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Rosh Hashana (Fall Feast of Tabernacles) is too important to leave things to chance – Checklist

Rosh Hashana is too important to leave things to chance. Here’s a handy checklist of everything you need to know. by Research from Rabbi Moshe Lazerus Pre-Rosh Hashana A key component of Rosh Hashana preparation is to ask for forgiveness from anyone one may have wronged during the previous year. To whatever extent possible, we want to begin the year with a clean slate ― and without anyone harboring a grudge against us. One should also be quick to forgive those who have wronged him. Many people have the custom to go to the mikveh before Rosh Hashana after midday. A mikveh, which has the power to purify from certain types of spiritual impurities, can be an important part of the teshuva process. Some have the custom of visiting a cemetery on the morning of Rosh Hashana and praying at the graves of the righteous. Of course, we do not pray “to” the righteous, but only to God who hears our prayers in the merit of the righteous. The morning before Rosh Hashana, we perform “Hatarat Nedarim” ― annulling all vows. In Torah terms, saying something as simple as “I refuse to eat any more candy” can be considered a legal vow. Therefore, before Rosh Hashana, we annul any vows, whether they were made intentionally or not.

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