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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3


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Rosh Hashana Prayers Print E-mail

Rosh HashanaThe first thing to keep in mind is that if you are in a loving relationship with somebody, you want to be deserving of your partner’s love. At times, many people who are in a loving relationship feel that perhaps they
Rosh Hashana: An Inspiring Meeting Print E-mail

Rosh HashanaWe read the story of Hannah and Elkanah from the Book of Samuel. Elkanah was known for being such an inspiring personality that anyone who met him was motivated to change and become a better person.
Rosh Hashana: What Is My Name? Print E-mail

Rosh HashanaMuch happened on this the first day of Adam’s life, the day we celebrate today.  God brought all the animals to Adam for this new human to name. The Midrash teaches that when God saw how Adam used the Light of the new
Sound Bites: Find Me! Print E-mail

Sound BitesWhy do we blow the Shofar when we are sitting – before Mussaf – the Additional Prayer – and when we are standing during Mussaf? We do so in order to confuse Satan who will be overwhelmed by our love of
Rosh Hashana: Commentary to Mussaf Print E-mail

Rosh HashanaThe three main sections of the Rosh Hashanah Musaf Shmone Esrei each contain ten verses on the theme of that section.  The following is a brief commentary on those verses to aid your Kavanah when davening.
Royal Messages: At The Top Of Creation Print E-mail

Royal MessagesWhen Adam was created he appeared to the rest of creation as a Lord. The others creations were in awe and they came to bow to, and worship him. He said to them: “Rather than you bowing to me, join me
Tishrei: Kavanot for God's Name Print E-mail

Rosh HashanaWe derive the appellation for God’s Name, used in the Rosh Hashana Mussaf – Additional Prayer – from the combination of letters and vowels of the following verse: “When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh.”

Timeless: Reflections of God's Presence Print E-mail

Timeless“Even on the path of Your judgments, God, we put our hopes in You; Your Name and Your mention – ‘zichricha’ – the yearning of our soul.” (Isaiah 26:8)
Sound Bites: Sarah's Scream Print E-mail

Sound BitesThe Abudirham explains that the Binding of Isaac took place on Rosh Hashana. The cry of the shofar recreates Sarah’s scream when she learned what Abraham intended to do.
The Book of Life Print E-mail

Rosh Hashana“Inscribe us in the Book of Life”: “Understand the years of generation after generation.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) A special gift of understanding is granted to each generation and every new period in time. It is  a level of
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