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Jewish Holidays

Yom Kippur 5771: Torah Tidbits Audio

September 16, 2010, by

Phil Chernofsky presents Torah Tidbits audio for Yom Kippur 5771 with a discussion of the basic laws of Yom Kippur including the 5 restrictions, Kol Nidrei, and the section of Mussaf where we recount the special avodah – temple service – performed on Yom Kippur

Why Tefilah Doesn’t Mean Prayer: Redefining our Relationship with God

September 15, 2010, by

What’s the nature of tefillah (prayer) – are we trying to change God’s mind? How does God’s midat harachamim (attribute of mercy) work – why isn’t it a perversion of justice? 5 terms for tefillah. Presented by Rabbi Steven Weil. Recorded Live at The Orthodox Union World Headquarters, NY, NY on September 14, 2010. Click here for […]

Laws and Customs of Erev Yom Kippur

September 14, 2010, by

The day before Yom Kippur is considered to be a quasi-festival day. Traditionally, “all who eat on the ninth are considered to have fasted on the ninth AND the tenth.” It is thus a mitzvah to eat and drink Erev Yom Kippur. This both gives us strength for the fast and substitutes for the usual […]

Yom Kippur: A Day of Atonement?

September 14, 2010, by

This shiur provided courtesy of The Tanach Study Center In memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT’ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR?  In English, the word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions that may have been committed over the […]

The Prayers of Yom Kippur: Rabbi Weil

September 13, 2010, by

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 […]

Purim and Yom Kippur: An Odd Couple?

February 24, 2010, by

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 […]

The Nullity of Being; The Greatness of Being

September 24, 2009, by

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 […]

Yom Kippur: 13 Midos

September 24, 2009, by

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.

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