Yom Kippur – The Power of Neilah

Download as Word The culmination of Yom Kippur is the Tefilah of Neilah, the final closing of the gates. However there seems to be a fundamental difference between Neilah and all other Tefilos. All of the other Tefilos have their source in either the Avos and/or Korbanos. As the Gemarra in Berachos teaches[1], Shacharis, Mincha,…

Shabbos Teshuva

Download as Word This Shabbos is Shabbos Shuva, or as the Sfas Emes calls it – Shabbos Teshuva. The Sfas Emes has a special approach to what is the goal of this Shabbos, and I would like to present it here. The following is a presentation of the Sfas Emes on Shabbos Teshuva 5653. The…

Rosh HaShana – The Memory of the Shofar

Download as Word Rosh HaShanah is the day of the creation of man. This is according to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer that the world was created in Tishrei[1]. And that is how we daven, “Today is the day of the birth of the world”. Therefore, every Rosh HaShana is a repeat of what took…

Parshas Ki Tavo – To Toil in Torah

Download as Word At the end of this week’s Parsha, Moshe regathers the people. In those Pesukim [1]Moshe says, “And HaShem did not give you a heart to understand, eyes to see, ears to hear, until this day.” What is special about that day? Rashi gives two answers. The first[2] is that it is referring…