In a pre-Rosh Hashana get-together this week, Rav Moshe Shternbuch shlit”a, the Gaavad of the Eida Chareidis, delivered a stirring and terrifying message.
The Chasam Sofer said that in a year like this, when we do not blow the shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we need the merit of Shabbos to protect Klal Yisrael in place of the shofar, according to B’Chadrei Charedim, who reported that the Rav concentrated on the subject of “Rosh Hashanah, which falls out on Shabbos.”
The ‘Aruch L’ner,’ who estimated that in Jewish history, the years when Rosh Hashanah fell on Shabbos were either very favorable for Klal Israel, such as the year the Chet Haegel was pardoned, the Mishkan was completed, or both, were shockingly mentioned by Rav Shternbuch.
The Rav continued, “The Aruch L’ner emphasized that since there isn’t a shofar these days and we need Shabbos merit to replace it, [our judgment] is dependent on Klal Yisrael.
Shabbos is a blessing for Jews in years when it is observed properly, but if Jews failed to observe Shabbos correctly, they did not receive the merit, and the Mekatregim (heavenly prosecutors) were not overturned.
The Rav continued, “The year the Chazon Ish died, Rosh Hashanah fell out on Shabbos, and his students attributed his demise to the fact that there were no Shofar blasts [on the first day] to mitigate the judgment [from Shamayim].
The Posek Hador closed by giving us sage protection counsel for the upcoming year.
Therefore, it is appropriate this year to accept a Kabbalah on Rosh Hashanah that focuses on honoring Shabbos, such as setting up a regular seder to study Hilchos Shabbos throughout the entire year, making Shabbos more holy by learning Torah [on Shabbos], working to motivate others to learn Hilchos Shabbos and become well versed, or similar kabbalos.
He claimed that doing this would help Kedushas Shabbat defend us against the Kateigor (heavenly prosecutor).