Shabbat Rosh Hashana| 5764
Rosh Hashana | | 08/01/2003
There are any number of anecdotes that center on a fine and respected member of the community who was justifiably proud of the many virtues attributed to him, but proudest of all of his claim to humility. The humor, of course, lies in the fact that once one becomes aware of his humility, one is no longer humble. The person who knows he is humble betrays pride.
The shofar blowing has three elements, which correspond to three historical periods. The opening tekia recalls the glorious events of akeidat Yitzchak and the giving of the Torah, where Hashem’s presence was revealed. The second tekia hints to the future redemption, when the shofar will again be blown to announce the coming of Mashiach. In the middle, there is the interrupted sound of the teruah, which resembles the sound of crying.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim
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).