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Parsha of the Week

Q) When is the Hebrew date for Yom Kippur and why is it a day for Teshuva?
A) Yom Kippur is on the Tenth of Tishri.
Q) Why is it a day for Teshuva?
A) It is a day for Teshuva because Moshe came down with the new tablets.
Q) What are the Aseres Y'mei Teshuva?
A) The Ten days of repentance.
Q)  What are Kaparot?
A)  Kaparot Are chickens or money that use wave over your head while saying a blessing, to take away your sins and the chicken or money gets the sins.
Q)  What should one do if their friend does forgive them?
A) One should ask them three time at three different times, places, and days.
Q)  What do we add to prayers on Erev (before) Yom Kippur?
A) We add Confession to the prayers in case it is impossible for some one to say it on Yom Kippur.


Shabbat Shalom! Have a Good Shabbos!

  • The first night of Rosh Hashana

  1. People have a custom to dip apple in honey so that you may have a sweet year.
  2. There is a custom to not eat nuts on Rosh Hashana because in Hebrew the word nut and the word sin is compared to each other because they are equal to the same number.
  3. There is a Blessing you should give to everyone you see.

  •  Rosh Hashana Prayers

 Some married men wear a Kittel on Rosh Hashana
1. They wear a Kittel to look like an angle
2. To remind us that it’s a serious day because people are buried in a Kittel

  • Shofar
  1.  You are supposed to hear 100 Shofar blasts, but if you can’t you at least have to hear 30 blasts
  2.  If you hear an echo of a shofar blast it doesn’t count
  3.  You are supposed to stand for the shofar blowing
  4.  You can’t talk from the first shofar blow until the last shofar blow.
  5.  What do you do if you use the restroom and come out during the shofar blows, can you say asher yozar? Yes
  6.  If Rosh Hashana is on shabbos can you blow the shofar? No because you might forget that it is shabbos and on shabbos you can’t carry

  •  Rosh Hashana Afternoon

  1.  On Rosh Hashana Afternoon you should feel happy that Hashem accepted your tefila.
  2.  It’s a custom not to sleep on Rosh Hashana Afternoon because should be scared that you are being judged.

  •  Tashalich
  1.  Why do we go to a river for Tashalich? There is a custom that we would crown our king by the river and so we are asking Hashem that even though we sinned we still want you as our king.
  2.  We do Tashlich after mincha on the 1st day of Rosh Hashana

This week’s parsha is parshas Nitzavim and Vayeilech and a verse says “See I am placing before you today a choice of life and good or death and bad.”

Why is the verse saying you have a choice? Why would you want to choose death? The answer is that Hashem gives us a choice, if you want to you can pick death if not you do not have to. Another reason you have free choice is that if you do something that is good you will get more reward because it is your choice.
Another question to the verse above is: Why did Hashem add in the word “Today” when this happened over three thousand years ago? Rav Moshe Feinstein Z”TL explains that in the parsha when moshe is giving a Mussar to the Jewish people it is read close to Rosh Hashana to teach us to do Teshuva (repentance). A person might think, “I have done so much wrong up until now, how can I possibly change?” Therefore the torah says “Today” to teach us that you can change any day you want and become good.

Shabbat Shalom! Have a Good Shabbos!