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Why Do We Blow Shofar?

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.

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The store was a rather expensive one. Furthermore, the mark-up in the clothing industry is usually about 100 percent.

Why Be Jewish

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?

Offering A Gift

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.

TORAH SHORTS: Ingredients of Jewish Leadership

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.

Two Cheers for Paternalism

Rabbi Aryeh Klapper on parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

Ingredients of Jewish Leadership – 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.

The Old Foolish King

Why are you running so fast and why are all these people following you?

An Unforgettable Experience Of Unity And Prayer

“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"

Q & A: Praying In Other Languages (Part XIII)

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

The Mitzvah To Be Happy

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.

Daf Yomi

Global Shabbos – Everywhere Simultaneously Departing After Shabbos, Arriving On Shabbos (Sanhedrin 58b)

Jewish Criminal Law And The Accused

From the violator’s perspective, the prospect of death at the Hand of God may seem as dim as a cloudy star.

Lost In The Rescue

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?

Diversity

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.

The Significance Of The Shofar

One of the fundamental aspects of Rosh Hashanah is malchus – accepting Hashem as our king; the one and only king.

Sharing the Fruit

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.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Ki Tavo: Moshe’s Speech to Jews Living Today

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.

The Art of Charity

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.

Rising Above Aggravation

Rebbetzin Jungreis, a”h, sharing a memory of international intrigue, delays challenges, and ultimately, a magnificent and inspiring Shabbat.

PARSHAS KI SEITZEI

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."

Prime Time Prayer

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

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