Blowing the Shofar

Blowing the Shofar

Rabbi Vered Hillel shares videos demonstrating various aspects of the shofar blasts we blow on Rosh Hashanah. This is my favorite video because not only is the cantor blowing the shofar very well, but it includes all 100 blasts of the shofar as they are in the Rosh...
Rosh HaShana and Yom Teruah

Rosh HaShana and Yom Teruah

Rosh HaShana, Jewish New Year, is celebrated on the biblical festival of Yom Teruah, the Blowing of the Shofar, which takes place on the first day of the seventh month [1], Tishri (Leviticus 23:23–25; Numbers 26:1–6). Since at least the Second Temple period (500 BCE...
“This Rosh Hashanah Day of Old”

“This Rosh Hashanah Day of Old”

The rhythm of the past rings true In rote fashion the days of awe Return to haunt the pious Jew Whose deeds have markedly broken the law. The trumpet sounds the coming time That reminds the world of God’s display When in the judgment day a sign To all who have chosen...
Entering the Days of Awe

Entering the Days of Awe

We are about to enter the Days of Awe, beginning with Rosh Hashana and ending as the tones of the shofar mark the conclusion of Yom Kippur. This is a time of introspection as we evaluate our thoughts, actions, and attitudes in an attempt to ensure that all is right...
Dr. Rich’s Rules for Great Relationships, pt. 3

Dr. Rich’s Rules for Great Relationships, pt. 3

This is the third article in a series. To start from the beginning, click here. Part 3: Jewish Wisdom for Building Little Messianic Jewish Lives Years ago, I would occasionally be asked by members of our synagogue, “So, when are you going to write your book...
On Nusachim

On Nusachim

In my havurah, when we recite אהבה רבה אהבתנו ה׳ אלהינו, (“Lord our God, You have loved is with a great love”), our cantor adds words that are not in our siddur. The reason for this is primarily because there are different nusachim (singular: nusach)...

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