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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Moadim/Holidays

Between Shabbat and Teshuvah

The One Where Adam Discovers Teshuva

Let me tell you about the day that humanity first discovered teshuvah.  As the midrash tells it, it all happens on the day Kayin killed Hevel. After that first murder, Kayin accepts HaShem’s verdict as just—he is to be exiled from the land. …

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Elevation, Not Fear

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 23, 2022

Kingship, malkhut, is one of the most central themes of Rosh HaShanah. But what does this mean to us? How does proclaiming and imaging God as King impact our religious lives or shape the way in which we relate to Rosh HaShanah?…

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Speaking During Mussaf: To Correct or Not To Correct?

On each day of Rosh HaShanah the shofar is blown no fewer than one hundred times in synagogue. The first thirty blasts before the mussaf service are known as tekiot d’meyushav, while the last seventy blasts blown during and after mussaf are known as tekiot d’meumad.…

Insights into the Yom Kippur Mahzor (Audio Only)

by Rabbi David Silber
Posted on September 22, 2022

What Does Malkhuyot Have to With Rosh Hashanah? (Audio Only)

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 22, 2022

Did the King Know of Haman’s Plot? (Audio Only)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on September 22, 2022

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How Central is Kingship to Rosh Hashanah?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 21, 2022

The Shofar: Object and Meaning in Hasidic Thought

by Dr. Biti Roi
Posted on September 21, 2022

How Many Jewish New Years are There and How Do We Know?

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox
Posted on September 21, 2022

Erev Yom Kippur in the Aggadah

by Rabba Wendy Amsellem
Posted on September 21, 2022

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Shemitah or Shnat Shabbaton? When Torah Values Collide

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 21, 2022

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Purim Parodies: Permitted or Past Nicht? Copy

Purim is distinguished by being a day in which all norms appear to be turned upside down. As it says in the megillah, “The very day on which the enemies of the Jews had expected to get them into their power, the opposite happened [venahafokhhu], and the Jews got the enemy into their power…The days were transformed [nepakh lahem] for them from one of grief and mourning to one of festive joy” (Esther 9:1, 22).…