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Teshuvah, repentance, is generally divided into two levels, “lower-level teshuvah,” teshuvah tataah, and “higher-level teshuvah,” teshuvah ilaah. Chassidus explainsSee Likkutei Torah, Derushim LeShabbos Teshuvah, p. 66c, 67d; Sefer HaMaamarim 5629, p. 309...
On Yom Kippur, the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, would offer ketores, the incense offering, in the Holy of Holies. This was one of the primary services on this most sacred day.See Vayikra 16:12-13. One of the components of the ketores was an herb called m...
The Rambam statesHilchos Teshuvah 2:7. that “Yom Kippur is the time of teshuvah for all.... Therefore all are obligated to repent and confess on Yom Kippur.” What does the Rambam mean with his statement that “Yom Kippur is the time of teshuvah for all,” w...
The word Pesach means “Passover” recalling the “passing over” of G‑d over the Jewish houses during the tenth plague of the slaying of the firstborn.
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The Torah portion Nitzavim is always read prior to Rosh HaShanahRambam, Hilchos Tefilah 13:2; Tur and Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 428.. When the portion Vayeilech is separated from Nitzavim and is read separately, it will be read on the Shabbos before Yo...
Letter No. 171:
This letter was addressed to Rabbi Dr. Eli Jung, a prominent Rav and educator in New York. B”H, the first day of Chol HaMoed Sukkos, 5705 Greetings and blessings, We received your letter and the text of your lecture concerning the publications of Merkos L...
The Morning after Yom Kippur What should we feel on the day after Yom Kippur? On Yom Kippur, we naturally feel spiritually awakened, but what happens the following day? Can we sustain the heightened awareness of Yom Kippur throughout the year? We find an ...
We observe many, many minhagim (customs) without knowing why we do so — “Oh, that’s the minhag !” or, “It’s just something that people do; it doesn’t have any real significance…” might be the answer when someone asks what the reason is for keeping a certa...
MyThis is an unauthenticated record of the Rebbe’s words when distributing lekach (sweet cake) during the morning of erev Yom Kippur, 5711 [1950]. revered father-in-law once related:Brief notes (rashei devarim) relating to the morning of erev Yom Kippur, ...
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