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Category: Yom Kippur

Not Wearing Shoes Doesn’t Mean Going Barefoot

bwestrich (Posted on September 26, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

Time to Build the Sukkah!

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 18, 2017

There is a practice to build the sukkah immediately following Yom Kippur, to begin involving ourselves with mitzvot as soon as possible so as to turn our teshuvah process into action. But building a sukkah is not just one mitzvah of many mitzvot; it can be seen as a model of how we can live our lives better in the year to come.…

The Prayers of Small Gestures

bwestrich (Posted on September 12, 2017)
From the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies

How Does the Day of Atonement Atone?

by Dr. Deena GrantPosted on October 26, 2016

The Meaning of the Kohen Gadol’s Clothing on Yom Hakippurim (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan GrossmanPosted on October 21, 2016

Why Doesn’t Yom Kippur Come Before Rosh HaShana?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 25, 2016

The relationship between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is both obvious and complex. Obvious, in that Divine judgment and forgiveness are closely connected – we recognize that there is no one who can justify him or herself to their Creator, and thus a day of judgment requires a day of forgiveness which brings with it the Divine gift of atonement.…

It’s Never Too Late

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on July 5, 2016

God has blessed Toby and me with three wonderful children: Dena, Elana and Dov. We were also blessed with a fourth child born between Elana and Dov.  His name was Yitzchak Rafael.  It will be 40 years ago this coming December that Yitzchak Rafael came into this world. …

Ten Spiritual Kernels For The Yamim Nora’im

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on July 5, 2016

Please enjoy this recording of a High Holidays Sermon that Rav Avi gave in California last month. Click here for the PDF source sheet. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4…

Holy Imperfection

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 5, 2016

Acharei-Mot details the special avodah, the sacrificial rites, that the High Priest performed on Yom Kippur to affect atonement for the Jewish people. However, as the Vilna Gaon noted in Kol Eliyahu, the Torah only introduces the connection to Yom Kippur at the very end of the lengthy description of this special avodah.…

Cleansing the Temple, Cleansing our World 

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 21, 2015

Published in the Jerusalem Post on Sept. 28, 2008 “For on this day he shall atone for you to purify you; that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.” (Lev. 16:30) This verse appears at the end of the Torah reading for Yom Kippur, when we leave all of our this-worldly pursuits behind, even food and drink, a day that is totally devoted to God, and a day we are promised atonement for our sins.…

The Weight of Sin

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on October 2, 2014

Sin and atonement are very abstract, colorless concepts. When we discuss such things, we tend to do so in relation to other abstract concepts: “Sin is an act of transgressing God’s will or commandment; atonement is the act of divine forgiveness, or of becoming reconciled and at one with God.” All of this is true, but spoken about this way, these concepts remain without shape and form.…

A thought for Shabbat Shuva and Yom Kippur

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 21, 2012

The relationship between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is both obvious and complex. Obvious, in that Divine judgment and forgiveness are closely connected – we recognize that there is no one who can justify him or herself to their Creator, and thus a day of judgment requires a day of forgiveness which brings with it the Divine gift of atonement.…