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Yom Kippur Videos

Watch these inspiring Yom Kippur and High Holidays videos and learn its traditions and meaning.

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What is Yom Kippur all about? Unpack layers of meaning embedded in the requirement that we neither eat nor drink for the duration of this most holy and solemn of days.
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Join together before the Yom Kippur, as we remember our loved ones in a traditional Yizkor memorial webcast. Featuring a Yizkor sermon by prolific speaker Rabbi Yossi Goldman and music and song led by world renowned singer Benny Friedman.
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Day of Atonement
Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the calendar, is a day of atonement which is observed chiefly through fasting.
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No one is perfect, so when Yom Kippur comes and we are told that we can atone for all our sins and start again with a clean slate, it seems like a pretty good deal.
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Letters and numbers of the festivals—Yom Kippur
In our prayers, the verse “Shema Yisrael” is followed by a verse that appears nowhere in the Torah. What is its origin? Why do we whisper it all year long, and why do we say it out loud on Yom Kippur?
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Ari discovers that multiple connections have their limitations—especially when attempting to achieve at-oneness.
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Transcending Inner Conflict on the Holiest Day of the Year
One of the emotional peaks of the Yom Kippur prayer service is a description of the ceremony performed by the High Priest in the Holy Temple.
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What is the origin of this ancient prayer? Why does Jewish tradition lend so much weight and solemnity to this seemingly technical prayer of vow-annulment procedure? A historical, musical and inspirational perspective on one of the most important and holiest prayers of the year.
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How we access divine mercy on the High Holidays
A central theme in the High Holiday prayers are the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. Discover their deeper significance, mystical meaning and the powerful energy uncovered in calling forth G-d’s mercy.
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A father gives love; a king makes demands. Why do we need both?
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Perspectives on the High-Holiday Prayer
One of the most poignant moments of the High-Holiday prayers is the recital of the liturgical poem, Unessanneh Tokef. What is its significance? Who composed it, and under what circumstances?
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The Torah describes Yom Kippur as the Sabbath of Sabbaths. Discover the double dimension of this most holy day on the Jewish calendar.
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A Message of Unconditional Love
During Temple times, atonement on Yom Kippur was achieved through the once-a-year unique ritual of the offerings of the identical goats. However, each individual was obligated to personally repent for the sacrifices to be effective. In addition, Maimonides rules that the very day of Yom Kippur affords – then and now – atonement with the provision that the individual 'returns'. This class will explain all four components: 1) the sacrifice, 2) repentance, 3) the contribution of Yom Kippur and, 4) the meaning of 'return'. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 27)
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The Five Levels of the Soul
The highlight of Yom Kippur in Temple times was the High Priest’s service in the “Holy of Holies.” What does this holiest day of the year mean to us today even in diaspora?
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Understanding the mitzvah of teshuvah, more than just repentance, rather returning to G-d, explained on five levels.
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Why is Yom Kippur introduced with the annulment of vows?
An exploration of the origins of this prayer; unpacking its legal and mystical dimensions.
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The right way to approach the Yom Kippur high.
On Yom Kippur we can experience a spiritual high and transcendent inspiration, but how do we avoid the disappointing crash that may follow this extraordinary high? What can we do to keep the inspiration going for the rest of the year?
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How and When to Forgive and Forget
A practical look at how to forgive people -- especially those closest to us -- after they have caused us harm.
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Pre-Yom Kippur Inspiration
Learn an amazingly simple secret for healing yourself and all of your relationships this new year.
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On what grounds should you forgive me if I wronged me? Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness. Learn from G-d, the ultimate Forgiver.
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Merging intimacy and awe in the High Holiday prayers
The High Holidays are often approached with fear, but a closer look reveals an inner core of divine intimacy along with human empowerment and illumination.
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A look at the development of this iconic prayer based on manuscripts housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, one of the largest collections of Hebraic manuscripts in the world.
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Why is fasting more important than praying on Yom Kippur?
The purpose of fasting on Yom Kippur is to induce a contrite and humbled heart before the Supreme Judge. If so, why if one falls weak fasting and cannot properly repent and pray, is he to nevertheless complete the fast, even if it entails sleeping through Neilah?! This class will reveal the essence of Yom Kippur, resolving this and other paradoxes of the holiest day of the year. (Based on Likutei Sichos volumes 3, 29 and 32.)
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The Mitzvah of Saying Vidui
As part of doing Teshuvah on Yom Kippur, we confess our sins. Rabbi Yaakov Wagner thoroughly explains the viduy prayer based on traditional sources.
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Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
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A Meditation for Yom Kippur
There are different ways to describe ourselves, by what we do and who we are. Here's a completely novel way of finding the real you--and its accessible only once a year!
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Measuring the ‘Half’, Lesson 1
This class explores the principles of ‘chatzi-shiur’ (half measure)—namely, the halachic status of prohibitions performed with less than the quantity proscribed by Torah law. A fascinating debate originating from the Talmudic discussion on Yom Kippur. We’ll also analyze the difference between ‘Assur’ (prohibited) and ‘Chayav’ (liable).
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Live performance of 7 melodies from the Yom Kippur prayers
From a live concert by Shlomie Rabin and Sholom Ber Rabin of the Niggun Society and Bentzi Marcus of 8th Day band in Los Angeles at Maay0n Yisroel.
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After the Yom Kippur service in the Holy Temple concluded, throngs of worshippers would accompany the High Priest back to his home for a holiday feast. Why the big celebration?
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Echoes of a Shofar
Eyewitnesses share their personal stories of how Jews valiantly resisted the British ban on sounding the shofar at the Western Wall from 1930-1947.
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The High Holidays and Teshuvah
How to properly experience the High Holiday season when your heart and head are burdened with challenges, worries, and frustrations from day to day anxieties.
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How a Cantor Gets Ready for the High Holidays
Preparing for his yearly stint as a High Holidays "chazan," Cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz of Brooklyn talks about what it takes to pray for a congregation of a thousand.
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Memorial Prayer
Yizkor, the memorial prayer for the departed, is observed on specific holidays for the souls of those who passed on.
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Jewish New Year’s Message from Itche Kadoozy
Rabbi Itche Kadoozy attempts to deliver a Rosh Hashanah message. 255 times.
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A selection of High Holiday prayers sung by the Sasonkin brothers of Akron, Ohio, where Rabbi Sasonkin and his brothers make up the synagogue choir, together with world-renowned Cantor Yisroel Goldfroind.
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Learn beautiful songs and prayers with Rabbi Shmulik
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Are you home for Yom Kippur and unable to attend synagogue? You may wonder, what kind of Yom Kippur can it be by myself? Rabbi Ashkenazi shares a powerful story that gives new perspective for these challenging times.
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