Rosh Hashana Messages

  • Let’s Talk About Love!

    I was studying the laws of the Kohanim when they ascend the Duchan to bless the congregation, when I saw a quote from the Zohar that struck me. Before proclaiming the fifteen words of blessings to the congregation, the Kohanim recite a blessing that ends with, “You commanded us to bless the congregation with love.” …

  • Rosh Hashana 5771 “Blowing Satan Away!”

    Rosh Hashana 5771 “Blowing Satan Away!” The Medrash relates a fascinating dialogue that takes place between the Almighty and His ministering angels: At times, the Almighty informs the angels to be ready to judge the people the next day, for it will be Rosh Hashana. However, the next day when the angels arrive at the …

  • Rosh Hashana 5772 “Internal Peace Plan”

    Rosh Hashana 5772 “Internal Peace Plan” The following thought occurred to me the other day. We pray, hope and yearn for peace; peace at home, peace amongst family and friends, peace in the community, peace in our country, peace to reign in the entire world and of course peace in the Land of Israel. Yes, …

  • Rosh Hashana 5773

    Rosh Hashana 5773 The Torah reading on the first day of Rosh Hashana focuses on the wondrous birth of our forefather Yitzchok. Yitzchok was born when his father Avraham was 100 years old and his mother Sarah was 90. Our Sages inform us that Yitzchok was conceived on Rosh Hashana. The Torah reading on the …

  • Rosh Hashana 5774: The King

    Rosh Hashana 5774: The King Every year, during one of our Rosh Hashana meals, I share with my family and guests the following insightful thought presented by Rabbi Gedalia Schorr o.b.m. Rabbi Schorr addresses a question that crosses the mind of many people. If one reviews practically all the prayers we recite on Rosh Hashana, …

  • Rosh Hashana 5775

    Rosh Hashana 5775 One day, a married student studying in a yeshiva in Jerusalem received a surprise visit from a well known therapist. He was even more surprised when the therapist told him he had come to thank him. The student said, “I think you have made a mistake. We have never met before.” “No,” …