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Rosy Hashanah is a Biblical holiday celebrated on the first and second days of the month Tishrei. Also known as the Day of Judgement.

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Blessing Shehechyanu long before eating in second evening of Rosh Hashana

Usually, we bless Shehechyanu very close to eating a new fruit. As far as I remember, there are 2 opinions: one to bless before the blessing on the fruit itself, while the other opinion claims that ...
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How is the Book of Life / Death organized?

Are these just two books containing lists of people detined to die and one destined for life? Or does each person have his own life and death book? How does it work from one year to the next? If it's ...
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When did Rosh Hashanah begin?

When did Rosh Hashanah begin? According to a scientific observation, the sliver of moon was first sighted on Tuesday night. My understanding is that Rosh Hashanah begins at the appearance of such. Is ...
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Dipping the challah in honey

I am presently without my sforim, so I cannot check, but I am told that the Levush (OC 583:2) mentions dipping challah in honey on Rosh Hashanah. The Rema, however, in OC 167:5, likens the table to ...
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Is there any source for Rosh Hashana Evening Kiddush Nusah Melody (Sfard/ Ashkenazi)

Is there any recorded resource for traditional Ashkenazi Rosh Hashana melody for Evening Kiddush Melody (Nusah) (Sfard/ Ashkenazi)?
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Inhaling at the narrow end of a shofar

Is it permissible to do an inhaled blow at the narrow end of the shofar to fulfill the obligation of shofar blowing? I have tried this and it is relatively easy to generate the same sound for an ...
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Drinking pomegranate juice before Rosh Hashana, does it cancel pomegranate's Shehechayanu blessing?

If I drink pomegranate juice before Rosh Hashana, does it cancel my whole pomegranate's Shehechayanu blessing? Do I have to bless Shehechayanu before drinking pomegranate juice?
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How and why does a Jubilee year cause Rosh Hashanah to take place on the 10th day of the month?

How and why does a Jubilee year cause Rosh Hashanah to take place on the 10th day of the month? Ezekiel 40:1 reads "on Rosh Hashanah, on the tenth of the month". Rashi asks and answers, &...
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Can I use grapes honey (Dabas) in Rosh Hashana?

Following this question. Can I use grapes honey (Dabas/Dibas) as honey in Rosh Hashana? As can be seen in this video. It seems that it was the most ancient and popular honey in Israel. In addition, it ...
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Rosh Hashanah vs Rosh Chodesh

The beginning of the Jewish year is referred to as Rosh Hashanah. The beginning of the Jewish month is called Rosh Chodesh. How come Rosh Hashanah has a "hey" (ה) in it, while Rosh Chodesh ...
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Why didn't Ezra mention Shofar on Rosh Hashanah?

In Nehemiah.8.10, after reading Torah on the first day of the seventh month (Rosh Hashana - Rashi ibid): וַיָּבִיא עֶזְרָא הַכֹּהֵן אֶת־הַתּוֹרָה לִפְנֵי הַקָּהָל ... בְּיוֹם אֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ ...
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Why don't we start reading Parshat Bereshis at the beginning of the year, from Rosh Hashana? [duplicate]

It just doesn't seem to make sense to me. Why start later?
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Which officiants wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah?

In many Ashkenazi congregations, most of the congregants do not wear a kittel on Rosh HaShanah; however, a number of the officiants do wear a kittel. It seems to me to be fairly common that at least ...
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Mixing Shofar Sounds

This year we had multiple minyanim, some of which started at the same time. They all had shofar blown outside of the building. This created the possibility that people from one minyan might hear the ...
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Is Rosh Hashana a remembrance or a day of remembrance?

In the musaf for Rosh Hashana there are two options for marking the day. The Artscroll Machzor reads as follows: ותתן לנו ה אלקינו באהבה את יום [השבת הזה ואת יום] הזכרון הזה [on a weekday - יום / on ...
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Is there any source that claims a person who dies on Rosh haShanah is a Tzaddik?

I've seen multiple people tonight share a post claiming in Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashanah, which began tonight, is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. I was surprised ...
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Pomegranates on Rosh Hashana

The Rema (583:1) codifies the custom of eating pomegranates on Rosh Hashana as a good siman for the upcoming year, while the Ben Ish Chai (Nitzavim 1:5) says to avoid tart fruits - like pomegranates ...
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What Shabbat malachot are allowed on Rosh Hashanah(Sunday)?

I was wondering what Shabbat malachot are allowed on Rosh Hashanah(Sunday). I know that I am allowed to carry, transfer a flame, and increase a flame. Are there any other ones? I am specifically ...
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Why celebrate on Rosh HaShanah while on Yom Kippur we afflict ourselves

On the day of Rosh Hashanah we will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur it will be sealed. So why don’t we fast or repent more on Rosh Hashanah and celebrate Yom Kippur because the judgement is sealed? Why ...
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Delayed Judgement on Rosh Hashana

I heard that the judgement determined on Rosh Hashana does not start to get carried out until some date after the chagim, possibly in Marcheshvan or later. Is anyone familiar with this teaching and ...
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Yom Teruah a Rosh HaShanah and commemoration or memorial of what exactly?

The Tenach mentions that the first (day) of the seventh month (Tishri) shall be for us a solemn rest and a remembrance of blasts, a sacred occasion/convocation; no work shall be done, it shall be a ...
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Why aren't the two days of Rosh Hashannah structured as every other Rosh Hodesh? [duplicate]

I don't recall the exact location Rambam's Mishneh Torah, but he discusses that during the time of Sanhedrin, if witnesses came before sundown of the 30th day, then that day was considered Rosh Hodesh,...
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To which tzadik was revealed the melodies of the Beis Hamikdash

I recall hearing that a certain tzadik - I think it was the Maharal - was revealed to him the tunes from the Beis Hamikdash and we now use these tunes for Rosh Hashanah such as the tune for Yisgadal. ...
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Rosh Hashonoh. Pray for forgiveness and needs – or not?

In my copy of the Siddur HaGr”a there is an introduction to the prayers of Rosh Hashonoh. It is quite clear there that we mention neither our sins nor our needs. Therefore our Rabbis forbade us to ...
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Musaf verses for Rosh Chodesh on Rosh Hashanah

When Ashkenazim daven a Musaf Shemoneh Esrei, they read pesukim from Parshat Pinchas, related to event of the day. For example, if it is Shabbat, they read in the Musaf Amidah the pesukim from ...
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Where in the rabbinic writings are there examples of the word "Elul" that mean or imply "harvest" and/or "search"?

Where in the rabbinic writings are there examples of the word "Elul" that mean or imply "harvest" and/or "search"? Which word in Aramaic means "search" that ...
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Covering a Shofar to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Two nights ago, as part of his weekly livestream COVID update, Rabbi Dr. Glatt quoted Rav Mordechai Willig (he quoted "Poskim" but the implication was that it was Rav Mordechai Willig. Even ...
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Apparent contradiction if Elul was made full when necessary

The Gemara Rosh Hashanah 19b says: והאמר רבי חיננא בר כהנא א"ר מימות עזרא ואילך לא מצינו אלול מעובר לא מצינו דלא איצטריך הא איצטריך מעברינן ליה Didn’t Rabbi Chinana bar Kahana say that Rav said: ...
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Why recite the Psalms verses out of order?

The Talmud (RH 32b) lists the three Torah verses suitable for mention in the Kingship section of Rosh Hashana's Musaf as Num 23:21, Deu 33:5 and Exo 15:18. The Tur (OC 591) among others quotes R' Hai ...
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Why does a Baal Tokeiah wear a new garment on the second day of Rosh Hashanah

I remember reading that a Baal Tokeiah is supposed to wear a new garment on the second day of Rosh Hashanah and it may have something to do with a Shechiyanu Bracha that he makes? Can someone please ...
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Can a good decree on Rosh Hashanah be rescinded?

If someone was decreed for the good on Rosh Hashanah and afterwards sinned (possibly say with nivul peh) can the good decree be rescinded?
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What happens on Hoshanah Rabbah?

On Rosh Hashanah the judgment is written. On Yom Kippur it is sealed. But we really have until Hoshanah Rabbah to repent. The Zohar [Tzav 31b] says that's when the judgment is delivered. Who is ...
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Why do we say Dayanim Mumhim in Hatarat Nedarim (Canceling vows)?

The text of Hatatarat Nedarim starts like this: שִׁמְעוּ נָא רַבּותַי דַּיָּנִים מֻמְחִים "Please hear, expert Dayanim (court) It's not just that usually we gather three random people to be ...
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How many tamids on Rosh Hashana? [duplicate]

In the musaf prayer on Rosh Hashana, we list the musaf offerings that they used to bring in the Temple in Jerusalem (and that we hope to bring again soon), special for Rosh Hashana. The text then ...
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Did anyone propose switching back to using date honey on Rosh-Hashanah to dip apples?

As seen from "why-use-bee-honey-on-rosh-hashana", the use of bee honey in the minhag is clearly circumstantial - the lack of "the original" honey led to use its substitute - bee honey. Some ...
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While studying for the purpose of conversion, is it acceptable to observe Yom Kippur? [closed]

I have studied Judaism on my own for a little over two years and I do have the FULL intent to ultimately convert. I live in a very rural area in the south, so Jewish communities are few and far ...
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Is Melech ever a verb?

In the Artscroll machzor (ashkenaz), in the Chazarat Hashatz for shacharit of Rosh Hashana, the piyut with the refrain "Hashem Melech, Hashem malach, Hashem yimloch le'olam va'ed" has a strange ...
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What had Hashem promised to Noach?

In the musaf of Rosh Hashana, in the Zichronot section, we say וְגַם אֶת נֹֽחַ בְּאַהֲבָה זָכַֽרְתָּ. וַתִּפְקְדֵֽהוּ בִּדְבַר יְשׁוּעָה וְרַחֲמִים בַּהֲבִיאֲךָ אֶת מֵי הַמַּבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל ...
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Is there an approach that cuts the Teffilot on Rosh Hashanah in favor of Torah study?

It is clear from the Sugiyot Gemmorah (Brochos and Shabbos 10, here) that the lengthening the Teffilah at the expense of Torah learning was perceived negatively through many generations till late ...
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What other phrase did the rabbis use to describe "yom teruah" besides the ones below?

What other phrase did the rabbis use to describe "yom teruah" besides the ones below? Our rabbis of blessed memory gave additional "phrases" to describe or to name our holy days. For example, the ...
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Maharal on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

I am looking for work of the Maharal on Rosh Hashana and hopefully Yom Kipur. can someone help me?
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Why use bee honey on Rosh Hashana?

The honey in "land of milk and honey" is date honey (I believe), and yet most people use bee honey on Rosh Hashana. Does it matter what kind of honey you use at all?
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Source for Red Apples?

Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Savo 5775) mentions an interesting concept for dipping apples in honey, The Mechabeir says that a sweet apple is typically red. I have seen those who wonder of why we use ...
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Blowing the shofar in an "older" large shul

Mishnah Rosh Hashanna 3:7 says: One who blows into a pit or a cistern or a jug, if he heard the sound of the shofar, he has fulfilled his obligation, but if he hears the echo, he has not ...
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Songs Carlebach created from the Rosh Hashanna liturgy

Besides Simcha Lartzecha, did Shlomo Carlebach record other songs specifically from the Rosh Hashannah liturgy? If so which ones?
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Where does Breslov teach about Rosh Hashanah?

I'm looking to learn what R. Nachman of Breslov taught about Rosh Hashanah? Is there anything in Likutei Moharan? If so can you direct me to the Siman? I'm not exclusively looking for anything about ...
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Can you have almond milk on Rosh Hashana?

The custom in my community is not to eat or cook with whole nuts during Elul. But I don't know whether pulverized or otherwise disembodied nuts --for example, nuts as an ingredient in a processed food ...
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Rainbow on Rosh Hashana

The bracha on a rainbow is the subject of a disagreement on Brachos 59a. The Gemara brings זוכר הברית unattributed, Rabbi Yishmael the son of Rabbi Yochanan ben Beroka says נאמן בבריתו וקים במאמרו, ...
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Was there a bracha on blowing the silver trumpet?

The Torah mentions blowing the silver trumpet at various times during the year (e.g., RH, chagim). Was there a bracha on blowing the silver trumpets?
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Which translation is the most accurate for the phrase "העוֹנה לתפלת חסיד ידשׁן בּטוֹב חיינוּ ושׁנה טוֹבה ישׁלח לבית ישׂראל עמנוּ"?

My suggestions: העוֹנה לתפלת חסיד The response/answer to the prayer of a righteous person The return to prayer of a righteous person The season of prayer of a righteous person ידשׁן בּטוֹב חיינוּ is a ...

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