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Jewish Holidays

Yom Kippur in Hebron

September 27, 2006, by

Hebron audio blog for Yom Kippur. If you have questions or comments for David Wilder please send them to: hebron@hebron.org.il

Articles for Elul by Rabbi Yaakov Luban

September 19, 2006, by

Short stories for the Days of Awe The Pendulum A Story for the Days of Awe Changing Perspectives The Grand Slam If you received e-mail from an angel, would you heed…The Heavenly Call The Merry – Go – Round

Stories from the Talmud about Repentance

June 30, 2006, by

“Midrashim” about “Teshuvah,” Repentance “Midrashim” are stories and ideas from sections of the Talmud not dealing directly with aspects of Jewish Law. The stories are either true stories about famous or not-so-famous individuals, which illustrate a moral point, obvious fables, again illustrating moral points, or philosophical ideas, derived from verses in the Bible. Some of […]

What are Sin and Repentance?

June 30, 2006, by

“Sin” or “Chet” in Hebrew, means “failure in our relationship with HaShem (G-d).” Our goal should be to continually move closer to G-d, But “chet” is behavior which causes us to move away from G-d. “Repentance” or “Teshuvah” in Hebrew, means “Return.” In this context, it means “Return to G-d” and to behavior required of […]

Three Levels of Forgiveness

June 30, 2006, by

(based on a “Tomer Devorah” class by Rabbi Yaacov Haber) There are three Hebrew synonyms: “Selichah,” “Mechilah,” and “Kapparah,” all related to the idea of “forgiveness.” What does each mean? “Selichah,” usually translated as “forgiveness” is the first step which must be taken if someone has committed a sin, whether it be against G-d or […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

Yonah’s Flight from Destiny

June 29, 2006, by

Towards the climax of Yom Kippur, we are instructed by Chazal to focus our attention on the reading of the entire Book of Yonah. Why did our Sages see fit to choose this particular reading as the gates of mercy are about to close? There are those who suggest that the answer lies in the […]

The 13 Attributes of Mercy

June 29, 2006, by

‘And God passed before him and proclaimed…’ Rabbi Yochanan said: Were it not written in the text, it would be impossible for us to say such a thing; this verse teaches us that God enwrapped Himself like the sheliach tzibbur (prayer leader) of a congregation and showed Moshe the order of prayer. He said to […]

The Ten Days of Repentance: 2 Types of Teshuva

June 29, 2006, by

Although the mitzva of teshuva (repentance) is of a universal nature, and therefore not limited to any specific time period, the ten days from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur are singled out as “days of repentance.” In what way are these days unique with respect to teshuva? The Rambam in Hilchot Teshuva focuses his discussion […]

The Role Of The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) In The Yom Kippur Avodah

June 29, 2006, by

The Kohen Gadol is forbidden to enter the Kodesh HaKodashim (Holy of Holies) in his regular, golden-thread priestly vestments [“Bigdei Zahav”]. Rather, special white garments [“Bigdei Lavan”] are required for Yom Kippur Avodah in the Kodesh HaKodashim. Chazal explain that this rule is predicated upon the negative inferences of the golden-thread vestments, for they invoke […]

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