Laws of Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah: The Zohar emphasizes the importance of providing the poor with holiday meals—a tzedakah which is especially important on Erev Rosh Hashanah, for it is written in Nechemiah (8:10): He said to them, “Go eat rich foods and drink sweet beverages, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, for today is… Continue reading Laws of Rosh Hashanah

Kiddush Hashem

The Torah was given to sanctify the name of G-d. Chazal placed great emphasis on the obligation to sanctify the name of G-d and on the severity of the punishment for the sin of profaning the name of G-d. “Neither teshuva nor Yom Kippur nor suffering can atone for a person who has profaned the… Continue reading Kiddush Hashem

Prayer and Learning Torah: Each in Its Own Time (Part II)

A person who has already davened and has remained in the synagogue in order to answer kadishim, etc., is permitted to learn while the community is saying the Shemoneh Esrai or reciting the Shma. He need not concern himself with the possibility that unlearned members of the congregation will learn from him to disregard the… Continue reading Prayer and Learning Torah: Each in Its Own Time (Part II)