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Judgment on Rosh Hashanah

Judgment on Rosh Hashanah


There are two distinctions between the judgement on Rosh Hashanah and the judgement of a person in the afterlife:

1) The soul is judged after death, and the body is judged on Rosh Hashanah.

2) After death it is impossible to repent (and this is one of the worst punishments, when a soul comes to the World of Truth and wants to repent but cannot). In the judgement of Rosh Hashanah, however, repentance is effective, and G‑d’s hand is extended to accept penitents.

Sefer Hama’amarim Kuntreisim vol 1, p. 71

Excerpted from Days Of Awe, Days Of Joy. Published and Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY 11213
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Yehuda Shurpin for September 7, 2010

Re: GMunk The question of why Rosh Hashanah cannot fall out on Friday even though the first Rosh Hashanah, i.e., man's creation, was on a Friday, is addressed in the following article: Why can't Yom Kippur ever begin on a Saturday night? Reply

gmunk st louis, MO September 5, 2010

Rosh Hashana If man was created on Friday and Rosh Hashana aligns with man's creation why cannot Rosh Hashana fall on Friday? Reply

Yehuda Shurpin for September 23, 2009

to Anonymous There is significance to passing away as one enters the Sabbath. Read: Is there any significance to passing away on Friday? This significance is further magnified in your friend's case, as Rosh Hashanah itself commemorates the first Friday when Adam was created, as discussed in the article. Reply

Anonymous Scottsdale, AZ September 21, 2009

death A friend of mine died last Friday night, Sept. 18th, 2009 (the first night of Rosh Hashanah and the start of shabbot). Is there any significance to the time or timing of his death? Reply

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