Yom Kippur in Hebron

September 27, 2006, by

Hebron audio blog for Yom Kippur. If you have questions or comments for David Wilder please send them to:

Yona’s Flight from Destiny

June 29, 2006, by

Towards the climax of Yom Kippur, we are instructed by Chazal to focus our attention on the reading of the entire Book of Yona. Why did our Sages see fit to choose this particular reading as the gates of mercy are about to close? There are those who suggest that the answer lies in the […]

The 13 Attributes of Mercy

June 29, 2006, by

‘And God passed before him and proclaimed…’ Rabbi Yochanan said: Were it not written in the text, it would be impossible for us to say such a thing; this verse teaches us that God enwrapped Himself like the sheliach tzibbur (prayer leader) of a congregation and showed Moshe the order of prayer. He said to […]

The Ten Days of Repentance

June 29, 2006, by

Although the mitzva of teshuva (repentance) is of a universal nature, and therefore not limited to any specific time period, the ten days from Rosh Ha-shana until Yom Kippur are singled out as “days of repentance.” In what way are these days unique with respect to teshuva? The Rambam in Hilkhot Teshuva focuses his discussion […]

The Role Of The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) In The Yom Kippur Avodah

June 29, 2006, by

The Kohen Gadol is forbidden to enter the Kodesh HaKodoshim (Holy of Holies) in his regular, golden-thread priestly vestments ["Bigdei Zahav"]. Rather, special white garments ["Bigdei Lavan"] are required for Yom Kippur Avodah in the Kodesh HaKodoshim. Chazal explain that this rule is predicated upon the negative inferences of the golden-thread vestments, for they invoke […]

Yonah Q&A

June 29, 2006, by

Questions 1. Why do we read the Book of Yona on Yom Kippur? 2. How long was Yona inside the fish? 3. What did the sailors do when they saw their ship floundering in the storm? 4. In which well-known sea was Yona when he was inside the fish? 5. What did Yona do inside […]

Yom Kippur Q&A

June 29, 2006, by

Questions Passover commemorates the going out of Egypt. Shavuos commemorates the giving of the Torah. What historical event can Yom Kippur be said to commemorate? For what kinds of sins does Yom Kippur not atone? What should someone do if the person he wronged does not forgive him the first time? Why is the vidui […]