Hi, I was just your typical 19 year old Seminary girl in South Jersey (if you don't know where I mean, you are probably on the wrong blog). We all have nisoynos, challenges, and experiences, both positive and negative. Here is where I have decided to share some of them.

Location: Lakewood, New Jersey, United States

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rosh Hashana

I went to a really nice shul in Monsey over Rosh Hashana. It was a really beautiful, meaningful daverning. The Rov spoke so well that I decided to share it.

The famous question is asked why we don’t blow Shofar on Shabbos. After all we want to scare the Soton from interfering with our prayers on the Yom HaDin. If we don’t blow on Shabbos, aren’t we concerned that the Soton will prevent our prayers from being heard .Chazal tell us the reason is there is a fear that someone will carry the Shofar to Shul on Shabbos and transgress the prohibition against carrying on Shabbos. Rav Aharon Kotler had the following insight. Most people know that you cant carry on Shabbos without an eruv, so for who was this gezeira enacted. Its very unlikely that anyone in Monsey, Brooklyn, Lakewood, Jerusalem, Benei Brak will not realize that you cant carry on Shabbos and carry the Shofar to shul anyway. But, perhaps a new Baal Teshuva in Peoria that is just starting out and knows about Rosh Hashana and Shofar, but doesn’t yet understand all the laws of Shabbos will mistakingly carry the Shofar to shul. We all know that if its between all the “Choshuva” Yidden in Monsey and Benei Brak or the one baal teshuva in Peoria who takes preference and is considered more important. But obviously, Chazal views things differently. All the Jews in Monsey, Boro Park, Stamford Hill, Lakewood and Jerusalem are not blowing the Shofar on Shabbos because of the one baal tshuva in Peoria who might mistakingly carry the Shofar on Shabbos.

This past week there was a momentous event. A new Mikva was dedicated in China. It was sponsored by a Satmar chosid in partnership with a Lubavitcher Chosid who do a lot of business there. At the ceremony the Israel ambassador to China was invited to speak. When he saw the two partners sitting there, he said, you are both joined in this endeavor, now I know that Mashiach is certainly almost here. To which, the Satmar Chosid say, well, you are here, too, so Moshiach is already here..

When all the Yidden in Kiryas Yoel are not blowing Shofar on Shabbos, because of one baal teshuva in Peoria, that scares the Soton more then the Shofar does on the weekdays.

A Gemar Chasima Tova to everyone. May you all be inscribed for a good sweet year..


Blogger Pragmatician said...

If only everyone understood that Mitzvahs bein adam lachevarh are so important, certainly much more important that the type of Kippah or dress someone is wearing.
Beautiful moshol from the speech.

9/28/2006 3:52 AM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

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9/28/2006 5:48 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

SG - That was just what I needed. The fact that you made it to that shul is bashert - I couldn't think of a better vort to demonstrate the common dreams of yiddishe ideals that unite all of us, whether a midwestern Baal Teshuva or a Lakewood Beis Yaakov girl. We really are all fighting for the same Torah. May the pursuit of this common goal unite in the coming year, and serve as the zechus which brings all the berachos that Jews have been patiently crying for over so many years. Gmar Chasima Tova!

9/28/2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Semgirl said... how do you like NJ..

9/29/2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger Scraps said...

Thank you for sharing that, semgirl. Gmar chatimah tovah.

9/29/2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger Tipesh said...

BTW Reb Leibele Eiger (grandson of Rabbi Akiva eiger) explains that the Gezeirah of not blowing the shofar on Shabbos is because of the Tzaddik who may become so excited about the Mitzvah that he will jump from Hislahavus.
This would seem to show the opposite.

9/29/2006 5:14 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Thank you to you too:)

9/30/2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Semgirl said...

Tipesh....interesting point..

SW...Gemar chasima tov to you..

10/01/2006 4:05 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

tipesh, i dont think its the oppoiste, i think its another application of the same point, the flip side of the coin... we look out for eachother.. we are willing to give up on shofar blowing, if theres a chance another jew will suffer from it (whether its a bt or an overzealous tzaddik)

10/04/2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

Now THAT is nice....... working together for one thing that you all believe in...
btw, what shul was it- maybe I saw you:o)

10/04/2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Hey, SG! Hope you have a great year and chag sameach!

10/05/2006 9:37 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

NJ is OK. But I'll bet South Jersey is a whole different ball game. I'm going to visit. And I'll keep you posted when I do!

10/10/2006 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Sem,

Hope you're enjoying yom tov! I wish you well and happiness..

10/11/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to wish u a gut yomtov and a gut kvitel.
may the upcoming year be one full of simchas and may hashem fulfill every good wish u desire.

10/11/2006 5:34 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

SG - How was Sukkos? Any inspiration to share? I was with the Baal Habatim in the shul here, and it's amazing how deep their appreciation for Torah is. All I can say is that the bidding for Aliyos doesn't reach the thousands in Chicago.

Check in soon!


10/16/2006 4:51 PM  

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