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Jewish Holidays

Self-Awareness and Awareness of Self

October 10, 2005, by

Rabbi Ari Berman, of the Jewish Center in Manhattan, visited the Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY to deliver divrei hitorerut during the Days of Awe 5766. He discussed the central feature of both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as teshuva. We associate viduy with teshuva, and on Yom Kippur we express teshuva though confessing […]

What If?

September 26, 2005, by

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, author of “The Survival Kit” series, discusses the shofar and its impact on us during the yamim noraim. What if we missed the call of the Shofar? What is the meaning and purpose of a Jewish life? A discussion of the shofar and its impact on us during the yamim noraim.

Selichot prior to Rosh HaShanah (Part 2)

January 18, 2005, by

The custom of saying selichot (penitential prayers) during the Days of Repentance is quite an ancient one, and is mentioned already in the time of the Geonim, who lived only a few generations after the last Amoraim (sages of the Talmud). The Ran (commentary on the Rif on Rosh HaShanah 3a) mentions three different customs […]

A Story for the Days of Awe

September 20, 2004, by

About 100 years ago, the Chofetz Chaim suggested that motion pictures were invented to help man visualize Divine judgment. We will all give an accounting for our actions after seeing a “movie” of our past misdeeds. Today, with the advent of computer technology, we can find further insight into spiritual realities that we cannot see […]

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