R. Abbahu said, “Why is the shofar made a ram’s horn?”

The Holy One, blessed be He, said, “Sound before Me on a cornet made of a ram’s horn, that I may remember, for your sake, the offering of Isaac, the son of Abraham [Gen. xxii. 13], and I will consider even you as worthy, as if you had shown an equal readiness to sacrifice yourselves to Me.”

Rosh Hashana Chapter 1


1 March in History

In 1655, the Magistrate of New Amsterdam wrote a ruling making an attempt to expel the Jews. It read, in part, “Resolved that the Jews, who came last year from the West Indies and now from the Fatherland, must prepare to depart forthwith.”

25 Adar in History

Rav Gershon Kitover, brother-in-law of the Baal Shem Tov (1696-1761). His father, Efrayim, was a Rav and Av Beis Din in one of the four batei din in Brody, Poland. In 1747, he moved to Eretz Yisrael (becoming the first of the talmidim of the Besht to do so), living first in Chevron and then in Yerushalayaim.