hashem can’t decide where to write. Then, on Yom Kippur, I...