Dirshu Yom Limud U’Tefillah Inspires on Chofetz Chaim’s Yahrzeit

By Chaim Gold What do Houston, Miami, Brooklyn, the Five Towns, and Lakewood all have in common? All of them were cities that participated in Dirshu’s momentous Yom Limud U’Tefillah...

Halachic Musings: Chief Rabbi’s Guide For Shuls and Fasting

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The following ruling was issued by the chief rabbi of Israel, Rav Yitzchok Yosef, shlita, in regard to Yom Kippur and davening and fasting. It is...

The Koren Yizkor: Cherished Memories in the Privacy of Our Hearts

The minutes preceding the Yizkor prayer are a time for meditation and introspection. In many shuls, the rabbi uses these minutes to explore those feelings and talk about how...

Souls on Fire: Musings of a Shliach From Montana

We didn’t know what to expect. In years past, it has snowed during Rosh Hashanah; this year our skies were covered with “unhealthy” smoke from the West Coast fires...

The High Holidays: Why Are We Here?

  By Sam Glaser My favorite comic strip gag of the season is Bart Simpson at the blackboard scrawling repeatedly, “I won’t count how many pages are left in the Machzor”...

OU’s Three Days of Learning Offers Preparation for Yom Kippur

  Thousands of participants from around the world are expected to participate in Orthodox Union’s (OU) virtual Torah Yerushalayim that brings a blue-ribbon list of rabbinic scholars, educators, and Jewish...

From the Chassidic Masters: The Teshuva of Shabbos Teshuva

The Torah portion Ha’azinu begins with Moshe saying, “Listen, Heaven, and I will speak; hear, Earth, the words of my mouth.”1 The Sifri notes2 that concerning heaven, Moshe used...

NYS Issues Guidance for High Holiday Services

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Worshippers at services should be 12 feet apart from one another when singing. Sukkahs can be considered outdoor environments, though distancing should be maintained and ventilation...

The Birthday of the World

By Rabbi Gideon Weitzman PUAH Senior Adviser While there are many themes related to Rosh Hashanah, one of the most powerful and ubiquitous is the theme of having children. This is...

Ruminating on a Shiur of Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of Chabad of Ontario

Based on a Sichah of the Lubavitcher Rebbe As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are in need of consolation over the loss of life, encouragement...
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Judgment Day: Yom Kippur Arrives With COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

Cuomo: 10 ZIP Codes Account for 25% of New COVID Infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented...

Simcha Is Essential. Drink Wine.

By Gabriel Geller Royal Wine/Kedem For many, if not most of us (all of us quite frankly), Shabbos and yom tov are not only great mitzvos;...

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