OPINION & COMMENT
The Idealism of the Wicked
The gemora in Yoma (9) relates that in the First Temple period, lasting 410 years, there were only 18 Kohanim Gedolim, whereas in the Second Temple, which stood for 420 years, there were over 300 Kohanim Gedolim. Most of them did not finish out their first year of service. The descent in the level of righteousness over several centuries was reflected in the untimely deaths of so many Kohanim Gedolim.
A Personal Message to Us from the
Book of Yonah
Vayomru eilov, "Hagido noh lonu . . . ma melachtecho, umei'ayin tovo, mo artzecho, ve'ei mize am oto?" Vayomer aleihem, "Ivri onochi, ve'es Hashem Elokei haShomayim ani yorei, asher oso es hayom ve'es hayabosho" (Yonah 1,8).
And they said to him, "Tell us, please, due to whom is this evil upon us? What is your work and from whence do you come? What is your land and from which people are you?" And he told them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear Hashem, the L-rd of the Shomayim, Who made the sea and the land."
The Divine Judgment on Rosh
Rosh Hashanah is called (Bamidbar 29:1), "a day of teru'ah." What is the teru'ah referred to in the posuk? What is its exact nature?
"When you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you will blow a teru'ah with the trumpets, and you shall be remembered before Hashem your Elokim, and you will be saved from your enemies".
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