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Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Sholom B. Wineberg

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There is a difference of opinion in the GemaraShevuos 13a. as to how atonement is achieved on Yom Kippur. The majority of the Sages are of the opinion that “Yom Kippur atones only for those who repent”; Rebbe (Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi) maintains that atonemen...
The majority of the verses of Parshas Haazinu — six of the seven sections — is taken up with Moshe’s Song, known as the Song of Haazinu.Rambam, Hilchos Sefer Torah 7:10, ch. 8 (under the heading, Sefer Eileh HaDevarim); Hilchos Temidin U’Musafin 6:9. The ...
The Torah portion Haazinu begins with Moshe saying:Devarim 32:1. “Listen heaven and I will speak; hear earth the words of my mouth.” The Sifri notesBeginning of Haazinu. that concerning heaven, Moshe used an expression denoting closeness, haazinu, while r...
The Shabbos between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is often called Shabbos Teshuvah, the “Shabbos of Repentance,” since it is the Shabbos that falls within Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the Ten Days of Repentance, that begin with Rosh HaShanah and conclude with Yo...
The verseYeshayahu 55:6. “Seek G‑d when He is readily to be found; call on Him when He is near,” is interpreted by the SagesRosh HaShanah 18b. to refer to the “ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur,” commonly known as Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the Te...
The Rambam statesHilchos Teshuvah 2:6. that although teshuvah, repentance, is always efficacious, it is even more so during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, the ten-day period of repentance that begins with Rosh HaShanah and concludes with Yom Kippur. For the v...
During our Rosh HaShanah prayers we make no mention of the fact that Rosh HaShanah is also Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new month of Tishrei. The Alter Rebbe states that one of the reasons for this is, “in order to confound Satan, so that he will no...
In commenting on the verse, “Seek the L‑rd while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near,”Yeshayahu 55:6. our Rabbis note:Rosh HaShanah 18a. “These are the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.” These days are commonly referred to as the ...
Without a doubt, the highlight of Rosh HaShanah — termed by our Sages, “the mitzvah of the day” — is sounding and hearing the blasts of the shofar.Mishnah, Rosh HaShanah 26b. The Baal Shem Tov offers a parableQuoted in Hemshech VeKachah 5637, ch. 70. in w...
The Torah portion of Nitzavim is always read on the Shabbos before Rosh HaShanah.See Likkutei Torah, Devarim, p. 44a. The reason for this is that every Shabbos is related to and encompasses the days of the coming week. Thus the phrase “You stand ‘today......
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