Yom Kippur – The Teshuva of the Klal

Download as Word One of the hallmarks of the entire Yomim Noraim period, from the beginning of Selichos till Neilah, is the recitation B’Tzibur of the Thirteen Midos. Neilah actually ends with public recitation the Midos time after time as we beseech HaShem for mercy as the awesome day draws to a close. One of…

Parshas Ha’azinu – BaRuch Shem

Download as Word The week from after Rosh HaShanah till Yom Kippur will be bookended by the phrase BaRuch Shem Kavod Malchuso L’Olam V’Ed. Yom Kippur is unique in that is the one time a year we say it not in an undertone, but out loud as a Tzibur. But the beginning of the week…

Rosh HaShanah – The Talis of HaShem

Download as Word There is something unusual about the Jewish calendar. The original Rosh HaShana, when Adam was created, was on a Friday. But when Chazal instituted a fixed calendar, we say that Rosh HaShanah can never come out on a Friday[1]. This is in order that we do not have Shabbos followed by Yom…

Parshas Nitzavim – The Matzevah

Download as Word In Parshas Nitzavim, which is always read before Rosh Hashanah[1], Rashi is bothered by the meaning of the first words of the Parsha. What exactly does it mean “You are standing before HaShem”? He teaches us a number of explanations, and later in the Parsha, Rashi returns to explain this[2], and brings…

Parshas Ki Tavo – Let the Curses of the Year End

Download as Word In the Gemarra in Megilah[1] this week’s Parsha has a unique designation “The Curses of Mishnah Torah”. This is in contrast to Parshas Bechukosai which is called the “The Curses of Torat Cohanim”. There are three Halachos that are relevant to the various curses. They are read as unit; one does not…

Parshas Ki Teteze – The Tzara’as of Miriam

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha we return to an incident at the end of Parshas B’Haoloscha. We are commanded to be careful of the Halachos of Tzora’as, and mind the decisions of the Cohanim[1]. We are then commanded to remember the incident of Miriam, as a reminder to not speak Lashon Hara. What…