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Intention and the Mitzvot of Tishrei, Part 2

Posted: 09/14/2020
Intention and the Mitzvot of Tishrei, Part 2
If, after a long day in shul on Rosh Hashana, my mind is wandering during shofar blowing, do I have to hear it again? Can the pergola in my backyard be my sukkah? In this three part lecture series, we will explore how intenton factors into the mitzvot central to Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. In this class we turn to Sukkot and the debate regarding whether the construction of the sukkah itself must be done for the purpose of the mitzvah.We will see how the underpinnings of this talmudic discussion are reflected in discussions of brit milah as well.
Ritual Re-enactments: Becoming Moshe, a Mother, and a High Priest in the Yamim Noraim Tefillah, Part 2

Posted: 09/15/2020
Ritual Re-enactments: Becoming Moshe, a Mother, and a High Priest in the Yamim Noraim Tefillah, Part 2

This series will focus on core pieces of the Selichot, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur liturgies. Specifically, we will explore the roles that our liturgy asks us to step into on these days and at these key moments.

This class aims to enrich participants' experiences of these special tefillot, particularly in a year where many will be praying at home or in truncated synagogue services.

Session 2 we will turn to Talmudic and liturgical texts about the Shofar's cries. As both the criers and the ones who knows cries the best, mothers will be the focus of this session, as we contemplate how Rosh Hashana liturgy asks us to enact motherhood.
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 4

Posted: 09/13/2020
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 4

In addition to delineating the technical process of repentance, Jewish literature has also explored the emotions that are supposed to accompany this process. In this class we will trace The Emotions of Repentance from the medieval authorities (Rambam and Rabbeinu Yonah) through the great twentieth century thinkers, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Studying this topic comparatively will highlight the continuities and ruptures between the medieval and modern perspectives as well as the unique approaches of these three innovative and influential leaders. This session: The Lubavitcher Rebbe was a highly innovative interpreter of earlier Hassidic writings. This come to the fore in his talks on the proper mood of repentance in the late 20th century. We will also see how this specific issue reflects more broadly on his projects and goals.
Structure and Meaning in the High Holiday Liturgy, Part 4

Posted: 09/13/2020
Structure and Meaning in the High Holiday Liturgy, Part 4
This series delves into the core motifs and themes in the liturgy of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Two sessions are devoted to the core texts of Rosh Hashana - Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot - and two sessions will focus on the Kol Nidre service and the confessions of Yom Kippur.
The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 3

Posted: 09/10/2020
The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 3

Yom Kippur is literally "the Day of Atonement." But how does that atonement come about: Is it dependent on the bringing of Korbanot? Does Yom Kippur still atone today? Need one observe the day of Yom Kippur in order to achieve atonement? What does this process of atonement tell us about the holiest day of the year?

This series examines a variety of sources in classic rabbinic literature, examining the issue from a variety of perspectives.

This shiur will address the teaching, found at Yoma 86a, of the “four categories of atonement” – one of which is Yom Kippur – and consider how it impacts these discussions. It will also consider cases of those who reject Yom Kippur in various ways and whether that affects one’s capacity to achieve atonement on the day.
“Seek Me and Live” Hasidism and the Spiritual Journey, Part 3

Posted: 09/10/2020
“Seek Me and Live” Hasidism and the Spiritual Journey, Part 3
In the final session of this series we'll explore the spiritual quest as a journey undertaken as both individuals and in community, recognizing that each person has a unique path in this world but that in this quest we are supported, shaped and transformed by our friends and fellow-travelers.
Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 3

Posted: 09/07/2020
Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 3
This series investigates whether and how we might be able to change our characters. Using sources ranging from the Talmud to Maimonides's Mishneh Torah, to the Musar movement, we'll explore how our characters are formed, and what tools we might have when we decided that we need to change our dispositions and tendencies for the better. We'll pay particular attention to the role that interpersonal interactions between students and teachers and between friends can play in this process. This session: Using the thought of two early leaders in the Musar movement, R. Israel Salanter and R Simhah Zissel Ziv, we'll explore how Talmud Torah and Limmud Musar can work together to help us improve our character.
Intention and the Mitzvot of Tishrei, Part 1

Posted: 09/07/2020
Intention and the Mitzvot of Tishrei, Part 1
If, after a long day in shul on Rosh Hashana, my mind is wandering during shofar blowing, do I have to hear it again? Can the pergola in my backyard be my sukkah? In this three part lecture series, we will explore how intention factors into the mitzvot central to Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. In this first class, we will explore the talmudic debate as to whether one must have kavannah when sounding and hearing the shofar, and how this relates to the broader question of Mizvot Zerikhot Kavannah (do rituals need to be performed with intention) and how the rishonim and aharonim weighed in on this debate and decide the halakhah.
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 3

Posted: 09/06/2020
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 3

n addition to delineating the technical process of repentance, Jewish literature has also explored the emotions that are supposed to accompany this process. In this class we will trace The Emotions of Repentance from the medieval authorities (Rambam and Rabbeinu Yonah) through the great twentieth century thinkers, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Studying this topic comparatively will highlight the continuities and ruptures between the medieval and modern perspectives as well as the unique approaches of these three innovative and influential leaders. Session 3Rav Kook advised against embracing the traditional range of emotions associated with repentance in earlier Jewish literature.  This class will analyze the rationale for this conscious departure and the new texture of repentance for which Rav Kook advocated.
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 3

Posted: 09/06/2020
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 3

This series delves into the core motifs and themes in the liturgy of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Two sessions are devoted to the core texts of Rosh Hashana - Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot - and two sessions will focus on the Kol Nidre service and the confessions of Yom Kippur.

The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 2

Posted: 09/03/2020
The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 2

Yom Kippur is literally "the Day of Atonement." But how does that atonement come about: Is it dependent on the bringing of Korbanot? Does Yom Kippur still atone today? Need one observe the day of Yom Kippur in order to achieve atonement? What does this process of atonement tell us about the holiest day of the year?

This series examines a variety of sources in classic rabbinic literature, examining the issue from a variety of perspectives.

This Shiur will treat the question, discussed in Yoma 85b-86a, of whether Yom Kippur atones by itself or only when accompanied by repentance. This essential question, interpreted in a variety of ways by the Rishonim, has major ramifications for how to understand the Day of Yom Kippur overall.
Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 2

Posted: 08/31/2020
Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 2

In this series, we'll investigate whether and how we might be able to change our characters. Using sources ranging from the Talmud to Maimonides's Mishneh Torah, to the Musar movement, we'll explore how our characters are formed, and what tools we might have when we decided that we need to change our dispositions and tendencies for the better.

We'll pay particular attention to the role that interpersonal interactions between students and teachers and between friends can play in this process.

Part 2: Are the Gates of Teshuvah ever Locked?
Through a close reading of the 4th chapter of the Rambam's Hilkhot Teshuvah, we'll explore what kinds of behaviors and situations make tesuvah impossible. We'll see that, for the Rambam, teshuvah requires a community that is both supportive, and willing to give moral rebuke.
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 2

Posted: 08/30/2020
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 2

In addition to delineating the technical process of repentance, Jewish literature has also explored the emotions that are supposed to accompany this process. In this class we will trace The Emotions of Repentance from the medieval authorities (Rambam and Rabbeinu Yonah) through the great twentieth century thinkers, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Studying this topic comparatively will highlight the continuities and ruptures between the medieval and modern perspectives as well as the unique approaches of these three innovative and influential leaders. Part 2: We will explore Rav Soloveitchik’s painful but empowering approach to the emotions of repentance and contextualize it within the broader project of his thought.
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 2

Posted: 08/30/2020
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 2
This series delves into the core motifs and themes in the liturgy of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
In this session we continue with the core texts of Rosh Hashana - Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot.
The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 1

Posted: 08/27/2020
The Kapparah of Yom Kippur, Part 1

Yom Kippur is literally "the Day of Atonement." But how does that atonement come about: Is it dependent on the bringing of Korbanot? Does Yom Kippur still atone today? Need one observe the day of Yom Kippur in order to achieve atonement? What does this process of atonement tell us about the holiest day of the year?

This series examines a variety of sources in classic rabbinic literature, examining the issue from a variety of perspectives.

Shiur 1: We will undertake a close analysis of the relevant Pesukim in Vayikra 16:29-34 that discuss the significance of the day of Yom Kippur for those achieving atonement. It will raise the question of who is responsible for carrying out the atonement and set the stage for analysis of the Gemara’s views on this issue.

Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 1

Posted: 08/24/2020
Can We Change Our Character? Perspectives from the Bavli to the Musar Movement, Part 1

In this series, we'll investigate whether and how we might be able to change our characters. Using sources ranging from the Talmud to Maimonides's Mishneh Torah, to the Musar movement, we'll explore how our characters are formed, and what tools we might have when we decided that we need to change our dispositions and tendencies for the better.

We'll pay particular attention to the role that interpersonal interactions between students and teachers and between friends can play in this process.

Part 1: Is Teshuvah a Miracle?
In this session, we'll explore two rabbinic perspectives on teshuvah: One which sees it as a miraculous divine intervention on our behalf, and one which sees it as the product of character change that we work on ourselves. What does it mean to view teshuvah in these two different ways? How might these two apparently opposed views be connected?
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 1

Posted: 08/23/2020
The Emotions of Repentance: Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Part 1

In addition to delineating the technical process of repentance, Jewish literature has also explored the emotions that are supposed to accompany this process. In this class we will trace The Emotions of Repentance from the medieval authorities (Rambam and Rabbeinu Yonah) through the great twentieth century thinkers, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rav Kook and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Studying this topic comparatively will highlight the continuities and ruptures between the medieval and modern perspectives as well as the unique approaches of these three innovative and influential leaders. Part 1: Introducing the range of emotions possibly associated with repentance.  We will then focus on Rambam and Rabbeinu Yonah and see how these texts were understood and experienced in traditional yeshivot. This will create a baseline to better appreciate the continuity and ruptures of 20th century Jewish thought.
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 1

Posted: 08/23/2020
Structure and Meaning in High Holiday Liturgy, Part 1
This series delves into the core motifs and themes in the liturgy of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Two sessions are devoted to the core texts of Rosh Hashana - Malchiyot, Zichronot and Shofarot - and two sessions will focus on the Kol Nidre service and the confessions of Yom Kippur.
Rabbi David Silber: Prayers Of Yom Kippur 10/06/2011

Posted: 10/06/2011
Rabbi David Silber: Prayers Of Yom Kippur 10/06/2011
Rabbi Jon Kelsen: Body And Soul: Asceticism Of Yom Kippur 9/11/14

Posted: 09/11/2014
Rabbi Jon Kelsen: Body And Soul: Asceticism Of Yom Kippur 9/11/14
Jon Kelsen: Body And Soul: Asceticism Of Yom Kippur 10/2/14

Posted: 10/02/2014
Jon Kelsen: Body And Soul: Asceticism Of Yom Kippur 10/2/14
Ne’ilah: Ends and Beginnings

Posted: 10/06/2019
Ne’ilah: Ends and Beginnings
The Neilah prayer, the last of the five Yom Kippur Tefillot, is recited at the waning moments of the holiest day of the year. Exploring a range of liturgical, Talmudic and Halakhic texts, we will consider how Neilah serves to carry over Yom Kippur into the rest of the year. Located at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, 125 East 85th Street | New York, NY This lecture is free and open to the public, but please register in advance. Sponsored by the Rudoff family on the occasion of the 28th yahrzeit of Stanley Rudoff z”l.  
Viduy and Selichot: Process of Effective Teshuva

Posted: 10/03/2019
Viduy and Selichot: Process of Effective Teshuva
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Fast of Gedalia: Restoration and Reconnection

Posted: 09/27/2019
Fast of Gedalia: Restoration and Reconnection
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Dimensions of the Shofar

Posted: 09/27/2019
Dimensions of the Shofar
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Selichot: A Structured Additional Service

Posted: 09/27/2019
Selichot: A Structured Additional Service
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Viduy as a Path to Teshuva

Posted: 09/27/2019
Viduy as a Path to Teshuva
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Viduy of Ne’ilah

Posted: 09/27/2019
Viduy of Ne’ilah

The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.

   
Viduy: Sacrifice and Atonement

Posted: 09/27/2019
Viduy: Sacrifice and Atonement
The aseret yemei teshuva are a time of repentance, introspection and reconnection with God. They invite us to think about how we can continue to transcend our past and move forward with the tools of the High Holidays – kol shofar, selichot, and prayer. This is part of series of recorded thoughts from Rabbi David Silber about this time and what demands – drishot – it makes of us.
Tefillot of Yom Kippur, Part 2

Posted: 09/20/2019
Tefillot of Yom Kippur, Part 2
This series is a study of the core themes of Yom Kippur as reflected in the classical texts of the holiday service.  A careful study of the basic components of this complex service will enable you to have a more meaningful and reflective Yom Kippur experience.
Tefillot of Yom Kippur, Part 1

Posted: 09/12/2019
Tefillot of Yom Kippur, Part 1
This series is a study of the core themes of Yom Kippur as reflected in the classical texts of the holiday service.  A careful study of the basic components of this complex service will enable you to have a more meaningful and reflective Yom Kippur experience.
Yonah vs. God: A Prophetic Polemic?

Posted: 10/09/2016
Yonah vs. God: A Prophetic Polemic?
This unmatched prophetic novella tells the story of a prophet fleeing his mission and God’s presence. This confounding behavior is difficult enough to understand – but why is this the last public reading of the season of introspection? This shiur will address Sefer Yonah both textually and liturgically.
A New Theory of Atonment: Marty McFly, the Scapegoat, the Chicken, and the Bread Crumbs

Posted: 09/22/2016
A New Theory of Atonment: Marty McFly, the Scapegoat, the Chicken, and the Bread Crumbs
In conversation with medieval commentaries, midrash, Chassidic texts, and Stephen Spielberg’s Back to the Future trilogy, we will develop a new theory of atonement. What is atonement and how does it differ from forgiveness? Is it really possible to change the past? And if you’re no longer responsible for your sins, then who is?
Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice

Posted: 28/10/2015
Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice
Why does God command us to kill animals when we’ve done something wrong? What does this have to do with atonement, Yom Kippur, and the Binding of Isaac? Are you ready to transform yourself into a living sacrifice, and is that what we do on Yom Kippur?
Selichot, part 1: Lishmoa El HaRina VeEl HaTefilla- Supplication and Prayer

Posted: 01/12/2013
Selichot, part 1: Lishmoa El HaRina VeEl HaTefilla- Supplication and Prayer
Click here for more in this series. The structure of selichot and the Ashkenazi practice of starting selichot on a Saturday night--BeMotza'ei Menucha  
Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?

Posted: 14/08/2016
Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?
part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Teshuva and Personal Identity

Posted: 28/10/2015
Teshuva and Personal Identity
To what extent is it possible to become a new person? Is that what teshuva demands? What does the concept of repentance have to teach us about what and who we really are?
Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy

Posted: 01/12/2013
Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy
Through an examination of the Yom Kippur prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday.
All These Vows: The Kol Nidrei Conundrum

Posted: 16/02/2015
All These Vows: The Kol Nidrei Conundrum
Yom Kippur opens with this most powerful, albeit peculiar, communal prayer of Kol Nidrei. This year, part 1 of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series will explore the history and halakhah of this controversial tefillah with special focus on how annulling past and/or future vows sets the spiritual tone for the Day of Atonement. Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Self and Sin: An Exploration of Teshuvah

Posted: 07/02/2015
Self and Sin: An Exploration of Teshuvah
The Hebrew word teshuvah is commonly translated as repentance but is more accurately rendered as return. This class will ask, ‘a return to what?’ Who is the real me? What does it mean to abandon a sinful past? We will explore biblical and rabbinic texts as well as medieval and modern thinkers, among them Maimonides, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Altar of Novardok, and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. This recording is the first session of a multi-session course.
Confession and Repentance (part 1 of a 3-session course)

Posted: 01/12/2013
Confession and Repentance (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will look at a variety of biblical and rabbinic texts relating to the act of confession and the role of repentance.  
Piyyutim of the High Holidays (part 1 of a 3-session course)

Posted: 09/04/2014
Piyyutim of the High Holidays (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. High holiday services often seem dominated by intricate, often difficult to understand, liturgical poetry (piyyutim). We explore various piyyutim, uncovering layers of biblical and midrashic allusions.  
Day of Atonement: Atonement for What?

Posted: 21/04/2017
Day of Atonement: Atonement for What?
We often relate to our religious life on a technical level: Do / Don't; Develop / Don't develop particular feelings. In turn our perception of teshuva is grounded in this kind of understanding. Some Hassidic texts suggest that the challenge of religious life should be conceived on a different scale.
Responsibility and Reprieve in the Book of Jonah

Posted: 09/30/2014
Responsibility and Reprieve in the Book of Jonah
We will study the Book of Jonah, the Haftarah of Yom Kippur, looking at the themes of taking responsibility and not taking responsibility.
When Bad Things Happen to Good Biblical Characters: The Opposing Cases of Abraham and Job

Posted: 09/18/2014
When Bad Things Happen to Good Biblical Characters: The Opposing Cases of Abraham and Job
The Torah reading of the Akeidah is extremely difficult to understand, much like the Book of Job. What are these stories of personal tragedy inflicted on righteous individuals by a righteous God actually saying?
Yom Kippur or the Challenge of Authenticity

Posted: 21/04/2017
Yom Kippur or the Challenge of Authenticity
The central motive of Yom Kippur is teshuva (Repentance). In order to engage in the process of teshuva, one must first come to terms with oneself. Several elements of the Yom Kippur service are meant to enable us to engage on the challenging path of authenticity. Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Symbolism and Meaning in the Seir Hamishtaleach: Reenacting the Story of Creation

Posted: 07/04/2015
Symbolism and Meaning in the Seir Hamishtaleach: Reenacting the Story of Creation
A midrashic analysis of the central sacrificial ritual of Yom Kippur. Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Body and Soul: Understanding the Asceticism of Yom Kippur (part 1 of a 3-session course)

Posted: 07/08/2015
Body and Soul: Understanding the Asceticism of Yom Kippur (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. What is the connection between the restrictions of Yom Kippur and repentance? How do they help us achieve atonement?  
Thoughts on Yom Kippur

Posted: 09/29/2013
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Reflecting upon our past to change our future allows for an educational form of teshuvah.
Confronting Personal Failure Towards Teshuvah

Posted: 28/10/2014
Confronting Personal Failure Towards Teshuvah
Recognizing personal failure is critical in the process of teshuvah. This podcast attempts to define the precise role confrontation with personal failure plays in the broader process of teshuvah, based on sources in Mikrah, Hazal and Rambam.
Kol Nidre: An Analysis of Its True Significance

Posted: 09/12/2013
Kol Nidre: An Analysis of Its True Significance
Kol Nidre, a nullification of vows, is one of the prayer highlights of the year. Why? We will explore the nature of Kol Nidre and uncover the great significance of this prayer.
Prayers of Yom Kippur: Me’erev ad erev

Posted: 01/12/2013
Prayers of Yom Kippur: Me’erev ad erev
Through an analysis of the five prayers of Yom Kippur, this podcast explores the concepts of Yom Kippur as they emerge from the service.
“To pray with transgressors”: Sin and Repentance in Medieval Ashkenaz

Posted: 07/11/2014
“To pray with transgressors”: Sin and Repentance in Medieval Ashkenaz
The High Holiday service traditionally commences with an authorization for the community members to pray with the transgressors in their midst. What are the origins of this medieval custom and what is its significance today?
Thoughts on Yom Kippur

Posted: 09/29/2012
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur differs from Rosh Hashana in that the day and its prayers focus on human possibility, not solely on God's majesty.
Shedding Sin: The Scapegoat Ritual of Yom Kippur

Posted: 01/11/2014
Shedding Sin: The Scapegoat Ritual of Yom Kippur
What is the true meaning of the Scapegoat Ritual as it's described in the Torah? Why is this unusual and provocative ritual the climax of the Avodah on Yom Kippur? What relevance does this ritual have for each and every one of us today?
The Death of the Martyrs: A Lesson for Living

Posted: 21/02/2017
The Death of the Martyrs: A Lesson for Living
We go into this time of year believing that we have control over the divine decree by committing to Teshuvah, Tefillah and Tzedakah. How does the brutal death of ten blameless, righteous leaders of a generation fit into this paradigm? Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
From Purging the Temple to Cleansing Our Souls: Transformation in Atonement

Posted: 09/10/2012
From Purging the Temple to Cleansing Our Souls: Transformation in Atonement
Diving In: Insights Into the Book of Jonah

Posted: 10/04/2011
Diving In: Insights Into the Book of Jonah
This podcast engages in a literary-theological study of key passages of the Book of Jonah with an eye to uncovering key themes of the book. It particularly looks at how the book plays off previous biblical narratives and their messages.
“The whole world is inside and I am outside”: Midrashic Reflections on Erev Yom Kippur

Posted: 28/11/2014
“The whole world is inside and I am outside”: Midrashic Reflections on Erev Yom Kippur
This podcast discusses some of the midrashim which look at events that occurred on Erev Yom Kippur.
Understanding Our Selichot Service: A Rabbinic Tapestry of Biblical Themes and Verses

Posted: 14/11/2015
Understanding Our Selichot Service: A Rabbinic Tapestry of Biblical Themes and Verses
How is the Selichot service different from our regular prayer service? Through analysis of its structure, key sections and themes, this podcast explores Selichot's Biblical roots and Rabbinic history in order to better understand its purpose and meaning.  Part of The Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Prayers of Yom Kippur (part 1 of 2 sessions)

Posted: 01/12/2013
Prayers of Yom Kippur (part 1 of 2 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class session. We say more prayers on Yom Kippur than on any other day on the Jewish calendar. We will discuss several unique features in the prayers of Yom Kippur.
Major Themes of Yom Kippur

Posted: 01/12/2013
Major Themes of Yom Kippur
We will discuss the major themes of the holiday of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur and the Imagination of the Aggadists

Posted: 09/14/2010
Yom Kippur and the Imagination of the Aggadists
We will examine selected aggadot in the Talmud relating to themes of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. We will explore certain central themes the rabbis attempted to highlight in their non-legal takes on the Yoma rabba (the great day) of the Jewish calendar.
Is God’s Presence Within Us?

Posted: 28/01/2015
Is God’s Presence Within Us?
Prayer as a “Transformative” Experience: From Daily Kriyat Shema to Yom Kippur Neilah

Posted: 09/14/2009
Prayer as a “Transformative” Experience: From Daily Kriyat Shema to Yom Kippur Neilah
Our High Holiday prayers assume that each individual is judged by God on Rosh Hashana, and that judgment is then sealed on Yom Kippur. Hence, the goal of our prayers is to "transform" the Judge's opinion in our favor. By distinguishing between "comprehension" and "intention" we will undertake a closer examination of prayer in both the siddur and machzor to show how its primary goal may focus much more on the "transformation" of the petitioner.
Can Sacrifice Atone a Sin: The Biblical Connection Between “Rite” and “Wrongs”

Posted: 14/11/2015
Can Sacrifice Atone a Sin: The Biblical Connection Between “Rite” and “Wrongs”
Yom Kippur and the Divine Attribute of Mercy

Posted: 01/12/2013
Yom Kippur and the Divine Attribute of Mercy
Shattering the Covenant and Reconstituting the Relationship with God
Teshuva Drasha

Posted: 14/02/2017
Teshuva Drasha
Ani Ledodi Vedodi Li – I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me: Forgiveness, Atonement, and Humility

Posted: 09/26/2006
Ani Ledodi Vedodi Li – I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me: Forgiveness, Atonement, and Humility
Fellow Passengers: Teshuva as a Community

Posted: 14/01/2017
Fellow Passengers: Teshuva as a Community
Judaism is unique in its approach to personal atonement by striving for collective Teshuva. How does we reconciling ourselves to each other ultimately reconcile us to God?