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Jewish Holidays

A Review of Hilchot Yom Tov

April 10, 2014, 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 Rama, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]

Drasha for the Eighth Day of Pesach: Yizkor

February 25, 2014, by

Before we say Yizkor, I want to share a thought with you that I read in the journal, “Dos Yiddische Vort”. It was an article by Rabbi Moshe Sherer, the head of the Agudas Yisrael in America. He describes how he was travelling by plane, together with Rabbi Yaacov Kaminetzky of blessed memory, to New […]

Yom Kippur: Breaking of the Vessels

September 24, 2012, by

How do we make Yom Kippur have a lasting effect on our lives beyond the day of Yom Kippur? What do we need to do to prepare for and approach Yom Kippur so that it has that lasting effect?

Haftorahman: Yom Kippur Morning

September 23, 2012, by

The Haftarah for Shacharit on Yom Kippur deals with the proper way to do Teshuva (repentance). Isaiah criticizes people who merely go through the motions – it’s not just about fasting. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the […]

Haftorahman: Yom Kippur Afternoon – The Book of Jonah

September 22, 2012, by

The book of Yonah (Jonah) which we read at Mincha on Yom Kippur shows us that not only can’t we run from Hashem, but also that if you truly repent, even the harshest punishment can be reversed. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a […]

Tzedakah’s Role in the Teshuvah Process

September 21, 2012, by

Among the characteristics of repentance is for the repentant individual to constantly call out before Hashem tearfully and with petitions. One should give charity according to one’s capacity. One should distance oneself from one’s sinful behavior… (Maimonides, Laws of Repentance 2:4) 1. Behaviors associated with teshuvah Maimonides explains that the process of teshuvah – repentance […]

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.

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