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Jewish Holidays

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.

Honesty: For the Sin We Committed Before You with Verbal Confession

September 6, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You with verbal confession.” We are always apologizing. New research contends that most of us apologize about four times a week. We say sorry all of the time. Reading the findings might lead us to believe that as people we are honest, generally contrite, humble, able to confront our […]

Discipline: For the Sin We Committed Through Food & Drink

August 23, 2012, by

“For the sin we committed before You by eating and drinking.” In the “Al Het” sin list we read multiple times over Yom Kippur, the appearance of a confession about eating and drinking seems odd; it feels prosaic and trivial next to unwarranted hatred or speaking ill of others. It takes physical strength to fast; […]

Yom Kippur 5772: Torah Tidbits Audio

October 6, 2011, by

Solemn, Joyous, and Challenging – Torah Tidbits Audio for Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur Moshe came down with the luchot & God forgave the Jews for the golden calf. This made the time prime for repentance & introspection.

Getting the Most Out of Yom Kippur

October 4, 2011, by

On Yom Kippur God comes down & says: “I am acceptable, Meet Me halfway”. 3 reasons why it is so hard to meet God halfway & how we can take advantage of this.

Haftorahman: Haftarah for Shabbat Shuva

October 1, 2011, by

The haftarah for the Shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur focuses on teshuva. God tells us to return to Him, we strayed, so it’s up to us. 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 Haftarah a […]

Seek Hashem When He is to be Found

September 20, 2011, by

Even though repentance and petition are always appropriate, during the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom HaKipurim it is even more appropriate and it is accepted immediately, as it is stated: Seek Hashem when He is to be found…. Yom HaKipurim is the time for repentance for the individual and for the congregation. It […]

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