This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Our recitation of the thirteen ‘middot ha-rachamim’ [God’s thirteen attributes of mercy] is certainly the focal point of the ‘selichot’ prayers and the highlight of ‘ne’ila’ on Yom Kippur. But how are we to understand this recitation? Is it a […]
L’zecher nishmat Shalom ben Yisrael Aumann. The Rambam says that the first step in teshuva is to verbalize one’s wrongdoings. How the story of Yosef and his brothers parallels and as a model for the Teshuva process outlined by the Rambam.
The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Yom Tov. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]
The Rambam says Yom Kippur is “the edge” of teshuva “for all”. What does he mean by “for all”? At the beginning of hilchot teshuva, he says teshuva doesn’t have a specific date (or an obligation)? What does he mean by “the edge” of Teshuva. If it’s time-bound why aren’t women exempt?
Yom Kippur has several “deviant” aspects to it. The Kohen Gadol is allowed to go into the Kodesh HaKodashim, we bring the Seir La’Azazel (which is offering a sacrifice to Satan!), and we use a lottery. Additionally, we say “Baruch Shem Kevod…” out loud. What is the reason for these deviations? Chazal compare Yom Kippur to the first day of […]