The Akeida – Our Akeida

I want speak, today, about the העקידה. Not just about עקידת יצחק. I want speak about our עקידה. The meaning of the word עקידה is “to put the sacrifice on the altar (מזבח)” . But, since עקידת יצחק, the word עקידה become a notion. Idea. And I want speak about this...

Is There a Need to Repent on Rosh Hashanah?

Rav Baruch Plaskow Rosh Kollel, Montreal Kollel, 2004   Is There a Need to Repent on Rosh Hashanah?   There appears to be a certain requirement to repent on Rosh Hashana. The Rambam states explicitly that the message behind the blowing the Shofar is to...

Back To The Future

Life is accompanied by a constant flow of decisions and choices that determine a person’s path as he makes his way through life. Who among us has never entertained the thought of what would have happened had he chosen a different direction? Thoughts concerning...

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...

“Of David: God is My Light and My Salvation”

Rav Yossi Slotnik Former Rosh Kollel, Cape Town Kollel, 2005 In Vayikra Rabba (beginning of parsha 21), our Sages discuss various possible interpretations of this chapter of Tehillim (chapter 27). The structure of the first part of the chapter is fairly...

Women’s Obligation for Shofar Blowing

“Any time dependent positive mitzvah – men are obligated and women are exempt. And any positive mitzvah that is not time dependent – men and women are both obligated. And any negative mitzvah – whether time dependent or not – men and women are...

Rosh Hashanah – A Day Of Remembrance, A Day Of Joy

Rosh Hashanah appears in the Torah twice: Vayikra 23:24- “On the seventh month, on the first of the month, you shall observe a day of rest, a zichron teru’a [‘a remembrance of sounding the shofar’], a sacred occasion” Bamidbar 29:1 – “you shall observe a day of...

A Rosh Hashana SMS

The Rama (Shulchan Aruch Chap. 582) rules: “On the night of Rosh Hashana, everyone should go around to wish their fellow-Jew “May you be inscribed for a Good Year’. As explained by Rav Kook, this calling points out one of the main themes of Rosh Hashana: Unity and...

Laws For Those Listening To The Sounding Of The Shofar

Essential Laws For Those Listening To The Sounding Of The Shofar (based on the Mishna Brura) One should have intent to fulfill the obligation during the preceding Brachot and during the sounding of the Shofar. One should listen carefully to each word of the Brachot...

Is There a Need to Repent on Rosh Hashanah?

There appears to be a certain requirement to repent on Rosh Hashana. The Rambam states explicitly that the message behind the blowing the Shofar is to awaken us to repent. For this reason, there is a universal custom to perform extra acts of loving kindness during the...