Shofar Concepts

The Call For Clarity – Shofar Concepts The commandment is to hear the sound of the Shofar. From the Shema we know that hearing in Judaism means to understand. The call of the Shofar is the sound that wakes us up, so that we’ll make a choice

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Structure Of Amidah

Structure of Amidah (Evening, Morning, Afternoon) I. Blessing of Praise (Standard). a. Shield of Abraham (Historical Relationship).b. Restores the dead to life (Power). c. Sanctification.  II. Body of Rosh HaShana Amidah Identifying with G-d’s goal for humanity. III. Blessing of Thanksgiving (Standard) a. Restoration of G-d’s presence to

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Davening With Kavana

An Essay on Davening/ Praying The following essay, written by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan z”l, may be helpful in giving insight into being able to pray with sincere and heartfelt intentions. Prologue Several years ago, I received a telephone call from Moshe, a senior yeshiva student whom I

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High Holiday Minyan

Rosh Hashana is the day of judgment, of evaluating how the plan of each of our lives is coming along. It is really a joyful day as well, because we know that it’s a good thing to check on how we’re doing, and because we realize that

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Understanding The High Holidays

Author: Rabbi Emanuel Feldman “UNDERSTANDING THE HIGH HOLIDAYS” by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman *    *    * Tishrei, the month of Rosh Hashana, is the first month of the universe, and just as when G-d completed His Creation He contemplated and evaluated it, so does He do every Rosh

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Yom Kippur Drasha 2009

Welcome – so nice to see you all again. Joke: Son comes home from school and tells father he learnt there are 3 gods, father furious and tells him there is ONLY one G-d and we don’t believe in him!  Us Jews: We know if there is a

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Kol Nidrei Drasha 2008

Welcome again to all – so happy to see all of you here tonight. What should be our mindset for the next 25 hrs? Not who will be the next president. Two old Jewish Bubbies are talking. “Mazal Tov”   I hear that your daughter got married…” says the

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Mistakes and Not Sins

Ahuvah (Delores) Gray Story – Share her story The African-American ordained minister who converts American dream: a Californiacondo, a terrific and lucrative career, and a life full of dear friends and devoted family. Spirit, too, Delores an ordained minister she was part of a loving and accepting religious community. And yet… and

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Yizkor – Life and Death

Yizkor is a moment of paradox – we remember our loved ones, and Jewish martyrs, who are gone, and yet in doing so we are reminded of their immortality – their souls residing in Gan Eden. In turn, at the moment of recognition of their being a

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Yizkor Story – Lecha Dodi

After concluding the Kabbalas Shabbos prayers, Dan greeted the Rabbi and was making his way out of the shul when he thought to scan the room and see if anyone needed a place for Shabbos dinner. He spotted young man wearing dungarees, with a backpack, dark skin,

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Yizkor – Opportunities for Teshuva

We in America are used to calling today’s holiday Yom Kippur, translated as Day of Atonement.  Really the Torah calls it Yom HaKippurim: The Day of Atonements, plural.  Our mystical tradition explains that the day’s judgment and atonement is two, for the living and the dead. As

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The Yom Kippur Avodah

Author: Rabbi Yitz Sandler based on sources by Rabbi Malcolm Herman Break it into three main parts: History of the world; Avoda itself; Celebration – seems to suggest that the whole purpose of creation was the centrality of the Yom Kippur service. Introduction – we say Yom Kippur is

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The Seven Steps Prior to Teshuva

Author: Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt’l based on the Chovos HaLevavos       1)      Focus on one specific moment when you did this עבירה.   2)      Know that what you did was unequivocally an עבירה. 3)      Know that you will be punished for this עבירה.   4)      The punishment is on its way (the bullet

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Yom Kippur- True Repentance

(Based on the words of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits) “Ki bayom hazeh yechaper aleichem letaher eschem m’kol chcatoseichem… For, on this day, He will forgive you to purify you from all your sins…”. Thus describes the Torah the divine forgiveness of Yom Kippur. How does it work, though?

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Yom Kippur- Fulfilling Our Potential

As we approach Yom Kippur we recognise that there is a great necessity to contemplate our shemiras hamitzvos – where we have erred and where we need to do teshuva.  However there is another vital aspect of Avodas Hashem that we are less aware of, that we also

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The Compassion Of Hashem

Author: The Salant Foundation Mussar – The Wisdom of Personal Growth We would assume that the logical sequence of repentance would entail first cleansing oneself from transgression, followed by the granting of forgiveness by HaShem.  However when the Torah (Vayikra 16:30) speaks about Yom Kippur it first

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Inyanei Teshuva from the Rambam

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) The Rambam writes in Perek Aleph, that when an Adom is choteh andkesheyaseh Teshuva he is chayev lehisvados-to say viduy. He should’vesaid im yaseh teshuva- if he’ll do teshuva. Why does the Rambam saythat vaday he’ll do teshuva?

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Kol Nidre Joke

The Jewish community has a dilemma this weekend. The upcoming critical Red Sox – Yankees series at Fenway Park starts the same night as Kol Nidre, the solemnest time of the Jewish calendar. This has put many local fans into a quandary.A very distressed Yankee fan goes

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Yom Kippur Pre Yizkor Drusho

The head of the company got in late that day because his son started kindergarten. Another fellow was delayed because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time. One was late because of being stuck

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Yom Kippur Drusho

Author: Rabbi Shmuel Silinsky Here is a great one but a little complicated. Good if your people are into and can follow the Hebrew and a gematria. Might be hard for absolute beginners. How you tell it is important. I heard this from Rabbi Zvi Block at

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Yom Kippur

Question to consider; Is Yom Kippur a happy day or sad?The ten days between and including Rosh HaShonna and Yom Kippur are called the ‘eser yamai tshuva” the ten days of tshuva.The Rambam in the laws of tshuva says that Tshuva..is always beautiful during the ten days

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