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Jewish Holidays

The Truth Behind the Mask

March 11, 2019, by

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid – Rav Nachman of Breslav That the Ba’alei HaKabalah find mystical connections and meanings in things large and small is a credit to their insight and spirituality. Still, when they draw a direct connection between Purim and Yom Kippurim it feels […]

Avinu Malkeinu

November 13, 2018, by

אבינו מלכנו, החזירנו בתשובה שלמה לפניך Our Father, our King, return us to You in perfect repentance. ***** Avinu Malkeinu is one of our most prominent and most passionately and powerfully recited tefilos in these days of Aseres Y’mei T’shuvah.  In fact, the same is true during the very last moments of N’ilah, which is […]


September 17, 2018, by

How is annulment of vows (Kol Nidrei) connected to the essence of Yom Kippur? The Avodah of Aseres Yemei Teshuva and Yom Kippur in general and in a leap year in particular. Dedicated to the Refuah shleima of Shulamis bas Sara Sosha

The Components of Teshuvah

September 17, 2018, by

Teshuva necessarily involves learning what is right and what is wrong. Which comes first – stopping the sin or regret? Why is there a need to verbalize our confession? The two aspects of sin – the act of rebellion and the damage it causes. If you intended to sin but lucked out and you didn’t […]

Scrutiny and Study

September 14, 2018, by

 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Among the sins that we ask Hashem for forgiveness on Yom Kippur are “the sins that we committed before You bli daat/without knowledge.” While Artscroll interprets these sins to be the result of self – imposed ignorance, Rabbi Meislish notes these sins are the result of ignorance, […]

Punishment vs. Atonement

November 30, 2017, by

The Rambam says (Hilchos Teshuva 6:1-2) that some sins bring about a judgement of punishment that will pertain to the person’s body or his possessions, or his young children, some sins bring about a judgement of punishment that will take place only in the next world, and there are some sins that bring about a […]