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22 Elul 5764 - September 8, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Thoughts of our Heart

"And for the sin that we committed before You in our heart's thoughts" (behirhur haleiv).

Never Remove Your Love from Us!
by A. Gefen

Oozing Wounds

Yeshivas Chevron, on the first night of Rosh Hashonoh 5690 [75 years ago, just over a month after the great pogrom in Chevron].

A New Year, A New Direction
by Morenu veRabbeinu HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita

The Rambam (Hilchos Teshuvoh 3:4), when explaining about the mitzvah of Shofar writes, "Even though the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashonoh is a decree of the Torah, there is remez in it, that it means to say [that is, that the blast of the shofar is intended to] arouse sleepers from their slumber and to awaken those who are in a stupor from their unconsciousness. They should examine their deeds, repent and remember their Creator . . . "

"He Accepted the Prayer of the Juniper" -- Thoughts on Elul
by HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon

We find in Yalkut Shimoni an insight on the verse, "He accepted the prayer of the juniper and did not despise their prayer" (Tehillim 102:18). Chazal wrote: Said R' Yitzchok: "This applies to coming generations which would not have prophets or kohanim-leaders or a Beis Hamikdosh to atone for them.

Comfort on the Tablets of Our Hearts
by Rabbi Mordecai Plaut based on a shiur of a rosh yeshiva in Yerushalayim

As we read the seven haftorahs of comfort that lead up to the Yomim Noraim, these insights into the true meaning of true comfort should prove very valuable.

Crossroads: Preparing Ourselves on Erev Rosh Hashonoh
by Rabbi Daniel Travis

Wrong Turns

Lengthy Selichos accompanied by fasting make erev Rosh Hashonoh a day of teshuvoh. So too, as Yom Kippur enters, everyone's mind is set on the upcoming day's avodoh: repentance. As part of this teshuvoh process, hatoras nedorim is performed both on erev Rosh Hashonoh and on erev Yom Kippur (in Kol Nidrei).

by E. Rauchberger

Rebel Victory

Finally the Likud rebels have something to smile about. Unlike what took place after the vote among party members when Sharon disregarded the outcome of the referendum, pushing his Gaza disengagement plan through heedless of his party's wrath, the matter of bringing the Labor Party into the coalition appears to be somewhat different.

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