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Jewish Holidays

Rav Soloveitchik: Yom Kippur Philosophy – Part 2

September 21, 2012, by

Rav Soloveitchik discusses the dual nature of the powerful day of Yom Kippur: trepidation on one hand and joy on the other hand.  Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation with God and a day of kapparah, when we are granted atonement. Delivered in Boston, September 21st, 1974. For part 1 click here.

Rav Soloveitchik : Yom Kippur Philosophy – Part 1

September 21, 2012, by

Rav Soloveitchik discusses the dual nature of the powerful day of Yom Kippur: trepidation on one hand and joy on the other hand.  Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation with God and a day of kapparah, when we are granted atonement. Delivered in Boston, September 21st, 1974. For part 2 click here.

Unexpected Visitors We Encounter in the Machzor

September 21, 2012, by

Rabbi Weil discusses themes we encounter in the Machzor including the 13 Middos, Akeida, Yom Teruah, Eim Sisera, Zechariah, Rachel, Shofar Gadol, Chana, & the Seir HaMishtaleach, and how both the Living & the Dead are Judged. Download the Source Sheet.

Yom Kippur: Symbolism of the Goats

September 20, 2012, by

Understanding the 2 goats (seir la’Hashem and seir la’azazel) and the nature of teshuva as a way to understand what Yom Kippur is really all about in 3 areas: mindset, mood, and message.

Honesty: For the Sin We Committed Before You with Verbal Confession

September 6, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You with verbal confession.” We are always apologizing. New research contends that most of us apologize about four times a week. We say sorry all of the time. Reading the findings might lead us to believe that as people we are honest, generally contrite, humble, able to confront our […]

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; […]

Yom Kippur 5772: Torah Tidbits Audio

October 6, 2011, by

Solemn, Joyous, and Challenging – Torah Tidbits Audio for Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur Moshe came down with the luchot & God forgave the Jews for the golden calf. This made the time prime for repentance & introspection.

Getting the Most Out of Yom Kippur

October 4, 2011, by

On Yom Kippur God comes down & says: “I am acceptable, Meet Me halfway”. 3 reasons why it is so hard to meet God halfway & how we can take advantage of this.

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