Shabbat Rosh Hashana 5765
Rosh Hashana | | 1/2/2004
Within the Talmud’s discussion (Rosh Hashana 8a) about the significance of Rosh Hashana, our sages seem to imply that we know of its status as the Day of Judgment based on a pasuk inTehillim. There (81:5) it says, “Sound the shofar at the moon’s renewal, at the appointed time for our festive day. Because it is a law for Israel, a judgment [day] for the G-d of Ya’akov.”
On a day when we need all the merit, individually and collectively, as we can get, it seems appropriate to deal with the topic of proper human justice. After all, we are told that it is a key ingredient in the important blessing of ultimate redemption (see Yeshaya 1:27). On the other hand, while in the midst of standing as defendants before the Divine Judge, it seems almost sacrilegious to think about man as a judge of any stature or consequence.
We were given three sets of tekiot: malchuyot, zichronot, v’shofarot (references to Hashem’s kingship, his remembrance of mankind, and the use of the shofar in this relationship). Bnei Yisrael has undergone these three elements as a nation.
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Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of R’ Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld o.b.m. and Eliezer Ben Avraham Mordechai Jacobson
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).