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Rosh Ha-shana Journal

Rashei and Rabbanei HaYeshiva
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In memory of Batya Furst z"l
Niftera 28 Elul 5765. 
Dedicated by her family.


“The Shofar Is Considered Service in the Holy of Holies,” by Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l


Tractate Rosh Hashana – Problems and Solutions, by Rav Yehuda Shaviv zt”l


Akedat Yitzchak – The Double Test, by Rav Amnon Bazak


The Season of Repentance

HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  A Treasury of Humility
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  "Righteousness is Yours, O Lord, While Shame is Ours"
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  Individual Repentance and National Repair
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  "Purify our Hearts to Serve You in Truth"
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  The Lessons of Selichot
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  How Can We Speak and How Can We Justify Ourselves?
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l  "Needy and Destitute, We Knock at Your Door"
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l For the Sin of Neglect
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Changing Paths - Not Just Deeds
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein To Err is Human: The Human Element in Teshuva
Harav Yaakov Medan The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer
Rav Avi Baumol Faith in the "Land of Life"
Rav Amnon Bazak Le-David Hashem Ori Ve-Yish’i
Rav Tamir Granot Kingship and Remembrance in the Seventh Month
Rav Yonatan Grossman Israel's Return and God's Return
Rav Alex Israel Teshuva: Two Dimensions of Return
Rav Elchanan Samet The "Lord is My Light and My Salvation" - Psalm 27
Rav Zvi Shimon "It is Very Near to You" - The Path of Return

The Meaning of Rosh Ha-shana

HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Let Us Enter Your Gates
Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l Studies in the Akeda
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l “I Will Be Exalted Among the Nations”
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l “Remember Us with Favor”
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l

 The Akeida's Lesson for Penitents

HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l

So That Their Memory be Invoked Before "Me"

HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l

Hope and Despair in the Akeida

Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

The Day of Remembrance

HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein

The Nature of Prayer on Rosh Ha-shana, Fast Days and Times of War

HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein

"For I am a Father to Israel, and Efrayim is My Firstborn"

HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Chana's Distress and Remembrance: The Haftara of the First Day of Rosh Hashana

HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein Shabbat Shuva
HaRav Baruch Gigi

Chana's Prayer and Rosh HaShana

HaRav Yaakov Medan

The Themes of Malkhuyot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot

Rav Amnon Bazak

From a Day of Joy to a Day of Judgment

Rav Mordechai Breuer

Four Beginnings to the Year

Rav Amichai Gordin Why Does the Year Begin in the Seventh Month?
Rav David Brofsky

Fear and Joy: The Experience of Rosh Ha-shana

Rav Yair Kahn

Rosh Ha-shana - The Jewish Celebration of a Cosmic Event

Rav Asher Meir

Rosh Ha-shana: Fast or Feast

Rav Asher Meir

The Winter of our Discontent

Rav Asher Meir

Tashlich - The Complement of Shofar

Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon

The Musaf Prayer of Rosh Ha-shana

The Meaning of the Shofar

HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l A Wordless Blast
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l The Cry of the Heart
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l "Your Love is Better than Wine": The Meaning of the Decree against Blowing Shofar on Shabbat
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l The Simple Sound of Truth
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l The Sound of a Silent Shofar - the Problem of Rosh Ha-shana which Falls on Shabbat
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Human Dimension of the Shofar
Rav Alex Israel Shofar-Facing Uncertainty
Rav Menachem Leibtag Rosh Ha-shana: Yom Truah - Zichron Truah
Rav Moshe Taragin Animal or Art: The Symbolism of Shofar
Rav Moshe Taragin The Impact of Shofar upon Prayer
Rav Daniel Wolf Shofar as a Form of Prayer


HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l Eating Before Tekiyot
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer
Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l Adding "Ha-melekh Ha-kadosh"  and "Ha-melekh Ha-mishpat"
Rav David Brofsky The Laws of the Shofar
Rav David Brofsky When Do We Blow the Shofar and Why?
Rav David Brofsky Physical Characteristics of the Shofar
Rav David Brofsky The Mitzva of Shofar Blowing: Its Reason and Nature
HaRav Baruch Gigi Holiness and Kingship
Rav Yair Kahn The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer
Rav Yair Kahn Changes in Prayer During the Ten Days of Repentance
Rav Shlomo Levi Prozbul
Rav Avraham Marcus Rosh Ha-shana on Shabbat
Rav Doniel Schreiber Defining the Mitzva of Shofar: To Blow or to Hear?
Rav Doniel Schreiber Defining the Mitzva of Shofar: How Many Sounds Must We Hear?
Rav Moshe Taragin A Shofar with a "Blemish"
Rav Moshe Taragin A Shofar with a Hole
Rav Moshe Taragin Why is a Cracked Shofar Disqualified?
Rav Moshe Taragin Decorating the Shofar
Rav Moshe Taragin The Halakhic Definition of the Mitzva of Shofar
Rav Moshe Taragin The Structure of Tekiyot on Rosh Ha-shana


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