Shabbat Rosh Hashana - Haazinu 5774
Rosh Hashana | 3 Tishrei 5774 | 9/7/2013
Certainly we know that Rosh Hashana is a very important day, but, according to the Sefat Emet (Rosh Hashana 5639), in many ways it is “hayom” (today, the day, or this day). He asserts that several places in Tanach that mention “hayom” are referring to or hinting at Rosh Hashana.
If I want to solve the problem of Shehecheyanu on the second night of Rosh Hashana with a new suit, when should I put it on? If I put it on before Ma’ariv, it seems to be hachana (preparation for, in this case, after the first day of Rosh Hashana), and anyway shouldn’t the beracha be made right away? Should I put it on right before Kiddush or even put on the jacket during Kiddush right before Shehecheyanu?
[We now bring the final installment on the gemara about the delegation from Eretz Yisrael that objected to the setting of the calendar outside the Land]. Why did they need to go that far [in their opposition]? Because it says, “For from Tziyon (Zion) will come forth Torah and the word of Hashem from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem)” (Yeshaya 2:3).
[The Rashba was unquestionably one of the most respected and influential of the Rishonim. Born in Barcelona in 1235, he was a student of the Ramban, a teacher of the Ritva, and an older contemporary of the Rosh. He served as a rabbi in Barcelona for half a century. His chiddushim on many massechtot of Shas and topical works in a few areas (Torat Habayit) are very important works, but his responsa are perhaps his most quoted work by later authorities. Many of the responsa are on matters of beit din, but most of them are short (there are 1255 responsa in the first volume alone) and do not tell a full story of what cases he was asked to solve. Often the responsa are just requests for his opinions on theoretical questions.]
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