Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rosh Hashanah and the Recitation of Malkhiot, Zikhronot and Shofarot

This month of Elul has been one of intense and powerful learning at the yeshiva. As we all now are focusing on our last minute preparations for Rosh HaShanah, I wanted to share with you a source sheet on Malkhiot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot, and the definition of the day of Rosh HaShanah.

As I discussed in my dvar Torah last week, this Rosh HaShanah will be more challenging than others, as there will be no blowing of the shofar on the first day. We can take heart in the position of Moshe Ibn Habib (1654-1696) in his work, Yom Truah, where he states that when Rosh HaShanah falls on Shabbat and there is no blowing of the shofar, that the recitation of the Malkhiot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot becomes a Biblical mitzvah. Let us all strive this Rosh Hashanah to connect to our tfillot in general, and to the Malkhiot, Zikhronot, and Shofarot in particular, that our prayers may be received favorably by God, and that it may be a good year for all of us.

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Malkhiot, Zikhronot and Shofarot: Defining the Nature of Rosh HaShanah

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