A Fresh Start

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“You shall take for yourselves on the first day…” (23:40) The Tur records a custom among Ashkenazim to fast on the eve of Rosh Hashana.1 As the source for this custom, he cites a Midrash which questions why the Torah identifies the time for taking the lulav as “the first day” – “bayom harishon”; should […]

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