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Hannah: (a) (10th century BCE) A prophetess, wife of Elkanah. After years of childlessness she prayed for a son, vowing to devote him to G-d’s service. She subsequently gave birth to Samuel in 931 BCE. She is famous for the song of praise she composed after this event. (b) A common Jewish name.
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It was precisely the inconceivably audacious nature of Hannah’s prayer that placed it at the center of the Jewish definition of prayer.
For the first day of Rosh Hashana, from the teachings of the Rebbe
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we read the haftorah about Chana, a barren woman who was blessed with a son, our prophet Samuel. There are several reasons why this haftorah is read on Rosh Hashanah. The first is because of its similarity to the Torah r...
For an informed reading of I Samuel 1:1–2:10
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah has several names and themes. One of them is Yom Hazikaron, “the day of remembrance.”
An in-depth look at Chanah
Chanah the prophetess revealed many of the basic laws of prayer and the inner dimension of prayer. She also taught us how to relate to our Creator from an entirely feminine perspective. To view G‑d not only as our king and sovereign, but also as a parent ...
Could we be pregnant with our barrenness? What brings us to gestate barrenness? Does barrenness give birth to something, does it abort? What part of us is it really, and how do we nurture it and why?
This, then, is the secret of prayer: The entire world may be ripping apart at the seams, but the beseecher’s heart and mouth are at peace as one. And then that peace spreads outward into all things.
How are we to reconcile the loftiness of Rosh Hashanah with the mundane subject of a significant part of its prayers? Chanah's prayer offers the response to this profound question.
The Torah readings for both days of the holiday, as well as both Haftorahs, share the same theme -- children: the great blessing of having children, the importance of educating them properly, and our commitment to their welfare.
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