Jewish Holidays

Discipline: For the Sin We Committed through Food & Drink

August 23, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You by eating and drinking.” In the “Al Het” sin list we read multiple times over Yom Kippur, the appearance of a confession about eating and drinking seems odd; it feels prosaic and trivial next to unwarranted hatred or speaking ill of others. It takes physical strength to fast; […]

Laws and Customs of Erev Yom Kippur

September 14, 2010, by

The day before Yom Kippur is considered to be a quasi-festival day. Traditionally, “all who eat on the ninth are considered to have fasted on the ninth AND the tenth.” It is thus a mitzvah to eat and drink Erev Yom Kippur. This both gives us strength for the fast and substitutes for the usual […]

Yom Kippur – A Day of Atonement?

September 14, 2010, by

Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT‘ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR? The word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions which may have been committed over the course of the previous year. However, in Chumash we find numerous instances in which the word “kippurim” […]

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