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It was actually the subject of a machlokes Rishonim if Rosh HaShana should be two days in Jerusalem/Beis HaVaad/Israel. The Baal Me'or (Beitza 3a) cites part of the discussion, and records that the practice was to only keep one day, until it was changed per the psak of the Rif. The Rif claims that based on Rava (that R' Yochanan would agree even after the ...


One answer may be that this sequence better emphasizes God's compassion - despite already being 'convicted', God still forgives. Another reason I heard from Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky is that this is meant to teach us that God the ideal is for us to be tzaddikim, to measure up to justice. This is meant to teach us that god thinks that we are really capable of ...

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