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Category: Yom Kippur

How Does the Day of Atonement Atone?

by Dr. Deena Grant Posted on October 26, 2016

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

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman Posted on October 21, 2016

Why Doesn’t Yom Kippur Come Before Rosh HaShana?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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 Continue Reading »

It’s Never Too Late

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted 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.  He was affected with a dreadful genetic Continue Reading »

Ten Spiritual Kernels For The Yamim Nora’im

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted 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 Linzer Posted 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. The framing of the avodah is not Continue Reading »

Cleansing the Temple, Cleansing our World 

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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 Continue Reading »

The Weight of Sin

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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, Continue Reading »

A thought for Shabbat Shuva and Yom Kippur

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted 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 Continue Reading »

Cleaning the Temple, Cleaning our World

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on October 6, 2011

This is an emended piece that I wrote on Yom Kippur and the Temple Service which was originally published in the Jerusalem Post Magazine, 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 Continue Reading »

Mesechet Chullin and Yom Kippur: Becoming Tahor

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on October 6, 2011

The Gemara Chullin (101a-b) compares the relative severity of the prohibition against a ritually pure (tahor) person who eats the meat of a sacrifice that has become impure (tamei) and the prohibition against a tamei person eating the meat of a tahor sacrifice.  The first prohibition – where the sacrificial meat has already been defiled – is a simple Continue Reading »

The Yom Kippur Service and The Avoda of Teshuva

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 17, 1998

Parshat Acharay-Mot details the Temple service that the high priest would perform every Yom Kippur. Today, the description of the Temple service forms the center of the communal Yom Kippur Musaf prayer, and the Torah reading on Yom Kippur is taken from the parsha of Acharay-Mot. Yet the Temple service seems irrelevant to us today. Continue Reading »