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Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana - Don’t be Cheap…. Put in the Quarter!

You are driving around in circles looking for a parking spot when you finally see one right in front of the grocery store you need to go to. You speed up to the spot assuring that no one else...

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In Hashem's Embrace

As thought by Rav Pincus... Throughout the month of Elul and the holy days of Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, and Succot, we go through many changes. It's a time of introspection and growth. What...

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The Yamim Noraim in America – Keeping Cool in Shul

By RC   Imagine your rabbi being unceremoniously expelled from shul (Synagogue) on Yom Kippur.  Imagine a fistfight on the bimah on Rosh Hashanah morning that results in police...

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Mussar for the New Year

By Gavriel Gavrielov   At this time of the year, many Jews accept the spirit of the High Holidays with some higher level of significance. Some of us look at the fact that our entire year...

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A Diamond with a Flaw

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier     As we approach the Yomim Noraim (High Holy Days), one of the great obstacles to tshuvah (repentance) is a sense of dread. "I don't want to...

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A New Leaf

By Osnat Y.   There is something intrinsically amusing about starting a new job, getting a new car, buying a new house, buying a new outfit or even starting a new year. The concept of...

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Texting Hashem

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.     One morning at shacharis (morning prayers), a man had his talis and teffilin out, but instead of putting them on, he was texting a...

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Hello, This is My Funeral

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier   Imagine that you find yourself in a large, nicely carpeted room. There are dark drapes on the wall. The lights are muted; the mood is somber. In the front, on...

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New Year’s Resolution

By Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky    On one eve of Yom Kippur, I was on my way to the Mikva when a neighbor hailed me for a ride. I always try to give rides whenever I can, but of course Erev...

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Rosh HaShanah – Issues of the Day

By R' Ben Tzion Shafier(Rosh Hashanah 32b) - "Rebbe Abahu taught: The Molochim asked HASHEM, "Why is it that the Jewish nation doesn't sing Hallel on Rosh Hashanah and Yom...

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Avinu Malkeinu

By Rabbi Label Lam  "Avinu Malkeinu"- Our Father, our King - be gracious with us and answer us; though we have no worthy deeds, treat us with charity and kindliness and save us!...

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Those are the Questions?

By Rabbi Label Lam  1 - Did you do business honestly? 2 - Did you fix times for Torah? 3 - Were you involved with being fruitful and multiplying? 4 - Were you anxiously anticipating the...

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Winning Hashem’s Protection

September 22, 2011  By Rabbi Moshe Meir WeissThis Motzoei Shabbos, will you say Selichos at one a.m.?  Or will you say it early in the morning?  Will you say Selichos at a quick...

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One Long Day

By Rabbi Label LamThe end of a matter is better from its beginning... (Kohelet 7:8) A great deal of preparation goes into planning and getting ready for the days of Rosh Hashana. Why are so...

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Watch Out!

By Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser    When we begin to sound the shofar on Rosh Hashana, the intent is to arouse us to do teshuvah (repentance). That is the nature of the shofar. A question...

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How to Repent

By Rabbi Moshe Meir WeissThe Talmud teaches us that this world was created with the letter ה ‘Hei.' The Talmud explains that the ‘Hei' is open at the bottom to signify that if...

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Why is Rosh Hashana before Yom Kippur?

By Rabbi Label Lam You are standing today, all of you, before HASHEM, your G-d. (Devarim 29:9)Two quick questions: 1) Why does Rosh Hashana precede Yom Kippur? Wouldn't it be a more merciful...

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Elul - It’s a Nice Soft Suicide…

By Rabbi Label Lam  During this month of Elul, it’s hard to miss the sound of that raspy sounding Shofar. In the past we’ve discussed, “What’s the Shofar saying?"...

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Everything Depends on Our Teshuvah

By Rabbi Label Lam   What is the message of the raspy pleading tone of the Shofar? It’s not quite music! It does not qualify as poetry! Is it just some grandiose auditory...

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Thoughts on Rosh Hashana

By Shmuel Gluck     The Gemoro tells the story of R. Eliezer ben Dardoee, who spent his entire life traveling from country to country, chasing Aveiros, and how he finally achieved...

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Rosh Hashanah -Parsha Growth Spurts

By Rabbi Dani Staum “Hashem, our G-d, gave us this day of remembrance, a day of Shofar blowing… a remembrance of Yetzias Mitzrayim” (Kiddush - Lail Rosh Hashana) What is the...

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Rosh Hashanah -“RABBI’S MUSINGS (& AMUSINGS)”

By Rabbi Dani Staum It’s always special to make a simcha, especially in our community. The bell hardly stops ringing as friends and family stop by full of smiles and heartfelt warm wishes...

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Yom Kippur- A Diamond with a Flaw

By Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier    “You shall place both stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod, remembrance stones for the Children of Israel. Aaron shall carry their names before...

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Some Thoughts As We Approach Rosh Hashana

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck   There are several stages from Rosh Chodesh Elul until the end of Yom Kippur. The first stage is Elul, when people are supposed to begin thinking of Teshuva. Thoughts...

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