The sound of a New Year

Every year as Rosh Hashanah approaches, I get ready for someone to object to the greeting “L’shana tovah” (“to a good year”), or even to the name of the holiday itself, Rosh Hashanah, which means literally “Head of the Year,” or New Year’s. Why would anyone object to such positive terms? Because, they’ll tell me,… Continue reading The sound of a New Year

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Silence, Shofars, and Elul

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for what seemed like half an hour (Rev. 8:1, CJB). This week, our Mussar group is working on the virtue of silence (see http://www.rivertonmussar.org), but silence is the last thing you’d expect in heaven. Heaven's the scene of unending, and loud, worship and… Continue reading Silence, Shofars, and Elul