Holiday Packages
Teacher Title Abstract
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital Yom Kippur: Day of Kingship and Judgment The central theme of Rosh Ha-shana is God's kingship, and this continues to feature prominently on Yom Kippur. We see this most clearly in the Amida, where, between Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur, we refer to God as “ha-Melekh ha-Kadosh” – the Holy King.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Yehuda Amital On Jewish Faith during the Holocaust According to the Tosafot (Rosh Ha-shana 16b), the three books that are open on Rosh Ha-shana deal with one’s fate in the World to Come. Nahmanides (Torat HaAdam, Shaar HaGemul), however, maintains that the judgment on Rosh Ha-shana and Yom Kippur concerns one’s fate in this world. In our prayers we say that God considers every living thing, remembering it for life or for death; on Rosh Ha-shana it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
שיעורי טקסט Harav Aharon Lichtenstein Mediocre Teshuva and the Teshuva of the Mediocre The concept of teshuva (repentance) bears a dual aspect. On the one hand, when teshuva is successfully completed, it can have an elitist tinge. As Chazal say, “In the place where ba’alei teshuva (penitents) stand, even the completely righteous cannot stand” (Berakhot 34b, Sanhedrin 99a).
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 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.