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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

The Four Stages of Repentance: Confession

September 16, 2008, by

What are you sorry for? Third in a series on repentance by Rabbi Moishe Lichtenstein, host of Water-Cooler Questions on OURadio.org. Email questions to watercooler@ou.org. For part 1 click here For part 2 click here For part 4 click here

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. A discussion of the 4th chapter in the Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuva (laws of repentance) in which he discusses the 24 roadblocks to attaining teshuva.

Yom Kippur: Taint and Tikkun

September 20, 2007, by

The ongoing taint and tikkun of the selling of Yosef and the Golden Calf. On Yom Kippur God ensures that negative actions and behaviors from the past year are as if they never happened – on both personal & national levels.

Yom Kippur: Drop Your Bags and Jump

September 19, 2007, by

Why is Yom Kippur considered the happiest day of the year? Why is Kol Nidrei – an annulment of vows – said at the most powerful moment of the year, doesn’t it kill the moment?

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