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Jewish Holidays

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.

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.

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