Student Teaching in the New Millenium

And don’t cry about it (5772 Rosh Hashanah)

In Genesis on September 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Walking, stop a while
Smell the air, smile, and laugh
at horns announcing Life

Genesis 22:1 – 24
Nehemiah 8:1 – 10

Why do we read about a man commanded to kill his son, a conflict, during our days of renewal, when we are supposed to leave conflict and offenses behind? How is Nehemiah’s answer, “mourn not, not weep” (or, “and don’t cry about it”), supposed to answer this question?

Why is the first of our days of cleansing called “Yom Hazikaron,” Day of Remembrance?

Rambam teaches that sins against another should be corrected with that person. If a public sin, then corrected privately and publicly, lest the offended say “you have sinned against me in public, and you try to make amends in private only? Call the people before whom you offended me, and I’ll accept your apology before them.” Does this mean, if we are the offended party, we should invoke this right?

Is an apology an apology when the acceptance is specifically elicited?

Why do we count our days from the seventh month?

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