OPINION & COMMENT
Despite all the high-power, high pressure, high technology of the modern world, our observance of Rosh Hashanah (and most of the mitzvos of the Torah) is pretty low-tech. We still take a ram's horn and blow it as commanded in our 3000-year- old Torah, and we spend much of the day in prayer focusing on Malchuyos, Zichronos and Shoforos, as codified by Chazal more than 2,500 years ago. We rejoice and enjoy our yom tov meals as charged by Nechemiah (8:10).
". . . To Envision the Punishments [of] Gehennom"
Days Of Awe: A Shmuess for Rosh Hashanah
The Yomim Noro'im -- Days of Awe -- and the period of mercy and forgiveness are almost upon us. Let's think what the term "Days of Awe" means. There must be a good reason why all of Klal Yisroel refers to these days by this name. It appears that the name arises from the special quality of these days and their ability to impart yiras Shomayim.
Ki Sheva Yipol Tzaddik Vekom
Two Days of Fasting: Mitzvos of Erev Yom Kippur
"And you shall afflict your nefesh on the ninth of the month" (Vayikra 23: 32). Since we fast on the tenth of the month (i.e., Yom Kippur), why does the verse mention the ninth of the month? The Torah is teaching us that anyone who eats on the ninth of Tishrei is considered as if he fasted for two consecutive days (Yoma 81b).
To The Editor:
A commonly-asked question: Is the salt we use today cooked, as far as the laws of Shabbos are concerned?
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