It has been said that Yom Kippur is a day like Purim implying that Purim is higher. How could that be? Purim is a rabbinical holiday and Yom Kippur comes from the Torah. How can Purim even be compared to the holiness of Yom Kippur?
Everyone knows that Yom Kippur is one of holiest days of the year. Even Jews who are not so observant or connected to Judaism will often observe Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is a day of affliction. We fast. We do not wash. We chant the Thirteen Attributes of Divine Compassion. We are in synagogue most of the day. Continue Reading

Yom Kippur Torah to add joy into your life

This Tuesday night, and Wednesday is Yom Kippur the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The Torah  says, ” On the tenth day of the month ( Tishre) it is a day of atonement, a holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves.” ( Lev.23) And the Torah tells us that on Yom Kippur, ” You shall be purified from all your sins.” ( Lev 6:30) This purification is the awesome gift of the day.

On the external, outside, level, Yom Kippur is a day of affliction, not eating, not washing, confessing all the sins, feeling sad, and remorseful for all the mistakes we have made individually and collectively. There is much pain and suffering on micro and macro levels in the world today that if we are not mindful and do not understand the essence of the Yom Kippur, we could be easily disheartened on this day.Continue Reading

Story and Teachings for the Days before Yom Kippur

The king gave his trusted servant a beautiful vessel to safeguard for an unknown period of time with a request that the vessel be returned to the king at a future time. Over time, the servant became careless and the vessel broke. Unable to fix it on his own, the servant ran to various people to repair the vessel so he would be able to return it whole as he had received it.

He went to the king’s top advisors who informed them they do not know how to repair the vessel. There is no recourse for him but to tell the king. The man felt too ashamed to inform the king of his carelessness. It then occurred to him that he could go to the manufacturer of vessels and explain his plight to him. He could prepare another vessel just like the one he has been given. This man also informed him that he had to go directly to the king. He could make another vessel resembling the vessel he had been given but the king would surely know the difference.Continue Reading