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What are Sin and Repentance?
What are Sin and Repentance?
“Sin” or “Chet” in Hebrew, means “failure in our relationship with HaShem (G-d).” Our goal should be to continually move closer to G-d, But “chet” is behavior which causes us to...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
Rosh Chodesh Elul
Rosh Chodesh Elul
Elul and Rosh Chodesh Elul – In Relation to Other Months of the Year 1 Nisan 2 Iyar 3 Sivan 4 Tammuz 5 Av – 30 days 6 Elul – 29...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
Who Should Lead the Selichot Prayers?
Who Should Lead the Selichot Prayers?
Who Should Lead The Selichot Prayers? It is very important that suitable individuals be chosen to lead the Selichot as well as the Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Prayers, and to blow...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
Brief Explanation of the “Thirteen Attributes”
Brief Explanation of the “Thirteen Attributes”
Brief Explanation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (based on ArtScroll Siddur) The enumeration and explanation of the Attributes follows the generally accepted opinion of Rabbeinu Tam, as found in Rosh...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
The Principal Ingredient of All Selichot
The Principal Ingredient of All Selichot
The Principal Ingredient of All Selichot Prayers (based on ArtScroll Siddur) The principal ingredient of all the Selichot Prayers is the “List” of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy of G-d, “Hashem, Hashem,...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
Three Levels of Forgiveness
Three Levels of Forgiveness
(based on a “Tomer Devorah” class by Rabbi Yaacov Haber) There are three Hebrew synonyms: “Selichah,” “Mechilah,” and “Kapparah,” all related to the idea of “forgiveness.” What does each mean? “Selichah,”...
Jun 30, 2006
By Rabbi Yaacov Haber
Basic Questions and Answers About Selichot
Basic Questions and Answers About Selichot
What are Selichot? Selichot are special prayers for forgiveness. When are they said? They are usually said on fast days, which are occasions when the Jewish People needs special forgiveness for...
Jun 30, 2006
By OU Staff
Four Rosh HaShanahs
Four Rosh HaShanahs
Although we are all familiar with the Rosh HaShanah, the “Head of the Year,” which occurs in the Fall, there are actually four Rosh HaShanah’s which define, to an extent, the...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
The Month of Kislev
The Month of Kislev
The name “Kislev” is of Babylonian origin. In the Tanach (Bible), Kislev is referred to as the ninth month, as it is the ninth month after Nisan. Although most famous for...
Jun 29, 2006
By OU Staff
The Month of Elul
The Month of Elul
“Elul” is the Sixth Month of the year, counting from “Nisan,” called in the Chumash, “the first month.” Counting from “Tishrei”, the month of Rosh HaShanah, “Elul” is the twelfth, and...
Jun 26, 2006
By OU Staff

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