Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, zt”l, explains that the teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah is different from that of Yom Kippur and that of the mitzvah of teshuvah in general.
The store was a rather expensive one. Furthermore, the mark-up in the clothing industry is usually about 100 percent.
The sages believed with great force that an agreement must be free to be binding. Yet we did not agree to be Jews. We were, most of us, born Jews. We were not there in Moses’ day when the agreement was made. We did not yet exist. How then can we be bound by the covenant?
We stand in the final moments of 5777, prepared to transition to 5778, perfect moments to offer our gift to God, honoring all we have gained over the past year, and how we intend to apply that growth in the future, using the coming year to grow in ways yet unimaginable to us.
The ideal Jewish leadership is predicated on a steadfast commitment to the Torah and a resolute determination to enact the principles of the Torah in our lives.
Rabbi Aryeh Klapper on parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech
The Torah reveals to us, the good, the bad and the ugly of those who seek power and those who ultimately wield power.
Why are you running so fast and why are all these people following you?
“Mama Rachel,” I whispered. “Behold your children. Millennia have passed since you left this world and during those thousands of years we, your children, have been cast to the four corners of the world. But despite it all, we, your children never forgot you"
Question: When reciting a berachah in English, does a person fulfill his obligation if he says “Hashem” instead of “L-rd” or “G-d”? Yosef
How can the Torah command me to be happy? Being happy isn’t an emotion we can turn on and off like a light switch.
Global Shabbos – Everywhere Simultaneously Departing After Shabbos, Arriving On Shabbos (Sanhedrin 58b)
From the violator’s perspective, the prospect of death at the Hand of God may seem as dim as a cloudy star.
I jumped into the water to save someone's life and my cell phone got ruined, he said. Is the man liable for the ruined phone?
We swam in the pool, played ball, barbequed, and played music but one thing that was different was the little store we had always remained closed on Shabbos.
One of the fundamental aspects of Rosh Hashanah is malchus – accepting Hashem as our king; the one and only king.
We glorify God, not in numbers, but in expansiveness. We too, are bringing our First Fruits when we're not busy battling each other over what is ours or who speaks the truth. Our Bikkurim begin with affording room for people to explore and grow.
Moshe saw all the Jews as one whole, it was the ones in front of him who served as the representatives for all those who had lived and would live in the future.
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
Shema Yisroel, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echod.
Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, sharing a memory of international intrigue, delays challenges, and ultimately, a magnificent and inspiring Shabbat.
When a person sins, he is not planning ahead for his ultimate future. This is behaving like an animal. As such, a sinner is demoted from "Adam" to "Biheimah." But, when a person decides to do Teshuvah (repent), he is thinking ahead. Once again, he regains his title of "Adam."
On that Yom Kippur, the shattered pieces of God’s faith in the Jews were restored and the twin tablets of their eternal relationship renewed