The Thoughts of our Heart
"And for the sin that we committed before You in our heart's
thoughts" (behirhur haleiv).
Never Remove Your Love from Us!
by A. Gefen
Yeshivas Chevron, on the first night of Rosh Hashonoh 5690
[75 years ago, just over a month after the great pogrom in
A New Year, A New Direction
The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvoh 3:4), when explaining
about the mitzvah of Shofar writes, "Even though the sounding
of the shofar on Rosh Hashonoh is a decree of the Torah,
there is remez in it, that it means to say [that is,
that the blast of the shofar is intended to] arouse sleepers
from their slumber and to awaken those who are in a stupor
from their unconsciousness. They should examine their deeds,
repent and remember their Creator . . . "
by Morenu veRabbeinu HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg,
"He Accepted the Prayer of the Juniper" -- Thoughts on
We find in Yalkut Shimoni an insight on the verse, "He
accepted the prayer of the juniper and did not despise their
prayer" (Tehillim 102:18). Chazal wrote: Said R'
Yitzchok: "This applies to coming generations which would not
have prophets or kohanim-leaders or a Beis
Hamikdosh to atone for them.
by HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon
Comfort on the Tablets of Our Hearts
As we read the seven haftorahs of comfort that lead
up to the Yomim Noraim, these insights into the true
meaning of true comfort should prove very valuable.
by Rabbi Mordecai Plaut based on a shiur of a
rosh yeshiva in Yerushalayim
Crossroads: Preparing Ourselves on Erev Rosh
by Rabbi Daniel Travis
Lengthy Selichos accompanied by fasting make erev
Rosh Hashonoh a day of teshuvoh. So too, as Yom
Kippur enters, everyone's mind is set on the upcoming day's
avodoh: repentance. As part of this teshuvoh
process, hatoras nedorim is performed both on erev
Rosh Hashonoh and on erev Yom Kippur (in Kol
by E. Rauchberger
Finally the Likud rebels have something to smile about.
Unlike what took place after the vote among party members
when Sharon disregarded the outcome of the referendum,
pushing his Gaza disengagement plan through heedless of his
party's wrath, the matter of bringing the Labor Party into
the coalition appears to be somewhat different.
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