Understanding the depth and beauty of the prayers found in the Yom Kippur Machzor, based on Insights from Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik. One of the major themes in the machzor is the dialectic between the grandeur and majesty of the human condition on the one hand and the frail nature of the human condition on the […]
On their face, there could not be two more unlikely holidays to wed than Yom Kippur and Purim. Even the youngest child knows that Purim is a holiday meant for fun and celebration, for costumes and parties. Yom Kippur, on the other hand, is the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar, calling on us […]
A Meditation on Sin and Repentance At the core of man is duality. Some might suggest contradiction. Regardless of how it is characterized, man’s essential duality creates tension in his life. For man is both corporal, like every other being that walks the face of the earth, and he is spiritual, imbued with the dignity […]
The two events of Ma’amad Har Sinai: The Bris of Din and The Bris of Chessed. The goal is to get to a point where we deserve our reward (din), the way we get to that point is via the attribute of mercy, represented by Yom Kippur.
Do you ever hear voices? I do, especially at this time of year. It is now the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This ten-day period is known as the ten days of Teshuvah, or repentance. During this time Jews become more contemplative, more serious, and more given to internal dialogue. It […]
One of the high points of Yom Kippur is the haftarah recited during mincha: 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
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, […]
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 […]