Yom Kippur

Nitzavim-Vayelech – Hashem is close

Why does the Torah stress that the commandments are not far away? What does it mean that they are in ‘your mouth and your heart to do them?’ What is the deeper concept of Teshuva – repentance – and why does it begin on Rosh Hashana, the day we crown Hashem our King? What is…

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Acharei-Kedoshim – Understanding true holiness

What is the connection between the Avodah of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur and the forbidden sexual relationships? What is the significance of the fact that the Torah prefaces the topics in our parsha with the concept of the metzora? What is the significance of the punishments for sexual perversion – being thrown out…

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Shemini – True leadership

What was the sin of Nadav and Avihu? What was their motivation to bring this fire into the holy of holies? Didn’t they know this place was only for the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur? Why is their death the introduction for the order of the Yom Kippur service? Why was it such a grave…

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Yom Kippur – day of transcendence

What is the secret of Yom Kippur? How is it connected to receiving the Torah and doing Teshuva? How does Teshuva work? Why don’t we eat on Yom Kippur? What is the connection between Yom Kippur and Moshe Rabbenu’s stay on Har Sinai? Find out in this special edition of the Parsha Podcast.

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