Tuesday, September 7, 2010

ROSH HASHANA: What NOT to do when listening to the Shofar?

28th of Elul , 5770
Halakha of the Day
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Every day, we have many opportunities to ask God Almighty whatWEwant from Him. On
weekdays, three times a day we recite the Amida. From its
19 berakhot, 13 of them focus on our needs and requests from God: good
health, good livelihood, protection, etc. During Shabbat and Chaguim, when we
open the Hekhal, we ask haShem to grant us good
health, etc. In high Holidays, we request the Almighty several times for our
Parnasa (livelihood) and long life, etc..


What about the Shofar? What should we think and reflect when we
listen to the Shofar? Public opinion (and practice) notwithstanding, when listening
to the Shofar we should not ask God for anything. Why? Becauseit is actually the
only time of
the whole year, God is asking something from us.


The voice of the Shofar should be understood as a 'divine call',
as if at that time God is asking us what good have we done with the year of
life He gave us.


The Shofar proclaims that haShem is our King, we owe Him obedience.
We are asked to admit our mistakes and learn from them.


The Shofar reminds us the first 'divine call' to Adam, after
he ate from the forbidden fruit. God addressed Adam 'asking' him aieka?Where
are you? Not in geographical but rather in a moral sense.
When the Shofar is blown, it's actually the most inappropriate
time to ask... It is a time to answer God's question: aieka?
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William Kamkwamba's amazing Rosh Hashana lesson. From AISH.COM [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=jp7o69dab&et=1103665433764&s=689&e=001wwyvyTYuKbM3mQMeE9TXiK1FvDqTiBP4OILlA-FYM6VZf8yLe4pWm_W77LebLIblARyTwmh-1krV9ygfyOKLFhovTaRwNxk_X4lMKK5pTnlynQOoeXgsjBPUJ5Qch-Z3xS42FMBhMEo=]

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