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The Lubavitcher Rebbe said a sicha on this topic, and I really recommend reading it in full. Abridged and translated here. Original and unedited here. In summary, Rashi explains the concept of "confounding Satan" as follows: "So that he will not accuse; for when he hears how the Jewish people love the mitzvos, his words of accusation are stifled." ...


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It is said in the name of Rabbi Akiva Eiger as follows: The Talmud states that if one repents due to fear of punishment, his sins are converted to unintentional sins. However, if one repents out of love, his sins are converted to Mitzvoth (good deeds). Rashi states that the extra shofar blasts show the love Jews have for Mitzvoth, this implies that their ...


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With regarding making a psak, there are a few opinions as to the meaning of "psak" (as it pertains to the law of not making a psak in front of your teacher): One can make a psak if the case is clear, like Bittul Bshishim, Nosein Taam Lifgam, etc. One can make a psak if the matter was already written in poskim, but one cannot compare cases. One cannot ...


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I remember reading a drasha by Rabbi Chaim Smulevitz who gave an answer why we blow the shofar multiple times on Rosh Hashanah. He said at the first blast the Satan prepares his arguments for the Day of Judgement. When he hears the second blast he assumes that Moshiach has now come and this agitates him so much he cannot deliver his accusations. Is the ...


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Nachum Klafter recently posted an essay on Torah Musings proposing an answer to this question. Read the whole thing, but in summary: He suggests that the Satan here is our own evil inclination, and in particular, our unfortunate tendency to strip meaningful practices of their meaning by practicing them in a rote manner. As we've been blowing shofar for a ...



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