It’s going to be a very different Rosh Hashanah this year.
For some of us, in places where Covid-19 is raging, we may be davening in parking lots, backyards, or porches, locked out of our beloved shuls.
Even for those fortunate enough to be able to daven in their shul this Rosh Hashanah, so many of the words of the machzor take on a special and different meaning. “Remember us for life” — in a year when Covid-19 is still running wild in many places, and the threat of a second wave is beginning to feel very real, and very frightening. “Inscribe us in the book of life, blessing, and peace, and good livelihood” — at a time when whole industries have collapsed in the shadow of coronavirus.
With all the challenges of the past year and our fears for the year to come, we want our tefillos to be especially fervent and sincere. ArtScroll’s newly-released Rav Druck on the Machzor: Unlocking the treasures of the Rosh Hashanah prayers will give us a whole new understanding of the tefillos and help us open our hearts with deep and authentic kavanah.
Rav Yisroel Meir Druck is a Rosh Yeshivah and popular speaker who elevates audiences wherever he goes. He follows in the footsteps of his illustrious father, HaRav Mordechai Druck, the famed “Maggid of Yerushalayim.” For thirty years, Rav Yisrael Meir has been a chavrusa of Maran HaGaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita. When Rav Chaim asked him to found Yeshivah Tiferes Yisrael, named for the Steipler Gaon, Rav Druck began in 2004 with a small cluster of talmidim. Since then it has become one of the world’s fastest growing yeshivahs, with 2,000 students, from beginners to advanced Kollel.
Rav Druck’s insights, firmly based on a large variety of classic Torah sources, are brief, readable, and very, very intriguing. He offers us a new clarity on concepts such as Hashem’s Kingship, mercy and judgment, the simanim of the holiday, the many dimensions of prayer, and much more. We will better understand the significance of the shofar and the inestimable power of teshuvah. And yes, as we gain these new understandings, we will daven with more intensity and sincerity, truly connecting with the words of the Machzor.
Use it to prepare yourself for Yom Tov, or take it with you to read during the quiet moments in shul. Your tefillos will never be the same!