by Joel Rich
An old question of mine but I’ll try again. Why is the minhag haolam (common practice) to ask for mechilla (forgiveness) during asseret ymai tshuva (10 days of repentance) rather than before Rosh Hashana (when the initial judgment is written down)?
Dream, Dream, Dream (HT – The Everly Brothers). Chazal seem to have mixed feelings about dreams but clearly there was a strong belief in some dream interpretation. Does this still exist within orthodoxy? Any current experts/publications in this area?
- Rabbi Asher Weiss-Bein Adam L’Chaveiro
Words of chizuk for the yamim noraim to gap year students – focus on tshuva, tfila, tzedaka and be maavir al midotav (don’t demand all that’s “due” you). Pray with desperation (and feel it)! [Kach mkublani mbeit avi abba]
- Rabbi Eliakim Koenigsberg-Halacha Topics – הלכות תקיעת שופר
Detailed analysis of shofar blowing: what is a kol? How many do we blow? When and why? What is the relation of the shofar to the brachot in prayer.
- Rabbi Larry Rothwachs-People Hearing Without Listening: Discerning The Shofar’s Many Messages
The shofar has a number of powerful messages discussed herein.
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J Schacter-Kapparah on Yom Kippur and the Significance of Bein Adam Lachaveiro
If one doesn’t make good with his fellow man, then he can’t be good with HKBH. Teshuva is a chesed HKBH grants us, he mimics our granting mechila.
- Mrs. Emma Katz-Does G-d Owe us Anything? Lessons from Chana on Maximizing our Rosh Hashana
Chana demonstrated emotional and spiritual intelligence. Here’s how we can do the same.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Torah of HaRav Amital for Rosh Hashana: Pure and Primitive Voices of Tefillah; Submerging Identity : Accepting Human Weakness
Yamim noraim themes including listen to your pure inner voice, lose yourself in the community and accept your humanity (rely on your broken heart, not your righteousness)
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-From The Rabbi’s Desk – Forced Mechilah
Is forced forgiveness [mechila] effective? Case study of Reuvain who won’t sign off on a settlement unless Shimon includes a statement of mechila in this world and the next and Shimon doesn’t think Reuvain was right. Think about the purpose of mechila – part of it is the asking’s impact on the requestor. There are no shortcuts
- Rabbi Aryeh Leibowitz-The Masorah: Part 3 – The Early Taanaim I
The tannaim discussed herein lived at the time of the churban (destruction) of bayit sheni. There was a decentralization of the transmission of the mesorah through individual tanaim even though the sanhedrin continued. The first period discussed centered on the central area of the country, later they moved north. Discussion of individual tanaim.
- Rabbi Moshe Taragin-שיעור יומי ב”ב פ”א #16 בענין בר מצרא ודין ועשית הישר והטוב
Analysis of talmudic give and take concerning bar metzra (neighbor gets the right of first refusal on the property). Technical analysis of the exact nature of this “right” and its grounding in doing the right thing.
- Dovid Lichtenstein,Rabbi Mordechai Becher-9/28/19 – Show 239 – Preparing for the best year of your life
Yud Gimmel Middos: How does it work? Is it magic? What do they mean? A fascinating new understanding
An in depth discussion of the 13 middot.
- Mrs. Sally Mayer-Is Teshuva only for Sinners?
R’Aharon Lichtenstein on overarching teshuva not overcoming a specific sin but rather hesach hadaat (general disengagement from HKBH). The antidote is to bring HKBH into our daily lives.
- Rabbi Menachem Genack-Synthetic Meat and the Mitzva of Vidui
R’Genack reviews some of the basics of the halachic analysis of stem cell grown meat. The aggadic sources speak to the issue of lack of precedent for many contemporary halachic issues. Interesting factoid – 40% of shechita results in glatt!!
Interesting additional topic – can vidui (confession) of teshuva be accomplished by shomea k’oneh (listening actively to another’s statement)?
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Daniel Chapter 1
Ongoing series on Sefer Daniel. Here discussion of Nebuchadnezzar’s program of bringing young, talented folks from conquered nations to his capitol. Daniel (and Esther and Yosef) became paradigms of Jews in power in foreign lands. Chazal read into them the messages that were important for Chazal’s (and future?) times.
- Rabbi Tanchum Cohen-The Double Story of Tzom Gedalya, and Many Practical Lessons for Today
Detailed history of tzom gedalia and the messages we should learn including kavdeihu v‘chashdeihu [be concerned about “lashon hara” rumors] and don’t let an attitude of “magia li” [it’s coming to me] blind you to the possible wide ranging impact of your actions.
- Rabbi Jonathan Ziring-Tzedaka: Based on Geography or Social Ties/Identification?
Historically your community was defined by geography, now it’s also defined by social media and ideology. So how do you define ircha (your city) if you believe chazal meant ircha as a definition of community when giving its residents preference for charity? Not easily – perhaps it means some combination of connection (TBD) and geography.
- Rabbi Uri Orlian-Hachana LaYom HaDin
Each of us has a unique role in HKBH’s army. We may be seemingly insignificant but HKBH sees each of us and cares about us.
- Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz-Ten Minute Halacha – The Shaliach Tzibur Misses HaMelech Hakadosh
Does the shatz have to go back if he misses hamelech hakadosh? It’s a machloket.
- Rabbi Yisroel Kaminetsky-The Thought of Rav Soloveitchik on VaYeliech
All the Jewish people have a share in Torah – both intellectually and emotionally. There are a number of facets in learning.
- Rabbi Shaul Robinson-WHO WILL LIVE AND WHO WILL DIE? Rambam and Rav Kook on what really gets decided on Rosh Hashanah.
Confession is a way to identify your inner truth; it should be transformative.
- Rabbi Michael Bleicher-Elizabeth Kinnus Teshuvah 5780 Pt. 1
(1) Be dan l’kaf zchut (give the benefit of the doubt) and HKBH will do the same for you (2) A beinoni (in the middle) means someone who is not committed (may be on autopilot) (3) HKB”H never gives up on us, even on reshaim (evil doers).
- Rabbi Dr. Jacob J Schacter-Sefer Yonah, Teshiva and Yom Kippur
Why do we read yonah on yom kippur? (Teshuva and you can’t run from HKBH). Why did he run? (he didn’t understand teshuva).
- Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff-The Lomdus Of Why One Can Not Wear Leather on Yom Kippur
Is not wearing leather “shoes” on yom kippur a torah or rabbinic prohibition? Is the issue the form (shoe) or the material (leather)? How does this apply for crocs and other foot related items?
- Rabbi Efrem Goldberg ,Rabbi Jonathan Riett-10/5/19 – Show 240 – Today’s Teshuvah is different than past generations: Find out how
We all struggle with teshuva. Be mindful and realize you can only work on the present and don’t beat yourself up too much.
Your kids are faced with unprecedented challenges; be a good role model and help them to be resilient.
Thoughts on cultivating yirat shamayim and ahavat hashem.
- Rabbi Michael Rosensweig-Inyanei Yom HaKippurim
The “ish iti” (person who took the seir[scape goat] to the wilderness) is both the foil and the shliach of the kohain gadol. We can see the interconnectedness of the avodah, issur mlacha and inuy through halachot related to them.
- Rabbi Mordechai Becher-Teshuvos on Teshuva, Responsa on Repentance
What’s the status of a mumar l’avodat zarah(Jew who worships idol) in terms of tshuva? Should one fast as part of teshuva? Is it appropriate to daven for someone to do teshuva?
- Rabbi Jeremy Wieder-The Importance of Peshara During the Yimei HaDin
How does pshara (often translated as compromise) differ from din (justice)? Perhaps it’s din-lite meaning you can take other inputs (e.g. moral claim) into account. It may be related to lfnim mshurat hadin[beyond the letter of the law].
- Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank-Adjusting a Sukkah Tarp on Yom Tov
Can you dump the water off your sukkah tarp cover on yom tov or is that zorea (grass will grow better)? Issues include: “Would it help?” (HT-Bridge of spies), grama, psik reisha, eino mitkavein et al. Tarp may involve other issue not discussed here.
- Rabbi Dr. Yosef Bronstein-Sukkot and Entering the Land: From the Great Revolt Through the Vilna Gaon
The lulav and etrog may have been used as signs of military victory and/or of eretz yisrael. The gra (and his talmidim) were big zionists and saw yishuv eretz yisrael as “taaseh vlo min haazui” (i.e. needing our active involvement.)
- Rabbi Baruch Simon-The Unique Characteristics of the Days Between Yom Kippur and Succos
The four days between yom kippur and sukkot are a continuing period of forgiveness (chatam sofer). The avnei nezer has some interesting thoughts on when to build the sukkah when there’s an intervening shabbat between yom kippur and sukkot.
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