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Yom Kippur Readings

Brief Thoughts from the Rebbes

Brief insights into the nature of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, culled from the teachings of the Chabad Rebbes.

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Enjoy four short thoughts and a video adapted from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Yom Kippur.
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Take a different view of what this day is about
Sit still and contemplate this day. Perhaps it is not what they tell you it is.
On Yom Kippur, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer incense as an emmisary for every Jew. This service still exists in a spiritual sense, even today.
Besides physical sleep, there is also spiritual sleep. Spiritual sleep is the attempt to rise above worldy matters and withdraw from them, just as during sleep the soul withdraws from the body and ascends on high.
Even a sin done unwillingly is rooted in the will.
“And he would offer a short prayer there in the Sanctuary, after he left the Holy of Holies in order not to worry the people that perhaps he died in the Sanctuary.”
On Yom Kippur the Jewish people received the second tablets, which were given quietly, not accompanied by thunder and lightning like the first ones. This may be explained with an analogy.
The atonement of Yom Kippur is achieved by revealing the level of the soul that sin cannot affect or harm to begin with.
On Yom Kippur, the last day of the Ten Days of Repentance, we try to uproot sin by any means possible.
Why is the text of confession arranged according to the alef-beit (“Ashamnu, bagadnu,” etc.)?
Yom Kippur coincides with the giving of the second tablets. What is the link between the Torah and Yom Kippur?
In the Torah there is no place for evil in the simple sense; there is only the advantage of “turn from evil,” the conversion of evil itself to good.
After the great loftiness of Yom Kippur, when every Jew is on an extremely high level, what is expected of us now?
The marriage of Isaac and Rebecca symbolizes the marriage between G‑d and the Jewish people, a marriage which is renewed every year during the High Holidays.
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