Jewish Holidays

Mishnas Chayim – Yom Kippur: Yonah, A Life’s Journey

September 22, 2009, by

One of the high points of Yom Kippur is the haftarah recited during minchah: the cherished Sefer Yonah. The compelling narrative is familiar to most. Charged with a mission to prophesy to the people of Nineveh and exhort them to teshuvah (repentance), Yonah attempts to flee instead. Read the text version

You DO Have a Prayer

September 25, 2008, by

As we get ready for Yom Kippur, I have a question: What is Kol Nidre all about? Why do we say Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur? Or, more importantly, why is Kol Nidre – which means “All vows” – the last thing we say before the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest of holy days, […]

All Good Fasts Must Come To An End

September 25, 2008, by

I can tell when the High Holidays are approaching, because I start getting those phone calls – from my family, my friends, my mother’s friends…even strangers! “Can I make the brisket ahead and freeze it?” “How about the kugel?” “What can I do with my burnt honey cake?” (Yes and yes to the first two […]

Break-the-Fast Meal Ideas

September 25, 2008, by

On Thursday, October 9th, when the sun sets and the first stars appear in the sky, Yom Kippur 2008/5769 will end. After fasting for over 24 hours and spending a day in prayer and contemplation, asking for forgiveness, it’s time to gather with family and friends to celebrate our hopes for a good new year. […]

Yom Kippur: The Day On

September 18, 2008, by

As it turns out, even the Satan gets a day off. For 364 days of the year, he’s on our case, tempting us everywhere we go, trying to confuse us into a sin so that he can accuse us before the Heavenly Tribunal…A look at Yom Kippur with Rabbi Pinchas Winston, host of OU Radio […]

A Jumble of Holidays

September 10, 2008, by

There’s an old joke in the Jewish community: The High Holidays are always either early or late; they’re never on time! Well, this year they’re late (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 29th). But aside from that, this year Shabbat begins one day after Yom Kippur ends (the evening on October 10th). Sukkot, of […]

Kinus Teshuva

September 21, 2007, by

Kinus Teshuva: Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld speaking at Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY on Sunday, September 16, 2007.

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