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Jewish Holidays

The 13 Midot of Rachamim

September 11, 2017, by

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 […]

Hilchos Yom Tov

May 29, 2017, by

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 […]

Yom Kippur: All Time

October 10, 2016, by

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?

Cleansing the Cosmos

October 10, 2016, by

The Torah uses “kapara” and “tahara” to describe Yom Kippur. It doesn’t use selicha or mechila. What is the process that begins on Rosh Hashanah that culminates on Yom Kippur with kapara and tahara?

Yom Kippur: Fission

October 10, 2016, by

What is it about Yom Kippur that makes it different than all the other days of the year – even from Shabbos and Yom Tov? How is Yom Kippur similar to the first day of creation?

Over the Edge of Time and Space

October 10, 2016, by

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 […]

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