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Rabbi Avi Weiss

Chag Same’ach from Riverdale

June 30, 2006, by

By Rabbi Avi Weiss It was during the time of Shavuot that the Jews at Sinai declared to God, “na’aseh ve-nishma, we will do and we will listen (to the commandments).” (Exodus 24:7) This order is perplexing as one usually does the opposite, and listens before deciding to act. In his Michtav M’Eliyahu, Rabbi Eliyahu […]

Rav Avi Weiss on Yom Kippur ’58: A Joyous Day

June 29, 2006, by

Yom Kippur is a serious day. It can be argued that a spirit of joy should also prevail. An understanding of teshuvah (repentance) explains why. On a behavioral level, Maimonides writes that teshuvah involves “returning” to a situation in which one had previously failed, and not making the same mistake again. (Laws of Repentance, 2:1) […]