Yom Kippur


Yom Kippur



"Mercy is evoked by a 'face-to-face' encounter… if one succeeds in meeting God 'face-to-face', one will have the power to break through all the boundaries of protocol. 'Face-to-face' creates intimacy and a unique relationship in which judgment does not play a role. In order to merit God's mercy, we have to stand before Him."

   - Rabbi Dr. Tamir Granot, Atoning Before God



 “One who concerns himself with the hungry, the naked, and the destitute sees himself as obligated to God. He does not set himself and his needs at the center, but rather bestows benefaction upon others; in this way he brings God close to him, and God will bestow benefaction upon him. Following this understanding, this section is an especially appropriate haftarah for Yom Kippur, for on this day man must recognize that he stands before God continually.”

 - Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, Repentance and Atonement



Teshuva: Reciprocal Return or Automatic Redemption? - Rabbi Alex Israel | Transcending Free Will - Rabbi Ezra Bick | Atonement in Sefer Vayikra & Sefer Devarim - Rabbi Amnon Bazak | Yom Kippur Service - Rabbi Yair Kahn | Prophet on the Run: Yonah and Yom Kippur - Rabbi David Fohrman



The Two Dimensions of Yom Kippur - Prof. Jonathan Grossman | How Does the Scapegoat Atone - A Message of Mercy and Hope - Rabbi Dr. Yoel Bin Nun | Yom Kippur in Tanakh - HaTanakh.com Staff | The Lesson of the Yom Kippur Service - Hanan Porat |  The Death of Aaron's Sons, and the Priestly Service on Yom Kippur - Rabbi Yair Kahn | The Mysterious White Garments of Yom Kippur - Prof. Jonathan Grossman | Does Teshuva Diminish Free Will? - HaTanakh.com Staff | The Power of Repentance - Ahav's Teshuva - Rabbi Elchanan Samet | The Difference between Purity and Atonement - Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes | Sin and the Metaphor of Impurity - Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein | The Renewed Covenant - Rabbi Ezra Bick | Complete Forgiveness - Amos Hakham| Selecting the Attributes of Mercy - Rabbi Moshe Cohen | There is Freedom of Choice - Dr. Yishai Rosenberg | The Book of Yonah - Rabbi Yaakov Beasley