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שיעורי טקסט Rav Nechemia Raanan Higher Repentance and Lower Repentance Rambam and Ramban present different portraits of teshuva, specifically with regard to whether teshuva is accomplished by the person alone or with divine aid. These two depictions parallel the kabbalistic distinction between lower teshuva and higher teshuva.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital A Heavenly Voice on Yom Kippur How can a person purify himself in a single day? Yom Kippur is unique in many ways.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The First Yom Kippur There are a number of fascinating parallels between Moshe's second ascent to Mount Sinai and the Kohen Gadol's entry to the Holy of Holies every Yom Kippur.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan The Ten Martyrs Why is the piyyut "Eleh Ezkera," recounting the slaying of the Ten Martyrs, found in the Ashkenazi liturgy on Yom Kippur? And why is it placed specifically in Musaf at the conclusion of the recounting of the Yom Kippur Temple service?
שיעורי טקסט Rav Nechemia Raanan The Service of Motza’ei Yom Kippur The Musar masters draw our attention to the fact that the most important part of Yom Kippur might in fact be what follows it.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital “We Have Acted Without Knowledge” This declaration is a strange one with which to open Yom Kippur. What is it trying to convey?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yaakov Medan A Day of Matchmaking The mishna asserts that the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur are joyous holidays of matchmaking. Upon what is this assertion based?
שיעורי טקסט Yeshiva Staff Reading Yona with the Rambam, the Rav, and R. Lichtenstein Sefer Yona describes the power of teshuva. Through a theological approach to the sefer, based on the accumulated wisdom of some of our greatest rabbinical thinkers, we can come to a deeper and more profound understanding of the sefer and of the nature of teshuva itself.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Binyamin Tabory Affliction on Yom Kippur The prohibitions of Yom Kippur are formulated by the Torah in positive terms (“You shall afflict your souls”), not as prohibitions (e.g., “You shall not eat”). What are the ramifications of this?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Baruch Gigi What is the Connection between Yom Kippur and the Section of the Arayot? The Torah reading at Mincha on Yom Kippur is the section of arayot. Why was this passage in particular chosen for this reading? An understanding of the dual themes of Sefer Vayikra will point us towards the answer.
שיעורי טקסט Dr. Alan Jotkowitz On Ne’ila The Ne'ila service at the conclusion of Yom Kippur reflects many themes. To understand the nature of this unique tefilla, we will explore its sources, including the verses that are quoted during the service itself.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Secret of the Scapegoat The concepts of "purity" and "holiness" are cornerstones of Judaism. What do they mean, what is the relationship between them, and how can this understanding help us explain the mysterious commandment to send a goat to Azazel as part of the Yom Kippur sacrificial service?
שיעורי טקסט Yeshiva Staff Philosophical and Educational Themes in Rav Amital’s Discourses for the High Holidays How does one explain the magic that touched our hearts as we listened to the simple and wondrous sichot of the rosh yeshiva, Harav Amital zt”l, during the month of Elul and the Yamim Nora’im?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein The Messages of Jerusalem The Gemara (Bava Kama 82b) lists ten rituals that were not performed in Jerusalem, including the egla arufa (decapitated heifer), declaration of an ir ha-nidachat (idolatrous city), etc. The reason for this unique status was that Jerusalem, unlike all other portions of Eretz Yisrael, was not given to any of the tribes.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Yitzchak Levy The Significance of the Name "Jerusalem" What is the significance of the name "Jerusalem" (Yerushalayim)?
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein "The Perfection of Beauty:" The Symbolism of Jerusalem and Eretz Yisrael The book of Tehillim (48:3) describes Jerusalem as being "of panoramic beauty; the joy of the whole world." This relates to two aspects of the city. The "panoramic beauty" expresses its esthetic splendor, while the "joy" describes our experience of Jerusalem.
שיעורי טקסט Rav Mordechai Breuer Yom Yerushalayim - The Akeida and God’s Choice of Jerusalem In the story of Avraham's meeting with Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, and in the story of Avraham's binding of Yitzchak on Mt. Moriah, we learn the meaning of God's choice of Jerusalem.