Parasha: Yom Kippur

Future Prayer

Isaiah 57:14-58:14 Are these the words for the future prayer not yet in our mahzor, the one all the generations after us will recite? We heard the prophet say: “Prepare, prepare the road – clear away the stumbling blocks.” But instead, we have built walls across the roads to keep

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Eleh Ezakara – Sacrifice and Martyrdom

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is never an easy day. Fasting, however, is not the real problem. Rather, the day’s challenge comes from its demand that we confront deep spiritual, theological, and philosophical issues we would often wish to avoid. We are asked to consider, for example: the tension

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